Ok so I don’t want to get into an argument of whether The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is book 1 or book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ll simply say that although The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book written in the series and the most well known book in the series, C.S. Lewis himself intended it to be read second with The Magician’s Nephew being book 1.
Now that that technicality is out of the way, onto the book itself. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and actually the entire Chronicles of Narnia is a series of books set in a world, Narnia, that is just on the other side of a wardrobe from our own world. This world is ruled by King Aslan, a lion.
In this book, 2 sons of Adam and 2 daughters of Eve make their first visits to Narnia (they make various other visits throughout the series) and discover it is being controlled by a self proclaimed Queen, the White Witch. Read to see how these 4 humans team up with a group of unlikely friends and Aslan to strip the White Witch of her power over Narnia.
It is certainly possible to read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first in the series and indeed some people only read this book and skip the rest of the books. Well book 1, The Magician’s Nephew, explains the cosmology of Narnia and how this magic wardrobe came about, so it would seem logical to read it first, but it’s not necessary. Actually all books in the series work as a stand alone novel (except book 7) and you could read them in any order (though I wouldn’t suggest it). However, you are missing out quite a bit if you don’t read all the books; although The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the most recognizable title in the Chronicles of Narnia series, I actually don’t even consider it the best (more of this in later reviews).
In any case, this book (and maybe the entire series?) is truly a classic. You would definitely be in the minority if you haven’t read this book……..or at least watched one of the adaptations of it.