The book follows the adventures of Quentin Coldwater, a high-school graduate from Brooklyn with above-average intelligence and below-average social skills, as he is accepted to Brakebills Academy, an exclusive college for magicians. As he goes through the five years of schooling, he realizes that, just because his fantasy came true, it does not mean that all of his problems are solved. He is forced to deal with his own sullenness and anti-social behavior along with similar issues with the other students. Magic, it turns out, is boring and tedious to learn. Upon graduation, he discovers that Fillory, a fanciful land that is the setting of his favorite book series, is real.
The Magicians, well one thing i will say i did expect it to be better.
I found the story to be a little too fast paced, i think it could have spread out to more than one book so that he could go deeper with the story, i'm not saying he needed to to one year per book but there was a lot more story he could have gone into and spent more time going deeper into the time at school and the studies into magic, and i was also quite disappointed that it didn't go into spells.
I also thought that the idea of them not knowing anything about the history of magic was disappointing and the suggestion that trying to figure it out and understand it was futile, i mean knowing history is a part of knowing yourself and its important to know the beginnings of things so that was a bad part of the story it felt lazy like he couldn't be bothered to think, to go into it for the story or perhaps he wasn't too interested in it.
Also the story of Filroy, 4 children, 2 girls, 2 boys go to a fantasy world and do quests and become kings and queens, really? Narnia alert! I mean he could have gone a little more original with that story line. I also found that the teachers were a little to rough, i mean the foul language used and the way they sometimes spoke to the students, i just think he could have portrayed them a little more professional than that as they seemed like interesting characters that could have had more depth.
On a more positive note the game in the book welters was interesting and i would have like to have seen more of it in the books, gone into it a bit more and better. Also i like the whole issue of the time when they were going to filroy and when they left and went back not knowing how long they would have been away, i think that this part of the story was interesting but by the end of the book it felt really rushed and he could have spent more time going into a more in depth story of them while in filroy and fighting the beast at a slower pace so you could really get your teeth into the story. I also felt like we could have had more from the watcherwoman she was an interesting character that could have been used more in the story. I did like the idea of the The Neitherlands a place where you could find a portal to a new world, that could be expanded on a lot more.
I was not too keen on the in-between part after they left school but before going to filroy, that part of the story bored me a little and i was much interested in the drug-alcohol antics of the characters and didn't feel like that part of the story was necessary.
The story overall was ok to read but it didn't make me want to read any more in the series and only deserved 2/5 stars in my opinion.