The Magician’s Nephew

It was the sixth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia but is the first chronologically in the world of Narnia.  My edition was beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes and updated in colour which enhanced the reading experience so much.  The story follows Digory and his friend Polly who using magic rings from Digorys Uncle Andrew, travel through the Wood between the Worlds and into the realm of Charn where he hopes to find a cure for his sick mother.  However when Digory accidentally awakens the evil queen Jadis from an enchanted sleep the adventure becomes a lot more dangerous. Jadis follows the two into the dark and bare world that the Great Lion Aslan would turn into Narnia. The newly created Narnia is threatened by the presence of the evil Jadis. Digory goes on a quest for a magic apple, which will grow into a tree that will protect Narnia from the Witch and hopefully find a way to save his ill mother at the same time.

I really enjoyed this little story, the way that it reads and how he talks about alternative universes and in a way wormholes!  The story bounces through so many cool ideas.  It was written as a prequel to the other story’s so I can imagine how it would have felt for fans to read about the creation of all that was to come. There are parallels to the Bible in the story but C.S. Lewis never intended to write his Narnia stories as Christian tales.  The world of Narnia is easily to imagine, while reading it I could see the whole thing unfold in my mind.  It is one of those books that I can imagine reading to a child before bed or at story time.  The tale or good versus evil and of morality. Lewis was a strong believer in the intrinsic value of nature for itself, rather than as a resource to be exploited a trait shared by friend and fellow author J. R.R. Tolkien.  I immensely enjoyed reading this story and cannot wait to experience the others.

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