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.
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.
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