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The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3 | [Lev Grossman]

The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 11-30-14
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 11-30-14
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    "And so, it ends."

    It took me much longer to finish this book than the previous two. I'm not sure whether it was because it was slower or because my brain knew the end was nigh and wanted to prolong the experience. I choose think the latter. To be completely honest, parts did bore me a bit. But, in the grand scheme, they were mere drops in a lake of wonder.

    The most important thing, to me, is that it was satisfying. The characters reached their resolution in one form or another, the arch was completed, and I feel comfortable with the end. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but who cares. The execution is what matters. And Grossman executed it beautifully.

    This final installment was set on a much grander stage than the previous ones, with no ill effects. In fact, I liked that aspect quite a bit more. Bramhall did a fantastic job narrating as always.

    One of the ending scenes, the culmination of self realization, was as powerful for me as it was for Quentin. I was overwhelmed with longing and sadness, with happiness about a lost time in my life. I guess that's the power of a good series; it picks you up and carries you along, forcing you to identify and project your own experiences onto one character or another.

    These books are brilliant. They returned me to a time when books truly transported me, affected me, on a basic level. Highest marks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elkay 11-11-14
    Elkay 11-11-14
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    "THIS is how to finish a trilogy"

    I showed up for "The Magician's Land" ready to have my 30-something worldview shaken around once more by the horrifying genius teenagers from the previous novels, only to find them all grown up (at least, those who survived) and behaving much more sensibly, and sensitively, than I expected.

    Quentin finally gets some perspective! He has become the likeable adult that often results from a troubled and disaffected youth. It's incredibly refreshing, and so is the first part of the story: Quentin, working as a magical gun-for-hire, gets involved in an ill-advised heist for some shady characters. It's funny, a little sad, and insanely dangerous, and it sucked me into the story at once.

    In the end, everything ties back to Brakebills and Fillory - and this is where this book really starts to stand out as something exceptional. Previously, we experienced everything through the lens of the main characters' (often tiresome) teenaged jaded world-weariness. Now, Quentin has had time to reflect on the world, magic, and life in general, and he's more optimistic, thoughtful, and creative.

    There are some really beautiful themes woven into this story - about the way people experience stories as children, teenagers, and adults; about growing up, and of course love, redemption, all that stuff. But it's also thrilling and exciting and totally unpredictable. It's huge, I loved it, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mor Ramat Gan, Israel 09-30-14
    Mor Ramat Gan, Israel 09-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Mor Shemesh

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    "A beautiful ending to a great masterpiece"

    I have read all three books, and they all enthralled me.
    I didn't know what this book would entail, and I was a bit skeptic it would be as good as the other books (moreover, I was very skeptic about the ending being good).

    But once I started reading, the magic did come through, I was beautiful to see how mature the characters become.

    And the ending... I loved it! it was perfect, unpredictable and magical.
    I really hope to keep hearing from Lev G in the future...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Joanne Sloan 09-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredibly satisfying ending to a moving series"
    Would you listen to The Magician's Land again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Smooth speaking voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 09-07-14
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2007

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "MAGIC AND MYTHICAL LANDS"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 08-18-14
    Patricia Portland, OR, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great series. Great "ending""

    This series has been wonderful. I'm not a "young adult" reader, yet I remain enchanted with Grossman's tale and Bramhall's rendering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Arkansas 08-08-14
    Jan Arkansas 08-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Forward, Backward, Around, and Then... Bullseye!!"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 08-10-14
    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 08-10-14 Member Since 2006

    DCLWolf

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    "Engrossed in Grossman"
    Any additional comments?

    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

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 08-08-14
    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 08-08-14 Member Since 2013

    I wish I could get paid to listen to books....

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    "Oh no not again!"
    Would you listen to The Magician's Land again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Magician's Land to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A two day listen on the road, great entertainment. Love the book and the series...worth a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    RACHEL A SETREE 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Magical"

    Loved every word... I would love to go there. Maybe someday? I am so glad they all got their wish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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