The Magicians

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 35,018 ratings

The Magicians Publisher's Summary

A thrilling and original coming-of- age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world.

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren't black and white, love and sex aren't simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.

©2009 Lev Grossman (P)2009 Penguin
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  • Book 1

    • The Magicians

    • A Novel
    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15,869
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,012
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14,032

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not an average book

    • By Kyle on 04-30-11

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Magicians, Book 1

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 150

    In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price.... Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't cast a spell on me

    • By Simon on 11-15-16

    Regular price: $31.97

  • Book 2

    • The Magician King

    • A Novel
    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,361
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,367

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • King Grossman the Magician

    • By Douglas on 08-12-11

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Magician King, Book 2

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Veronica on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $31.97

  • Book 3

    • The Magician's Land

    • The Magicians, Book 3
    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,525
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,665
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A beautiful ending to a great masterpiece

    • By Mor on 09-30-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Magician's Land, Book 3

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches up with him.... Meanwhile, Fillory's magical barriers are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. To save their beloved world from extinction, Eliot and Janet, High King and Queen of Fillory, must embark on a final, dangerous quest.

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Dangerous Women

    • By: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Length: 32 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,102
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,021
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,024

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Joy of an Anthology

    • By Susan on 03-21-14

    Regular price: $45.50