Saturday, October 31

Book Review: The Magician's Nephew

Title: The Magician's Nephew

Author: C.S. Lewis

Pages: 202

Summary: When Polly vanishes after Uncle Andrew's horrid trick, Digory has no choice but to follow her. Touching the magic rings takes the children into a wood where mysterious pools lead to countless other worlds. Their adventure opens up the doorway to Narnia -- a new and magical land where animals learn to speak and where trees are able to walk. But Narnia is under threat from the evil Queen, and Digory and Polly have to find the magical fruit that alone can save it.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I’ve read or have had some of the Narnia books to me as a child, but I don’t remember which ones, or much of the story. The only thing I have to base any Narnia knowledge on is the movies. So during the Read-a-thon, I decided to jump into the Narnia books, and started where Narnia started. And I was very disappointed. The books don’t have that magic to them I thought they did or remembered them to have. The characters were bland and boring, there was little description of Narnia and for a fantasy novel. I understand it’s for a younger audience, so the author didn’t go to in-depth in describing the setting or certain scenes, but this goes beyond the point in trying to keep the attention span of children.
Overall, boring and not a very strong introduction to keep a reader’s attention in the series I enjoy the idea behind the story and series, but not a fan of how it’s executed.

Would I recommend it to read: For children yes, I’d say some of this would be good for the 7 - 9 range reading with family kind of thing, because it’s a good book that might help get reluctant children to read (I mean what child doesn’t like an all powerful - talking lion. (Although in later books, he seems to be slightly cruel).

What to read next: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and his Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle (the other six books listed in Chronological order).

Challenges: 1st in Series Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge,
YA Challenge


  1. I grew up with naria and I've read all of them many times. If you haven't read the first one (or even recently), this probably isn't a great place to start. I don't like it how they put it first in the volumes. Yes, it chronologically came first, but it's not the starting point to falling in love with Naria.

    LOVE the cover, though.

  2. I'm sorry to hear that this book lost some of it's magic for you. I have not yet read any of these books, so I don't have much of an opinion on them, but I do eventually want to read all the books in this series.