Grossman’s trilogy, and particularly the first novel, is centered around the theme of unfulfilled and unfulfillable desire—the depressed main character Quentin’s inability to find anything that will ease his disillusionment and grant him lasting happiness. Grossman’s revisioning of Narnia as Fillory is examined closely.
"A Common Language of Desire: The Magicians, Narnia, and Contemporary Fantasy,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 35
, Article 10.
Available at: http://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol35/iss2/10