The Magicians: A Novel

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Penguin Publishing Group, 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, soon to be 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 & 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

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 #1 bestseller 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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I liked the way it was written & it kept a good pace. - Goodreads
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Grossman's unemotional prose is apparent. - Goodreads
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Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Desmond Charles Reid - Goodreads

Quentin Coldwater is basically your average nerd, who also happens to be a high school math genius. With disinterested parents, a crush on the girlfriend of his best friend, he leaves behind his ... Read full review

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

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Occasionally a book comes along that makes you want to re-evaluate your rating process. A book that is so fantastic that you consider dropping the ratings of all the other 5 star books you've rated ... Read full review

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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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