Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy), The

Lev Grossman
The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling 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 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¬óbut 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.


Reviewed: 2020-05-27
Oh! How did I forget to mark this one as finished?! Probably because it was such an engrossing reading experience that I walked around in haze for the next day absorbing everything that happened. The thing I appreciate most about this trilogy is how well all of the books stand on their own (you don't have to read all three, or even read them in order to enjoy them); that being said, this is probably the one that most relies on the other two to have a complete appreciation for what's going on (not that you wouldn't enjoy it/follow it if you hadn't read the others, but you wouldn't be getting as much out of it as you could). I'm not generally a fan of series endings that wrap everything up neatly, but I think this is a package I'm willing to accept. Beautiful.
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