The Magicians

By Lev Grossman
(Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval, Hardcover, 9780606147842, 402pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2011 Indie Next List
“Not since the seemingly never-ending wait for the seventh Harry Potter book have I been so antsy about a release. Lev Grossman's The Magicians, my favorite novel of 2009 by a landslide, cleverly combined aspects of classic fantasy with modern literature and pop culture. With that groundwork in place, Grossman takes us back to Fillory with The Magician King. Quentin is a powerful sorcerer and a royal monarch who is bored out of his mind. He embarks on a seemingly menial errand to collect back taxes from a faraway island and stumbles into an epic and momentously important quest to save the magical world. Grossman's trademark eloquent-yet-hip writing style flourishes in this sequel, a creative and entertaining novel well worth the wait.”
-- Greg Bruce, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2009 Indie Next List
“The Magicians is a darker, more adult take on the idea of a secret academy that trains would-be wizards. Lev Grossman explores the realms of magic, alternate realities, and wish fulfillment as visited by less-than-heroic characters. Raising the question of what would you do if you could do whatever you wanted, The Magicians is thrilling and deliciously disturbing.”
-- Lisa Wright, Oblong Books And Music,LLC., Millerton, NY


Description
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. After he graduates from college, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory--the land of the fantasy novels they read as children--is real and much darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined.



NPR
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009

At first glance, Lev Grossman's new novel looks very much like a Harry Potter story — with older characters and an American setting. But a heap of moral ambiguity surrounds the use of magic and there is no villain, giving the tale many shades of gray. More at NPR.org

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