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Letter from the Author
If you’re reading this you most likely love stories, books, and the worlds they create for us. That very love was the origin of this novel.
I bet you’ve wondered where your very favorite tales began. How they started. Their origin story, as it were. And that’s what I wondered about Narnia. As young George Devonshire asks in this novel – “Where did Narnia come from?”
With that in mind, I set out to find some answers. But I didn’t want just the logical answers I read in so many wonderful books about the land behind the wardrobe. Sometimes for the larger and most beautiful questions, only a story will do. And I felt one stirring that might reveal exactly what C.S. Lewis meant when he said “Sometimes fairy stories may say best what needs to be said.”
Although an author’s life and reading might inform a story in some ways, there are also large swaths of story-source that are altogether imaginative, mysterious, and transcendent. This is what I wanted to express in this story you hold in your hand.
As the Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue once wrote, “A book is a path of words which take the heart in new directions.” And that is what I long to show you: how Narnia does that for us all.