I have been reading quite a few books over the last few months and I have for this exercise gone back over six of them to remind myself of their endings. This included the following titles:
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew – C.S.Lewis
Blood Ties – Sophie McKenzie
Hugo Pepper – Chris Randall
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2) – Eoin Colfer
Out of all of them, I think I enjoyed the ending to The Magician’s Nephew the most. I hadn’t read it for some time and to remind myself how the world of Narnia came to be was wonderful. I really liked the way that C.S.Lewis literally “sowed the seed” for the next books in the series with his Apple of Youth being eaten and then planted in the garden.
It suggests not only religious connotations with the Garden of Eden, but also the Circle of Life with Narnian magic; the apple tree grows from a magic apple picked in Narnia. The tree then blows over in a storn and the professor decides to save the wood and get it made into a wardrobe. The wood still holds all the original magic, and thus the wardrobe then becomes a “portal” to Narnia when the four children go to stay in the big house during the war. It’s a charming ending to a wonderful first serial book and sets the reader up for an exciting journey; it wills the reader to discover the wardrobe once more and return to Narnia.