I wanted to love this book and frantically send out recommendations for people to read it. I still will do the latter, but .. perhaps not as frantically and not to as many people as I thought I might.
Kari from Through a Glass, Darkly (who is awesome and you should totally read her blog) recommended an article here . In it, John Granger says, ” The Magicians isn’t ‘Harry Potter for Grown-Ups…” and I completely agree. While it shares similarities (in addition to sharing similarities to several other well-known fantasy novels) it definitely has it’s own story to tell.
We follow Quentin’s journey, from ordinary human through magicians school and then into a whole other realm – so different I felt as if I’d picked up the sequel. And it works that way. Although some parts felt a little glossed over and I’m still a bit confused at a few things that happened, the pace was good and any slower would have been pretty tedious.
What I loved most was how surprised the last half of the book made me. Every time I thought I could predict where the story was going it went to another place.
There is some language and some graphic violence which makes this book not appropriate for children. If you enjoy a good, dark fantasy novel then I’d recommend this one, it’s worth the read.