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.
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.”
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!