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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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 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. . . .

Book Club Ideas


Plan a magic themed book club party. Decorate with purple and black balloons and cut out gold stars and a moon to lay on the table or hang from the ceiling. Set out playing cards, white gloves, and magic wands. Serve your snacks in plastic top hats.

Top Hat with Rabbit Rolls


Wear your top hat, white gloves, and a black flowing cape; or dress like your favorite wizard. Here’s some assorted magical attire from Amazon.

Book Club Menu

Plan a magically yummy menu for The Magicians book club party!

Magician’s Rabbit Rolls served in a top hat will be a big hit with the guests at your magic-themed party.

Magicians Rabbit Rolls

Eliot’s Abracadabra Amatriciana Sauce served over pasta. This is what Eliot was preparing when Quentin and Alice finally gained entrance to the physical kids’ bungalow. Serve with a good green salad such as Crunchy Broccoli Romaine Salad.

Amatriciana Sauce and Pasta and Salad

Magic Cookie Bars so named because once you set them out, they magically vanish!

Magic Cookie Bars

Book Club Resources

Ratings at the time this post was published

Goodreads: 3.47 stars (136,556 ratings)
Amazon: 3.3 stars (1,869 ratings)
LibraryThing: 3.51 stars (849 ratings)
My Rating: 4 stars The Magicians is not just a book about magic and fantasy, but also about teens and young adults trying to fit into a grown up world.


  1. Quentin’s specialty in magic is never revealed even though he is placed with the physical students. He refers to himself as a “nothingmancer” and a “squatmancer”. Why do you think that his specialty is not defined? Do you have any ideas as to what his specialty could be? Were there any hints in the book? Does Quentin actually have a specialty?
  2. Who was your favorite character in The Magicians and why? What about your least favorite?
  3. There were times in the novel that Quentin was wholly unlikeable. Discuss his behavior after graduating Brakebills and your opinion as to its causes.
  4. Many comparisons have been made to the Harry Potter books and the Narnia books. In what ways is this novel very different from those books?
  5. I was lucky enough to see Lev Grossman at the Texas Book Festival this past October and he was part of a discussion panel with four other authors and their genre-bending books. What does the term genre-bending mean and how does this term apply to The Magicians?

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The Author

Lev Grossman grew up in the Boston suburb of Lexington and earned a Harvard/Yale education. He has published several novels including The Magician King (2011) which is book 2 in the The Magicians series. Mr. Grossman won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2011. He is critic for Time Magazine and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Other Works by Lev Grossman

Personal Insights, Favorite Quotes, etc…

“The problem with growing up is that once you’re grown up, the people who aren’t grown up aren’t fun anymore.”
~ Lev Grossman

My two favorite scenes in the novel (without saying too much) are the flocks of geese scene and the foxes romping in the snow scene. These two scenes are AMAZING!

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