The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a dark tale about a young man named Quentin who discovers that adventure is not as glorious has his books lead him to believe. As a senior in high school he is admitted into a secret school in order to become a magician. After graduation he and his school friends find their way to the magical land of Fillory which Quentin has been obsessed with ever since he read the novels which take place in that world. Quentin soon discovers that adventure and magic do not bring him joy, in fact they bring him sorrow, pain, and terrifying experiences.
Grossman plays major homage to the magical worlds of Harry Potter, Middle Earth, and Narnia which the land of Fillory is majorly influenced by. This story brings to light what a realistic adventure in another land would really be like.