This is part of The Problem of Susan Challenge and will contain spoilers for the Chronicles of Narnia.
I decided to read the Chronicles of Narnia chronologically instead od publication order if you want to know why or you want to know more about my The Problem of Susan Challenge click here.
The Magicians Nephew takes place before The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe and follows best friends and next door neighbours Diggory and Polly. Diggory and Polly are playing together when they find their way into Diggory’s uncle’s ‘office’ and unwittingly discover he is a magician. Diggory’s mad uncle sends the children to another world using two magical rings desperate to know where the rings will lead them and far to cowardly to go himself. At first the children don’t go to Narnia but they do meet a young and just as wicket White Witch.
What did I think?
I read the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe when I was a child and have since heard endless people say how there are many Christian connotations within the stories. As a child it was not something I picked up on perhaps children just read a book for what it is and don’t read to much into what it says. There is a passage in this book where Aslan literally sings Narnia into existence which was a really interesting example and it was really interesting to see for the first time what I had been told many times before.
This book was okay it lacked a lot of the magic of some of the other books The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in particular. The main character Diggory was a horrible spiteful little boy who pulled and pinched his friend Polly who was a sweet girl but a poorly developed female character. How Narnia and the talking animals came to be was interesting but I don’t think it warranted a whole book.
Interesting Fact: Anyone who wants to find out how the lamp post got into Narnia should read this book, just saying…
Paint and Butterflies rating 2/5 Butterflies
Next book – The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe