The Magician's Nephew by C. S. LewisThe Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew

byC. S. LewisIllustratorPauline Baynes

Paperback | March 5, 2002

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How Aslan created Narnia and gave the gift of speech to its animals.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge Univer...
Title:The Magician's NephewFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.48 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.19 × 0.48 inPublished:March 5, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A great book about adventure and magic, easy and fun to read.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This is my second favorite book in the Narnia series. Great new characters and new insight into how things came to be in Narnia.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh ? This book was okay it was an easy read though and I enjoyed it
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good deal I bought it one month ago and I loved it, it's a good price for a good book. Easy to keep it in a purse and read in the subway
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More magic in Narnia Full of magic, adventure and bravery. A time tested series to be enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book C.S. Lewis skillfully wrote an intriguing story set in a fictional world. A great read for both children and adults.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great an amazing adventure and one that can easily be shared with children
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This has been my favourite series ever! This book talks about the creation of Narnia and how everything in the fictional land of Narnia came to be. This is a brilliant book! C.S. Lewis is my favourite author ever.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Magician's Nephew Another part of the chronicles of Narnia series. The story inside is the creation of the world of Narnia and how it came to be, before the Pensevie children discovered it. The story features Digory and Polly as they are tricked and transported into a woods with many ponds. A really great read for any Narnia lover.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everyone My mother bought these books years ago for me. Before Harry Potter was popular, Narina was the series to read. I feel like the Magicians Nephew is often undervalued (compared to the second book in the series which has become so popular thanks to the movies) but it really sets up for all the future novels and explains how things came to be. A must read for any book lover!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantasy at it's best No collection is complete without C.S. Lewis. These novels I credit with being foundational in my love of reading.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely story If you are a Narnia fan, this book gives you an idea about the creation of that world. If you aren't a Narnia fan, this book is very enjoyable, but I would recommend starting with The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and then come back to this story. It's a bit heavier and therefore not the best introduction to Narnia (at least for a younger reader).
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit dated I enjoyed seeing a bit more of Jadis and where she comes from. There are some aspects of this book that are rather dated, but it's still a fun, short story.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! This book is a very good book written by one of the greatest authors. This book will make you want to read it again and again and it never gets boring. It is a book that will make you read the next books as well even though it does not end with a cliffhanger. It is a book that is part of one of the greatest series of all time. It is a very old book but it is still very good. I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a very good book that I think everyone should read.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great i really liked this book and it's one of my favorites from the chronicles of narnia
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The One That Started a Love Affair with The Bad Witch Honestly, it kinda makes you feel for you just a little...or at least respect how clever she is #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great fanatsy I've adored this book. Every fantasy fan must read this first book!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Loved learning about how Narnia came to be.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magician's Nephew Great first book in the Narnia series. Gives more context and insight into the world that C.S. Lewis has created.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great start to wondrous world A great Prologue to an epic world!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of Narnia Loved this look at the Beginnings of Narnia, Professor Kirk, the wardrobe, the lamp post! A must read for any Narnia lover
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Insightful This book is a great read for anyone seeking to understand the origins of Narnia. Filled with rich symbolism and allegory, this book is awesome!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must Read Series A great series with a brilliant writing style and unique storyline!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series This is a whole different type of magical world and I loved this series so much as a child. I still love it today too.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it as a child! A very interesting series.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It! This series has an amazing plot with endearing characters that are definitely better than the movies!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It! I am in love with every book in this series! The movies don't do any of these books true justice to these classics every child should read!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to Narnia! This is a wonderful story about the beginning of Narnia, a great adventure and prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Magician's Nephew A great start to a great magical series.