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.”
“A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.”
“The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century.”
“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.”
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.
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It's not a 1:1 comparison to Harry Potter, people.
No one said this book would be a 1:1 comparison to Harry Potter, or LotR, or Narnia. But it does play upon those traditions, adds realistic characters [as real as can be expected], and drops them dead-center of this magical, fantastical reality. What you have is a series of events that answers the questions: what would REALLY happen to a normal kid if he found out there really was magic in the world and that he could be a part of it. It's as honest a fantasy story as one could get. It's a bit too episodic in places for me and the ending begs for a sequel far too much, but it was still a satisfying story. No, you're not gonna get a 7-book opus. You're not going to get a story about some kid who can do no wrong. You're not even gonna get a story about British kids. But you will get a story that satisfies.
I don't know about anybody else who listened to this book, but Book 1 was actually ok. I enjoyed the implications of the non-harry-potteresque school setting, but once book 2 hit, the real torture began. The main protagonist was kind of like 3rd season peter petrelli....all the potential....but was a little bit too "poor me.....the world hates me....so I refuse to reach my full potential." Also the author in my eyes was very unoriginal... Almost every cool aspect of the magic was stolen from C.S. Lewis and even the "magic school" idea was stolen from Rowling. There are so many more fantasy novels worth reading out there, that don't include the unnecessary swearing, poor vocabulary, random sex scenes and scenes from the emo kid hanging out at the local mall convinced that the world is out to get them. seriously don't waste your time on this book.
Worth a read for Sci Fi or Fantasy fans
Characters are complex. There was something about the interlude of evil during the class lecture that stuck with me; it was understated but still somehow unsettling as all get out.