Best Fantasy Book Series

The Magicians


The Magicians follows the story of Quentin Coldwater who, as a teenager, discovers that he may have magical abilities. He is drawn through a portal onto the grounds of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy where he is tested and accepted as a student. After graduating from Brakebills he finds that the fantasy world of his childhood, Fillory, actually exists.

The Magicians is one of the most disappointing books that Iíve read. I wanted so badly to like this book because as a dark urban fantasy it was something new and intriguing. The plot of the book is appealing and the mystery is interesting, but the execution was tedious. What could have been an exciting and compelling story ended up being a long hard slog. 

My main problem with the book was that the characters werenít likeable. They are a bunch of self-indulgent adults who act like children. Every time I thought the story was going to get interesting, the characters got in the way. In addition, the magical land of Fillory was somewhat silly, which was too much contrast from the dark nature of the book. 

Although Iíve given tough criticism of The Magicians, the plot was a good one and the story has a good resolution at the end. This makes it an example of a book that barely makes the grade.


Series Author Rating Must Read Number of Pages Year Published
The Magicians Trilogy Lev Grossman No 434 2009




Dark Urban


Witches and Wizards