Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review ~ The Magician's Land

The Magician's Land (The Magician's #3)

by Lev Grossman
published by Viking Adult
released: 8/5/2014
genre: Adult, Fantasy, 

**Received e-copy from Penguins first read in exchange for honest thoughts.

Summary (Goodreads): 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.

My Thoughts: This is the last book of the Magician's series. It picks up with Quentin finding his way after being removed from Fillory in book 2. Quentin seemed to have the most growth throughout this series. We see him trying to fit into the real world and move forward. He ends up back at Brakebills as a teacher. We also find out his area of expertise is mending which is important to the end of the series.
Plum is the other main character of this book. She is a senior at Brakebills. The main problem I had with this story was how/why she got expelled from school. It just seemed like a reason to get her and Quentin out into the world where they could be offered this job. Being really bad at pulling a prank just didn't seem like a plausible reason to throw her out of school.
As expected the job does not go off smoothly. The group is attacked by someone else wanting the Chatwin book that's inside the case. Julia's story from book 2 shows up and brings another bit of closure.
Overall, this worked as a final book. Quentin and his quest to try and fix Alice, Plum facing the fact that she is a Chatwin and all that entails and all of them trying to fix Fillory before it completely disappears. The only thing I didn't like was Janet's story. I understand wanting to have all the main characters in the last book but she just came off as a vile, hateful, person filled with blood lust. The chapters were not needed and just dragged down the story line.

Rating: 4

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