Review of The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

This is the book that C.S. Lewis intended to be the first in his landmark series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Here we are introduced to Polly and Digory, who are tricked by Digory's uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment that transports them into the adventure of a lifetime. After being hurled into the Wood Between the Worlds, the children encounter the evil queen Jadis, who accidently accompanies the children back to England and wrecks havoc on the streets of London. When Polly and Digory finally take the queen away from London, they find themselves lost in a place that will soon be known as Narnia. In this unforgettable story, C.S. Lewis shows us how the adventure began - the glorious birth of the land of Narnia at the hand of its mysterious King.

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As a lot of kids did, I read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first. You'd be surprised at how many people don't know that this is the first book of Narnia, not LWW. I'm going to assume everyone knows the LWW story and say that if you read this after it, it clears up a lot of confusion, like who the Witch is and where she comes from, where the Wardrobe comes from and why on Earth there's a solitary lamppost.
We meet Diggory, who is living with his Aunt and Uncle due to his mother being sick, Polly, who meets Diggory in the Garden and they decide to explore the attic together, Uncle Andrew, a very unpleasant character and of course, Aslan himself. Even though this is an old book (technically a classic), it's never boring and isn't written in a confusing way. I'd recommend this to any fantasy lovers.

5/5

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