I was really disappointed in this book by Lev Grossman, especially after all the rave reviews in the media. I found the story lacking in depth, the characters uncompelling and the plot weak. If you are someone who loves the worlds created in the Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire series, look elsewhere. This book boils down to whiny, entitled teenagers lazing about and oh, they do magic, by the way. There's no central force driving the story along and it was only due to my own stubbornness that I even finished it. Ugh, and plus I'd already downloaded the follow-up The Magician King and I'm trying to force my way through that one too.
Nothing new to add that hasn't already been written by other reviewers. The switch in narrator was jarring and I did not enjoy this performance. Thankfully Roy Dotrice is back for the fifth installment.
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