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Review: The Magicians

The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

Genres/Themes: New Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Coming of Age, Magical Realism


Seriously…. I don’t know how to review this book. I’m giving it 3.5 stars and I’m not even 100% sure that is the rating I want to give it.

Summary from Goodreads:

A  thrilling and original comingof- age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.
He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.

I really enjoyed the premise of the book and what it had to often. I’m extremely happy we got a book about people in college!!… even though not really? The part in university (Book I) seemed like a lead up to the part where they get out because nothing spectacular really happens, yet at the same time I love that because it seems so real.

So many mixed feelings. My favorite characters were also Alice and Penny so UGH

Quentin is a jerk and an idiot. I really dislike him and he needs to grow the hell up– this is probably the reason I even dislike the books. I wish I could have read through Alice’s eyes or even Eliot’s eyes– and he is DRUNK MOST OF THE TIME.

I’m irritated with how things happened or how fast school went without much incident, but happy about all the cool stuff! I’m kinda feeling confused because as much as magic was used it didn’t feel used often.

All in all, the characters acted like real friggin people. They aren’t perfect; they aren’t even all gorgeous models; they aren’t the best at what they do either. These magicians have flaws, worries, anxieties, and stupid logic (I’m so looking at you QUENTIN!!) and as frustrating as that is, it makes it real and entertaining.

Will I read the sequel? Ugh, I don’t know… as of now it isn’t high on the list, but perhaps I’ll go back sooner or later…


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