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, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, 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.
May 22, 2009  |  428 pages
(Read from Feb 10, 2014 to Feb 14, 2014)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Literature, 30% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
I was impressed with the realism in this book despite the magical and fantastical aspects. The characters' references and reactions were relatable to the reader, moreso than most fantasy stories. I was very invested in the story despite the often unlikeable protagonists, and the ending sets up well for a sequel. However the aspects inspired by fantasy classics such as harry potter and narnia sometimes seemed derivative instead of inspired.  (+5 votes)