Author : Lev Grossman
Series : The Magicians #1
Genre : YA-Fantasy
Publication Date : August 11th, 2009
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Good"
Note : I own an e-copy of this.
Blurb ( goodreads ) :
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, untill 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.
dangerous than they'd imagined.
I picked up this book because of the TV-Show, so I said I was going to read the book before I watch the show.
I spent two whole months reading this. Well, more precisely I stopper reading it because I was busy with exams, so I picked it up where I had left it just a week ago !
I must say, the first few pages were good, we could really sense that something was going on and all that stuff and you just want to learn more. But, as Quentin enters Brakebills, things get...boring! Seriously, nothings happens for at least 100 pages, absolutely no action !
I can see why people were comparing this to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, they are absolutely right. Brakebills is Hogwarts and Fillory is Narnia, only Brakebills and Fillory are for grown-ups !
What I liked :
I loved the characters, they were all so real, and by that I mean that their actions, their decisions, their reaction, were all understandable. Well at least to me since we have the same age. My favorite was definitely Eliott, I loved that guy ! However, I liked Quentin too, I could absolutely understand every one of his feelings ! All of the characters were likeable, except Janet. Janet was getting on my nerves at times.
The writing was really beautiful, the vocabulary was rich and well used ! I could understand, see and feel everything the author described !
I absolutely loved Quentin's and his friends' adventure to Fillory.
I really loved how, near the end when we find out everything, when we have all the answers to our questions, everything was related and made sense.
What I didn't like :
There were times, as I said it earlier, things would get boring, very boring even. Like the Antarctica episode, I seriously don't know what the point of that thing was !
Quentin's time at Brakebills was passing by quickly and yet I felt like it was slow. The story was really slow paced at times. What made it boring was the fact that there wasn't enough action and very little dialogue.
What I think was too bad was the fact that there wasn't enough magic ! The characters weren't using it a lot and even when they were we would get just brief description of what they were doing. I don't know, I mean that book's title is The Magicians, so I guess I was expecting more magic and more awesome things !
I recommend this to grown-ups who loved Harry Potter and Narnia when they were kids, you'll probably enjoy it ^^