Awarded the 2011 JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines.
In 2009 Time magazine book reviewer and technology writer Lev Grossman’s The Magicians became a best-seller, as readers embraced the tale of Quentin Coldwater, and his discovery of the real world of magic … and the ways in which it was both like and unlike any of the fantasy stories he had known. Through hardship and sacrifice, Quentin and his friends discovered the not-mythical world of Fillory and became its rulers. The Magician King tells the tale of not-necessarily-happily ever after. (See Maryelizabeth’s review below.) Lev brings the magic back to MGSD on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 PM.
The discovery of the existence of magic, magicians, and the actuality of the magical land of Fillory came at a high cost to magician Quentin Coldwaterand his companions in The Magicians. Lev invites readers to step back into Fillory, where Quentin and his companions-- including Julia who came to magic by her own road, rather then through Brakebills, the magical academy Quentin trained at – rule, and Quentin finds that daily life even in a magical world has left him with ennui. An unexpectedly dramatic encounter on a hunting trip sends Quentin and Julia off on a sea-voyage quest, which Quentin hopes will not only benefit the land, but also allow him to feel more fulfilled. Their unintended return to the “real world” and endeavors to return to Fillory are interspersed with the story of Julia’s extraordinarily painful journey to becoming a magician in the first place, and a less sanctioned insight into the source of magic than that bestowed upon the Brakebills students. Another most unsettling tale of “what if” and the consequences of manipulating magical forces, steeped thoroughly in Lev’s love for established worlds from Hogwarts to Narnia and Oz.
The "New York Times" bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world
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" 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.