The Magicians

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Turtleback Books, 2010 - Fiction - 402 pages
989 Reviews
The "New York Times" bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, "The Magicians" is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.

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Great set up, interesting premise, good plot. - Goodreads
The writing is choppy. - Goodreads
Such exquisite prose. - Goodreads
It was a cheap plot device to drive to the ending. - Goodreads
The author did an AMAZING job pacing this story. - Goodreads
That said, the characterization frustrated me. - Goodreads

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Ilana - Goodreads

This is what Harry Potter would have been like if Donna Tartt had written it...and I don't mean that as a compliment. I did not finish this book because I can't care less about a bunch of sad sacks ... Read full review

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Tim Newton - Goodreads

A weighty, grim, intense book that left me with a lot to think about - something I appreciate greatly. Quentin's selfishness and negativity were a bit of a drag at times, and many of the themes the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Lev Grossman was born on June 26, 1969. He received a degree in literature from Harvard University in 1991. He spent three years in the Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Yale University, but left before completing his dissertation. In 2002, he became a book reviewer and one of the lead technology writers for Time magazine. He has written for Salon, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, The Believer, Lingua Franca, and the New York Times. His first novel, Warp, was published in 1997. His other novels include Codex, The Magicians, which won a 2010 Alex Award, The Magician King and The Magician's Land.

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