Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The MagiciansThis book was recommended to me by a student that I work with who knows that I am a fan of the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t my favorite, but I am admittedly biased towards my beloved Harry Potter and wary of anything that seems like it’s trying to be too similar.

The Magicians is a fantasy novel (that is now part of a series) that tells the story of a high school student genius named Quentin Coldwater who discovers that he has been admitted to a secret school of magic in New York. The novel explores his time in the school and the journey that he and his friends take after graduation.

My rating: 2/5 stars. It seemed to me that the only real connection that it has with the Harry Potter series is the premise of a young person finding out that he has been admitted into a school of magic. The book itself spans about 4 years, which seemed like too much for me and moved too fast. The characters did not seem to grow and they were unstable in their thoughts; although Quentin would feel one way about something, his actions would not always support that. I suppose this is telling of the way humans really can be, but I did not like it in the book because it seemed inconsistent. The book has a few good scenes and interesting parts (I liked the animal scene), but, overall, it was tough to get through. Some readers may enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me.

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