by Lev Grossman
Penguin Group, 2009
*I borrowed this book from the library
Summary: Quentin, a depressed high school student, finds purpose when he is selected for admission into Brakebills, a college for magicians.
Review: I read somewhere that this book is described as "Harry Potter for adults". Our hero, Quentin, is no Harry Potter. He is flawed and is darker than Harry, but that makes Quentin real and more intriguing. The world that Lev Grossman paints is a vivid one cloaked in darkness. I couldn't distinguish between the good and bad characters because each had moments of terribleness and of brilliance. The plot is fascinating in the beginning as Quentin begins his magical journey, but I lost interest at times when he stumbles as a young adult trying to find happiness. However, I am glad I kept reading because the ending of this book (specifically their adventures in another dimension) were fantastic. Rating: ***1/2 out of 5