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The Magician's Land (Magicians Trilogy) Hardcover – 5 Aug 2014


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  • Hardcover: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books (5 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670015679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670015672
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By booksy on 5 Jan. 2015
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I feel bereft leaving the world of Fillory and Brakebills. Grossman has, consistently, brought all the magic of the Narnia and Harry Potter books to an adult audience. Yet he's put his own spin on things. The Magicians trilogy nods to those books - sometimes blatantly - the author doesn't try to ignore the world of Harry Potter, nor its influence (and in fact homage is occasionally directly paid to Potter). Yet the Magicians trilogy is a masterpiece in its own right. At one point during this novel, the emotions Quentin felt as a nine year old boy, first reading about Fillory, are described as those of 'awe, joy, hope and longing'. I distinctly remember those feelings while reading Narnia and The Magic Faraway Tree series as a child. It's very rare, however, to experience those emotions as an adult reading fantasy. So it speaks volumes to Grossman's skill as a writer that has managed to evoke these feelings in me as an adult reader. Each of these novels took me back to my childhood and also seamlessly created a whole new world of wonder, populated with interesting, flawed, complex characters.

I think it's safe to say that if you've enjoyed the first two books, then this final novel will tick the same boxes for you. All the elements of the previous novels are there, with a well-balanced split between earth-based adventures and Fillory-based adventures. There's even a return to Brakebills South! And the denouement doesn't disappoint (always a worry when you've been holding out for so long to find out how it all concludes). There were no loose ends or WTF moments. It was a simply delightful journey from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2015
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There are some book series where you can join the narrative part-way through, but Lev Grossman's Magician trilogy isn't one of them. If you've not already journeyed to Fillory, a land of mythical creatures which bears an uncanny resemblance to Narnia, then don't start here. Go back to the first book, The Magicians, and begin in the proper place otherwise much of this final part will be utterly mystifying.

Instead of being delightfully reunited with old friends and foes, you'll be baffled by the complex tangle of characters and realities with their ironic echoes of boy wizards and Hogwarts, secret gardens and witches in the wardrobe. In this three-book series the author has skilfully blended aspects from each and added more than a dash of his own cynical wit. The result is post-Potter, post-innocence; a sardonic and occasionally bitter journey through the looking glass. It has its moments of sheer indulgent childish delight, but it's also as grim as any old-fashioned fairy tale...
TML is flat-out fabulous by the standards of most modern fantasy. Grossman brings originality and devious plotting to genre tropes and scatters sacred cows (or rams...) willy-nilly. However, in trying to satisfactorily wrap up all of Fillory's plotlines he ends up with a book that feels more like a roll call at times. It sparkles less than the first episode, has none of the emotional wrench of the magnificently brutal middle book. It feels oddly lacklustre for a sweeping grand resolution which has just about every mythical beast and pivotal life-point hurled into its cataclysmic mix. With the previous books you always got the impression that some parts of the storytelling were delivered tongue-in-cheek, in-jokes verging on satire. This one seems to take itself extremely seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 6 Aug. 2014
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With the debut of "The Magicians", Lev Grossman introduced readers to a new form of heroic epic fantasy, one in which the rules of magic existed with ample realism; a heroic epic fantasy novel that had more in common with Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy than anything written by the likes of Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, or J. K. Rowling, especially when Grossman's "Magician" novels have been dubbed "Harry Potter for adults". "The Magician's Land" is the most "adult" of the "Magician" novels, and yet, one which will dazzle readers with more feats of magic and heroic fantasy quests, than in the prior "Magician" novels. One of the greatest - I would say even guilty - pleasures in reading the work of a most gifted and thoughtful writer, Lev Grossman, has been watching the development of a great cast of memorable characters, of whom Quentin Coldwater, the main protagonist in the "Magician" novels, may be the most complicated hero ever envisioned within the genre of heroic epic fantasy. Indeed Quentin's ongoing struggles to understand his magical powers, and to deal with his personal crises, clearly has struck a nerve with many of Grossman's younger, often twenty-something, readers, making him a realistic figure far more sympathetic and intriguing than Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins or the wizard Gandalf in J. R. R. Tolkien's "Middle-Earth" novels and tales.

While one doesn't have to read the other two novels in the "Magicians" trilogy to get ample pleasure reading the latest exploits of Quentin and his friends, readers who are familiar with the earlier novels will understand the great emotional arcs undertaken by them, showing great capacities for personal growth both here, in the real world, and in the magical realm of Fillory.
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