First in the series “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is often compared to Adult Harry Potter. If you like HP, then you will definitely love Magicians. I was hugely disappointed by this book, maybe whoever publicized this book, did a very wrong job. You can’t compare something with exceptions. Harry Potter is an exception , a stand-alone series, which cannot be even copied or get influenced. So please stop comparing these series with HP.
“It’s time to live with what we have and mourn what we lost. ”
The Magician’s is in it’s own a good book. It was average read for me. Quentin Coldwater is plucked from his normal-boring-teenage life to Brakevilles, the magic school in the vicinity. He as child had always loved the idea of magic and was a huge fan of “Fillory”, a fantasy world from the story books. His days in Brakevilles teaches him magic and he also makes friends, Eliot (snobbish), Janet( Gossipy), Alice(Knowledgeable/awkward), Josh(Comic), Poppy(secretive) etc etc. Their days together is just like any YA novel, except there are some incidents that has the mention of magic in it, but nothing much. By the end of this book, Quentin knows that Fillory is real, and he is one of the Kings.
“The truth doesn’t always make a good story, does it? ”
There are so many problems in this books, the reasoning is bad. No connection between certain events and no proper explanation. As per the blurb, Quentin is a big-great magician, but he is more ordinary. Everything is a bit unclear.
“The problem with growing up is that once you’re grown up, the people who aren’t grown up aren’t fun anymore.”
As the concept of the book was not new to me but the author, his style was new. Characters were ok, not so strong. Good StoryLine. But a bit messy narration. This book did NO magic on me. But maybe it might for you 🙂