Just finished reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman -- what a book! The writing was exceptional, though I was a little put off by the abrupt ending to some chapters (like he wasn't quite sure where to end). The main character is very interesting, though a bit on the depressing side.
What really stood out, though, was the sheer creativity. Every page was brimming with new, fresh ideas. I was just amazed at some of the things that Grossman came up with, and even more how EASY it all seemed.
It's a fairly long, dense book, but totally worth checking out.
Can't wait for the sequel in August!