The fact that I have never read the Chronicles of Narnia is nearly blasphemous in my family. I have spent Christmas in C.S. Lewis’ home, “The Kilns”, in Oxford and my mother was the warden for nearly a year. I seldom read fiction but through the encouragement of my amazing girlfriend I am embarking on the journey to read through the series.
The Magicians Nephew is labeled by the publishers as book #1 in the series but it was written later than the original books, although it takes place earlier. The reading order is a topic of debate amongst avid Lewis-ites.
Having read, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, or more accurately, having had it read to me as a child, and having seen the movie(s) I was already familiar with Narnia, which I think made the book a little bit more fun. It is all about the creation of Narnia and as it unfolds you catch glimpses of what is to come: the Lamp post sprouting from the earth, the white witch, and even how the Wardrobe came into existence.
It is very easy to read, as it was written for a much younger audience. As Lewis tells the story, and it does feel very much like he is telling, not writing, he paints incredible pictures of places, characters, and their experiences. I am already looking forward to the next book.