The Magician's Land (Signed Book) (Magicians Series #3)

The Magician's Land (Signed Book) (Magicians Series #3)

by Lev Grossman

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The Magician's Land (Signed Book) (Magicians Series #3) by 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—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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525427810
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Magicians Series , #3
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lev Grossman is the book reviewer for Time magazine. In 2011 Grossman won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best New Writer from the World Science Fiction Society. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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Praise for The Magicians
 “Fresh and compelling…The Magicians is a great fairy tale, written for grown-ups but appealing to our most basic desires for stories to bring about some re-enchantment with the world, where monsters lurk but where a young man with a little magic may prevail.”
—Washington Post
 
The Magicians is original…slyly funny.”
USA Today
 
“Lev Grossman’s playful fantasy novel The Magicians pays homage to a variety of sources…with such verve and ease that you quickly forget the references and lose yourself in the story.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
 
The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Solidly rooted in the traditions of both fantasy and mainstream literary fiction, the novel tips its hat to Oz and Narnia as well to Harry, but don’t mistake this for a children's book. Grossman’s sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists.  Hogwart’s was never like this.”
—George R. R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones
 
“Stirring, complex, adventurous…from the life of Quentin Coldwater, his slacker Park Slope Harry Potter, Lev Grossman delivers superb coming of age fantasy.”
—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize­–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
 
“I felt like I was poppin’ peyote buttons with J. K. Rowling when I was reading Lev Grossman’s new novel The Magicians.…I couldn’t put it down.”
—Mickey Rapkin, GQ
 
“The novel manages a literary magic trick: it’s both an enchantingly written fantasy and a moving deconstruction of enchantingly realized fantasies.”
—Los Angeles Times
 
“Intriguing, coming-of-age fantasy.”
—Boston Globe (Pick of the Week)
 
The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a very entertaining book; one of those summer page-turners that you wish went on for another six volumes. Grossman takes a good number of the best childhood fantasy books from the last seventy-five years and distills their ability to fascinate into the fan-boy mind of his protagonist, Quentin Coldwater.… There is no doubt that this book is inventive storytelling and Grossman is at the height of his powers.”
—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Entertaining.”
—People
 
“Lev Grossman’s novel The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping, and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century…. Grossman is a hell of a pacer, and the book rips along, whole seasons tossed out in a single sentence, all the boring mortar ground off the bricks, so that the book comes across as a sheer, seamless face that you can’t stop yourself from tumbling down once you launch yourself off the first page. This isn’t just an exercise in exploring what we love about fantasy and the lies we tell ourselves about it—it’s a shit-kicking, gripping, tightly plotted novel that makes you want to take the afternoon off work to finish it.”
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
 
“An irresistible storytelling momentum makes The Magicians a great summer book, both thoughtful and enchanting.”
—Salon.com
 
“Sly and lyrical, [The Magicians] captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond.”
—Entertainment Weekly
  
“This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself. [The Magicians is] an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story.”
—The New Yorker

“Fantasy fans can’t afford to miss the darkly comic and unforgettably queasy experience of reading this book—and be glad for reality.”
Booklist (Starred Review)
 
“This is a book for grown-up fans of children’s fantasy and would appeal to those who loved Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)
 
“Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided—fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed.”
—Kirkus Reviews  
 

