The Magicians: A Novel
by Lev Grossman
Viking Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670020553
Date: 11 August 2009
List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Explore Fillory / Explore Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy / Read excerpts from author Christopher Ploverís Fil / The Magicians Website /
Product Description: Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.
He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
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