The series

The Chronicles of Narnia has been in continuous publication since 1950 and had sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.[1][2][3] Lewis originally conceived what would become Narnia in 1939.
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However the vast majority of the text was written by between 1949 and 1954. The books were

written in neither the order they were originally published nor in the chronological order in which they are currently presented.[5] The original illustrator was Pauline Baynes and her pen and ink drawings are still used in publication today. Lewis was awarded the 1956 Carnegie Medal for The Last Battle, the final book in the Narnia series. Roger Lancelyn Green first called the series The Chronicles of Narnia in the beginning of March 1951, after he had read and discussed with C.S. Lewis the recently completed "The Silver Chair" (then called Night under Narnia).[6] The seven books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia are presented here in the order in which they were originally published (see reading order below). [edit]The

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

First edition

Main article: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, completed by the end of March 1949[7] and published by Geoffrey Bles in London on 16 October 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Professor Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan, a talking lion, save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the kingdom of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter. The children become kings and queens of this new-found land and establish the Golden Age of Narnia, leaving a legacy to be rediscovered in later books. [edit]Prince

Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951)

First edition

Main article: Prince Caspian Completed after Christmas in December 1949[8] and published 15 October 1951, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia tells the story of the Pevensie children's second trip to Narnia. They are drawn back by the power of Susan's horn, blown by Prince Caspian to summon help in his hour of need. Narnia as they knew it is no more. Their castle is in ruins and all the dryads have retreated so far within themselves that only Aslan's magic can wake them. Caspian has fled into the woods to escape his uncle, Miraz, who had usurped the throne. The children set out once again to save Narnia. [edit]The

Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

First edition

Main article: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Begun in January, completed in February 1950[9] and published on 15 September 1952, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ returns Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, to Narnia. Once there, they join Caspian's voyage on the ship Dawn Treader to find the seven lords who were banished whenMiraz took over the throne. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan's country at the end of the world. [edit]The

Silver Chair (1953)

First edition

Main article: The Silver Chair Completed in the beginning of March 1951[9] and published 7 September 1953, The Silver Chair is the first Narnia book without the Pevensie children. Instead, Aslan calls Eustace back to Narnia together with his classmate Jill Pole. There they are given four signs to aid in the search for Prince Rilian, Caspian's son, who disappeared after setting out ten years earlier to avenge his mother's death. Eustace and Jill, with the help of Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, face danger and betrayal before finding Rilian. [edit]The

Horse and His Boy (1954)

First edition

Main article: The Horse and His Boy Begun in March, completed end of July 1950[9] and published 6 September 1954, The Horse and His Boy takes place during the reign of the Pevensies in Narnia, an era which begins and ends in the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story is about Bree, a talking horse, and a young boy named Shasta, both of whom have been held in bondage in Calormen. By chance, they meet each other and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. Along the way they meet Aravis and her talking horse Hwin who are also escaping to Narnia. [edit]The

Magician's Nephew (1955)

First edition

Main article: The Magician's Nephew Completed in February 1954[10] and published by Bodley Head in London on 2 May 1955, the prequel The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the very beginning of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle, encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about Narnia are answered in the adventure that follows. [edit]The

Last Battle (1956)

First edition

Main article: The Last Battle Completed in March 1953[11] and published 4 September 1956, The Last Battle chronicles the end of the world of Narnia. Jill and Eustace return to save Narnia fromShift, an ape, who tricks Puzzle, a donkey, into impersonating the lion Aslan, precipitating a showdown between the Calormenes and King Tirian. [edit]Reading

order

Fans of the series often have strong opinions over the order in which the books should be read. Under dispute is the placement of two volumes, The Magician's Nephewand The Horse and His Boy, both of which take place significantly earlier than they were written, and which also fall somewhat outside the main story arc connecting the others. The "reading order" of the other five books is not disputed. Publication order The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Horse and His Boy The Magician's Nephew The Last Battle Chronological order The Magician's Nephew Written order The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Final Completion order[5] The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Horse and His Boy The Silver Chair The Last Battle The Magician's Nephew

The Lion, the Witch and the Prince Caspian Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Last Battle The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Horse and His Boy The Silver Chair The Magician's Nephew The Last Battle