Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

Title: The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Paperback, 221 pages
Date Published: July 8, 2002 (Originally 1955)

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
The Adventure Begins. Narnia... where Talking Beasts walk... where a Witch waits... where a new world is about to be born. On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible....  
The Magician’s Nephew creates the building blocks to the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. The beginning of the magic, of this incredibly beautiful world filled with mythical creatures and heroic journeys, starts right here. The characters we know from the films aren’t in this first one, but I loved both Polly and Digory, the two children who first venture into Narnia. The story is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The writing style is different as well. The narrator is telling the story and even throws in little random things about how people would look and act back in that time.

The story itself is magical and, at times, breathtaking. The White Witch is a beast of a woman (as she should be), but Digory and Polly counter her very well. The creation of Narnia had to be the most astonishing thing about the story. It isn’t this complex creation, but the way it is written makes it absolutely captivating and enthralling. It is easy to see how this series has become one of the most beloved stories of all time.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Katy said...

I love this book--it's one of my favorites in the series. The first time I read the series, I read it in the order of publication (this one comes second to the last!), so it was a little confusing at first to my grade-school mind, but when I figured out the connections I was very impressed. :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I love the Chronicles of Narnia, and I'm so excited because I just recently found out that this book is on the booklist for one of my classes this fall. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I can't believe that I never read this before, especially since I was always buried in a book when I was a child. I'm happy to finally read the series now though.

@Natalie - Enjoy! I wish I could have read Narnia for school :D

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