The Magicians – Book 1
‘The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea . . . dark and dangerous and full of twists’ – GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
THE BESTSELLING BOOK BEHIND THE HIT SYFY SHOW
In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price…
Quentin Coldwater’s life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton University, he finds his interviewer dead – but a strange envelope bearing Quentin’s name leads him down a very different path. Instead of Princeton, he finds himself invited to study at Brakebills – a secret college of modern-day sorcerers.
Quentin plunges deep into a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power; and for a while, it seems to answer all Quentin’s desires. But the idyll cannot last. There are others powers than sorcery, powers that are as seductive as they are dangerous – and when the illusion of safety shatters, Quentin is drawn into a world far darker than he ever imagined.
After all, power corrupts. No exceptions.
THE FIRST BOOK IN LEV GROSSMAN’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MAGICIAN TRILOGY
Praise for the Magician Trilogy:
‘Stirring, complex, adventurous . . . superb’ – JUNOT DIAZ, author of DROWN and THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
‘A sophisticated, subtle novel that is also magical fun’ – THE TIMES
‘Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along . . . Literary perfection.’ – ERIN MORGENSTERN, author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS
‘The Magicians ought to be required reading . . . Lev Grossman has written a terrific, at times almost painfully perceptive novel of the fantastic’ – KELLY LINK
‘The best fantasy trilogy of the decade’ – CHARLES STROSS
‘The Magicians is angst-ridden, bleak, occasionally joyous and gloriously readable. Forget Hogwarts: this is where the magic really is.’ – SFX
‘The Magicians is fantastic, in all senses of the word. It’s strange, fanciful, extravagant, eccentric, and truly remarkable – a great story, masterfully told.’ – SCOTT SMITH, author of THE RUINS