The Magician’s Land
Author: Lev Grossman
Release date: August 5th, 2014
Length: 401 pages
A Magician with a vengence
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.
Quentin Coldwater is back on Earth after being kicked out of Fillory. With his life turned upside down, it’s time to make a decision: sink or float. What comes next is a daring adventure full of tough choices and life changing events. Quentin will never be who he was again. His life, and those of who he cares about, will be forever changed.
By far, this was my favorite of the series. It was a little slow in the beginning, however it picked up pretty quickly. The stakes are high; the risks are even higher. What comes after Quentin returns from Fillory is anything but dull. Fillory is again in trouble. With magic returning, Fillory is on a brink of extinction. Elliott and Janet take on the challenge to prevent this from happening, but they can only do so much. Quentin, on the other hand is facing his own dilemmas. What is life after Fillory? Grossman asks this question and more. What GRossman successfully does is challenge our every day perceptions of who we think we are, what we think we are capable of, and how far are we willing to go to save what we find valuable.
There are important questions in this novel: can we really save what we cherish without losing ourselves in the process? Are the risks worth it? Can the reward be fulfilling enough for us? The message is clear. Yes and no. We can easily lose ourselves without even realizing it. Sometimes the reward is satisfying, sometimes it is not. It is up to us to decide where we take it. It is up to us to decide how far we will go. IT’s not always safe, but it can definitely be life changing.
Quentin and the gang face many challenges. But, it is how they each face diversity that is important to their individual growth. I thought that was inspiring. They each made choices they would have to forever live with. Grossman doesn’t make it easy for them, but he doesn’t make it impossible either. Each one has the chance to thrive if they truly want to.
This was my favorite in the series because of the boundaries it pushed. I know I am sounding a bit vague on plot, but I really don’t want to give anything away. There is so much to say in regards to plot, but it is all spoilers in the end. I want you to read the book with an open mind. It is better to go in unprepared and be swept away in my opinion. I hope you consider reading this series; as I have said in each review. It is both rewarding and satisfying. You don’t have to be a fan of fantasy novels to enjoy this series.