Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning.
But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician’s Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren’t black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.
Recently, Michele from Just a Lil’ Lost and I updated our to-be-read list for the book club. One of the books up for consideration was The Magicians by Lev Grossman. We’d heard all kinds of things about this book – an adult Harry Potter, a What-if about Narnia, and so many other descriptions and it piqued our interest. Little did we know that we weren’t the only ones….
I’ve over half way through the story right now, and while there are definitely some loose threads still to address, the world building is pretty fantastic. There’s a Hogwarts-esque graduate school called Brakebills, complete with mysterious headmaster and odd courses, but the curriculum is decidedly more adult. The characters are also much more mature, and are facing deeper and darker secrets than any children’s book. There’s a lot of diversity in the characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you absorbed.
We were recently approached by the lovely people at Showcase.ca because “The Magicians”has been transformed into a television series, starting Monday, January 25th! To quote the press release:
The full season of The Magicians begins Monday, January 25 with a two-episode series premiere at 9pm ET/PT. Filmed on location in Vancouver and based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling trilogy of novels, the new scripted fantasy drama from Syfy and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) takes viewers to Brakebills University, an elite, secret college specializing in magic.
Starring Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice),Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny), and Summer Bishil (Margo), The Magicians centres on Quentin, a gifted grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University in upstate New York. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.
The first episode has been revealed to be “Unauthorized Magic,” and will be broadcast on January 25th at 9 pm. Episode two will follow immediately after at 10 pm, and is called “The Source of Magic.” New episodes will air in the series’ regular timeslot on Mondays at 9pm ET/PT on Showcase. Episodes will be available to watch the next day on showcase.ca. Check out the teaser!
I’m really interested to see how they will bring Breakbills to life, especially some of the more vivid alternative scenes, and to see who has been cast in the main roles. I’ve noticed a few changes (character name changes, etc.) but nothing too major, and I wonder how they will develop the characters off the page and on the screen.
Interested? Showcase wants YOU to become enthralled with The Magicians, and to that end, they have offered a copy of the first book to anyone who might be interested. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. Not to worry though, if you shy away from unfinished series – the epic conclusion to the series, The Magician’s Land, opened at #1 last summer on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller’s list, and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year. Additionally, The Magicians was one of the recipients of the 2010 Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
In order WIN A FREE COPY OF THE MAGICIANS, all you need to do is to click HERE for the Rafflecopter giveaway.
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This giveaway is sponsored by Showcase.ca, and is open to anyone in Canada (sorry, international residents). Lost in a Great Book takes no responsibility for the delivery of the prize beyond the notification of the winner.