The Magicians Lev Grossman's novel concerns a miserable Brooklyn teen who, without warning, gets deposited at a secret college for wizards. Seriously! That's what it's about! If… The Magicians Lev Grossman's novel concerns a miserable Brooklyn teen who, without warning, gets deposited at a secret college for wizards. Seriously! That's what it's about! If… 2009-08-11 Fiction Sci-fi and Fantasy Viking
Book Review

The Magicians (2009)

The Magicians | The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 11, 2009; Writer: Lev Grossman; Genres: Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Publisher: Viking

Lev Grossman's novel concerns a miserable Brooklyn teen who, without warning, gets deposited at a secret college for wizards. Seriously! That's what it's about! If it weren't so sly and lyrical, the brazen evocation of Harry Potter would seem suicidal, like the casting of a spell the sorcerer can't handle. But The Magicians is an homage to both J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, as well as an exploration of what might happen if troubled kids were let loose in the supernatural realms they grew up reading about. Grossman (who is Time's book critic) captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond. They don't call it disenchantment for nothing. A–

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Originally posted Aug 04, 2009 Published in issue #1060 Aug 14, 2009 Order article reprints