These books are nothing like I remember them.
Let’s start here: I loved the SyFy series, but it is important to keep the series separate from the books. The books are their own thing as is the tv show.
The first time I read The Magicians, I didn’t really like it. I thought it was just okay. I remember saying, “He lost me at the talking animals. It’s just not for me.”
I kept reading. I read them all. When I finished the series (the first time), I said, “that was pretty good,” and moved on to the next book in line.
Something came over me last month. I missed the characters. The show is over now, and I missed my magician friends. So, I picked up the books again. And, whoa…
I was completely surprised by the second reading of all these books. I didn’t remember most of the story. Maybe, I wasn’t paying attention fully during my first go, but by the end of the third book, I was tearful and felt like I had been through something.
Let this be a lesson – reading a book a second time is not always required, but it can sometimes delight you.