By Lev Grossman
An exhilarating and unique coming-of- age novel a few younger guy working towards magic within the genuine world
Quentin Coldwater is awesome yet depressing. A senior in highschool, he's nonetheless secretly preoccupied with a chain of fable novels he learn as a toddler, set in a paranormal land referred to as Fillory. think his shock while he reveals himself by surprise admitted to a really mystery, very particular university of magic in upstate ny, the place he gets a radical and rigorous schooling within the craft of contemporary sorcery.
He additionally discovers all of the different issues humans examine in university: friendship, love, intercourse, booze, and tedium. anything is lacking, notwithstanding. Magic doesn't convey Quentin the happiness and experience he dreamed it should. After commencement he and his acquaintances make a gorgeous discovery: Fillory is genuine. however the land of Quentin's fantasies seems to be a lot darker and extra harmful than he may have imagined. His adolescence dream turns into a nightmare with a stunning fact at its heart.
At as soon as psychologically piercing and magnificently soaking up, The Magicians boldly strikes into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced via genuine humans, with their capricious wants and risky feelings. Lev Grossman creates an completely unique global during which strong and evil aren't black and white, love and intercourse aren't uncomplicated or blameless, and tool comes at a poor fee.
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