By Lev Grossman
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670020553, 416pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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"The Magicians "is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.
George R.R. Martin
Sad, hilarious, beautiful & essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.
A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.
"The Magicians "may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I ve read this century.
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
LEV GROSSMAN is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestselling novel Codex. He is also the creator of the Time blog Nerd World. Grossman holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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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