The Magicians: A Novel

By Lev Grossman
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Viking Adult, (8/11/2009)
Language:English



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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, heÂ’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 doesnÂ’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 QuentinÂ’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 arenÂ’t black and white, love and sex arenÂ’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics (from Narnia and Oz to Harry Potter andEarthsea) with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting. --Mari Malcolm 

From Publishers Weekly
Harry Potter discovers Narnia is real in this derivative fantasy thriller from Time book critic Grossman (Codex). Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student devoted to a children's series set in the Narnia-like world of Fillory, is leading an aimless existence until he's tapped to enter a mysterious portal that leads to Brakebills College, an exclusive academy where he's taught magic. Coldwater, whose special gifts enable him to skip grades, finds his family's world mundane and domestic when he returns home for vacation. He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows a powerful evil force known only as the Beast to enter the college and wreak havoc. Eventually, Coldwater's powers are put to the test when he learns that Fillory is a real place and how he can journey there. Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician. 5-city author tour.(Aug.) 
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From The New Yorker
This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels (most obviously, those of J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis) in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself. Quentin Coldwater is a geeky high-school senior in Brooklyn who is convinced that happiness and “the life he should be living” are elsewhere—for example, in the series of nineteen-thirties British adventure novels that he was obsessed with as a child. When Quentin stumbles on a portal that takes him to a college for magicians in upstate New York, he learns that the world depicted in these novels, known as Fillory, is real, and he is forced to square his youthful ideas with the realities that exist there, too—boredom, regret, shame, and despair. Quentin’s journey becomes an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story in which he learns that magical worlds are much like the real one, in that they are places “where bad, bitter things happened for no reason, and people paid for things that weren’t their fault.” 

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“Fantasy fans can’t afford to miss the darkly comic and unforgettably queasy experience of reading this book—and be glad for reality.” 
Booklist (Starred Review)

“This is a book for grown-up fans of children’s fantasy and would appeal to those who loved Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Highly recommended.” 
Library Journal (Starred Review) 

“Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided—fantasy for grown- ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“… provocative, unput-downable … one of the best fantasies I’ve read in ages.” 
Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” 
—George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

“Stirring, complex, adventurous … from the life of Quentin Coldwater, his slacker Park Slope Harry Potter, Lev Grossman delivers superb coming of age fantasy.” 
—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Magicians ought to be required reading for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a fantasy series, or wished they went to a school for wizards.” 
—Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen

The Magicians is a spellbinding, fast-moving, dark fantasy book for grownups that feels like an instant classic.” 
—Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award winning author of The Great Man and The Epicure’s Lament

The Magicians is fantastic. It’s strange, fanciful, extravagant, eccentric, and truly remarkable—a great story, masterfully told.” 
—Scott Smith, bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

“Remember the last time you ran home to finish a book? This is it, folks. The Magicians is the most dazzling, erudite and thoughtful fantasy novel to date.” 
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

The Magicians brilliantly explores the hidden underbelly of fantasy and easy magic … It’s like seeing the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter through a 3-D magnifying glass.” 
—Naomi Novik, author of His Majesty’s Dragon

"Grossman clearly has read his POtter and much more. While this story invariably echoes a whole body of romantic coming-of-age tales, Grossman's American variation is fresh and compelling. Like a jazz musician, he riffs on Potter and Narnia, but makes it his own." 
--Washington Post

"Grossman skillfully moves us through four years of school and a postgraduate adventure, never letting the pace slacken...beguiling." 
--Seattle Times 

"An irresistible storytelling momentum makes The Magicians a great summer book, both thoughtful and enchanting." 
--Salon 

"Sly and lyrical, [The Magicians] captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond." 
--Entertainment Weekly 

"...no doubt that this book is inventive storytelling and Grossman is at the height of his powers."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"The Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. [It] breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know...and does what [some] claim books never really manage to do: 'get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better." 
--Louisville Courier-Journal 

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Lev Grossman is a senior writer and the book critic for Time magazine and the author of the bestselling novel Codex. He holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. 


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