Lev Grossman (Time Magazine book reviewer extraordinaire) has penned this new work of fiction about a boy obsessed with a magical world he read about as a boy. Get this ... the magical world is about five kids growing up in a school for magic. Sound familiar? It gets better - Grossman's protagonist is admitted to a very private school of sorcery where he attends college. Upon graduation his life is changed forever when he and his friends discover their magical world is very, very real.
Here's the publisher's blurb:
The Magicians: A Novel
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He's a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory.
Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he thought it would.
Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.
The Magicians will be published in May of 2009 in the U.K. and in August in the U.S. You can order it at any of these online bookstores.Not only all this, but guess what else?
My very favorite author of the moment (George R.R. Martin) has THIS to say about the new novel:
“These days any novel about young sorcerers at wizard school inevitably invites comparison to Harry Potter. Lev Grossman meets the challenge head on ... and very successfully. The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Solidly rooted in the traditions of both fantasy and mainstream literary fiction, the novel tips its hat to Oz and Narnia as well as to Harry, but don't mistake this for a children's book. Grossman's sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists. Hogwarts was never like this.”
— George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series
Could you DIE people?
If I cannot beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this new book from the publisher, I am going to buy it from amazon.uk
Seriously, I can't wait.