The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician’s Nephew was the second book in my Summer of Reading Challenge (3 books read so far). I’m way behind in my reviews/blog posts at the moment. Hopefully I’ll catch up.

I was offered the opportunity to read this book in exchange for review from the online shop Books 2 Doors.   I’ve never read the Narnia books before so this was  a good opportunity for me to finally read them.

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My Thoughts

The fantasy world of The Magician’s Nephew was interesting and compelling. But I didn’t realise that it was a prequel and I was starting to wonder if the story had a point. The pace was good and I was riveted but I was left feeling a little bit disapointed.

This book is considered a classic but some of it’s ideas are not very original and copy from christian tales which was disapointing in a fantasy story. The mention of “Sons of Adam and Eve,”  and the bit with the apple trees. I thought a popular fantasy author like C.S Lewis would’ve had more imagination than that.

I didn’t like the view point because the narrator/author kept talking to the reader and it was distracting. Other things can be blamed on the era: the evil character, cheesey and cliched. Also the stereotypical way Polly was treated.

I also didn’t like how everything in Narnia just appeared out of thin air, it was boring. Our world evolved and it’s more interesting to see how life has evolved to suit it’s living conditions and to see traces of prehistory like dinosaurs. Narnia just appeared. 

It’s a shame to write a negative review of a classic. I do wonder if children may enjoy this book, it’s different reading this type of book as an adult. I did enjoy parts of this story and was riveted but a lot left me disapointed.

I am going to read the next book The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at some point, after I’ve recovered from this one, just in the hope that it will improve. I wish I’d started with that book as I didn’t really see the point of this one.

Have you read this book or the other Narnia books? What did you think?

About Books 2 Doors

Books 2 Doors sells mainly children’s books at low prices, although there’s a few adult books in the mix including: Thomas Harris, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The All Souls Trilogy, (my favourite trilogy). And some non-fiction.

When I ordered my books, The Chronicles Of Narnia and The Percy Jackson they arrived very quickly.

“Here at Books2Door, we want to encourage a love of reading in all children. That’s why we have been offering exceptional books at affordable prices since 2004.
We select books that we know your children will fall in love with, from treasured classics to the latest must-have series. With our extensive range of authors and genres, there is something for every child, from reluctant readers to eager bookworms. 
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6 thoughts on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew”

  1. Maybe the worst volume in the series to read first? Do start with Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, which has great charm, I’d say. I read all of the books to my children, though somewhat through gritted teeth at times: I found the fact that’s it’s saturated with Christian Allegory increasingly irritating. In the last of the series (?The Last Battle?) Susan gets packed off to Hell because she likes lipstick. ‘Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen in Narnia’, eh, Prof Lewis? Shame she had to grow up into a big girl, isn’t it?
    Stil, lot of good stuff if you overlook the casual racism and misogyny. Also the talking animals and bacon sandwiches is a tricky combination. Reepicheep the mouse is good. And some very useful dialogue, eg.:
    ‘We’ll be there soon.’
    ‘When’s soon?’
    ‘All times are soon,’ said Aslan. That’s our family motto, now.

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  2. The Lion, The Witch and The wardrobe is far superior. The Magician’s Nephew is only interesting if you have read that first as it explains some bits and pieces, as a stand alone it is not very compelling. All books are now very much of their time, so expect some dated references and potentially views. They have ages better than Blyton for example but you can’t escape the fact they were written in a very different era.

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  3. I hate that they reorganized the series in chronological order, rather than the order they were written in. If you read The Magician’s Nephew sixth it makes a lot more sense.

    The books are pretty dated now, and the Christian allegory can be pretty overpowering at times, but if you can ignore that they can still be enjoyable.

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