The Magicians

The Magicians : A Novel

3.48 (174,707 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$8.31

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians , the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King , is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 108 x 175 x 40mm | 267g
  • English
  • 0452295769
  • 9780452295766
  • 22,021

Rating details

174,707 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 21% (36,420)
4 32% (55,489)
3 28% (49,400)
2 13% (22,830)
1 6% (10,568)

Our customer reviews

Interesting read, but it comes across as something of a Harry Potter clone, and Grossman spends far more time describing various types of alcohol than he does on developing some kind of decent plot. The prose is wonderful, as would be expected from a literary critic, but without any real goal for the characters until well into the second half, it all comes across as a bit pointless. Imaginative, but not mind-blowing by any more
by Benjamin Porritt
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X