A NovelBook - 2009
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CRRL_Christine Jan 04, 2018
An adult novel for fans of Harry Potter, this book takes place in New York City. Fantasy novel-obsessed high schooler senior Quentin is suddenly invited to attend a prestigious magic school, which turns out to be not quite as exciting as he thought. However, dark fantasy and adventure abound for ... Read More »
When Quentin is accepted into a secret college in New York, he's surprised to learn that not only is magic real, but it's also insanely difficult and has much greater consequences than he ever imagined.
As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning disc... Read More »
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The truth doesn't always make a good story, does it? But I think I tied up most of the loose threads. I'm sure you can fill in the rest, if you really think about it.
Nobody wanted to admit they were frightened, so they took the only other option, which was to be irritable instead.
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The main character is a self-loathing teen who hasn't been able to let go of his childhood obsession with a series of fantasy novels about a magical world called Fillory. What a surprise when he discovers first that magic is real, and then that Fillory is too. Unfortunately, for him, neither prove to be all that he'd dreamed they were as a child. While there is a clear and strong plot throughout the book, the novel seems to be mostly about the main character's struggle with his own unhappiness. Magic doesn't do it. A new girlfriend doesn't do it. Entering Fillory doesn't do it. In many ways it's a psychological journey more than a fantasy journey. Be prepared for a level of self-pity and self-loathing that will have you rolling your eyes and hoping this kid will grow up.
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