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The Magician's Land

By: Lev Grossman

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Imprint: Penguin Books

Format: Electronic | ISBN: 9781101633533

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The stunning conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, now an original series on Syfy#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR   ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS The San Francisco Chronicle • Salon • The Christian Science Monitor • AV Club • Buzzfeed • Kirkus • NY 1 • Bustle • The Globe and MailQuentin 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 gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery 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 conclusion, 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.
Like the deftest magician, Grossman is in complete command of his bag of narrative tricks.... It's clearly too early to predict that Grossman's trilogy someday will be mentioned in the same breath as the works of C.S. Lewis or J. K. Rowling. But with these more than 1,100 pages of frequently thrilling, emotionally mature and ultimately magnificent fantasy, he at least has staked a serious claim to be considered for inclusion in their beloved company.
While chronicling the dissolute, disenchanted magical coming of age of Quentin and his friends in "The Magicians," "The Magician King" and now "The Magician's Land," Grossman makes it clear in the deepening complexity and widening scope of each volume that he understands the pleasures and perils of stories and believing in them.... This trilogy is not, as it is so often described, "Harry Potter for adults." But it is a meditation on whether magic cake can be eaten happily or whether it would go stale when exposed to the bitter air of a more realistic treatment. Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic.
—Los Angeles Times
If you loved “The Chronicles of Narnia” as a child, and particularly if your love was later contaminated by the realization that C. S. Lewis had sneaked a stern religious allegory into his box of delights, you will be pleased by how Mr. Grossman has made the real Fillory diverge from the twee fictional one, revealing it to be nuanced, morally complex and nasty in a way that, to be frank, might have benefited Narnia.... If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult. By the end, after some truly wondrous scenes that have to do with the dawn (and the end) of existence, ricocheting back and forth between the extraordinary and the quotidian, you feel that breathless, stay-up-all-night, thrumming excitement that you, too, experienced as a child, and that you felt all over again when you first opened up “The Magicians” and fell headlong into Mr. Grossman's world.
—New York Times
Grossman is doing far more than riffing on popular works of fantasy for adolescents. He's telling a specific story, and you genuinely care about Quentin, especially if you have bookish nerd tendencies.... A huge part of the pleasure of this trilogy in general and this volume in particular is that, even as we consume the story just to find out what happens to Quentin, we know that we are collaborating in our own versions of its creation, its animation. The reader gets to be a magician, too.
—Miami Herald
"The Magician's Land" ties together the characters and plotlines from the first two books and provides a wholly satisfying and stirring conclusion to this weird and wonderful tale.... The books bristle with allusions to other books and myths. Jokes and puns, techno-slang and snarky asides crowd the page in an excess of wit that undermines, at times, the dramatic impact of the scene. But Grossman can also write like a magician... In these elegiac moments, Grossman reminds us that good writing can beguile the senses, imagination and intellect. The door at the back of the book is still there, and we can go back to those magical lands, older and wiser, eager for the re-enchantment.
—Washington Post
In Narnia, once a king or queen, always a king or queen. But in Fillory, the magic land in Lev Grossman's genre-bending fantasy trilogy, once you're out on your ear, you're on your own. That's where Quentin finds himself in The Magician's Land, Grossman's thoroughly satisfying finale to a series that references C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling while remaining refreshingly original.... “The Magician's Land” is that rare novel that looks at what happens after the child prodigy grows up and has to get a job.
—Christian Science Monitor
I was too thoroughly swept away by this richly imagined and continually surprising novel to be concerned with cute comparisons. “The Magician's Land” is the strongest book in Grossman's series. It not only offers a satisfying conclusion to Quentin Coldwater's quests, earthly and otherwise, but also considers complex questions about identity and selfhood as profound as they are entertaining.... This is a gifted writer, and his gifts are at their apex in “The Magician's Land.” You need not have read the first two novels in the series to enjoy the third, but doing so refines your understanding of these adults, who were once anything but. As Quentin grows up, so does his magic, and it takes reading all three novels to fully enjoy his transformation.
—New York Times
One of the lovely things about this series is watching Quentin evolve from depressed teen to clear-eyed man. If Grossman raises his kids with the same sympathy with which he parents his literary teen, he'll be a smashing success.... Grossman writes great, individual characters that you're sorry to leave. Even the unlikable ones.... Battle scenes are laid out with vivid, near-storyboard detail. There's so much excitement as to make the temptation to race ahead a serious danger.... Having dodged the middle-of-the-trilogy curse in The Magician King of simply mumble-humming between the exciting first verse and the rousing last stanza, Grossman brings the story home on a very satisfying chord.
—Dallas Morning News
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