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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

A common mistake readers make is reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before The Magician's Nephew. The Magician's Nephew is the most vital to the series for this reason. Perhaps the reason the read these books out of order is because C.S. Lewis originally wrote this one sixth in the series.
It tells the story of Digory and Polly, two children who do not reappear until The Last Battle. Digory's uncle Andrew is a mad scientist, so to speak. The two children find out what he's doing in the attic of his house one rainy day while they were exploring. His secret: a box of humming rings.
But not just any rings. These were supposedly the only thing saved from the lost island of Atlantis. To put on a yellow ring will send the wearer to the Wood Between the Worlds. A green ring will send them back to our world.
Inside the Word Between the Worlds are lots of pools, each one leading to another world. The first world Digory and Polly step into is Charn, a dying world in which Digory wakes up Jadis, whom we hear more of in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
After accidentally taking Jadis back to our world for a day, Uncle Andrew figures out a way to take them all back. The only problem is, they take a horse and buggy with them, along with the driver.
The other problem is that they do not end up in Charn, because Charn is now dead. They end up in a world that is being created.
That world is Narnia.
The inventive genius behind this book is extraordinary. The concept of multiple different worlds besides Narnia is something he came up with after he had already written five books.
This book comes shy of five stars mostly because the idea of magic rings is a little bizarre. But nonetheless, this book, along with the rest of the series, is Elite.
4.5 stars

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