Series: The Magicians #1
I've seen the TV show, so I was interested in checking out the original books, and although it was better than I expected, based on some of the reviews, I wouldn't say that this is one of the cases where the book is better than the show. The show actually does a better job at explaining some things than the book. Plus it's more diverse. I just can't picture Penny as a blue-eyed punk, but that's ok.
Anyway, we have a magical school for university students and a Narnia knock-off series that Quentin is/was still obsessed with. Quentin stumbles into this world of magic users when he's invited to sit an exam for the school. Overall it wasn't bad although I think if I had read the book rather than listened to it, I would have found that it dragged. As it was I was checking the points where the show deviated from the book, so that was part of my interest as well. The finale and wrap-up fell a bit flat for me, so instead of 3.5 stars I'm settling for just 3.
My first review of the year, but is one of those books that I started last year and am only finishing up now.