Likened to the Harry Potter series I expected great things from The Magicians. No sooner then the first chapter did I realize that was a big mistake. The book centers around the private institution known as Brakebills, a school that trains young teenagers to harness their natural magical ability. The main character, Quentin Coldwater, hails from Brooklyn, NY and has taken to magic, and the enchanted world of Fillory, as an outlet for his depression. Upon his acceptance at Brakebills be begins learning about so-called "real magic" and is enchanted by the dark-haired Alice, who appears to be a natural in each class. The book goes on to show life after Quentin and his group of friends, dubbed The Physical Kids, graduate from Brakebills and enter the world of professional magic.
I have to say that overall, The Magicians did not impress me. While the very end was redeeming I found that most of this book was completely devoid of plot with unnecessarily complicated language that confused the reader more then it aided the nonexistent story. Quentin himself is an extremely unlikeable character who was more interested in showing off and appearing self important then he was at working on his magic. With Quentin's lack of interest, I found this book both void of character and of plot, which left us with prose-like excerpts of life at Brakebills, most of which served no purpose later. In addition to the choppy narration, Grossman's word choices barely made sense nor lent any redeeming attributes to the characters.