The Magicians: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the forthcoming The Magician's Land, 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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The plot feels like a cheat as well. - Goodreads
Interesting story with smart, smart writing. - Goodreads
Now, Grossman can write some really nice prose. - Goodreads
He's got some lovely metaphors and interesting imagery. - Goodreads
I liked the way it was written & it kept a good pace. - Goodreads
The plot was compelling. - Goodreads

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Interesting in its portrayal of a magical world stripped of glamor, but ultimately forgettable when placed against other magical stories. The unfortunate consequence of Grossman's fly-over ... Read full review

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

This book started out hard to like. After reading the first half, I felt like it was a more mature Harry Potter... maybe something for a precocious senior in high school or freshman in college. The ... Read full review

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Contents

BROOKLYN
BRAKEBILLS
ELIOT
SNOW
THE PHYSICAL KIDS
THE BEAST
MARIE BYRD LAND
ALICE
EMILY GREENSTREET
GRADUATION
MANHATTAN
PENNYS STORY
UPSTATE
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

LEV GROSSMAN is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestselling novel Codex. He is also the creator of the Time blog Nerd World. Grossman holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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