Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy 

Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. 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. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex—and far more dire—than anyone had envisioned. 

 Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers buried secrets and hidden evils and ultimately the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must face his fears and put things right or die trying. 

The Magician’s Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, 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.

Received for review.

While I'm not a hardcore fantasy fan I do find the genre quite enjoyable so I was quite excited to read this final book in this well crafted trilogy.

This was everything a reader could have hoped for in the final book of a series.  It was a brilliant book on its own, but it also provided the perfect ending for our much loved characters.  By the end, although there were some tears along the way, I felt like everything had been resolved satisfactorily and I was able to close the book feeling fulfilled rather than resentful.

This is an excellent book and the trilogy definitely deserves a place next to Lord of the Rings.  It really is that good.  I definitely highly, highly recommend this.  If you haven't read the first two books start from the beginning.  I promise it will be well worth the journey and rather significant time investment!

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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Ryan said...

I read the first book, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. And I've never felt compelled to read the other two. Maybe someday I will, who knows.

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