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Book Review of The Magicians (Magicians, Bk 1)

The Magicians (Magicians, Bk 1)
snoopy99eb avatar reviewed on + 6 more book reviews

I find it difficult to review this book because I neither liked nor hated it. I can say with certainty, however, that I flat out hated the characters.

The students at this school (including all of the main characters), are angst-ridden and hard to like. They sleep around, they're insecure, they hurt each other emotionally on purpose. As another reviewer has already pointed out, Quentin, the main character, is moody and immature throughout. His constant "life sucks, everything sucks" internal monologues are tiresome and leave you wondering why he doesn't just jump off a cliff and get it over with. The one single character in the story who seemed to be above it all (won't mention who it is in case you want to be surprised) turned out to be just as immature as the rest in the end and I lost all respect for said character after reading it.

Throughout most of the book, it was hard to get a good sense of where everything was going. Magic does not come as easily to magicians in this story as they do to the wizards in Harry Potter. It requires extensive grueling training, which takes up the majority of the book. Finally, in the last few chapters, the story started to get interesting.

While this story left me disliking every single character, the end was interesting enough to get me to (maybe) want to read the next one just to see what happens. Hopefully, the characters will redeem themselves later on. Or get killed off. Really either is good at this point.

I also want to add that if you're looking for another "Harry Potter", this is not it. The only similarity is the existence of magic, and a magic school. I did not feel any loyalty or love for any of the characters as I did with "Potter", and at times I hoped the author was going to get rid of one or two of them.

This book is also not appropriate for younger kids as it contains some sexual situations and drug use.