The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis published in 1955. Before I begin, I should probably address the fact that the reading order of The Chronicles of Narnia series is a topic in which many people are passionate about. Whilst many believe that they should be read in order they were published, in which The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is the first book, others myself included, feel the need to read the series in chronological order – starting at The Magician’s Nephew.
Before reading this book, I would recommend keeping in mind the fact that this story is obviously meant to be enjoyed by young children. It seems to me that many people over-look this statement when they read the book, and it is therefore criticised for it’s over simplified story line and stereo-typical evil-for-no-reason protagonist. Keeping this srate of mind, The Magician’s Nephew is easily enjoyable. Whilst I will always recommend that his book should be the first to read in the series, it is almost twice as interesting for people who began the series with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because it answers many questions such as the origins of the infamous lamppost, and how Queen Jadis came along to be with the wardrobe.
Whilst this book can be disagreeable to some people due to its obvious Christian themes and outdated ideas about gender roles, it makes up for it due to Polly and Digory’s bumbling idiocy, and Lewis’s simplistic yet imaginative writing. Whether you start the series off with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, or never continue the series after The Magician’s Nephew, it’s an interesting book that with the right frame of mind, is enjoyable for any and all ages. I truly believe this is a book everyone should read at least once.