The Magicians Trilogy Book Review

the magicians book review

The Magicians Trilogy Book Review

I have to admit that I hadn’t done much reading in 2015. I wanted to, but I just didn’t have too much time. I read a few books here and there, but only a few were worth mentioning. I didn’t start reading The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman until December 2015 and I just finished earlier this month. It wasn’t a book series that immediately had me hooked, but I couldn’t put it down just the same. The Magicians is best described as a combination of The Chronicles of Narnia mixed with Harry Potter only for adults. And, by that, I mean that this book is what those books would be like without all of the whimsy and child-friendly story plots. It’s a lot more gritty, realistic, and more like real life in the sense that this is what life might actually be like if Narnia or Hogwarts were real and you had to deal with all the trauma that comes with a dangerous, magical life. It reminds me of what Pan’s Labyrinth might be in book form, only more messed up, if you can imagine it.

the magicians by lev grossman

Here’s A Quick Synopsis of The Magicians (the first book of the series) via GoodReads:

“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.”

the magicians trilogy book review

This synopsis pretty much covers the premise of the story, but my only gripe is that I would say Quentin does believe in magic and it’s left him jaded and depressed because the world around him seems so horrible. My favorite book of the trilogy was book 2, The Magician King, but they’re all pretty awesome in their own right. I loved that the story deals with real emotions in a very raw way. There’s nothing clean and tidy about this fantasy story and that’s what makes it such a great one. I don’t recommend this for kids or super young teens, but advanced teenage readers would probably identify with a lot of the angst of the story. It’s definitely a book for mid-20’s like me who love fantasy so I definitely recommend you give it a read if you’re into that sort of thing!

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9 thoughts on “The Magicians Trilogy Book Review

  1. February 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I’ve read first two books of athe trilogy and I need to catch up with the third one yet. By far it’s one of the best fantasy books series I’ve read in the last few years. Now there is also a TV series – have you seen it?

    1. February 3, 2016 at 4:47 PM

      definitely do! I really enjoyed all of them 🙂 The TV series is really good so far and very faithful to the books, but they definitely move around the timeline of things in the books. I like it a lot so far – it’s really well done!

  2. February 3, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    It sounds pretty intriguing. I do love books that are in a series, and I loved Pan’s Labyrinth, so maybe I’ll give them a try. Thank you for the review!

    1. February 3, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      it is really good! I think it take a bit of reading to really get into it, but once the story gets going, I literally could not put it down. I went and bought all the books halfway through the first one lol. It’s definitely a must-read if you enjoy dark fantasy. Let me know how you like it if you do read it! Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

  3. February 3, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    We read the first one for book club and I loved it at first but then I just couldn’t get into it. It was like there were too many things trying to happen in one plot. But I agree, it’s definitely a little more adult. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  4. February 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    I’m going to have to check this out!!

    Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday, hope to see you next week!

  5. February 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    This book looks interesting, will have to keep an eye out for it! #weekendbookclub

  6. Jerry Marquardt
    May 13, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    I would love to get this book. I am thrilled to read about magic, and the book looks most interesting.

    1. May 17, 2016 at 8:58 AM

      it’s SO awesome and the new TV show on SyFy did a great job at adapting it! definitely a fantastic read 🙂

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