CS Lewis was a renowned Christian preacher and author. He has written nearly 40 books, but his most well known are his children fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. But how good is it?
First of all, The ChroniclesÂ of Narnia is divided into seven parts. Part 1 is The Magician’s Nephew, telling how two children named Digory and Polly discover the world of Narnia being created and how the white witch came into the perfect wonderland of Narnia. The story is a prequel to the more well-known The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It has well-developed characters and a fun story, yet some may find it very similar to The Bible.
Part 2 of The Chronicles ofÂ Narnia is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is by far the most popular book of the series and chronicles how the kings and queens of NarniaÂ actually originated from London. The story places The White Witch as empress of Narnia and places the mythical Christian world under an endless winter. The holy lion Aslan and the newest characters; Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy; the future kings and queens of Narnia must liberate the broken land from the evil witch and her creatures. It’s more original than the first and with a wider arrangement of characters. If you liked the first, you will love the second.
Part 3 of the epic children’s series is The horse and his boy. This installment covers the story of an orphaned peasant boy named Shasta and his journey to the northern land of Narnia with the talking horse Bree. It takes place between Parts 2 and 4 and you will recognize many of the characters from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The story introduces new lands such as Calormen and Archenland which contain humans instead of animals. The story may not be as fully engaging as the first two books, but it is still an excellent read.
Part 4 is Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian returns the Pevensies to Narnia one earth year after their adventure in Part 2. However, it turns out hundreds of years have passed in Narnia and the Narnians have almost been destroyed by the Telmarines, evil men who have attacked Narnia. It is up to the Pevensies, the remaining Narnians, and an unlikely ally, Caspian X, prince of Telmarines to defeat the evil king Miraz and rid the last remnants of The White Witch.
Narnia is the legacy of CS Lewis’ epic imagination and will live on throughout time through his literary works.Â For information on Parts 5-7, see Part 2, coming soon to Howard Hype. For more information on CS Lewis, see his website.
- Del H.