The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew

Book - 2005
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When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
ISBN: 9780060764906
Characteristics: 219 pages ;,21 cm.


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Chronologically first story in the Narnia series. Starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe works too.

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Aug 28, 2018

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was amazing.

Jun 03, 2018

C.S. Lewis was an amazing writer!!! This probably my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia!

JCLBeckyC Jan 13, 2018

Beautiful classic. There are some dark themes in this children's story, but I agree with Matthew de la Pena's essay for Time Magazine, "Why We Shouldn't Shield Children from Darkness":

A really fantastic work by a celebrated writer. You owe it to yourself to read this one.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 24, 2017

The Magician's Nephew is a wonderful prequel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. This book tells the tale of a boy and girl who travelled to Narnia and met Aslan and the evil witch long before the four children did. I really enjoyed this book and the simple way the author has written the story made it fly by with all action and no boring bits!

Sep 06, 2017

A well written book that makes me want to have the same experience.

Aug 21, 2017

This is an excellent article which seems to summarize Lewis' true meaning of the series:

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

I'm irked that the publisher calls this the first book in the Narnia series, since it originally was published later than the others. Upon re-reading it I can see it could work as a gentle, fairy-tale-like introduction to the series. But the other books still have more to offer.

JCLDebbieL Mar 14, 2017

Discover how the world of Narnia came into existence. Although this is the sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, the events that take place within the book occur before the children discovered the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The origin of the lamppost, the way the witch entered into Narnia and the reason the wardrobe is the entrance into Narnia are all revealed in the Magician's Nephew. Adults and children alike will enjoy this classic.

Mar 09, 2017

I'm not really sure how this whole series works, but I know that this is the very first book. Or prologue. Or something. I felt that even though C.S Lewis' writing techniques and flow didn't really fit me at parts, it was still highly enjoyable. Polly was a very relatable character, and at times I could visualize her really well. The whole entire spin on what happened "before/at the start of Narnia" is truly an interesting adventure, involving the differences between green and yellow, left and right, good and evil, and such. This bridge into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty great, if you ask me. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Digory whose uncle was a magician. He created these rings which were made out of magic and that led to several other worlds. Digory’s neighbor was a girl named Polly and they went to Digory’s house to hang out. They soon discovered Digory’s uncle’s magical rings and were told to put them on by Digory’s uncle. When Polly put the yellow ring on, she vanished into thin air. Digory thought she was in danger and went to save her. Before he put on the yellow ring, his uncle told him to put a green ring in his right pocket without telling him the reason why. He carefully slid it in his pocket, and then put on his yellow ring. Digory appeared in a quiet forest where he found Polly. There were pools there which lead to other worlds and they jumped into one. When they entered it, they found themselves in a desolated area. They went into some building and found an enchantment on a stone tablet there with a hammer. Digory smashed the hammer onto the stone tablet and a witch was summoned. At that moment, they were in trouble.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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JCLBeckyC Jan 13, 2018

"When you were last here," said Aslan, "that hollow was a pool, and when you jumped into it you came to the world where a dying sun shone over the ruins of Charn. There is no pool now. That world is ended, as if it had never been. Let the race of Adam and Eve take warning." "Yes, Aslan," said both the children. But Polly added, "But we're not quite as bad as that world, are we, Aslan?" "Not yet, Daughter of Eve," he said. "Not yet. But you are growing more like it. It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the Deplorable Word and use it to destroy all living things. And soon, very soon, before you are an old man and an old woman, great nations in your world will be ruled by tyrants who care no more for joy and justice and mercy than the Empress Jadis. Let your world beware. That is the warning..."

if you were any braver you would be a lioness

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“You have a traitor there, Aslan," said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

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Jun 07, 2013

Polly and Digory become friend and Digory's uncle who sends them to a forest with many pools with magical rings. The jump into a pool and Digory rings a bell and wakes up an old Queen. The Queen accidentally comes home with them when they put on a different ring. The Queen goes around London with Digory's uncle and creates craziness. Then they all ,including a horse and caddy, try to take the Queen home. They end up in a place that is all dark. They hear a lion singing and witness the creation of Narnia. Some animals are chosen to talk and the horse is one of them. Digory goes to talk to the lion about saving his mother and is sent on a quest for a silver apple with Polly and the now talking winged horse. Meanwhile, Digory's uncle is captured by the animals and chooses to hear barking and growling instead of talking. The Queen is in the garden where the silver apple is and she is eating one. Digory is tempted but does not eat it and brings it back to the lion. The apple is planted, Digory's uncle sleeps, the King and Queen (the caddy and his wife) are crowned, and Digory takes an apple from the new tree to save his mom. Digory plants the apple core in London, and when it is knocked down by a big storm it is created into a wardrobe which is placed in a large house where Digory now lives since his family became rich when a rich relative dies. And that is where the magic begins!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the origins of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle. They encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about the world are answered as a result.


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