“Yuck. Most reviews say it's a combo of Harry Potter and Narnia and while the general idea of those books is there, it doesn't come close to either of them. I didn't enjoy it at all.”Liz Hoffman wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! Can not wait to read the next in this series.”Justin wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Terrible, irrelevant, and predictable. The "shocker" of the book is poorly handled, and the action scenes are clumsy and low-stakes. Contains several plot elements that could be seen as important but are dismissed. It starts out fine enough, but the plot quickly sours. I would improve the rating if I had stopped reading halfway through, but sadly, I stayed until the end.”John the Geometer wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book to a degree that I don't quite understand.
Reading the reviews and back cover snippets of this book, you would think this is a derivative work based heavily on the C.S. Lewis Narnia series. And yes, there are references that make those thoughts reasonable. But when you get into the book, all that you actually get from that is a sense of the author's appreciation of those books and a tiny bit of "flavor" from the anticipation of a Narnia-esque feeling. And that is only true in the first part of the book (and maybe just a little at the end).
The "meat" of the book involves characters. Characters that are interesting. Unusually, though, these characters are both immature and significantly apathetic. I suspect that's why so many reviews I've seen had a negative take on the book. Don't get me wrong… these are NOT the most identifiable characters you'll read. But they ended up, for me at least, being satisfyingly interesting and believable nonetheless.
The situations they find themselves in are ultimately interesting and unique. Enough so that I definitely want to keep reading. But it's definitely a "gritty" series where you're not assured of a "happy ending." I guess I'm really looking for character redemption as the series moves along. As long as there's that hope, it should remain interesting.”
“Like Harry Potter for grown ups! While poking fun at other fantasy novels, The Magicians bring insight in what it's like to be an outsider and then find a whole group of outsiders just like yourself. The tale winds around depressed Quentin, a teenager who winds up at magician's school instead of an ivy college. Through the 5 years at school we learn what it takes to become a magician and their struggles trying to function in a normal society.”Sasha Gollish wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Supposed to be Harry Potter for adults. That's only true if you think that adding some sex makes it "for adults." Mostly just unabashedly a Narnia duplicate.”Peaches7217 wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had such high hopes for this book... Using it as my rebound for getting over The Sookie Stackhouse series being done. Couldn't even finish - literally a mash up of Narnia and Harry Potter.”Nikki A wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awful! Supposedly Harry Potter for grown ups but I just found it derivative, nasty random. I suppose that might be the idea, counterpointing the warm feeling of magic in Narnia and HP with real life woes. That could be interesting - ignoring the fact that HP does that anyway - but badly executed here.
Except I like the ending!”
“I really enjoyed this! I was so enthralled w the plot that I just raced through it and will have to go back and re-read in depth! This reminded me of an adult version of Narnia (Filleroy, talking animals, magic, kings&queens of a magical land). I am really starting to get into the fantasy genre and have ordered the second book in this series.”kbella wrote this review Sunday, August 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel is about a man practicing magic in the real world, assuming magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive exclusive college of magic in New York. The Magicians is a coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world, where good and evil aren't black and white. Not a genre I enjoy.”Bev wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No