The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (Plume, $16) resembles the classic tale of the wandering postgraduate. But in this case, the twenty-somethings are highly trained magicians, educated at a secret magical college in upstate New York. Upon graduation, the young magicians move to midtown Manhattan, wondering if magic still has a place in the 21st century. It’s a clever spin on the plight of today’s liberal-arts graduates: “too many magicians, not enough monsters,” one character frets. Grossman’s universe (which is far more troubled and brooding than Narnia or Hogwarts) stretches from Brooklyn and Manhattan to a gloriously imagined sequence in Antarctica. Grossman proves there’s magic in adulthood too.