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The Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014: In The Magician's Land, the third book in Lev Grossman's Magicians series, Quentin Coldwater returns as a jaded, slightly humbled, white-haired 30-year-old whose life hasn't turned out exactly as he thought he would--exiled from both the magical land of Fillory and then fired from the magic school Brakebills in quick succession. The series, infused with heavy doses of Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings, used these fantasy tropes in the first two books to explore adolescent alienation and twenty-something excess. Now, Grossman ushers the sarcastic, pretentious, and flawed cast of magicians into a painful maturity. Traumas from their youth tinge their life with regret, love lost doesn't stay lost, and magic--which despite making almost anything possible--doesn't simplify the complexity of adulthood. This is a book about grown-up fantasy nerds for grown-up fantasy nerds, but it's also a page-turner with some serious literary ambition. Adult readers longing for that lost childhood sense of awe that can only be found in make-believe will feel it here, the best and most mature book in the series. --Matt Kaye
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I was also disappointed that two of the possibilities I thought Grossman had so carefully set up in The Magician King--the transformation of the Neitherlands and the Far Side of Fillory--were barely touched upon in The Magician's Land. Yes, there were a few gaspable plot turns (cf. NYT review), and in the first half a few of the haunting set pieces that are the hallmark of Grossman's best writing: a segmented secret passage that includes dislocations in time and space; the excursion to Antarctica. We get a sliver of insight into Janet that we hadn't had before. And the object of the caper--that particular Fillorian MacGuffin--is worth it, even if the caper itself makes little narrative sense.
Something else's that's missing: the sense of psychological depth that the development of Julia's story (not to mention her distinctive narrative voice) lent The Magician King.Read more ›
Quentin was no longer a King of Fillory. Much like his antecedents of the Narnia books, he was no longer allowed to remain in Fillory and had to make his way in The Real World (no, not on that MTV show. Is it still even on?). But now he was back at Brakebills and was exploring what it meant to be an adult in the non-Fillory world. For those of you who would have wished for more writing about HP post his school years, then you will find much to make you happy here. Especially if you were a fan of Ocean's Eleven. And here we meet Plum and discover other old friends interacting with Quentin. The first half of the book is a crime caper on the Quentin side of things. But that's just half of the first half. The other half explores the goings on of Elliot and Janet and the rest of the Scooby Gang in Fillory. As an aside, the story of how Janet gets her new axes is one of the highlights of the book. And there we are also treated to a modern version of Narnia's 'The Last Battle'. Think about that for a moment. Let it settle in. You know what that means.
There is a certain sense of irreverence and whimsy permeating the book. There are amusing lines with wink winks to various Fantasy series's fan bases. Things like there being no female dwarfs because they don't exist. The book rewards those who are well read.Read more ›
When the THE MAGICIAN’S LAND opens, it’s been seven years since Quentin Coldwater, now age 30, was deposed from the throne of Fillory, the not-so-mythical land whose tales had been a source of fascination to him since childhood. In the real world, he has hit rock bottom. Bounced from a teaching position at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, he is now “just another striver, grim and desperate.” Along with a handful of other misfit magicians, he is recruited to retrieve a mysterious suitcase and promised $2 million in cash or gold if the caper succeeds.
Things aren’t much better in Fillory. Quentin’s friends, Eliot and Janet, the High King and Queen, are warned that “Fillory is dying,” but they’re powerless to arrest its rapidly accelerating decay as they watch the sun “spending its remaining thermal and kinetic energy on destroying itself and throwing stupendous curling gouts and ferns of fire in the air and erecting a vast pillar of steam reaching up to the sky.Read more ›
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This series is absolutely amazing. A real throwback to childhood favorites as well as just an amazing piece of art all by itself.Published 16 days ago by Christopher Winchester
I read all 3 books in this series. I started with high hopes but ended up disliking all the main characters. This was why I also stopped watching the TV series. Read morePublished 22 days ago by nickster
It was a good read but the end felt rushed I would have liked one more book, with more details...Published 24 days ago by Laura B