I suppose I am rather late on this one. The Magicians came out long enough ago to have had three or four seasons of an adaption on basic cable, yet isn’t (and probably never will be) some kind of classic that future generations will discover.
But, credit where credit is due, some two thirds of the book is a very good, very interesting take on the school for magic. In this case, a college. And like real college, the stakes can feel unimaginably high for the students, but everyone else know that they are really not. And real life is invariably a bit of a disappointment. Because, we all know that if Harry Potter were real, he would almost certainly have spent his first half decade after Hogwarts drinking and doing copious quantities of drugs to both medicate his PTSD and to recreate the feeling of being the ‘chosen one’ again.