The Magicians

The Magicians

eBook - 2009
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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin USA, 2009.
ISBN: 9781101082287
Characteristics: 1 computer file (415 KB) :,digital, EPUB file.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 27, 2018

Awhile ago I watched the SyFy series that came after this book, and recently decided to read it. A lot of the things that appealed to me with the show are present in this first in the trilogy, though there are some big differences. If you've ever felt completely absorbed into a fantastic story it might appeal to you. It feels very realistic while being fantastic, and it was easy for me to connect to the characters, even when I didn't always like them.

Dec 10, 2018

If you loved the television show "The Magicians" on Syfy, this is the book that inspired it. It is VERY different in many ways, but it is just as amazing of a story as the show. Definitely worth the read, and hands down just as hilarious and dark as the show.

Dec 08, 2018

Highly recommend this book if you like your fantasy worlds dark, gritty, and messy. The characters are flawed and not always likable, but more realistic as a result. There were moments that made me laugh and moments that shocked me. This book will get multiple reads from me.

Parents, this is one to read yourself first before your teen gets a hold of it; there are a lot of dark themes and emotional maturity is a must. That being said, my teen read it, and immediately thereafter the whole series, and he loved it. We have had several deep conversations about the books.

Young college-aged students from New York are selected to attend a magical academy of learning. After graduation, they find themselves in a post-grad rut and somewhat jaded. This all changes when a friend from school discovers a way into a land that was once thought to be fiction, based on the childhood storybooks of their youth. This book is a good read for people who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, as well as the Chronicles of Narnia, but with more edge. The characters are flawed, there is a darker, gritty, more cynical feel to the story, and the characters themselves are put into adult situations, none of which you would find in a kid-friendly story like Harry Potter and Narnia. Recommended for 17+ readers. (submitted by EM)

Oct 26, 2018

If you can imagine a horny Harry Potter who is absolutely obsessed with the Chronicles of Narnia, congratulations, you've just read this entire book

Sep 24, 2018

Quentin Coldwater is that guy drinking his fifteen-dollar Icelandic black coffee out of a chipped mason jar while he writes a twelve-page poem about how cheating on his girlfriend made him sad. I give it six months until there's a mass exodus out of Fillory to get away from Quentin stealing everyone's weed and asking them if they've read Kafka yet. Alice deserved better.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

The first book in one of my favorite fantasy trilogies, Grossman’s tale is a delightfully dark spin on a world in which magic is real---a mash-up of Narnia and Harry Potter but decidedly for adults. Complex characters, a fast-paced plot, a gritty writing style, and a story both bleak and dazzling all make this an easy book to recommend.

It's also been adapted to the screen as a TV show on SyFy---a fun way to re-experience the books and see a magical world come to life.

May 05, 2018

As my sister bought me this book I had little prior knowledge to the story before jumping in. It started out alright, much the same as other YA novels do with a discontented protagonist pining after a girl he couldn't have. I thought the book would focus on that relationship and Quentin getting over his myriad of other problems. But oh was I wrong. From the moment Quentin stepped foot in Brakebills I was in love.

Hogwarts had never looked so edgy. All the areas of magic JKR had ignored to make her books more appropriate to a younger audience were brought out in full force in The Magicians. After so many years in the muggle world I was brought back into a school of magic. But magic in Brakebills isn't the frivolous wand waving we see in Hogwarts. It's hard work. Every Brakebills student is a veritable genius, which is very much a pre-requisite for learning magic. Harry Potter magic is to Magicians magic as buying a loaf of bread is to making it. In Harry Potter you recite the incantation, wave the wand, focus a bit, and voila. You have your perfectly portioned baguette. In the Magicians you need a nigh encyclopedic knowledge of bread before you even get started. What type of flour will you use? How long do you need to let it rise? What temperature do you bake it at? For how long? Is it dawn or dusk? What stage is the moon in? Every little details matters.

As our main character Quentin soon finds out, magic is work. Hard work. Perhaps much more than he was prepared for. Quentin is depressed. It's in his nature. Much of the story focuses on how Quentin, who seems to be getting everything he ever wanted, is never quite satisfied. He learns that he may not even be the hero of his own story. Having Quentin be so flawed, is one of the main reasons I love the story. It's so refreshing to have a realistic and fallible main character.

Jan 11, 2018

This was quite disappointing. It started interesting, Harry Potter meets Narnia novel for adults. Then the author adds in numerous unnecessary sex scenes, and really dislike-able characters.
Personally, if I hate a character enough it ruins the book/show for me.. and in this book all the characters become awful.

KevinELPL Aug 10, 2017

This is one of my favorite books ever! The Magicians is often called a grown up Harry Potter, and that's partially true - it is literally a mash-up of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. However, the characters in The Magicians are not the heroes of those other series - they're more like real high school and college students you might now, with all of a real person's flaws and foibles.

That, in essence, is my favorite thing about this series. The characters in this series sometimes choose to do the right thing, and sometimes they choose the wrong thing, but they always face real-world consequences for their actions. This makes the characters more complicated and nuanced than many/most other fantasy series. It also makes the novels more character-driven rather than plot-driven.

Although the world in this series is a mash-up of Harry Potter and Narnia, the author has put his own unique spin on it. I find the setting to be amazingly detailed - and most importantly, full of magic.

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Apr 06, 2011

The truth doesn't always make a good story, does it? But I think I tied up most of the loose threads. I'm sure you can fill in the rest, if you really think about it.

Dec 20, 2010

Nobody wanted to admit they were frightened, so they took the only other option, which was to be irritable instead.

Aug 12, 2010

He wasn’t sure they were friends, exactly, but she was unfolding a little. He felt like a safecracker who—partly by luck—had sussed out the first digit in a lengthy, arduous combination.


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Mar 02, 2017

The main character is a self-loathing teen who hasn't been able to let go of his childhood obsession with a series of fantasy novels about a magical world called Fillory. What a surprise when he discovers first that magic is real, and then that Fillory is too. Unfortunately, for him, neither prove to be all that he'd dreamed they were as a child. While there is a clear and strong plot throughout the book, the novel seems to be mostly about the main character's struggle with his own unhappiness. Magic doesn't do it. A new girlfriend doesn't do it. Entering Fillory doesn't do it. In many ways it's a psychological journey more than a fantasy journey. Be prepared for a level of self-pity and self-loathing that will have you rolling your eyes and hoping this kid will grow up.


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