This is the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. It starts off with a boy named Digory. He meets a girl named Polly and they become friends. Digory is staying at his uncle’s house while is father is fighting in a war and his mother is deathly ill. Digory and Polly have many adventures together including going up to the secret part of Polly’s attic.
One day, they plan to go exploring and try to get into abandoned houses. However, the plan doesn’t work, and they end up in Digory’s uncle’s forbidden study. Polly touches a beautiful ring she likes and suddenly disappears. Digory then has to go save her. He takes a ring too and disappears. He takes two rings of a different color that will bring them back.
They both appear in a forest. The forest just consists of trees and a variety of small pools. It is quite mysterious. Once knowing they can get back, they decide to explore more. They end up in a magical yet silent creepy land. They are in the courtyard of a castle and walk around. They eventually find a large room full of silent waxy figures. In the front of the room, there is a bell and a hammer. Digory goes against Polly’s warning and rings the bells.
A beautiful yet fierce woman awakes. Her castle starts to fall apart, and she must escape with the children. Polly knows she is bad and Digory doesn’t care. Polly tries to escape with Digory and without the woman, but the woman holds on. They go back to Earth where the woman (who is actually a witch) wants to rule over the humans like she did in her original world. She goes with Digory’s uncle all over town, stealing things and trying to just cause chaos.
In the end, there is a big crowd in front of Digory’s house. The witch is quite strong and starts to cause even more problems. Digory and Polly decide to try and teleport away with the Witch. They take a few other people (and animals) along too. They end up in the beginning of Narnia which is just pure darkness. A magical song starts, and Narnia begins to come to life. Aslan the Lion appears and begins to select animals to talk.
There is a conference and they disband. Digory and Polly then go to meet the Lion. The Witch and Digory’s uncle have both run off. The children meet Aslan and learn more about Narnia. The first book ends with one of the people Digory and Polly took becoming King of Narnia. Eventually, the children and some of the other people go back to Narnia, leaving the Witch and King. They get back to their world where no time has passed. The book pretty much ends there and transitions onto the next book.
I really enjoyed this book. It again has been recommended to me by a friend. Though I haven’t watched the movies in a while, I can say the books are much better. The movies also skip some of the books which doesn’t make sense. This book was made and is based around the 1950s, this means that some of the words and phrases may have different meanings or just aren’t used today. Some of my favorites are “you naughty little boy” and “I do say”. Overall, I think this book is very good and should definitely be on your reading list. My book set has all 7 books in one but the 7 books in the series are usually individual. Anyways, yes read it.
I would give this book an 8.5/10