The Magicians Summary

Lev Grossman
- 2009
This book is good to read when you feel enchanted.

Key Takeaways

  1. The series presents a gritty, realistic take on the concept of a magical school, offering a deeper look at the challenges and moral questions facing its characters.
  2. Quentin’s disillusionment with the real world contrasts sharply with his idealization of the magical world, leading to a poignant exploration of fantasy versus reality.
  3. Grossman's narrative is rich with themes of longing, disenchantment, and the search for meaning in a seemingly indifferent universe.


The novel starts with Quentin’s discovery of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, where he trains to become a magician.

He struggles with his own inner demons and the discovery that the magical world of his childhood books is real and more dangerous than he could have imagined.

As Quentin and his friends graduate into a world where their powers seem irrelevant, they must find a purpose beyond the walls of Brakebills.

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