Title: The Magicians
Author: Lev Grossman
Category: 9. Read a book in the fantasy genre
Date Started: September 16th 2017
Date Finished: September 18th 2017
This is yet another first book in a trilogy, but in this case I really don’t see myself picking up the rest of the books. It was okay but I don’t think it was really anything special. Despite that, it has been made into a tv series apparently.
I was never a huge fan of fantasy growing up. With the exception of Harry Potter I never found a fantasy series I liked. As an adult I’ve been a little more adventurous. But in the case of this book I’s really one I could’ve missed. Which isn’t to say that it didn’t have great message because it does. In fact in some ways it’s a much more realistic experience of magic in that it really is hard work.
Quentin is on the verge of adulthood, one of the smartest kids in the smartest classes at school. He’s selected to take a test for the most prestigious magic college in America. Brakebills. He gets accepted and thus begins his schooling experience. All of which is contained in this single book as well as his post schooling life. Honestly this is part of my problem with the book, it just feels rushed.
In addition to feeling rushed it feels like Quentin’s personality changes halfway through the book. This is one of the smartest kids in highschool only to start at Brakebills and forget everything he had learned in school and to suddenly seem like he was incredibly average.
I found it kind of hard to connect with the characters to be honest and that’s a real pity because characters are really what makes a great book for me .
Rating: 2.5/5 stars