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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
*Starred Review* The third and concluding volume in Grossman’s epic Magicians trilogy finds former High King Quentin ejected from the magical kingdom of Fillory and, in short order, given the boot from a too-brief teaching stint at his old alma mater, Brakebills. What is Quentin to do? At loose ends, he joins a ragtag group of magicians—including Plum, an expelled Brakebills student—on a quest to find a mysterious case, contents unknown but presumed to be invaluable. Meanwhile, it appears, amid intimations of apocalypse, that Fillory is coming to an end, and the novel’s action begins bouncing back and forth between the kingdom and the real world, where Quentin and Plum are now living in a New York town house, with Quentin determined to use an arcane spell to create a new magician’s land. At this point, Quentin’s former inamorata Alice shows up; but wait! Isn’t she dead? Hmm . . . there is much more to the story, but suffice it to say that it is endlessly fascinating and always proceeds apace. In sum, this is an absolutely brilliant fantasy filled with memorable characters—old and new—and prodigious feats of imagination. At one point, Quentin muses, “Magic and books: there aren’t many things more important than that.” The Magician’s Land is ineffable proof of that claim. Fantasy fans will rejoice at its publication. --Michael Cart
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In reading other reviews, I feel that this book ends the series in a way that satisfies me and wraps up a few things we were wondering about. After blundering about for three books, Quentin gets to be a hero of sorts and restored Filliory with the help of Julia who has almost become a god. I thought she was gone after book 2 and I was glad to see her in this one. Perhaps the best part of this book, at least for me, was getting to known Janet a whole lot better. Prior to this book, she showed strength but seemed whiny and self absorbed. She still is but showed a resourcefulness that we had not seen before. Made her much more interesting.
Quentin, Elliot, Janet, Alice, Julia and Penny figured prominently in this book and at least for me it was nice to see them all together if even for a minute.
One thing I can truly agree with as far as the other reviewers are concerned, SyFy really screwed the pooch as far as the TV series is concerned. The show appears to have little or no correlation with the books. Sad, the books are so much better.
So, I enjoyed the books....mostly. I would advise anyone interested in this series to read the books first and only then watching the SyFy program, if you must.
I'm not quite finished, but am very happy thus far with the final chapter in this trilogy. Lev Grossman has created a modern classic, putting an adult spin on the genre that really resonates with me. It's darker than Potter, Narnia and the Earthsea Trilogy, although possessing elements of these writers. There is a knowing, world weary, existential angst in the protagonist, Quentin Coldwater, and the characters are all fleshed out and complete. Grossman keeps you on your toes-its hard to second guess where the story is going.
Grossman is a fine writer and shows a streak of inspired imagination in his magical inventions. He pulls no punches and at times his stories can get downright chilling. Never one to sugarcoat a nightmare, the Magician's Land is a fine way to end a trilogy that engrosses the reader in an invented world that seems to have all the reality, rich complexity and ambiguities of our own. I'm going to be sad when it ends, but man, what a ride!
Having finished the third book yesterday I found myself feeling a sense of loss. This only happens when I am really into the material. Now, more than twenty four hours later I find myself still thinking about it.
All three of them were easy to read and so enjoyable. Some people will debate whether it's a modern classic but not me. I think it is.
The journey the characters take comes full circle. We are introduced to some new characters and get to enjoy some old ones who have been gone for awhile. If you want to inspire your sense of imagination then you really must read all three of these great stories. The only sad part is that it had to end at all. I hope this author will revisit these characters again some day.
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I must insist that Lev Grossman write a book 4 to tie up all the loose ends...Read more
Loved Harry Potter when I was younger, as well as Narnia. This is the perfect adult version of both of these classics.Read more