Note: This review is spoiler free!
I’m reading these in chronological order rather than publication. I liked the first one, The magician’s nephew, but didn’t think it was amazing. But, I was really looking forward to reading this one because I think most people know this story even if they hadn’t read it. I think this book was written first too? Could be wrong.
I really enjoy the style of writing. It’s simple enough, and moves fast enough, for younger readers, but vivid enough for adult readers too. I do enjoy the breaking of the fourth wall too.
We dive straight in and everything is exciting immediately. The world of Narnia is unique with lots of potential, but comfortable enough that it’s easy envision it. I thought the ending was very clever. After reading it, I felt satisfied as if the story was wrapped up well.
I thought all the characters were brilliant. Each of the main characters, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy had their own personality and it was showed well without bogging down the story.
I loved this book. I thought it was much better written than the first in the series and also had a better plot. It’s obvious why this one in the series is so well known. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series now. I think this is a brilliant book to read with young children. The pace moves quick enough that such a long book, (to a five year old), isn’t slow or ‘boring’.
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? Yes
Would I read this Author again? Yes