The Magicians: Interview with Author Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman, Photo by Elena Siebert

Lev Grossman, Photo by Elena Siebert

Lev Grossman  is the author of the international bestseller Codex and TIME Magazine’s senior book critic. He also writes for the blog Nerd World, where geek culture is king (as well it should be – le roi s’amuse.) But it’s Grossman’s latest book, The Magicians, available in the US on Tuesday August 11th, that really got the attention of The LA Books Examiner. 

What’s not to like? The Magicians is a fantasy novel, billed as a kind of adult Harry Potter, written by a literary nerd who worships fantasy writers like CS Lewis, TH White, and JK Rowling. In Codex, Grossman brought a literary sensibility to the suspense novel, resulting in a thrilling literary page-turner (see my review here), and I couldn’t wait to see just what he’d add to the fantasy novel.
And I wasn’t disappointed. What he added was reality: an exploration of the high price of magic practiced by real people in the real world where love, sex, death, and most importantly, responsibility, aren’t so easily ignored.   

But Quentin isn’t happy. In fact, he’s miserable and secretly obsessed with an enchanted land called Fillory, the magical, Narnia-like world of the Fantasy novels he loved as a child and is still unable to reconcile as a young adult. Like most people, he believes magic isn’t real – until, on his way home from an unusual college interview, Quentin is magically transported to Brakebills, an exclusive Ivy-League-like college for wizards, where Quentin discovers that even the joys of college and a thorough education in sorcery is still not enough to make him happy.
It’s not until four years later, when Quentin learns from a Brakebill alumnus and rival that Fillory is real and can be accessed at the push of a button, that a chance at happiness and fulfillment finally seem obtainable. Excited by the prospect, Quentin, along with his friends, journey to the magical land of his beloved books to discover a world beyond anything they could have ever imagined.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman will be released in the US on August 11th. You can order copies now at You can follow Lev on Twitter @Leverus.
You can meet Lev in person at Book Soup in Hollywood on Wednesday August 19th at 7pm, where he’ll be reading and signing his new book.
I recently met up with Lev Grossman and had a few questions for him about his work.  
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians introduces the brilliant and brooding Quentin Coldwater, a high school senior in Brooklyn, NY, who really should be happier than he is. He has two really good friends, a GPA that’s a full point higher than most people even know is possible to have, and he can basically write his own ticket to the Ivy League. He should be happy!


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