What can be said of so wonderful a series that hasn’t been said already? Even to review The Chronicles of Narnia feels like an act of arrogance.
Read them. I’ll say that. Read them.
All right, I’ll say a little more. Start with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the first published in the series.
In it, the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are swept into the magical world of Narnia through an ordinary-seeming wardrobe while on holiday in the country. Here begins an enchanting adventure that has touched the hearts and edified the souls of a generation. Here Edmund learns the grave cost of sin and treachery and the incomparable value of forgiveness. Here the reader, through Lucy and Susan, experiences the great loss and greater gain of Christ’s sacrifice through the person of Aslan, the Lion-lord of Narnia and the Son of the Emperor over the Sea. Here Peter learns what it is to be a king in submission to the King.
No other series, I dare say, has done more to reclaim the hearts of an increasingly forlorn and secularized Western civilization than this has done. Of all the good spells to be found, these are surely the greatest.