This, I think, was the best Narnia book, as its motivations were the truest and purest and it offered the explanations for the beginnings of so much in the future books with which we are already so familiar. Funny how Lewis turns the tables on this one -- the pursuit of an apple for a *good* reason by a man, for a woman.
This is the beautiful story of how the land of Narnia was created. I'm glad I read it before diving into the series (there are two different philosophies as to how the Chronicles are arranged, and one of them has this one as the first book).
Beginning of the classic, "Chronicles of Narnia." This was not one of my favorites but it lays down some interesting background to the other stories and presents the introduction of evil into the world of Narnia.