We made it to the end of the Chronicles of Narnia!
My opinion is that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the best of the 7, and that’s partly because Lewis admits he only intended to write the first book. The others were almost all written one at a time, with the thought that each would be the final book.
Some end up being better than others, and a few of them feel like they could have been omitted entirely.
But, overall, the series starts and ends well.
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The Magician’s Nephew is book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia in order of publication. However, it’s the first book when placed in chronological order. If you purchased your edition of the Chronicles of Narnia more recently than the mid-90s, your set is probably organized with The Magician’s Nephew as book 1.
Where The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe places you in an already established Narnia, The Magician’s Nephew focuses on Narnia’s initial creation.
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The Horse and His Boy is the only book in the Chronicles of Narnia that doesn’t involve children from our world magically finding themselves in Narnia.
In the first book – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – there is a period of time near the end of the book when the four Pevensie siblings rule Narnia as Kings and Queens.
The Horse and His Boy is a story of a couple of children (not from our world), and a couple of talking horses, who have their own adventure during the period of time that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are ruling Narnia.
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As far as my prior knowledge of the Chronicles of Narnia was concerned, books 4-7 were a complete mystery.
I mean, I knew there were 7 books in the series. But it seems to have been difficult for movie adaptations to get past The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
I imagine one of the reasons the movies have a more difficult time getting further into the series is that the children start rotating out.
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