The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew

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A full-color paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

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 classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to journey through the wardrobe and back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Publisher: New York : Macmillan, [1955]
ISBN: 9780064409438
Branch Call Number: j FANTASY Lewis
Characteristics: 167 pages : illustrations


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Nov 07, 2020

The audiobook was good, and if it's the same reader, I'll probably move on to the second book. Yes, I know the whole thing is an allegory, but I'm choosing to ignore that and just enjoy the story. I owned the books as a kid, but never really got into them, so I'm trying again.

May 28, 2020

Another great Narnia story. “The Magician’s Nephew” discusses the origins of Narnia and some of the things that are part of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” story. I still think the latter is my favorite, but this one is great as well!

ArapahoeKristy May 18, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but hadn't read The Magician's Nephew in many years. I enjoyed rediscovering the story of how humans first encountered Narnia and the origins of key things that come into play in later stories. Friendship, loyalty, adventure, danger are a few of the elements that come together to make this a great story.

May 06, 2020

Its the book that talks about a amazing WORLD!!!!

JCLSallyT Mar 31, 2020

An origin story full of magic and adventure! This story tells of Digory, Polly, and the rotten Uncle Andrew who tricks them into traveling to other worlds. Here the children discover and explore new worlds and must fix the wrongs they commit. The novel is full of loyalty and doing what's right when temptations stand in your way.

TSCPL_AlexH Jan 08, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so I was curious about this story. It did not disappoint. This is a sort of origin story for how Narnia came into existence.

Jul 03, 2019

I enjoyed this book because it was interesting and exciting. I found out that this was the book where all things in Narnia started and the book before the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

Mar 25, 2019

A magical read that also explores themes of spirituality and the flaws of humanity. This was the first book of the series I had read (and I recommend reading it in the order preferred by C.S. Lewis: chronologically according to events) and I have fallen in love with the world of Narnia ever since. People of all ages can learn something from these stories.

Feb 26, 2019

This was an amazing book! Super detailed and I'm excited to read the next one!

Jun 03, 2018

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

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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..."

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!”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

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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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