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Start to an Amazing Series! I watched the movies before I started the books and I have to say this story sets the whole series up amazingly, I absolutely loved it. It was such an easy read and I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Series! I loved these books when I was young and they are still a great read for an adult!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great start to a great series Everyone has probably heard of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe". And they have probably read it too, and watched the movie(s). (If you've seen both the Disney version, and the BBC version and the cartoon version). Ever wondered how Narnia was started out? This is that book! I actually got hooked on the series by this book, specifically. I read them in chronological order. And this book starts off with a BANG!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good prequel/beginning I think, while people have varied opinions on how to read these books, that if you're going to read the series, it's better to read this after the other 6, or at least after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I haven't read Prince Caspian-The Last Battle, but I felt that reading this after TLTWTW made me feel closer to the story; I recognized characters and already knew what the world would become. Anyway, this was a really nice look at how the world of Narnia came to be. The imagery and the creation story (very obviously inspired by Christianity) were very vivid.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This was so magical and endearing, truly a wonderful children's book
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This book was fun and interesting. The audio book is also amazing
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Delightful Story This is a lovely set up to the world of Narnia. Nothing dazzling or terribly riveting, but still rather enchanting. And now I know where the wardrobe came from!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these Books The Narnia series are books that you can go back to whenever. There is no age that defines these amazing stories!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So nostalgic!! I still love these stories. I did enjoy them much more when I was younger but I'd still recommend them to anybody wanting to read them. They're fun easy light reads.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It really captivated me I wasn't expecting too much of this book, but I got really into it, kind of against my will! It really surprised me. Good start to the series!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books in the series. This series as a whole is amazing but this book definitely stands out above the rest. Great story.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant In the entire series I believe this to be the greatest treasure of them all.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DIVINE My wonderful first grade teacher introduced this series to our class way back when, and she'd read them to us at the end of the day. I remember listening intently, and having vivid images of the characters and the setting (because the imagery Lewis uses is phenomenal) be crystal clear, and I as a 6 year old dreamer, would be transported into the story itself, participating in the adventure, meeting Aslan, and flying on a winged talking horse. I recently bought this series and when I read it to my little sister, I can hear the words in my old teacher's voice, and smell the classroom, and I am transported into my 6 year old being. This book and the series is fantastic because it/they is/are so well written..C.S. Lewis is a genius, but for me they are magical and powerful, and my own personal nostalgic happy place. They are very very special books, and The Magician's Nephew is my absolute favourite
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming This one is probably my favourite book in the series and I'm not really sure why. It's distant from the main series in the sense that you can read it on it's own (or after reading all of the others as I did) but it's still fun to make the connections between this book and the main series. It still retains the charm and adventure of the other books, and is an enjoyable afternoon read overall.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it My favourite book in the series. I'm glad this is the one I own.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book I read this book about once/year. Amazing.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, loved it Read as a kid, just reread it. Wonderful story
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love A complex and interesting story that is fast paced and exciting. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, wrong order A great part of the Chronicles of Narnia, showing the Professor's backstory and how the White Witch came to end up in Aslan's kingdom. A pet peeve of mine is how in the reprint this is listed as first, and while the events happen before The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the original order was better where the prequel's revelations are kept till later in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An old-time favourite! An old-time classic, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is my favourite of the Narnia series. Polly meets Digory, the nephew of her next door neighbour, and while Polly has always considered Digory’s uncle odd, she never expected to be sent to the Wood between Worlds. It’s there that Digory and Polly discover other worlds, like the one that holds a powerful sorceress and the recently born Narnia. I found Digory’s uncle Andrew to be a very interesting character. He creates these rings from dust said to come from Atlantis; the dust inherited from a woman he met several years ago. I love exploring alternate worlds, so this Wood between Worlds was a compelling element to read about. The book carries the same sort of charm as the rest of the series, but also works as a standalone, so you can read it without feeling the pressure of investing in six other books
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical This was my favourite of all the Narnia books when I was little - and is probably what sparked my love of origin stories - and I love it just as much all these years later. One of my favourite quotes: "For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are."
