Wei Yuet Wong Yuet Wong 从 15809 Desecabo, A Coruña, 西班牙
** spoiler alert ** When I started the book, I was taken aback by the unapologetic parallels to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. But as the book went on, I came to see it had a voice all it's own. Moody and dark, "The Magicians" lagged a bit in the beginning, but began to really pick up speed after the first half. I enjoyed the Fillory world and particularly enjoyed that portion of the book. I didn't care for the Breakbills South story line. I was heartbroken when Alice became a niffin. I thoroughly disliked the Jane revelation. And I thought the Emily meeting was kind of hokey. I also did not really enjoy Quentin's character, although I can understand in an ensemble of "the physical kids" why his character is necessary for depth. Quentin was a perpetually depressed character. I'm not sure why this is important in the trilogy, but I am positive that Grossman has a plan for Quentin and a reason for writing him the way he did. I wasn't sure how I felt about this book early on, but I realized that I couldn't STOP listening to the audiobook (unabridged). Yes, it was dark and depressing. No happy ending. Quentin's character is a big, unhappy mess. But then again, so is real life. All in all, I really did like this book. I can't wait to read, "The Magician King."