The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
(Chronicles of Narnia)

81%

19 Critic Reviews

To all who have followed the adventures in C.S. Lewis' marvelous land of Narnia, this is a treat as it goes back to "grandfather's day" and tells how first contacts with Narnia were made...Couched in Lewis' silvered prose, this is rich reading.
-Kirkus

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Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full color ebook device, and in rich black and white on all other devices.

Narnia . . . where Talking Beasts walk . . . where a witch waits . . . where a new world is about to be born.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.

The Magician’s Nephew is the first book in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, a series that has become part of the canon of classic literature, drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over fifty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

 

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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 University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
 
Published October 29, 2008 by HarperCollins. 218 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 17 2011

To all who have followed the adventures in C.S. Lewis' marvelous land of Narnia, this is a treat as it goes back to "grandfather's day" and tells how first contacts with Narnia were made...Couched in Lewis' silvered prose, this is rich reading.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Mari Ness on Feb 24 2011

But the intersection of all of this with Narnia, and a creation story, and a little morality tale complete with, geesh, a tempting apple right at the beginning of creation (I could feel the anvils falling) ends up feeling rather disjointed, even with the appearances of Jadis and Aslan.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by M. E. Wood on Dec 28 2015

Even though this book is written as more of an explanation of the LWW it was an enjoyable story, complete of itself. One of which adults will surely enjoy revisiting.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Lynne Chapman on Jul 22 2015

I suggest that you read this book to your children. I think they will be intrigued and you may find, as I did, that fantasy is for you too.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Launa Stout on May 01 2014

This one is a story of good versus evil. Polly and Digory battle the evil forces and are the victors. By their side is Aslan, the lion, but it is through their own innate integrity that they are victorious.

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Large Print Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Israel Drazin on Jan 18 2010

Besides being an engrossing tale, the story is filled with biblical associations that could prompt an attentive reader to compare what Lewis is saying with the Bible and deduce messages from the tale.

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Arlington Library

Good
Reviewed by Donna B. on Jun 06 2012

I had never read this book before, and was just as intrigued by it as my daughters were. It is an excellent book. We can't wait to delve into the rest of the series.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jules on Oct 31 2009

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.

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The Book Lover's Boudoir

Excellent
on Jan 05 2013

The characters are well developed in The Magician’s Nephew for such a short novel. Uncle Andrew is perfect as the snivelling villain whose dabbling in magic brings a whole load of trouble.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Excellent
Reviewed by Darlene on Mar 06 2012

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!

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Blurb Hack

Good
Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on Feb 26 2014

If for nothing else, read this book to a child, the writing is magnificent and even though a light children’s book, it never becomes childish.

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Heaful of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Anne on Aug 07 2013

While doing all this not-very-reliable-research I did discover that The Magician's Nephew is the 2nd most popular book in the series. It really is quite exciting and very different than the other books. I encourage you to give it a try.

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The Sweet Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Dec 08 2012

If you've ever wondered what a magical wardrobe was ever doing in that big house in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe you'll find out here! I'm really in awe at the creativity of this adventure story.

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Sonder Books Stand Out

Above average
on May 01 2014

Here’s another adventure in Narnia that shows how it all began. This book also has some things to say about evil, both grand and defiant and petty and small. Even my least favorite of C. S. Lewis’s adventures is wondrously magical and wise.

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Wicked Awesome Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Nikki on Jun 22 2010

The story itself is magical and, at times, breathtaking. The White Witch is a beast of a woman (as she should be), but Digory and Polly counter her very well. The creation of Narnia had to be the most astonishing thing about the story.

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One More Page

Good
Reviewed by Tina on Apr 28 2012

...I wasn’t expecting to really like this, but I was glad those expectations weren’t met. This definitely made me more ready to read The Last Battle, and a little bit more ready to say goodbye to Narnia, a land that I’ve been visiting for the last two years.

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My Not So Vacant Shelf

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Feb 05 2012

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.

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Word Bird

Excellent
Reviewed by Madeleine Rex on Aug 17 2012

Because of its depth and the many ways one could interpret parts of it, I recommend this book as a book club book. Because of its entertaining qualities and enjoyable lessons, I recommend this book as a book to read your children. Because of its myriad enriching qualities, I recommend it to everyone.

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Word Bird

Good
Reviewed by Madeleine Rex on Aug 17 2012

Because of its entertaining qualities and enjoyable lessons, I recommend this book as a book to read your children. Because of its myriad enriching qualities, I recommend it to everyone.

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