The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While completely unnecessary (Very much in the same way that the Star Wars prequels are unnecessary) The Magician's Nephew is pretty much a whole book that could have been explained in a single chapter. For that reason, it feels much lengthier than the other books in the series, even though it's just as short as the others. And unlike say, The Horse and His Boy, which is interesting since it takes place in the period when the main children of the series are kings and queens, which didn't make much sense at the end of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, this book really just feels like filling. We didn't need to know how Narnia came to be, or the creation of the wardrobe, but I guess it's okay that we do. It's a harmless, but interesting book. Not terrible, but not terribly important, either. The series would have been fine without it.
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