The stunning conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Magicians trilogy.
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him.
Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Netherlands, and buried secrets, and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory - but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
The Magician's Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent climax, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy. It's the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.
©2014 Lev Grossman (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I know a lot of people where annoyed by the Pevensie/Potter references in this series. But I've gotta tell you, that was probably my favorite part of these books. I loved every quirky minute of the Brakebills Academy description. And really, if you haven't always wanted to travel to a magical kingdom full of sentient trees and talking animals, I'm not sure if we can be friends.
Another complaint was the seriously flawed characters. And really, everyone of them behaved pretty badly at some point. But I think Grossman did an awesome job describing what real people would do in the the strange setting of living in the "real" world while knowing there is a magic side to life. By the end of the series, everyone of them had shown enormous growth. And isn't that what life is really about?
All in all, I loved this series. And I would recommend it to anyone willing to read PG-13 books. If your offended by swearing and a few (rather tame) sex scenes, then this is not the series for you.
old school sci-fi geek and fantasy...
I will listen to " The magician's land " agian. I have this trilogy on cd and in my Audible library . Mark Bramhall does a great job bringing this book to life.
I have never read the Harry Potter books but have heard this series of books compared to them as the " adult version" of Harry Potter.
This book moves fast, could easily been thirty hours long, I would love to have read the unedited version. I think one of my favorite scenes was Alice's meltdown and recovery.
A two day listen on the road, great entertainment. Love the book and the series...worth a credit.
Great series but felt the last book was a quick wrap up. I wished it was longer, seemed to be rushed and left me wanting the story to continue. Nobody writes like Grossman, his style stands alone and Mark Bramhall's performance is perfectl.
Abracadabra! The Magicians, as a garden (go with it), was patchy, brambles mixed with incredible blossoms (great book), while the The Magician King erupted into a wild English garden. The second book was better than the first, but you cannot view the books that way, one apart from the other, and the two-book combination is about as good as anything that fantasy literature has to offer, but The Magician’s Land surpasses the second book, and makes a whole that is as beautiful a magical piece as is The Lord of the Rings, or all of Narnia. It might not be fair to say that this is Harry Potter for adults, but this trilogy is certainly not for children (although you wish it could be, but 17 years of age is about as young adult as possible). No spoilers herein, but I gotta tell ya, some impossible things happen, things you wanted to happen since the first book closed, and these are not literary cheats (well, you know, maybe three or four, but all expertly dealt, and you will not mind the appearance of those purloined aces from up the sleeve). Grossman has become a master of backstory, and some of his best writing is in the storytelling (breaking the modern tv-era-demand of “show-don’t tell”, and it is wonderful storytelling, including journal entries, characters sharing stories, secrets whispered, I loved it from beginning to end, way to go, Grossy). Magical (duh). And thank goodness for Mark Bramhall’s continued elegant reading (I still think he sounds like a slightly tipsy David Hyde Pierce), a rich voice that fairly sounds a siren’s call, with apt Brooklyn accents, and hoity-toity faux British nose-lifters, and a rich musical constant that rivals Scott Lee, although the Australian twang still needs a tweak or two, but it is a very minor complaint; Bramhall makes Grossman pop, so to speak). The Magician’s Land is a sure thing, a masterful accomplishment, and if you do not end up rereading the three books at least three times in the next three years, it just could trigger a magical apocalypse, so you are cautioned. Lev Grossman is the dude. Art et Amour Toujours
For just an hour or so, at the beginning, disappointment started to creep in as I listened. I thought, oh well, you can't crank out a 5 start every single time. But I was wrong. Every word written in the first few chapters of this third book of the series is necessary to set up the story to come. The novel moves back and forth through time and worlds, but does so easily and without reader confusion... even if the chapters don't start with a date, etc. The people and events of the two worlds face each other, interact, and then collide into a great story. There are new characters we knew by name in the first two novels that we get to know in depth. Narration is very good. This series needs to be read in order.
I bought this book last month and have currently listened to it 3 times to fully appreciate it. I wish it was more then 16 hours!
Ending a series well is tricky. Lev Grossman did so well. Beautifully written and moving. I felt emotionally involved with the deep characters who matured and changed in believable ways during the last two boks.
