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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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  • Mor
  • Azur, Israel
  • 09-30-14

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...

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Wonderfully Magical Series

In total, I loved the series. It's full of magic, sarcasm, complex worlds and that utter innocence of seeing new worlds for the first time. A lot of the series had me hoping that something would turn out better for Quentin and I was happy with the way it ended.

There are so many different characters and situations they face through the books that it becomes difficult at the end to recall the beginning. I think that aspect is the only reason keeping it just outside of the 5-star range. But the writing/narration is fantastic and completely worth the read for any magic lover.

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masterful finish to the series - best of 3

This third book in the trilogy was the strongest of the three for me, despite the fact that the first book opened the worlds of Fillory and Brakebills to us. I think this comes down to the excellent character development in the series. Quentin spends most of the trilogy being either a slacker, a whiner, or both and only seems to really mature into some gratitude and greater responsibility in this book. Janet became my favorite character in the series because of this book. I began to really see Fillory as a character in this book - not just an allegory for childhood or innocence. The emotional stakes were higher and grander here.

As with the other two books in the series, Grossman creates and maintains two (or arguably three, if we could the standard non-magical existence) very different worlds in juxtaposition, with characters that traverse (or are kept from traversing) across the lines. The books are wonderfully detailed and specific and original. The characters are most very interesting with particular traits and backstories that feed the greater themes of the book. The dialogue is snappy, witty, sarcastic, and revealing. The plot meanders a bit, then resolves into a moment or two of heartbreaking truth or realization, then dissipates into periods of normal life. Grossman does not offer us a candy-coated wonderland, which makes this world of magic so realistic. The magicians are still people,and people that struggle with insecurity, jealousy, procrastination, misguided obsessions, and disappointment. They know that happiness is not guaranteed or is at best, fleeting. Quentin's return to Brakebills as a professor was so perfectly done - nostalgic and satisfying, but also uncomfortable and ultimately doomed.

The prose is fantastic, if the pacing is uneven. There are gorgeous twists of phrase, lovingly crafted details, and resolution for most of the open and emotional questions raised in the series. It is effortless reading with a surprise around every corner. It is more literary in tone than most epic fantasy, as it is contemporary and we spend a lot of time in people's psyches. Well worth the time spent reading, this series will stick with you afterward.

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  • Diane
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 10-20-14

Guess I've outgrown Narnia after all...

Although not usually a fan of the fantasy genre, a large part of the appeal of this trilogy for me has been its inspiration from the Narnia chronicles of C.S.Lewis which captivated me as a child. How would those stories play out if the characters were allowed to mature and develop in the "real world"?

I loved the first book of the trilogy, the second a little less so and the third (this one) not so much. At his best, Lev Grossman recreates in my heart the almost painful yearning I had as a child to enter the fantastical world of of Narnia (Fillory, in Grossman's rendering of that world). Descriptions of the imaginary world and its inhabitants are lush and evocative and sure to appeal to lovers of the genre. For me, however, the mystery of the first novel in the series was missing and I found it increasingly hard to care about what happened to the characters in a world so disconnected from our own.

It makes me a little sad--I wish I could have gotten more into the spirit and summoned back to life the sense of wonder I had as a child. The stories have it right for most of us--once you grow up it is almost impossible to fully return to those lands of your dreams, whether it be Narnia, Fillory or Neverland...

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Satisfying Closing to a Full-bodied Adventure

Book 3 of the Magicians Series
This novel was the fulfillment of the hopes and wishes of the pre-magical Quentin & Julia. Bibliophiles of the magical fantasy variety rejoice because Lev Grossman wrote this series for you. He understands you've seen it all, have read it all and are looking for something different. This novel ties up all the loose ends and yet leaves an antique door open for another series with a new set of characters.

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lovely

lovely history, amazing how Quentin was able to save Filory and Alice. It is a must to have another book in the series.

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good book

it was a book, and it was good. now I have to write seven more words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful