The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
by C.S. Lewis
narrated by Michael York
It’s funny: I never think of this story as one of my favorite Narnia stories until I read it and remember how much I like it. (For the record, my actual favorites are The Silver Chair and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.) I suppose it would be my third favorite, but yet it is also the one closest to my heart because it was the beginning.
And no matter what other people try to tell me, this story will always be the beginning. I enjoy The Magician’s Nephew, but reading that one before this one makes the whole series lose a little bit of its magic. Reading this book second means you get the answers before you know there are questions, and some comments made in Lion regarding the Witch and the Deep Magic and humans in general make very little sense. Reading this book first, you get introduced to Narnia along with Lucy’s wonder of the place, and everything is new and magical.
As a kid, this book seemed like it was telling Lucy’s story, or maybe all of the Pevensie kids’ story. Now, as an adult, I am convinced it’s telling Edmund’s story. And I love it all the more for that. (Seriously though: look at the character arcs. Edmund is the only one who undergoes real growth.)
I still love this book. It’s not perfect, but it’s still magical and still a favorite.
Rating: 5 stars