Though my husband and I love the TV series which is kooky but not actually lethal, we did not like the book. The book has the butler still cracking his terrible punny jokes, but the people are actually dying. There is not saving grace for any of the characters. The end is abrupt and, again, has no saving grace. Frankly, it creeped me out!
Being an adult superfan of Harry Potter, I was disappointed with this story. There were times when I wanted to scream, "Why don't any of them ever use any magic?" All they did was drink and complain and bore me. When they reached Fillory there was at least some action, but even that was filled with teenage angst that did not reflect any college graduate I have ever met. And, please, don't tell me these story lines weren't pilfered unsuccessfully from every successful fantasy novel ever written. The only novel idea was the flight to Fillory South. That was interesting.
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