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The Magician's Land: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and entertaining. If you like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or Harry Potter, you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought a good conclusion
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Last part of a fantasy trilogy Not having read the previous two parts of this trilogy, I started at a distinct disadvantage but there are enough hints at the beginning to make this approachable. However there are frequent references to the earlier volumes which obviously escape me but the plot of this part of the trilogy is still within any reader’s reach. The novel revolves around our hero, a magician called Quentin who has been expelled from his role of king of Fillory and is now having to adapt to life back in the “real” world. He recounts all that he got up to after his return and also his involvement in a magical challenge to find a suitcase. Various adventures ensue involving many characters and there is a separate storyline involving what is transpiring in Fillory at the same time. The plot is well-written and quite engaging. I enjoyed this and am tempted to read the earlier volumes. For fans of Lev Grossman and of the earlier stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lev Grossman does a great job pulling together all the strings left loose in the first two books of the series while leaving himself room to add on if he chooses. One hopes, though, he will write the Fillory books before he does anything else. If there is a flaw to the Magician's series, it is the lack of a coherent concept of magic and magical power. Unlike the Harry Potter books or the Earth Sea "Trilogy" where magic and its evolution follow a consistent set of rules, Grossman's books use magic more as a plot device, changing it as needed to move the story along. His story, though, is a real page-turner. One never knows where he will go next with it, and where he does go is always enjoyable and a surprise. Most importantly, the end of the book, to which everything has been building since page one of book one, does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great end to the series.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Call in sick, drop the kids off at childcare, pour a protective salt circle around your favorite reading hole and get ready to dive into the spellbinding world Lev Grossman has once again perfected with his beguiling finale in the Magician’s Trilogy, The Magician’s Land. The Magician’s Land tells the story of thirtyish year old Quentin Coldwater who has been cast out of the magically wondrous land of Fillory where he once ruled, finding himself back at Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, only to be fired after a student prank goes awry. Some people just have the worst luck, that is, if you believe in luck. "But this was only one battle. A war is beginning, Eliot, a war we cannot win. The last war." Quentin has lived most of his life with a childish mindset, begging the question of what he is hiding from and why. It isn’t until he crawls back to Brakebills, the Preparatory College of Magic he attended years earlier, that he finally understands his somber talent. Plum was a final year senior at Brakebills, who struggles with knowing her limitations, often getting herself into situations best avoided and with a dark family secret of her own. On a mission to find a suitcase with an impenetrable spell upon it guarded by two shady and murderous crooks, Quentin, Plum, and the others will learn valuable lessons, find their true selves, and unleash magic they never knew they had. "These little things? Waste of time. Would take one hundred years! Or one hundred Quentins!" The book itself is beautiful. With a simple dust jacket that opens to the inside cover artwork of the many worlds of Quentin Coldwater. It also boasts the classic deckle edge paper giving it that antiqaurian feel most people think of when it comes to magic and grimoires. While many are hailing this book as an adult Harry Potter, I would beg to differ. Written more in the nostalgic style of The Neverending Story, the multi-world transcendence, self-discovery, and setting wrongs to rights. Overall, The Magician’s Land is a brilliantly fast-paced book containing everything we dreamed of as a child and still carry with us as adults. With its magically captivating storyline and intriguing characters, book three was a thrilling ending to this adventurously magical tale, worthy to stake its claim as one of the best fantasy books written for adults. *This book was provided by Viking-Penguin in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know if i love or hate the ending of this book but thats part of the reason it is such a good read. Start reading now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories get better as the characters get themselves together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book one was just talking. It didn't feel like I was reading a novel. Book two picked up and found its way to interesting. Book three started well and got better. It ends with a sense of closure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll get lost in the lives of these characters . Great story...can't wait to see where they go from here! Thanks for the ride !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, like harry potter meets Narnia and American College
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding story. I wish there was more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it fantasy with literary elements? Or literature with fantasy elements? Well ok, it's the former. But it has the kinds of flawed, faceted characters I love in my fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engrossing read that gives the characters a believabke conclusion. The story involves mystery an adventure and adds new depths and areas if growth to the characters. A very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
This review will be for the series as a whole and, in short, it is simply outstanding. While clearly, sometimes explicitly, paying homage to the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter, there's more mature themes as are found in, for example, Catcher in the Rye and Less Than Zero. Yet none of those laudatory comparisons should in any way detract from the superlative originality of this series. Strong and interesting characters, ideal plot pacing, and dialogue that never strikes a false note. Magic, materialism, platonic and romantic relationships, introspection and thoughtful contemplation, and climactic conflicts and battles - I wouldn't have thought there were books that could comfortably sit on my shelves between Tolkien and Irving, but this series is worthy of that spot.
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Steve-Fiano More than 1 year ago
You probably pre-ordered this book if you read the first 2 books.  I was satisfied by this in most ways.  Much of what I wanted to happen as a fan of the series, happened.  I thank Grossman for dishing that out.  
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Awesome series!!!
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andreatodd More than 1 year ago
Totally satisfying resolution of the intricate and engaging story begun in "The Magicians." I wouldn't describe the series as "Harry Potter for adults" (largely because Harry Potter is totally satisfying as adult literature) -- it's quite distinct despite some surface similarities. I love this series and know I will read it again.
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