Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory’s Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to…somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion’s song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return home – but not alone.
The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis
Most people know the Chronicles of Narnia – either by reading the series, watching the movies or hearing about the phenomenon from friends or social media. I read the series for the first time when I was a kid and I adored it. Everything from the funny creatures like huge witches and talking lions to the human characters who were all going on great adventures.
I was honestly worried that it wouldn’t be as good, now that I was older and chose to re-read it. Silly me.. It was just as entertaining and only made better by the sprinkles of nostalgia. I consider this the first book, no matter the official titles, as I received the chronicles as a box set by my parents for christmas – many years ago. The Magician’s Nephew was the first book in the neat line of pretty covers. The story is basically an adventurous fairytale with a twist and a solid message to both young and old. It covers many topics that children can really learn from (stealing, death, open mindedness, consequences, friendship etc.).
One of the funniest things about re-reading children’s books is how much more you pick up and how you see everything in a new light. For instance, I was terrified of Uncle Andrew as a little girl, he seemed wild and mean to children, but as an adult I only find him arrogant and extremely annoying and I laughed at my younger self. I also find myself adoring the creatures of Narnia even more but getting slightly triggered by the kids’ stubbornness and childish pride – so this time around, the human characters weren’t as charming to me.
In my opinion, Aslan the Lion is one of the strongest animal characters ever build and the evil forces within the chronicles are always relatable in some way. It makes the message even stronger and the understanding of choosing the right path so much greater. I truly cherish this series and will re-read them all again and again throughout my entire life.