“Rachel H said: 3 stars
This is my first time reading through the Narnia series. I thought this book did a good job setting up the founding of Narnia and events that I know will come up in future books, probably because this was actually the last book written in the series. I just don't think it makes that exciting of a stand alone story. None of the characters, except the evil uncle, are very well developed. Definitely some links to the creation and the garden of Eden.
Ayesha J said: 5 stars
Where to begin writing this review! I have always enjoyed reading books that take you to another world and where everything is out of the ordinary, With C.S Lewis's chronicles it has done just that. The magicians nephew takes u back to the beginnings, the beginnings of Narnia's existence. what I found most interesting was this was the last book C.S Lewis wrote but it was intentionally done to help elaborate more for those who intend to read the witches, the lion and the wardrobe.
I find it quite intriguing how this book that is set in a magical land really is a testament to the stories that are found in the bible ( and Islam aswell).
The story talks of two children, Digory and Polly who try enjoy a little bit of adventure! through their explorations they find themselves in a secret passageway that leads them to Digory uncles study. As digroy begins to understands his uncles secrets which puts polly in danger, Digory finds himself venturing in another world in an attempt to save Polly in the other world, yet temptation is everywhere and soon he finds himself in trouble and must try to undo his mistakes. Will he manage to do so? it is only something that I don't want ruin.
Amy J said:
It was wonderful to finally read this and discover the beginnings of Narnia. I've never read the whole series before, so I'm trying this month! I probably won't finish, but it's worth a try!
kairilily said: This is the first book and it tells the story of how Narnia was created, how the White Witch came to be, and at the end, it tells why the wardrobe is made and what it's made out of. Very quick, very good read. I have the rest of the Narnia books here and will hopefully finish them for this tag.
Karmstr112 said: This is the first in the Narnia series. The book started out a little slow, but picked up pace & interest once the land of Narnia was created. At the end of the book, CS Lewis set up the rest of the series and I am looking forward to reading The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe.
Kali said: 5 stars and a big red heart
What a grand adventure The Magician's Nephew turned out to be! I do love a book that is well written and the language here is top notch. While it is not a terribly long book, I did find myself going back to re-read passages because of descriptions and honestly, I did not want to leave this adventure right away. Mr. Lewis, you have put a spell on me with your words and story telling. It has been a long time indeed that I have had this much fun reading children's literature.
Sara W said: 3.5 Stars, rounded to 3
The story of Narnia continues, or rather begins with this book. Though written several years after The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis actually intended this to be the first novel in the Chronicles of Narnia.
Digory is a young boy, sadly forced to live in the confines of London with Aunt and Uncle Ketterly, his mother desperately ill and his father abroad in India. Next door lives Polly who is to become his closest friend. Whilst exploring a tunnel discovered in the attic of Polly's home they discover a secret passage that leads not only to the Ketterly's home, but to every home on the street. In a grand sense of adventure they attempt to follow the tunnel to an empty house but poorly misjudge their distance and instead stumble into the study of Digory's Uncle Andrew.
Uncle Andrew is a bit strange and spends most of his time locked up in his study practicing magic techniques. When he catches Polly and Digory in his study he sees it as the perfect opportunity to use the children as guinea pigs in an experiment that he hopes will send them to another world. The plan succeeds, but not as he had expected, unleashing an evil queen on his world. Polly and Digory succeed in removing her from London and taking her to another empty world where they hope to trap her. Instead they witness the birth of a new world, Narnia, where they play a key role in it's history and founding.
Written in the same allegorical style, aimed at a young audience, I enjoyed reading this book, though it does not live up to the original Narnia novel. Like The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe I read this one aloud to my eight year old son, who found it every bit as exciting. While I didn't enjoy it as much, I loved reading the history of the founding of Narnia and the introduction to several characters we meet in later (or earlier depending on your point of view) tales. I think it creates a very solid foundation for the rest of the series, though I think that I would recommend that anyone who has not read the Chronicles of Narnia actually start with the more famous second book and then backtrack to this story. The Magician's Nephew reads more like a prequel than Book 1 of a series, while The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe really does far more in the way of world-building and really drawing the reader in so that they continue with the rest of the series.
Aimee said: 4 stars
The prequel to 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' (though written several years later), 'The Magician's Nephew' tells the story of two London children, Polly and Digory. One day they stumble upon Digory's Uncle Andrew in his study. Andrew, who dabbles in magic, decides to use the children as guinea pigs in his experiment in travel to other worlds, an experiment that succeeds all too well. First, they find themselves in Charn, a desolate world where they awaken the evil witch, Jadis. After accidentally bringing her back to London where she comically wreaks havoc, Polly and Digory manage to drag her away to a void of an unmade world. Here they witness Aslan sing Narnia into existence.
I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read with my favorite part being the beginnings of Narnia. Lewis uses beautiful language to describe the creation of the stars, plants and animals. Yes, it parallels Genesis, and even includes a tale of temptation involving an apple tree. I must confess, this is my first exposure to The Chronicles of Narnia, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Ellen R said: 4 stars
Two young children, Polly and Digory, while exploring passageways in their homes accidently burst into the private study of Digory's eccentric Uncle Andrew. Andrew tells them of experiments he has been conducting with a set a magic rings which seem to make the ring wearer vanish but so far none of his experimental subjects, mostly guinea pigs, have returned. Polly barely touches one of the rings and instantly disappears so brave Digory grabs a ring and follows his friend. The two children find themselves in the Wood between the Worlds and realize that they can visit many different worlds with their magic rings. They next are transported to a strange barren land ruled by a beautiful but wicked queen, Jadis. The queen, who wishes to conquer new worlds, attaches herself to the children as they return to London. Jadis, who now appears more witch-like than queenly, causes such disruption that Polly and Digory quickly drag her back through the magic portal along with Uncle Andrew as well as a hansom cab driver and his horse. This time they arrive in newly created Narnia ruled over by the wise lion king Aslan. Digory, hoping Aslan can help him find a cure for his desperately ill mother, agrees to help Aslan plant a tree that will keep the evil witch Jadis away from Narnia for years to come.
What a lovely story this was with a lot of humor as well. Polly and Digory are adventurous and brave and Uncle Andrew is comically strange. The birth of Narnia is beautifully described and so imaginative. I have already read "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and I will definitely continue this wonderful series.
Kentucky Reader said: 4 stars
C. S. Lewis wrote this to be the first book for readers of the Chronicles of Narnia, but the publishers published the series in a different order and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book for most readers. It is obviously the first book, because this shows the creation of Narnia, the land integral to the rest of the series. Also Aslan is introduced, there's a big hint about why the wardrobe is magical, and the source of evil is established.
This series has stood the test of time with both children and adults because it can be read on so many levels, a fairy tale for children and an allegory for adults. As befits any book by an author who was a reknowned theologian, the story contains several similarities to the Book of Genesis, including forbidden fruit. But these stories aren't preachy, so readers who don't want to see any Biblical symbols won't see them and can just enjoy a good story.”