The Magicians, by Lev Grossman.Read about the other books on the list.
If you thought Donna Tartt’s novel was good but was missing a few witches and wizards, Grossman’s literary fantasy novel has plenty to satisfy your craving. Bored New York rich kid Quentin has always longed for an escape, so when he stumbles across the existence of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a school devoted to the study of real spells-and-stuff magic, he never looks back. He soon finds an in with the school’s academic elite, an insular group that’s been practicing magic that goes far beyond their coursework. Fantasy trappings aside, Grossman’s novel is perhaps the closest in spirit to Tartt’s, and shares with it a focus on what a high-pressure environment can do to warp, mutate—or poison—friendships.
The Page 69 Test: Lev Grossman's The Magicians.