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|Title: The Magician's Land|
Series: The Magician's Book #3
Author: Lev Grossman
Published: August 5, 2014 by Viking (Penguin)
Synopsis: 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.
Why I'm Waiting:
I read The Magicians a few years ago when I was going through a total magic/witches phase of my reading and was totally blown away by it. It was marketed as Harry Potter for adults but it is so much more.
First imagine someone who is obsessed with The Chronicles of Narnia who gets to attend Hogwarts, that's what happens in this series. But it's view of magic isn't all puppies and rainbows. In fact it's full of debauchery and disappointment. In this series magic doesn't solve problems it creates them. There are so many references to so many different Fantasy series that this is definitely a book for Fantasy fans.
Then last year I read book two in the series, The Magician King. And while it was similar to the first book with it's fantasy references, complex characters that are unlikable but sympathetic, and an interesting magical system, it was even better. This book took on the Hero's Journey storyline that I love so much and when it didn't end happily I was wrecked... WRECKED!
A few weeks ago at BEA I was waiting for a book drop only to see someone with a copy of The Magician's Land so I ran over to Penguin to get a copy only to meet Lev Grossman. I seriously freaked out and made a total fool of myself gushing about how much I love this series and how I want there to be a happy ending.
This is the last book in the trilogy and I NEED to find out what happens. I am so invested in these characters and their successes that I cannot wait to read this book. I have to find out if Quentin gets what he deserves and finally finds happiness. Even the synopsis of the book gives me conflicting feeling of joy and sadness. I'm going to be an emotional wreck while reading it, I just know it, but I can't wait!
What book are you waiting for this Wednesday? Leave me a comment. And if you want to hear more about the books I'm excited about that I got at BEA check out my very first foray into the world of BookTube (I talk more about my encounter with Lev Grossman).