The first book written in The Chronicles of Narnia (and second chronologically) was an even better introduction to the fantasy world than in The Magician’s Nephew. It was great to see so many characters from the world with fun personalities and to learn a bit about the lore and ancient magic that comes with any good fantasy series.
The characters of Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan were fun to follow, even though it was hard to like Edmund through most of the story. It was great to see the evil witch Janus again and learn more about her motivations.
I’m still not certain that I like C.S. Lewis’ style of writing. Having the narrator say things like “now we need to go back to Edmund” or “you’ll remember this from the previous chapter” just took me out of the story. It wasn’t a dealbreaker but it definitely took away from my enjoyment of the novel.
Overall, this was a pretty good book about four kids travelling to a magical land. They get wrapped up in a sort-of war and go to battle for Aslan. They make some interesting friends and grow as characters and as siblings.
It’s interesting to see aspects of this story which inspired other things I’ve seen and read.