Synopsis: 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.
Title: The Magician’s Nephew
Author: C.S. Lewis
Pub Date: 1st October 2009
I admit it, I’ve never read a book by C.S. Lewis before. There, I said it. My childhood was not a very bookish one, having philosophically-driven parents with English as a second language, I was more likely to read Omar Khayyam than I was C.S. Lewis.
After hearing countless conversations about how everyone’s childhood was filled with different stories – I thought it was about time I got up to speed on all the authors I missed out on reading as a kid. C.S. Lewis was, naturally, my first choice.
As the prequel to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Magician’s Nephew is an allegory for Genesis. Reading other reviews, I’ve noticed many readers haven’t taken to the symbolism and believe it to detract from the magic of the story. I completely disagree, the novel – allegory and all – is wrapped in wonderful fantasy with a fantastic tone.
The ‘voice’ of the tale is easily my favourite part of the story; whilst reading, I could almost hear the narrator reading to me. I was suddenly thrown back into my childhood, when my granddad told me stories.
All in all, this is a brilliant children’s book and one that is just as enjoyable as an adult. It was the perfect, easy-going read that made me remember why I love books. The creation of a world in a few pages – the best kind of magic.