Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The by C.S. Lewis


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Imagine a world unlike our own. A world that is excitingly different, and full of magic, mystery, and mythical creatures. And the only way to reach this strange land is simply to walk through an ordinary wardrobe. For Lucy, this situation was beyond mere imagination.

Along with her siblings Peter, Susan, and Edmund, Lucy is shipped from their London home to a country manor during World War II. The manor is owned by a wise old professor who gives them free reign to explore. In their searching, the children come across a room that is empty, except for a wardrobe. While the others quickly dismiss this lone piece of furniture, Lucy has other ideas…and here the adventure begins.

Shortly after arriving, Lucy meets a faun by the name of Tumnus, who informs her that she is now in the land of Narnia. Although delighted by this, Lucy finds out that there is danger all around her. Narnia is under the control of the evil White Witch. “Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb”, cries Tumnus. “It’s she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” Also, Lucy (as well as Peter, Susan, and Edmund), are the partial fulfillment of an ancient Narnian prophecy, which will spell the end of the White Witch’s icy reign. If the White Witch discovers the arrival of the “Sons of Adam” and the “Daughters of Eve” in Narnia, she will go out of her way to destroy them.

Despite the ongoing threat, Lucy draws her siblings into the troubled world and towards the ultimate battle between good and evil, the final outcome determined by the prophetic arrival of a lion named Aslan. What will become of Narnia? Are the four children really the ones prophesied about? Most importantly, will Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find their way back to the wardrobe, and to their own world? All is answered in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, along with a final promise: this is “only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia”.

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