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The Chronicles of Narnia

by C. S. Lewis

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Tells the tales of Narnia, a magical, fantastic place where good and evil battle, children have adventures as kings and queens, and beasts and creatures can talk.
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    The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: There is magic and there are journeys, mythical beasts and young protagonists, moral judgements to be made and courage to be demonstrated; while the language is more adult, Earthsea is as vivid a world as Narnia and a place you will want to re-visit.
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    The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set by Garth Nix (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: This is a rather darker version on the same door-between-the-worlds theme, where the magic resides in the north of a thinly-disguised United Kingdom reached by way of a Wall.
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    The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Jr. Wangerin (jpers36)
  4. 40
    Redwall by Brian Jacques (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: fantasy/talking animals
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    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (atimco)
    atimco: Both Narnia and Willows feature anthropomorphized animal heroes who nevertheless retain the quirks of their species. The narrative voice is humorous and quintessentially British. Both stories also include spiritual/religious undertones. Willows predates Narnia by over forty years and was a big influence on Lewis (he even wrote a poem with some of Grahame's characters in it).… (more)
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    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (guurtjesboekenkast, BrileyOC)
    BrileyOC: Both series provide excellent fantastical escapism as well as profound (though different) religious viewpoints.
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    The Tower of Geburah by John White (lavonnas)
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    The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Jannes)
    Jannes: The Magicians would not exist if it wasn't for the Narnia books, and is the kind of loving deconstruction of Lewis' work and the importance us readers places in it that you will either love or hate. Give it a try.
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    The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (amanda4242)
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    Morning Child by Harold Myra (juniperSun)
    juniperSun: both have young people involved in the choice of good and evil, touched by meeting a loving guide/spirit.
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    The Archives of Anthropos (Set of 4) by John White (palaephata)
    palaephata: This series (there are really six) is another portal fiction that displays subtle Christian allegory. There's more fighting and less exploration of the world in White, and the reading level and content are just a little higher than that in Lewis. I'd read them about a year later.… (more)
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    Wildwood by Colin Meloy (cdcottam1)
    cdcottam1: Both works are beautifully mystical and fantastical! Wildwood has many of the fantastical themes of Narnia without the blatantly religious undertones while still containing good moral lessons.
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    A Soul as Cold as Frost by Jennifer Kropf (Anonymous user)
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    Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (whitewavedarling)
    whitewavedarling: Santa Olivia is admittedly for a more adult-based audience, but themes, situations, and character types carry over between the works enough (plus a light integration of religion) that I think the readers of one work set would be well suited for the other.… (more)
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    The Chronicles of Sapta Sindhu by Kala Aporva (akheel)
    akheel: both the books chronicles the fate of their respective kingdoms and tell us a tale of valor to rise against evil.
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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: fantasy/talking animals
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Mixed bag, like pretty much all anthologies. I could totally have done without "Magician's Nephew" and "Last Battle". But the rest has some merit ( )
  Nicole_VanK | May 6, 2023 |
C.S Lewis, has to be one of my favorite authors of all time! I think that the Narnina chronicles is one of the best series there ever was! This book specifically, which is the first of the series is just such a mind blowing book, it really forces you to use your imagery imagination when reading. It is definitely a book for atleast 4 grade and up. ( )
  Abby_Natalia_Parra | Apr 17, 2023 |
This is great classic literature, just be aware, it is a bit dated in its portrayal of women and other groups. ( )
  EmmyCurie | Apr 2, 2023 |
The Magician's Nephew

I’m not going to spend much time doing the synopsis thing here, because at this point I’m the only adult in the world who hasn’t read this book. Well, that’s not true anymore since I just read it, but you know what I’m saying.

Now, I’m just going to come out and be forthcoming here. I didn’t love this book. I really wanted to, and I think that if I had read it when I was in the target age then I might have enjoyed it more. As a twenty-nine year old mother, who really only picked it up out of 1.) guilt and 2.) the need to read it before I teach it to my daughter this year, it just didn’t do it for me.

I immediately saw the symbolism between the books and the Bible that so many have raved/ranted about. I don’t really have an opinion either way on that. It didn’t make me love or hate it any more or less. So, now that you know I’m not really going to discuss that one way or another, let’s jump in.

The book didn’t really excite me. I was expecting this whimsical, fantastical adventure. What I got instead felt a little lack luster to me. As I mentioned before, I feel like I would’ve been able to enjoy it a lot more if I would’ve read it while I was of the target age. While, there are certainly some middle grade books that anyone can read and enjoy (and even though I know this is one of those for many) I just don’t feel like this is one of those for me. Another big problem for me was character development. I just could not connect with any of the characters. I wanted to. I really, really wanted to. I begged myself to, but it just didn’t happen for me.

Some things about the book I did enjoy, though, were the writing style. I felt like each word was careful chosen and each sentence was carefully crafted. I also feel like it’s a good set up for the next six books, at least I hope it is. I have high expectations.

So, overall I gave this book 3 stars.


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (4*)

All the adventure I was missing in the first book was found here. I'm hoping the remaining books will continue in the same fashion.


The Silver Chair (3*)

All the adventure I was missing in the first book was found here. I'm hoping the remaining books will continue in the same fashion.

~~~ ( )
  aliciabutler04 | Mar 29, 2023 |
I do not have words to explain the wonder that this book is.My childhood pretty much revolved around this.I even got into my wardrobe to see whether I could go to Narnia.I loved it so much that I reread it in 2011. ( )
  GouriReads | Mar 21, 2023 |
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There is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. (From The Magician's Nephew, first in chronological order)
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. (From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, first in publication order)
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Unabridged. Please do NOT combine with any abridged edition.

Contents: Magician's nephew -- Lion, the witch and the wardrobe -- Horse and his boy -- Prince Caspian -- Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- Silver chair -- Last battle.

Collection includes all seven unabridged novels in the series.

The edition with the ISBN 1856058387, while titled simply The Chronicles of Narnia, is actually only a 3-volume omnibus and should not be combined onto this page.
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Tells the tales of Narnia, a magical, fantastic place where good and evil battle, children have adventures as kings and queens, and beasts and creatures can talk.

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Four siblings travel to a new world through a wardrobe in an old house. They encounter a witch, a lion named Aslan and many other magical creatures. Narnia, due to the evil witch, has been in a continuous state of winter. Along with Aslan the children must work together to fulfill a prophecy and bring peace and prosperity to the land. 

It was this book that first introduced to me the word "allegory". It's what I refer to every time I try to explain it to someone. Also who doesn't want to find a magical world hidden in their closet?
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) features as its protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the Lion Aslan handle a crisis in the world of Narnia.
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Seven children's tales
underpinned by magic, myth
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