Is the book The Magicians a copycat of
and other novels of that ilk? My definitive answer is both "yes" and "no". Think Harry
Potter but throw into the mix sex and drugs. Think
The Chronicles of
Narnia but with the children all grown into college age young adults. Shocking? Yes, sort
of. Interesting to read? Definitely!
The real world of Quentin Coldwater is so boring and uninspiring that he spends all the time he
can reading fantasy novels about a magical place called Fillory. As much as Quentin enjoys reading
about magic, he is levelheaded enough to know it isn't real. At least this is what he believes
until his life changes drastically and he finds himself at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy.
Quentin is delighted with the magic spells he learns, but even more delighted with the thrills of
sex, drugs and alcohol.
The Magicians takes the reader through Quentin's school life, his friendships and his
plans—or lack of plans—for life after college. The young and all too human graduates
find that they struggle with many of the same questions about existence as do non-magic-practicing
people of their age.
Yet suddenly everything takes an unexpected twist and Quentin and his friends discover the all
too real Fillory, and it is nothing like Quentin's childhood fantasy escape.
This novel is darker than Harry Potter, wittier than it seems at first, and although it
does hearken back to The Chronicles of Narnia also, the Potter influence seems stronger.
There is a lot going on in this book and it is well worth the time, and, yes, effort to read it.
I recommend it to fans of Harry Potter because they already love the genre, and I recommend
it to non-Potter fans as well because this is the more grown up version of the darker world of magic,
but I do not think youngsters should read it. Grown-ups only. Enjoy!