This is not even intended not to be a reconstruction of Narnia, complete with talking animals, but once you overcome the almost plagiarism of the trap, that is where the similarities between The Magi and those books end. Even if Lev (book critic for Time magazine) weren't a good friend, I would fervently recommend The Magicians to everyone who fell under the spell of Narnia or Harry Potter as a child and have been thinking about what this means for the adults we've become.
I'm not sure if that's a win, but it was a change of pace, and enough to make me interested in reading The Magicians book. Other times it catches you and, more than once, I found myself reading too late at night when I expected to be able to leave the book hours before.
The magicians enter Fillory and search for a mission, finding it more dangerous and divided than the books indicate. It is here, in the slowest moments of the book, that I understand that people started to think of it as a “fantastic literary novel”. The New York Times review said the book could be crudely labeled as Harry Potter for adults, injecting mature themes into fantasy literature. I couldn't get into his recent novel, but I can't wait for the third book of Kingkiller Chronicles.
It is not a perfect book, the characters are sometimes so real that they are annoying, like friends whose hearing problems get tired of hearing, and the rhythm can drag in parts, but in large part it is due to those aspects that make people consider it literary. The magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction has a long article on The Magician's Book and two other titles: Cheek by Jowl, a collection of essays by Ursula K. He loves a series of books called Fillory and Further, in which the five children of Chatwin visit a magical land in the style of Narnia called Fillory. Finally, they set out for Ember's tomb to recover the crown of Martin Chatwin, the eldest son of the books Fillory and Further, to establish themselves as the new Kings and Queens of Fillory.