The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Plucked from Brooklyn to attend an elite college for magicians, Quentin hopes that his life will be an adventure like those he read about as a kid, but the drama of real life and his own penchant for melancholia keep getting in the way.

The Magicians was almost crazy-making thanks to Lev Grossman’s unmatched talent for letting emotional suspense simmer behind the already awesome plot. I was so caught up in the drama of Quentin’s love life and friendships that I wanted as much of that as I did of the magical elements.

I feared that this book would be just a novelty–Harry Potter with cursing and threeways–but thankfully Grossman delivers the fantasy aspect as well. He does not back away from anything and I was truly impressed by the twists and turns the story took.

More than anything, it reminded me of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, only with magic. So fabulous. I’ve already started the sequel!

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