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The Magicians

Book 1, Magicians Trilogy - A Novel

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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.”

—George R.R. Martin
“Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.”
—Joe Hill
“A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.”
—John Green
The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century.”
—Cory Doctorow

“This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them . . . an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story.”
—The New Yorker

“The best urban fantasy in years.”
—A.V. Club

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . .

The prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 2009 – Harry Potter discovers Narnia is real in this derivative fantasy thriller from Time book critic Grossman (Codex). Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student devoted to a children’s series set in the Narnia-like world of Fillory, is leading an aimless existence until he’s tapped to enter a mysterious portal that leads to Brakebills College, an exclusive academy where he’s taught magic. Coldwater, whose special gifts enable him to skip grades, finds his family’s world “mundane and domestic” when he returns home for vacation. He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows a powerful evil force known only as the Beast to enter the college and wreak havoc. Eventually, Coldwater’s powers are put to the test when he learns that Fillory is a real place and how he can journey there. Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician. 5-city author tour.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant and enlightening

This is a truly brilliant piece of literature. It pays respect to prior fantasy works while criticizing them at the same time. The Magicians is ultimately a novel about the dangers of escapism and the misery it brings. The central message is live the life you have, you might not be happy, but running away from life always leads to misery.

Another central theme of the book is the link between language and magic. Grossman explicitly draws out how magic exists in the real world, it is just through words. The most transformative moments in the book are the results of dialogue between the central characters, much more so than any spell. Words can create love, sadness, destruction, and all other sorts of actions associated with magic. The wonderful writing and the choice of the fantasy novel genre to transmit this message is perfect.

Not compelling

Started reading and kept up through the whole book, just hoping that at some point along the way I would actually want to root for the main character, but the author has created a whole cast of characters who are caricatures of sad people, so mired in depression and absorbed with their own unhappiness that they are impossible to relate to. Sure, there are a lot of big words in the book and my vocabulary is a bit better because of it, but to call the author the modern day heir of c.s. Lewis is an insult to the latter - I couldn't identify with these characters at all and in the end didn't even care what happened to them.

Chronicles of Potter..

That's what the title should have been for this book. Not wanting to read the multi-novel series of The Chronicles of Narnia AND Harry Potter? Look no further, this book is perfect for you because it is a compilation of stolen ideas from both of these epic adventures. For everyone else, don't believe the hype. This book was OK at best. Some parts were interesting but didn't lead to a true climactic experience. Second half of the novel is almost entirely fragmented thoughts and finishes with an ending that is as uneventful as most of the book. Read when you're bored. Not going to be pushing onward to the sequel of this series.

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The Magicians
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Aug 11, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Magicians Trilogy
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