Published: August 5, 2014
Pages: 401 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 4.5/5.0
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, and 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.
At long last, I finally finished Lev Grossman’s series, The Magicians. It was fantastic, apocalyptic, and hopeful in the end. In short, it was a really lovely conclusion to one of my new favorite series.
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Throughout the series, Grossman has introduced new characters that add just the right amount of flair and enrichment at just the right times and he’s done it again with Plum (and others), just as he did with Poppy in book 2. She’s sharp as a razor and she’s got the ambition to go with it … that is, until she gets thrown out of Brakebill’s. Plum has good chemistry with Quentin and what a relief it was that they didn’t end up having some cheap romantic fling. I would have been devastated. Quentin, as usual, is trying to overcome his disappointments and figure out what he’s going to do with the rest of his life that doesn’t involve Fillory. As he finds his place on Earth, the rest of his squad is ruling Fillory and then trying to stop Fillory from burning a fiery, untimely death. Yes, that was kind of a huge spoiler, but I DID WARN YOU.
The story itself, as I so much as told you above is partially about Quentin finding a new direction in life whilst his royal friends are interrupted out of their joyous reverie and rush to stop the apocalypse. The whole save the world thing is really trope-y but it sort of worked here. Also, Umber gets beaten up and so does Ember, which was quite satisfying indeed. There are some really dark moments in this book, but there are equal parts seriousness, humor, and breathtakingly magical bits. The story is fast paced, ever changing and Lev Grossman does this great thing he shows you the results first and then tells you how the characters ended up there. It’s awesome and leaves you with a bit of mystery that is slowly explained.
The Magician’s Land was a very solid conclusion that left so much potential and I like that I can daydream about all the wonderful things that could happen. Solid, un-malleable endings that leave no room for interpretation have their places, but this ending wouldn’t have worked like that. Things were looking up for the characters- Quentin and Alice (YES ALICE!!) were about to start a new journey of their own, Julia was a 7 foot tall dryad queen, and the others went back to Fillory to start anew. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’ve forgotten what Plum did, but I think she went to hang out in Fillory for awhile. This book was great, the series was great, and I’m going to have to buy them in hardcover or something to proudly display upon my shelves.