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Narnia's origin story The origin's story of Narnia is beautifully written, magical and captivating from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical A truly wonderful volume in the series, loved it from start to finish
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this stories, can read them over and over again!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Slightly confusing because I didn't read this book in the series first but overall very good. Loved it so much I finished the series.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Narnia is completely magical! I love it completely! It doesn't cease to captivate me.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I should have read this sooner I can't believe that I never read this book. It was actually quite exciting at points and it was wonderful to see how Narnia began. The religious imagery was a little heavy-handed, but that might be because, as an adult, I can see it easily.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing story, really enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Beginning A great beginning to an epic series!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting This book was a great read and I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing New The Magician's Nephew is a sort of prequal in the series. I thought it was ok, but the series is just fine without it.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, beautiful story A grand adventure - one of my favourites of CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great i loved this introduction to the lion the witch and the wardrobe
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Great adventure book with lovable characters, good for all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start to the series I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Magician's Nephew I love this book. The characters are fantastic, there are some wonderful scenes and the creation of Narnia is breathtaking.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly funny Although this book is dominated by two dark characters, the magician Uncle Andrew and Queen Jadis, it has a surprising amount of comedy in it. The scenes with the wicked Queen in London are laugh-out-loud hilarious. The book is an altogether wonderful story which not only explains the origins of the White Witch, but of the whole land of Narnia as well.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Starting Point The Magician's Nephew is a great beginning to the Narnia series. Good for readers of all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Narnia In narnia polly i think travled to where asman the great lion was. The uncle must of now that would happen to polly and that the uncle dosnt want his nephew nere polly. I think the title means that the magician is the uncle and the noy is the nephew of the magican
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Um it needs more work Plz make it better i didnt really like it but i would of gave it a 5 if muck more detail :(
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book Brings back my childhood.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing book! I know which series I'm gonna be reading, not just harry potter but Narnia
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a gem after all these years! I read this book aloud to my children. It is a re-read for me, but I was only nine years old when I first read it. I never did finish the entire Chronicles of Narnia, so now I am reading the series with my children. I am tickled pink to report that the book still hasn't lost its magic some 30+ years later! Although I have only read the first two books in the series, it was The Magician's Nephew that was my favourite rather than the more popular second in the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The book is about a boy named Digory, whose uncle is somewhat of a magician. He creates these rings (one yellow and one green) that, when touched, will transport someone to an in-between world that is tranquil and calm but filled with numerous pools all leading to different worlds! Uncle Andrew tricks Digory's friend, Polly, into touching one of the rings, and she is whisked away before Digory's eyes. The only problem is that Polly does not possess the green or "home" ring to bring her back. And therein lies the rub. Digory has no choice but to follow Polly into the great unknown with two green rings so that they can both return home. It turns out that the rings do not quite work in the way that Uncle Andrew believed that they did, but I will let you discover how they work on your own! Narnia fans debate on how to read the series: One is in the order of publication, and the other is chronologically. The Magician's Nephew was actually the sixth book in the series to be published, and it was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that was published first. In my opinion, by not reading The Magician's Nephew first, you will miss out on pertinent information, such as: How Narnia was created, the significance of the light post in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the identity of the Professor and the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and how the wardrobe was made. Lewis himself expressed a preference for the chronological order and wrote to an American boy named Laurence in 1957 the following: "I think I agree with your order {i.e. chronological} for reading the books more than with your mother's. The series was not planned beforehand as she thinks. When I wrote The Lion I did not know I was going to write any more. Then I wrote P. Caspian as a sequel and still didn't think there would be any more, and when I had done The Voyage I felt quite sure it would be the last. But I found as I was wrong. So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them. I'm not even sure that all the others were written in the same order in which they were published." Re-reading this book as an adult, I now see the Biblical parallels in The Magician's Nephew that I never noticed as a child. It is certainly a book that is meant to be read again and again, and it does not lose its lustre! I love the book even more now as an adult than I did as a child, if that is even possible!! My children loved the book as well and cannot believe that they are reading Mommy's original box set from 1980. MY RATING: 5 stars!! Highly recommended for young and old alike! If you haven't read the series since you were a child, you should read it again! You will discover new things that you didn't notice previously.
