Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew


65640.jpgTitle: The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Genre:  Children’s Fantasy
Publication Date: First Published May 2nd 1955

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The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventure

NARNIA…where the woods are thick and cold, where Talking Beasts are called to life…a new world where the adventure begins.

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory’s Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to…somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion’s song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return home.” (Goodreads)

I haven’t read this series since some time in my younger years. This book was one of my first experiences with the fantasy genre and it probably is the reason I love that genre so much! It was definitely time to dive back into this world C.S. Lewis created.

As a child you don’t understand all of the symbolism he put into his work. Reading this book as an adult made me go “Ah!” a lot as I saw a lot of parallels between his work and the Bible. It was interesting how he took stories like Adam and Eve and created it into something new.

The characters are usually black and white. There are those who are just evil, the queen, and those who are inherently good, Aslan. I would also say that Polly was on the good side and always listened unlike Digory who seemed to be trying to figure things out on his own. His uncle on the other hand, was a whack job! Who just gives a child a ring and says see ya later?!

The beginning of the story is quite slow but it didn’t take away from the story for me. My favorite part of the book was when the queen comes back and they are riding around! Wouldn’t that be a sight? Ha.

Overall, I enjoyed my reread of The Magician’s Nephew. It reminds me of my childhood and it also feels new and refreshing after recently reading through a biography about C.S. Lewis’s life. I can’t wait to continue through the series this year.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)



7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew

  1. It’s so interesting to go back and read childhood favs as an adult isn’t it, because there is a lot you don’t quite take on board back then. Charming review Joanna, really glad you are enjoying this stroll down memory lane :))))) <333

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