I have read mixed things about The Magicians since it was released. It is the first book in a trilogy, with the final book having only been published this month (August 2014). It is a book with magic; shocking, right, given the title? It can be described as science fiction and fantasy. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking about Harry Potter. It was nothing like Harry Potter, yet in ways similar. That makes no sense at all, and yet perfectly sums up how I feel about this book. Half of me feels one way and the other way feels a completely different way.
The Magicians is Harry Potter set in college + The Chronicles of Narnia. However, it did not have the elements that made Harry Potter one of my favorite series. The book is divided into four “books”. The first half of the book drags on and contains no real plot. I do not understand what the point of the first 200 pages is. It drags on when it could have easily been condensed. It had some interesting moments, but it was all just moments that were not building to any thing at all. It made it very tedious to get through. However, all the reviews from people who had read the complete series said the series gets better so I was not giving up. Surely there was a point to this novel right?!?! Finally, towards the end of “book” two excitement happens. A real plot starts to take shape and it continues to build and be explored for the rest of the story. Book three was really good, and then fourth book I loved.
You have to read the first half of the book to end up falling in the love with the second half, but it really did not have to be written to build so slowly. A book needs a clear plot to hold my attention and this book only found that half way through. I did not like the first half of the book, but loved the second half. The second half definitely makes it worth it to read if you love science fiction, fantasy and/or magic. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series because The Magicians ended like most books series do, on a cliffhanger and with unanswered questions. I can only hope that now that the slow build and ground work for the characters was already laid in this book, that the plot will be clear and well written from the start of book two in this series.
A random note: I tried to make the clear distinctions between whether I was talking about the books in the trilogy or the four main divisions the author gave to The Magicians, which he titles “books”. However, I personally found the idea of having “books” within a book that is part of a series a little confusing.