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Best Fantasy Book for December 2015

December is historically a slow month for Fantasy fans, but this December brings the television premier of one of our favorite book series!

The Magicians Trilogy

Cover - The MagiciansBook #1: The Magicians
Author: Lev Grossman
Publisher: Plume
Television: Syfy Network

The Magicians is often billed as “Harry Potter for Adults,” and while they are both series I love featuring secret schools of magic, I think the comparison does a grave disservice to the emotional complexity of The Magicians.

Students of Brakebills are not the charming, brave, altruistic heroes of Hogwarts.  These are hyper-intelligent, highly-driven college students with real problems who behave like the emotionally charged and frequently self-centered individuals that they are.

Did you ever notice how Harry Potter can narrowly escape almost certain death one day, and then the next day be completely focused on winning the upcoming Quidditch match?  Could you do that?  Well, neither can the students of Breakbills, and that’s one of the many things that makes them feel so real.

How well will Syfy manage the conversion from print to small screen, and can it possibly carry the same dark tone?  We can’t wait to find out!

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From the Publisher:  Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined . . .

From the TV Network:

Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.


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