Book Review: “The Magician’s Nephew”

Book ten of my 2019 Reading Challenge.

C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew

So I never read the Chronicles of Narnia in elementary school but I bought the Scholastic Book set from those awesome book fairs. You know which ones I’m talking about. Since then they have been collecting dust on my bookshelf.

Now I did watch the movies; originally the BBC versions when I was in the second grade and then the newer versions when they came out. I loved the BBC versions when I was younger and I couldn’t tell you why I never read the books.

If you have read the series you’ll know that the books are very short and a super easy read. I really liked this aspect because sometimes it’s nice to just speed through a book without having to think about it so much. It only took a couple before bed reading times for me to get through the prequel to the stories that were made into movies.

Because they never made a movie for The Magician’s Nephew I didn’t know what the story was about, other than the fact that it was before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was a great read to really set up the entire series which I enjoyed a lot.

The story begins with children (as all of them do) but not the main cast of characters we know from the other books. The children basically discover Narnia, with magic of course, and watch Aslan create the land and creatures within it. There isn’t really much else to the book except some extra bits here and there to make it a real story.

Overall I think I’m going to like reading the series even though I did the cardinal sin of watching the movies first.

Stay tuned for book number two: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.


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