“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Solidly rooted in the traditions of both fantasy and mainstream literary fiction, the novel tips its hat to Oz and Narnia as well to Harry, but don’t mistake this for a children’s book. Grossman’s sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists. Hogwarts was never like this.” —George R.R. Martin
Imagine a nihilistic Harry Potter in an adult world of college filled with love, sex, booze and drugs, this is the world Lev Grossman’s The Magicians delivers. Everybody is not so well-behaved and magic doesn’t conquer evil or bring happiness, instead magic reminds you that human beings are not so nice. High school senior Quentin Coldwater discovers this daunting reality when he enters the secretive exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, called Brakebills Academy.