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How it all started I read this novel for class a couple of years ago when the first Narnia movie came out and I wanted to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia, which I did. Now I had to read it for class and basically pull it apart and look for all the deep meaning behind it. The meaning behind it is pretty obvious its and representation of the creation of the world from the catholic/Christian perspective. Aslan=God, Diggory and Polly as well as Frank and Helen = Adam and Eve, and Jadis=Lucifer/Satan. Also it’s a great children’s book. The Imagination C.S Lewis must have had to create The Chronicles of Narnia must have been limitless to literally create other worlds and create a dimensional traveling machine without it really being a machine. For such a short novel it carries a lot of adventure. Good: The creation of Narnia Diggory’s random funny comments if you catch them may actually make you laugh out loud. Bad: The comic relief that the animals brought or others brought seemed of no importance and I kind of wanted to skip over it. I questions how to kids could just sit there and eat lunch when the witch was out and about, otherwise there wasn’t anything else that I disliked about the book. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the story was a great one and I am happy that I found out the creation of Narnia. Also taking into consideration the fact that the book was originally written in 1955 and set in the early 1900s the story was not hard to follow, the morals were still fit for our time, and it was still a good story to read even some 50 years later.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a good "start" to the series ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I’m really not sure what I thought about this book. I started reading them in chronological order because that’s how I bought them, but I found that the writing wasn’t the best for this book, The Magician’s Nephew, and I thought it was kind of haphazardly put together to explain how everything starts in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I did kind of like the similarities with the creation of man and how Narnia was started – the whole son of Adam and daughter of Eve thing. It was interesting how when Peter went to get the apples on a quest for Aslan that he couldn’t eat them – kind of like he would bring in evil if he did. I know I’m doing a horrible job of explaining this, but I just wasn’t a fan of this book even if it did explain the creation of Narnia. I think there was a lot of “stuff” put in the book that just didn’t have to be there – I also didn’t like how Lewis had said at one point that some of the characters would appear in other books – did that really have to be there? I guess I kind of expected that since this book was written well after he started writing the series that it would be well written. Unfortunately, Lewis chose to write this more for children than the children/adult genre.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This Series Better Get Better! This was a quick little read that started out really good, and finished kind of blah. I would say the first 50 pages (the edition I read was only about 100) would qualify as a page turner, but after that it just wasn't that exciting. The writing was done well so that although it was written for children adults could certainly enjoy it. I'm glad I read it, seems like it will be a good prelude to Lion... but I wouldn't recommend it or re-read it. To me it seems that it may be just a little nuisance you need to read to get to the better books, but that remains to be seen as I haven't read Lion, witch, wardrobe yet.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Magicians Nephew In the start of this novel i thought it was great, but as it moved on it didnt qualify as a great book. Although I liked this book I didn't think it was great. On the other hand. I think this book is not very exciting because it may be explaining the other six novels.
Date published: 2008-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! This book brought back my inner child! My mother would always read fantasy books to me when I was little and reading this book really brought back the good memories.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of surprises!!!!!!!!! This book is really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Before you read the Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe you should really read this book it's full of surprises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved the idea of this book! The kids are cute ~ A very cute and heart lightening book even for adults Wonder what'd happen next. I'm gonna keep reading this whole Narnia Chronicles!!
Date published: 2005-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the magicians NEPH....... The magician's nephew was a very exciting and epic tale of a boy named Digory and his friend Polly. They find a way to go through worlds by using magic rings. The first time they went there it was a trick that Digory's uncle played on them (the creator of the rings). They get in a lot of trouble by bringing a witch into their world and than they have to get her out but when they do they end up in another unknown world. Will they ever get her back to her world? Read the book to find out. There are 7 chronicles for Narnia and this is the first book of the seven.I will give it a 5 out 5 stars rating because it really does entice you into the Narnia adventure and I think anyone will like it.All in All I loved it!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC This was a great book for all ages and I don't like to read that much but I was addicted to this book. A great read.
Date published: 2001-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back to the Classics This is the first of seven books by C.S Lewis, and his only works for children. I didn't read it as a child and of course, for it's time it was fantastic. That's why I think my expectations were quite high. While not totally disappointed, I think that had this book been written now, it would not receive the fame it has. It is quite good, very descriptive and and easy read. Allows you to escape and remember how imaginative and adventurous we were as children. Great book for kids. Something you can read together each night before bed. Opens up a whole lot of "what ifs" for convesation pieces with your kids. And, of course, it's a classic. When they reach high school or university, they'll be one of the only few who've actually read a book these days. Not to mention, a well renowned one!
Date published: 2001-04-20

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