Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman follows the story of a bunch of young school leavers who posses magical abilities. They are accepted into, or rather compelled, to study at Brakebills, a school for magicians. It is the first book in a series of three. 9780099534440

It took me a while to get in to this book, at around page 150 I started to become interested.

The Magicians held hints of being a dynamic tale, but never really explored things further than the first layer or two. The characters were interesting on the surface. They changed throughout the novel, but the changes felt a bit awkward and were not fully developed. I am hoping that The Magicians is merely the ground work for revelations in the next two books that makes the threads of story come together and answers the questions that were left obviously open.

It wasn’t all bad though, I did finish the book and have ordered the other two in the series. There is something about The Magicians that makes me want to find out more, something I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps, it is The Magicians similarity to other series’ such as Harry Potter and The Chronicle of Narnia that allows me to believe there is more magic hidden below, all I have to do is dig a little deeper and hope.

3 thoughts on “Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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  2. Shelved Ramblings says:

    I completely agree with you that Grossman widely underdevelops his characters, and I have to tell you – things do not get better in The Magician King. In fact, they get worse. HOWEVER, I do think the series as a whole is worth a read. It can get frustrating whenever you want to know more about a character and Grossman is entirely too focused on Quentin or other characters you really don’t give two cares about, but he does such an incredible and understated job of developing the WORLD in which they are in that it is worth it! Let me know when you have read The Magician King 🙂

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