Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real -- until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in the joys of college -- friendship, love, sex, and booze -- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would -- until he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sends them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians is the first novel in the Magicians trilogy, which also includes The Magician King and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Magician's Land.