By: Lev Grossman
Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Disgusting (20+ curse words, multiple sexual scenes, descriptions of body parts, violence, blood, and death.)
Perhaps my expectations were too high for this book. When it was recommended to me, multiple people said it was an adult version of Narnia and Harry Potter wrapped up in one. While, yes, I did see the influence of both on the storyline, it wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as either series. In fact, I would go as far as to see that The Magicians is fairly boring.
Don’t get me wrong, this book is not a bad fantasy novel, it’s just not a great one. I couldn’t seem to get into the story, and I didn’t like a single one of the characters. Much of the dialogue and relationships between the characters felt off and more fitting of a soap opera.
I did enjoy some of the world-building at the beginning of the book, however. The beginning of the story and the main character’s introduction to magic was very enjoyable to read. I believe if you enjoy fantasy and have never read Narnia or Harry Potter, then you might possibly enjoy Grossman’s novel – it just wasn’t for me.