I did not enjoy this story. It was very interesting, certainly. It also did an excellent job of world building. But this story had no heart. Practically every character had no morals and the book seems to condone everything they do as fine. Orgies, being coerced into sex by mind alteration, living as an alcoholic, living as a drug addict and murder. The one thing that any character actually reflects on is infidelity. The rest are just treated ad facts of live.
This is made all the worse by the two works that the book blatantly derives from. Narnia specifically tries to teach morality, that selfishness, envy, greed amd depravity only hurt you and the ones you love. It teaches kindness and the importance of being loving. In many ways so does Harry Potter. But this story is cruel and evil goes unpunished.
Then we have every character being completely unsatisfied with all the riches they are given. The author treats this as fact, like everyone is depressed and could never be made happy. In some ways that is true, you can't buy happiness, but to the extent that these characters suffer it's like they buy pain. If they are all depressed, why do none of them seek help from a professional?
The author has way too many Darlings which he loves so dearly. his writing continuously pops you in and out of the story and breaks the flow of the story. The Magicians had great potential. overall I was disappointed I wasted my time listening to the book. I did however enjoy the characters especially Quinton.
Meh, I don't want to demand the time back from life, but with hindsight I would have chosen a different book.
He was actually pretty good at conveying the emotion in the book, however, he seemed to have to spit out any of the cursing.
No. I know it does, but I don't have an interest in reading it. The book ends one way and although it's not perfect it seems to follow the overall story expectation. Then in the last few minutes there is a complete plot twist and different ending. It's like the author forgot he wanted a sequel and then tagged something on.
I wouldn't read it again, but I'm not entirely discouraging anyone to try it. I had two major problems I couldn't get over. One was the story was pretty unoriginal in that it pulled from two different existing books. It was a clash of Harry Potter & Narnia. The only difference was the adult themes that went along with this. The second was the 'downer' attitude of the main character. He learned magic, had a good relationship, friends, visited his childhood dream, and couldn't be happy. I realize this happens in real life, but I prefer my fantasy to be more upbeat or come with a lesson in lieu of that particular tempo.
It is a grown up Harry Potter mixed with the witch and the wardrobe. I found the beginning to be a tad slow- so I switched from reading to the audio version and fell in love with the story
I kept waiting the story to go somewhere, but it seems to have bogged down with in unneeded side stories. I thought it was sounding kind of like Lord Of The Rings for awhile, then took a Harry Potter turn. It really was a bit tedious, and I nodded off a few times and had to go back, only to find that I really hadn't missed anything. It served to entertain me while I did work around the house, but I would not buy another book in this series
Modern Day Narnia
I enjoyed how The Magicians took many of the old coming of age magic cliches and twisted them into a more modern setting. The book leans on the reader knowing many of the classic cliches like Narnia and Harry Potter, but gives it a gritty twist where the magicians are attending college with all the twists and turns that the rite of passage gives. Grossman focuses on moving through the magic and details quickly while focusing on how it changes Quentin along the way.