Bookmark: Narnia

Part of our Read-a-Thon 2010 highlight posts.

Narnia. It almost doesn’t seem possible that there are people who still haven’t read the books, but I know that good books get lost in the shuffle sometimes. If you’ve never read this seven book series, you’ve missed a real treat. The storylines are beautifully written, the characters fun, and some of the symbolism is really incredible.

If you’re interested in reading these amazing books (which are a nice, small, easily readable size), I’d recommend that you begin with either The Magician’s Nephew, or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Personally, I’d say start with The Magician’s Nephew. It comes first in chronological order, and is also my second favorite.

The Magician’s Nephew

The story of the wonderful events leading to the creation of Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Four children find their way into Narnia and must help defeat the White Witch who has all of Narnia under her thumb.

The Horse and His Boy

A great “side” tale that fits chronologically while the four children are ruling Narnia as adults. The tale takes place in Calormen, a neighboring country, and features a slave named Shasta and a talking horse who are escaping to Narnia.

Prince Caspian

After a long absence, the children return to Narnia to help overthrow a tyrant and restore the true king to his throne.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Two of the children are allowed to revisit Narnia, bringing with them their obnoxious cousin. They sail on a quest to recover some of the banished lords who stood by the true king during the tyrant’s rule.

The Silver Chair

The cousin, now not nearly as obnoxious, escapes with his friend from boarding school and finds himself in Narnia. The two children are charged with the task of finding a long lost prince for the dying king.

The Last Battle

The final book in the Narnia series. The two children from The Silver Chair must help Narnia during its final hours.

Several of these books were made into movies by BBC, and they are now being remade by Walden Media. Two are already finished, and the third Voyage of The Dawn Treader is slotted for release on December 10th of this year.

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