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The Magicians The Magicians by Lev Grossman


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Imagine a smart young man, full of drive, but disappointed in reality after growing up on a diet of Narnia. Set in the contemporary "real" world, The Magicians imagines what would happen if magic were real. Quentin Coldwater is soon drafted into a school for people with the talent to become magicians. We watch him grow up to learn shocking secrets about the fantasy world of his youth.

The author does a brilliant job borrowing generously from The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, as well as The Lord of the Rings and other classic fantasies, to break down those stories and imagine some of the real psychological consequences of magical power. In doing so, it manages to both satirize and deconstruct the fantasy genre.

This is a serious adult novel, but for adults who were raised on fantasy and/or still indulge in the genre. Highly recommended.

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