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How Many Books Are in the Chronicles of Narnia Set and Where Do I Start?

Jane Howarth itcherIf you want to read the Narnia books, you’re spoilt for choice with a grand total of seven instalments. ~ Jane Howarth

And now you know how many books are in the Chronicles of Narnia set, you need to know where to start.But, wait – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe isn’t the first book?

You need to know where to start

That might weird you out.  Don’t worry, I’m here like a parcel-carrying faun to tell you about C. S. Lewis’ magical world.

There’s so much Narnia info out there, but here’s this reader’s perspective.

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So, How Many Books are there for `Narnia´?

`The Magician’s Nephew´

The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. LewisThe Magician’s Nephew was added later, but the books are usually numbered in sequence-of-events order.

If you haven’t met Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, my hint is start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Why commit this crime against number order?

Origins stories!  Everywhere!

The Magician’s Nephew is like a literary Where’s Wally, so it’s way more fun if you know what to look out for.

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`The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe´

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeI have a confession to make.  The ‘never Christmas’ part is a little depressing, but always Winter?

Sure, sign me up!  Snowy mountains are awesome.

 

 

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`The Horse and his Boy´

The Horse and his BoyGreat as a side-story, with cameos from the Kings and Queens of Narnia and some background to Prince Caspian, but otherwise it’s like a different world.

Where did wartime Britain go?

Why is Aslan so scary?

And why are we in the desert?

 

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`Prince Caspian´

Prince CaspianOne of the greatest things is the way the Pevensies adapt when the return, looking like kids in a land they used to rule.

Haven’t we all felt like that sometimes?

Looking like kids in a land they used to rule

In illustration news, I can’t help loving the bear ‘looking, to tell the truth, uncommonly silly’.

It’s hard not to love an uncommonly silly-looking bear.

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`Voyage of the Dawn Treader´

Voyage of the Dawn TreaderPrince Caspian is cool, but Reepicheep has been my favourite character for as long as I can remember.

If you think feisty mice are the future, I’m sure you’ll agree.

This book also has a bit of a pirate feel to it.

Narnia really does have it all!

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`The Silver Chair´

The Silver ChairNarnia is a scary place in The Silver Chair.

Cannibalism (sort of), swampy creatures and muddy treks are not my thing.

Things are taking a dark turn, guys.

 

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`The Last Battle´

last battleSeeing characters from across the series together is cool, but on the whole this is one melancholy book.

It asks big questions, so I don’t want to criticise, but… I can’t say I look forward it.

On the whole this is one melancholy book …

Hey, at least it makes me appreciate the earlier ones more!

And there you have it.

Now you know how Many Books are there in Narnia!

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Your Opinion Matters

Now you’ve found out how many books there are in Narnia, do you remember reading any or all of them?Tell me what you loved, hated, or always wondered about Narnia!

 

Hi, I’m Jane, BA (Drama, Film and TV) and MA (Cultural and Creative Industries). When I’m not writing about creative things, I’m designing or planning them. If you’re brave enough to risk an avalanche, look behind the stacks of books and DVDs and you’ll find me balancing a cup of tea, a handful of knitting and a cupcake.
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