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The Magicians: (Book 1) (Paperback)
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The Magicians: (Book 1) (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 08/10/2009
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NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES 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 very different path to any he'd ever imagined. The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected ...

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099534440
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a sophisticated, subtle novel that is also magical fun. I can't imagine any lover of well-written classic fantasy ... who won't adore it" * The Times *
"Stirring, complex, adventurous . . . From the life of Quentin, his slacker Park Slope Harry Potter, Grossman delivers superb coming of age fantasy" -- Junot Diaz, author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
"This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels (most obviously, those of J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis) in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself" * The New Yorker *
"The novel's climax includes some spectacular magical battles to complement the complex emotional entanglements Grossman has deftly sketched in earlier chapters. Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided - fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed" * Kirkus *
"Anyone who grew up reading about magical wardrobes and unicorns and talking trees before graduating to Less Than Zero and The Secret History and Bright Lights, Big City will immediately feel right at home with this smart, beautifully written book by Lev Grossman. The Magicians is fantastic, in all senses of the word. It's strange, fanciful, extravagant, eccentric, and truly remarkable - a great story, masterfully told" -- Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

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“Dark and brilliant”

Where to start with this one.....

In essence this is a very dark blend of Harry Potter and Narnia, but it has far more depth and interest then that simple description.

Young man, brought up on stories of a Narnia... More

Paperback edition
13th November 2009
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“Tosh from the New Yorker book critic.”

Tosh from the Book Critic of the New Yorker Magazine., 15 Oct 2009
By A. S. Thomson (Scotland) - See all my reviews

I read some good reviews of this book and was excited to begin the adventure with Grossman's... More

Paperback edition
15th October 2009
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“Grown Up Potter”

A compact slowly revealing whale of a tale, this only loses points due to the slow build up and slightly rushed end to proceedings, Lev Grossman has created a world here which ranks alongside the aforementioned Potter... More

Paperback edition
14th October 2011
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