THE MAGICIAN’S LAND
AN INDIE NEXT PICK FOR AUGUST 2014
As far as trilogies are concerned, this is the book and story that definitely finishes a three book story with a proper ending. All the questions that you were wondering from the first two are answered and there is good resolution to the story as a whole. This book is told from two different points of view, and throughout the book you learn how they eventually converge and line up as one. One is with Quentin and his journey with a new character and the other is with Eliot and Janet as they search Fillory for the reasons that their magic is having issues.
I loved the element of magic in this book. I know it is a book on this sort of thing, however it is presented in such an awesome way and the visuals you get from the text are just amazing. One thing that did bother me is the idea presented that Quentin is a great upstanding character. If you read into the section of the story dealing with the briefcase you will see first hand that this is not the case. Another good thing about this book, is the realism that is intertwined in with the magic elements. It is presented tastefully and doesn't get so ridiculous that it is unbelievable. Its a fun book and a great ending to a trilogy that all should read.
*Reviewed by Chris on Live to Read Krystal*
“Deeply satisfying finale to the best-selling fantasy trilogy… Grossman captures the magic of fantasy books cherished in youth and repurposes it to decidedly adult ends… The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman’s art: ‘the power to enchant the world.’” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“[THE MAGICIAN’S LAND] is endlessly fascinating and always proceeds apace…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.”
— Booklist (Starred Review)
“[T]his series taken as a whole brings new life and energy to the fantasy genre.”
“An elegantly written third act to Quentin’s bildungsroman…Fans of the trilogy will be pleased.”
“Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along. THE MAGICIAN’S LAND is sumptuous and surprising yet deliciously familiar…Literary perfection for those of us who grew up testing the structural integrity of the backs of wardrobes.”
Viking is thrilled to release THE MAGICIAN’S LAND, the spectacular conclusion to Lev Grossman’s New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy (On-sale: August 5, 2014; 978-0-670-01567-2; $27.95).
The trilogy opened with The Magicians which The New Yorker called “a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself…An unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story.” NPR called the sequel The Magician King “a spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about privilege, power and the limits of being human.” Legions of fans now await THE MAGICIAN’S LAND, a novel full of the subversive brilliance that has put Grossman at the forefront of modern fantasy, which will bring theMagicians trilogy to a shattering, triumphant conclusion.
Familiar faces return alongside new characters in THE MAGICIAN’S LAND. After being booted unceremoniously from Fillory, Quentin Coldwater returns to his alma mater, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, to make a new life as a teacher—even as Eliot and Janet race to save Fillory itself from a spectacular apocalypse. The demons of Quentin's past catch up to him and send him on a crooked quest through magic's seedy underworld, back to old haunts, old friends and old enemies. He discovers a powerful spell that would create a new magical land, but he must face his fears, and fix the errors of his past, before he can find the power to save the future.
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND is a tale of love and redemption—the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole. Old readers will devour the rich and riveting final book, and the completed arc will welcome newcomers who can binge-read the series in full.
About the Author
Lev Grossman is the book critic and lead technology writer for Time magazine and a widely published cultural critic. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. You can learn more about Lev Grossman on his website www.levgrossman.com and follow him on Twitter @leverus.
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THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
Viking ▪ $27.95.00 ▪ On-sale date: August 5, 2014 ▪ ISBN: 978-0-670-01567-2
Also available as an e-book
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