The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

In this section, we’ve gone chapter by chapter, throughout the books.You can read about the books here with chapter summaries of each book.You may have also noticed that we have the books listed in an order that is neither alphabetical, nor chronological. The reason for the order is this: the order in which Narnia is best experienced, is the order of publication, pure and simple. If you have not read them yet, please try reading them, first, in the original order, and after that you can read them in whatever order that you’d like. Here’s is this original order, by publication:

Original Order
Year Cur. #
1950
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
2
1951
Prince Caspian
4
1952
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
5
1953
The Silver Chair
6
1954
The Horse and His Boy
3
1955
The Magician’s Nephew
1
1956
The Last Battle
7
The current numbering on the books:
1
The Magician’s Nephew
2
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3
The Horse and His Boy
4
Prince Caspian
5
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6
The Silver Chair
7
The Last Battle

In 1957 an American boy wrote C. S. Lewis to ask about the best order for reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The boy’s mother believed the books should be read in order of their publication, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But the boy thought it would be better to read them in order of Narnian history, beginning with the creation of the enchanted world in The Magician’s Nephew.

C. S. Lewis wrote back to the boy, saying, “I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother’s,” and soon afterward the publishers began to number them in this way. But Lewis, who had written bits and pieces of the books at different times, also noted that the order probably didn’t much matter: “I’m not even sure that all the [books] were written in the same order in which they were published.”
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