Smooth speaking voice
The last few chapters wrapped everything for the three books well. Also (spoiler alert) .... Alice coming back to life was facinating. I was upset when she died in book one and felt that to kill her was a mistake on Grossman's part. Bringing her back was surprising and satisfying.
No, not really. I listened to the first twotwo novels before reading this one, and the audio versions blew me away. I loved Bramhall's narration, and when I finally read the print versions, they only felt deeper and more lovely.
I read the print version of TML after starting the audio, but finished it first. I thought it was a good wrap-up, and a worthy third. The audio version fell pretty flat, though. It was like I could FEEL how little Bramhall had invested in his performance. Characters who had been given unique, distinctive, and wholly fitting voices in the first two readings suddenly sounded completely different (namely, Josh), and even characters whose voices didn't change still sounded...different (Poppy). Words were pronounced differently from the first two books (PLUH-ver v. PLOH-ver, Slow-th v. Slaw-th). It just detracted a lot from my enjoyment of the audio.
I've always really liked Josh, probably because he was the misfit who was includedbwith the smart kids, but didn't feel he fit in; yet he found his bliss and became a strong, happy person regardless.
Fantastical, appropriate, enjoyable
Janet and her emotional growth
Lev Grossman is one of my favorite authors. While some of his efforts have disappointed me (Codex), his “Magician” series has consistently been a pleasure. “The Magician’s Land” is the third installment in the series and ties up the trilogy in a neat and satisfying package. We are given back story to flesh out the characters, as well as significant development in most of the main characters.
The story picks up a few months after the end of the second installment and weaves a complex web of intrigue, fate, relationships and adventure. I went through the story in just a few settings and enjoyed every minute of it. Grossman’s prose is pleasantly purple and paints a rich fantasy universe. By the end of the book there were still a few minor loose ends but I can live with that given the overall satisfaction I felt with the book. There is also a deeper level to the book that explores the fantasy genre from a post-modern perspective and helps to drive many of the plot twists. It is nicely done.
The narrator did a fine job, allowing the hearer to be even further immersed in the fantasy universe Grossman created.
This series has been wonderful. I'm not a "young adult" reader, yet I remain enchanted with Grossman's tale and Bramhall's rendering.
The book sometimes feels more like a series of interconnected novella than one single narrative thread... but I still like some (not all) of the tangents it goes on.
A true attempt at character development for all the main characters from the first book to the last book - although a bit uneven and heavy-handed (liked it implied a lot of character change after the fact without actually depicting it). Still, I personally was satisfied.
Not sure... it was jarring that he decided to completely change two of the characters voices between the first two books and the last.
Some may find this book has a bit of a split personality with its many sections. To that I say the first novel was literally divided into smaller "Books" sections that time jumped years (basically the whole Harry Potter series in the first novel). I found it still interesting because it lead to a lot of character development and interesting back stories. I also like how many things were neatly tied up for me while still leaving a lot of things left unsaid (and unneeded to be).
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Add Lev Grossman to entertaining stories of magic, mythical lands, and magicians in modern literature. Even if this is a listener’s first exposure to Grossman’s trilogy, it is an enjoyable adventure that reminds one of the wonderland of Narnia and the magic of Harry Potter.
Grossman may abjure comparison to C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling but The Magician’s Land borrows some of the imaginative ideas of Lewis and Rowling; e.g. a portal to another world for children to be kings and queens, and a hide-a-way’ school to exclusively recruit and teach magicians. However, Grossman’s tale is not confined by Christian symbolism or moral sorcery. There is good and evil in Grossman’s story but it is not related to God or gods. There is sorcery but it is practiced by magicians that make mistakes engendered by human nature.
The Chatwins and fellow magicians are catalysts of destruction and resurrection in The Magician’s Land. The Chatwin’ and chosen portal travelers are symbols of human nature; i.e. just as human nature is the spark of life, it is the force of death in Fillory. Innocent and corrupt human nature is the same spark and force on earth.
Whether there is a God or gods; whether there is magic or not, Grossman infers humanity is on its own–the hope of earth (or other world’s) is in the uncorrupted innocence of children grown into leaders.
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