Book of the Month: The Magicians


November’s book of the month is brought you to by Lev Grossman: The Magicians.

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 theNew York Times bestselling book The Magician King, 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. 

If you like your fantasy with a side of magic, I suggest you pick this up immediately. Yes, it’s about a magic school where kids attend in a world separate from normal humans. But that doesn’t make it Harry Potter! The kids are actually young adults beginning their collegiate years, and all the themes are adult in nature. It’s definitely a coming of age story and pretty bleak at times; but it’s worth the insane journey you’re taken on. By the end of the story, you simply can’t believe how much has even happened over the span of one book. It’s a quick read, and full of adventure. Highly recommend!

Also: don’t read the plot synopsis on Good Reads because IT GIVES EVERYTHING AWAY. Just, don’t. Unless you like being spoiled.

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