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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer. Shadowland is a superb, under-recognized, early novel from a master of literary terror.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lara | 2/7/2014

    " This is one of the best dark magic novels I've ever read. Perfect combination of horror and fantasy. It made me put Grimm's Fairy Tales on the reread pile, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Oldmanj716 | 1/31/2014

    " The story is very disjointed. The protagonists are weak, whiny, and boring. The book is broken up into two parts that each take place in seperate universes. The first half of the book is all character development and backstory that seems like it should have a lot to do with the second half...but it doesn't. As far as this being a horror story, I found one 2-5 page part creepy. The rest was slow, boring, and seemingly unorganized. It is not the worst horror novel I've read, but certainly not the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Urban | 1/26/2014

    " During the extremely unsatisfying experience of reading Lev Grossman's "The Magicians", I kept thinking of how much better Straub's treatment of similar themes was, so literally the minute I finished "The Magicians" I went to my bookshelf and picked out this book to re-read. With it's nods to everything from Grimm's Fairy Tales to Hans Christian Andersen to John Fowles' The Magus, this is both a literate homage to the art of storytelling and a gripping story in its own right. The tale of two boarding school best friends, one of whom is destined to be the greatest magician in the world, and the malevolent wizard who seeks to keep the mantle for himself, this is a mournful story filled with melancholy, violence and tragedy. The journey from innocence through temptation to self-awareness provides the backbone for these characters, and the layered narratives and "realities" are skillfully wrought. A perfectly crafted gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 1/25/2014

    " Found this book really hard to get into but stuck with it and it scared the bejeezus out of me "

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