The Magicians

Lev Grossman
The Magicians Cover

The Magicians


The Magicians has been one of my favourite books of the year, but it seems quite divisive. It tends to come down to whether you find the main character Quentin sufferable or insufferable. He's clearly flawed, and not typically as successful in his endeavours as a protagonist usually is, but I still found myself enjoying his adventures immensely, and very much look forward to the other two books in the series.

The first part of the book is like a more adult, more realistic take on Harry Potter, with college-age kids, and drinking and swearing. This is my favourite part of the book, and I'd have been happy to stay with that, but instead the story takes a turn and goes to a stranger place. I'm still reserving judgement on that. I didn't enjoy it as much as the early sections, but I still kind of admired it and hope it will grow on me in the sequels.

I had originally given it 4/5, but looking back from a few months later, I think I'm willing to raise that to 4.5/5.