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The Magician’s Nephew by C.S.Lewis

April 8, 2016

Words are powerful entities and when they get along with imagination, they can become magical. The Chronicles of Narnia is the product of vibrant words spun together with the vivid imagination of C.S.Lewis. Every book in the series is more than just a children’s story. They are more than fantasy and adventure. They are tools which will dare each child to imagine and will inspire every child to dream. The Chronicles of Narnia are a bunch of magical stories, which will enthrall the dear hearts of kids and adults alike for ages to come.

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Title: The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia- 1)

Author: C.S.Lewis

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publishing Date: First published January 1st 1955. This edition- May 4th 2005

Pages: 221

Genres: Children’s Fantasy, High Fantasy

Format: Paperback

 

From Goodreads: When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

 

The Magician’s Nephew  is the prequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is one of my favorite books of all time and ranks in my top three favorites of The Chronicles of Narnia series. Though, it is the prequel, this book was originally published as the 6th book in the series. In my box set of The Chronicles of Narnia, this book is numbered Book 1 and I had no idea until recently that this book was originally published 6th in the series. I personally feel it is best if you read this book before starting The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as The Magician’s Nephew tells the story of how the world of Narnia came into being and answers several questions you may have about the world of Narnia.

The Magician’s Nephew is a magical book in every way- the plot, the characters, and the setting. The story takes place several decades before Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy pushed through the fur coats in the wardrobe and discovered Narnia. The Magician’s Nephew takes us on a journey with two ordinary kids, Digory and Polly, whose extraordinary adventures lead them to the world of Narnia. The tale is a delight to read and full of twists, which will make you smile and feel glad that you bought the book.

The descriptions of the different settings in the book are marvelous. The nostalgic feel of early 20th century London, the mystic ‘Wood between the Worlds’, and the enchanting world of Narnia will leave the readers spellbound. Every character of the story is engaging to read and as the story progressed, the hidden depths and talents of each character are revealed. This is the beauty of the Narnia stories, where, at first, people may seem ordinary, but in fact, everyone has precious gems of talent concealed within them. I believe we all can relate to this, as every human being is born with priceless talents, which can one day lead us to our highest potential. Besides being an inspiring story, The Magician’s Nephew will unveil several mysteries of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, such as, the origin of the lamp post in Narnia, the reason Narnia is a much younger world than our world, why The Wardrobe is magical, and who is The Magician’s Nephew and what role he plays in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Magician’s Nephew is a lovely book with a magical story which can never get old. I read the book several years ago and I clearly remember how much I had enjoyed reading the book back then. Today, as I went through the plot again in order to write the review, my love for this book was re-ignited. It is a story I would recommend every parent to read to their children as it will make their lips lighten up into a smile and their hearts leap with joy.

♥♥♥♥♥—Rating: 5/5

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