• Emily

The joy of re-reading: Narnia and The Magicians

Updated: Sep 25, 2021

Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, The Final Battle, by C. S. Lewis

The Magician King, The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman


Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, The Final Battle (e-audio): All three of these had good narration. Caspian was Lynn Redgrave, The Silver Chair was Jeremy Northam, and the last book is Patrick Stewart.

None of the children are very interesting characters. I never noticed that when I read it the first time. There are talking animals. It's distracting. I didn't get into these books when I was a kid. I didn't like fantasy then, which seems strange to me now, since I read it all the time. I do remember my fifth grade teacher reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe out loud to us, and I was so curious about Turkish delight. I still haven't had any.

I listened to Prince Caspian because it was a free checkout on a library service called Hoopla. I wanted an audiobook to listen to while I knit. Then I got the last two because I couldn't really remember the stories. It's been years since I read them. I'd forgotten what a drag The Last Battle is. It had a fighting unicorn, should've been better.


The Magician King, The Magician's Land (audio CDs and e-audio): I listened to the first book about a year ago, and then when I was listening to some of the Narnia books, it made me want to read or listen to The Magicians again while I was knitting. My takeaway this time is that there is so much going on in these books that there could have been twice as many of them. The second book is my favorite because it had the most Julia in it. I liked Quentin less this go-round. And I noticed this time that there were lots of coincidences and he figured things out because he'd have a feeling... but I think that you can get away with that when your main characters are magicians. The narrator, Mark Bramhall, is good.

I actually liked The Magician's Land so much better than I liked it when I first read it. The only thing that I remembered about the book was Alice whining when she was brought back to life. That doesn't even happen until about 3/4 of the way in.


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