The Magicians

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 879 ratings

The Magicians, Book 1 Summary

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price....

Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power; and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected....

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  • Book 1

    • The Magicians, Book 1

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 446
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 409
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 411

    In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price.... Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narnia and Harry Potter combination for adults

    • By Tuke on 05-03-16

    Regular price: £29.99

  • Book 2

    • The Magician King, Book 2

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Really dull

    • By Mr. P. S. Gale on 10-03-17

    Regular price: £29.99

  • Book 3

    • The Magician's Land, Book 3

    • By: Lev Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches up with him.... Meanwhile, Fillory's magical barriers are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. To save their beloved world from extinction, Eliot and Janet, High King and Queen of Fillory, must embark on a final, dangerous quest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!!

    • By Noel on 08-10-17

    Regular price: £29.99