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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics (from Narnia and Oz to Harry Potter and Earthsea) 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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Maybe I was so disappointed because this book is constantly described as "Harry Potter for adults. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Christee Bauer
I tried. I liked the beginning a lot. I bought the book. The premise was good. But the plot was confused. Potential ideas went nowhere. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Victoria L. Brown
I loved the plot twists and it was very descriptive lol loved how real it was... What doesn't kill you....Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had a couple of friends really talk this book up to me. I trust their judgment based on other books we've read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by MC Dearborn
If you want a Harry Potter meets Narnia but for grown ups, this is for you!Published 4 days ago by Avalon27
Taking a very generous view, some have claimed this is a wry spin on the fantasy genre while trying to make some deep "urban" point about growing up. They are wrong. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Buyer476572
Great series, couldn't stop until I read all 3. Wish there was more.Published 6 days ago by Jollyman