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 Mar 18, 2014 to Mar 19, 2014)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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The characters are fairly well done, but a bit on the careless and self-absorbed side. They also feel like stressed students in high school more than college sometimes, which can be off putting. The plot held its own but dragged significantly in the middle third of the book. My largest problem with the book was the lack of good scene transitions and not stating which characters were part of the scene. This leads to characters that just seem to appear. Overall the book was very good though.  (+5 votes)