The Last Battle

The Last Battle: The Chronicles of NarniaThe Last Battle

The Chronicles of Narnia #7

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This started out a bit depressing, so I stopped for a day. Then I finished it quick.

Absolutely loved it. And while Lewis and I don’t see eye to eye on every theological point in the Book, this was as good of a simple picture of Heaven as I think I’ll ever read. Enough so that it just made me ache to “go home”…

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The Silver Chair

The Silver ChairThe Silver Chair

Chronicles of Narnia #4

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

A good “quest” story.

I do have to admit that I came close to tears when Eustace and Jill silently requested to stay in Aslan’s Country, but He had to tell them it wasn’t their time yet. A moment of poignant longing for the Best of All to be right then.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of NarniaThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia #3

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Each Narnia book gets better and better. In this case we are introduced to Eustace Scrubb, a thoroughly unpleasant cousin of Edmond and Lucy.

They all go to Narnia, have adventures with Caspian and then go back to England.

I find it amazing how simple and concise these stories are and yet just how engaging and wonderful at the same time. I would find myself thinking “Well, what if…, or How would this…” and I would have to pull myself back and remember that Lewis was writing this primarily for children.

And yet I was never bored, nor did I ever roll my eyes at a simplification. This was great writing. And it really shows.

Prince Caspian

Prince CaspianPrince Caspian

Chronicles of Narnia #2

C.S. Lewis

4 of 5 Stars

 

The 4 Pevensy’s [spelling?] return to Narnia to right the wrongs.

This is a morality tale, but told in such a way that youngsters would be enthralled by the story even if they missed the deeper connotations. Which is why Dad or Mom should read this to them, and ask questions, to make the child think. An evil king, an outcast prince, kings and queens of legend, magical beasts, battles and a resolution that rights all wrongs, all rolled together to tell in engaging story.

It is a testament to Lewis’s writing that he is able to preach in this book without preaching.

The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His BoyThe Horse and His Boy

Chronicles of Narnia #5

C.S. Lewis

4 of 5 Stars

 

This was a GREAT read. It was a bit shorter than I remember from youthful days, but the story was fun, fast, adventure filled and full of lessons artfully inserted.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia #1

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Probably the best known book of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Lewis doesn’t make any bones about his theology in this novel and yet still tells a tale that can enthrall any child and most adults [those who are not too jaded anyway].

The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of NarniaThe Magician’s Nephew

The Chronicles of Narnia #6

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Having recently read Roald Dahl’s The Witches it gave me an immediate comparison between 2 children’s book.

You can’t truly compare them, as they written for completely different reasons.

But anyway…

Very good! A wonderful story about 2 children and the beginning of Narnia. It was well written and the narrative just flowed. Nowhere did a word or phrase jar me out of the world Lewis crafted. Hints of Christian theology were deftly woven through, while leaving the fantasy wide open.

A wonderful start to The Chronicles of Narnia.