"Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!"
~ Lucy Pevensie/ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
When the Pevensie children arrive at Professor Kirke's countryside manor, they can't help but feel dismal about their situation. It's bad enough that WWII has forced them to leave their home in London, but their new residence doesn't look very welcoming. In fact, they quickly realize it's best if they remain out of sight and not disturb anything. The dull, quiet house inspires a game, and when the youngest sister, Lucy, stumbles upon a world hidden within a wardrobe and meets a faun named Tumnus, she can't believe her luck. She rushes to tell her brothers and sister, but Peter, Edmund, and Susan don't believe her. After seeing nothing more than fur coats hanging in the old wardrobe, they begin to worry about Lucy's sanity. Edmund also discovers the wardrobe's secret, but he meets up with a witch who introduces herself as the Queen of Narnia. Because of an old prophecy, she entices Edmund with a bit of enchanted Turkish Delight. Once under her spell, he'll do anything to get more of the delicious treat. The witch tells him to bring his siblings to her, and she'll give him as much as he desires. When Edmund returns home, Lucy's excited that he found out the wardrobe's secret, but her thoughts on the witch are very different from his. Will Edmund's desire for more Turkish Delight compel him to hand over his brother and sisters to the witch? What does Professor Kirke know about Narnia? Are the Pevensie children the four humans mentioned in the prophecy? Who is Aslan? You will have to read this incredible book to find out!
I couldn't help but fall into the captivating scenes in this story. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is pure adventure! I felt sad for Lucy when no one believed her about the wardrobe and was excited when she found out Edmund had been to Narnia too. My heart sank when he didn't back up her story in front of Peter and Susan, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for Edmund, always in Peter's shadow. The White Witch is the perfect evil queen for a land where the magic runs deep. You can practically smell the crispness of the snow when Lucy pushes past the fur coats and steps into Narnia for the first time. This story is full of surprises, and I'd recommend it to those who wish to be whisked away to a place where their imagination can soar!
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