Now I never read these books growing up nor do I remember being read these books, sure when the movies came out in the early 2000s from Walden media. The seven book series from Clive Staples Lewis is the next collection that I decided to work my way through. This one was much easier as these book are written for children. There are two way to read the series chronologically or in order published. I read them by when published. The First book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe this if followed by Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Boy and his Horse, The Magician’s Nephew and the series concludes with The Final Battle. This is the first of two post of these book I tried to read them all before I posted but having gotten through them all yet, however I have gotten through the ones adapted or going to be adapted for film. These being the first four book, the first three were released between 2005 and 2010 and there are rumors that The Silver Chair is going to come out next, it is filming this fall. Spoilers to follow.
The first three book feature the Penesive children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy at least some of them as they journey to the land of Narnia. We begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which the Penesive children are evacuated from London during the Blitz to live with an old Professor Digory Kirke in the countryside. At the Professor’s house Lucy discovers a Wardrobe and the land of Narnia, eventually she brings her other siblings there. The second time Lucy goes Edmund follows after and encounters Jadis, the Queen of Narnia and White Witch. Edmund is enchanted by the Queen who tells him to bring his siblings with him and Edmund will be come a Prince of Narnia. Eventually all the children arrive in Narnia and a bunch of stuff happens Aslan arrives, Edmund repents and the children are crowned as Kings and Queens of Narnia.
Prince Caspian picks up about a year later when the Penesive children are brought back to Narnia although some 1300 years have passed since they left Narnia. Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines who were pirates in our world. The kingship of Narnia has fallen into evil hands of Prince Caspian’s uncle Miraz and Caspian escaped after Miraz had a rightful heir of his own. Caspian gains the support of the Old Narnians. The Penesive children eventually meet up with Caspian and the Narnians who are fighting with Miraz and the Telmarine (new Narnians). Susan and Lucy go off looking for Aslan and in the end Caspian becomes the King of Narnia and the Telmarines are offered a chance to go back home to earth or to stay under Caspian. The Penesive children leave this is Peter and Susan’s last trip to Narnia.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader picks up about a year later in our world, Lucy and Edmund are staying with their cousin Eustace Scrubb as Digory Kirke has moved to a smaller house and Peter is there studying and Susan and their parents are in America. Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are brought into Narnia from a painting of a boat at sea. It’s about three years later in Narnia and King Caspian X, the former Prince is on a journey to find the seven lost lords of Narnia who were sent off by Miraz since they were loyal to Caspian. So Caspian and his crew travel among all the islands to see if they can find them. At first Eustace didn’t want anything to do with this adventure but eventually softens and joins in on the quest to the end of the world and Reepicheep, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace depart and Edmund and Lucy learn that they won’t be returning to Narnia again.
The Silver Chair pick up during the school year less than a year later when Eustace and his classmate Jill Pole are being chased by bullies when they are brought to Narnia to solve a mystery. Decades have passed in Narnia and old king Caspian X has set off on a trip mirroring the Dawn Treader’s route in part. Eustace and Jill have been tasked by Aslan himself to find Prince Rilian, Caspian’s son and heir to the throne. Aslan give Jill four signs to help them find the Prince. Jill and Eustace travel north and find/are captured by the Lady of the Green Kirtle who has been keeping Rilian captive. Eustace and Jill rescue Rilian and he becomes the new King of Narnia. Caspian is allowed to travel into our world and helps out Eustace and Jill at their school.
Now I’m sure that the other books will eventually be made into films and I’ll get through the other three in a bit.