"Can a man who can cast a spell ever really grow up?"
This is the coming of age tale of Quentin. Q is bright and has it fairly easy, but he is unhappy....more"Can a man who can cast a spell ever really grow up?"
This is the coming of age tale of Quentin. Q is bright and has it fairly easy, but he is unhappy. He wishes life were filled with magic like in his favorite childhood books about Fillory (think Narnia). When he gets his wish he discovers that magic doesn't automatically make life merry or himself happy.
Sometimes I wanted to hit Q on the head and tell him to get over it. Maybe if he went to normal school and didn't discover magic he would have made friends, gotten a girlfriend, found something he was passionate about in the real world and started enjoying his life. Then again, maybe not.
This book is fairly dark. Q's outlook on life is grim and he responds to difficulties by giving up and shutting himself off from everything. What's the point if you do that? He needs to learn how to find balance. Maybe he will get farther in his quest to figure life out in book two.(less)