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Review: The Magician's Land

The Magician's Land
Title: The Magician’s Land
Author: Lev Grossman
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Plume
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 416
Keywords: adult fantasy
Reading period: 26–29 December, 2015

[Sequel to The Magician King]

At the beginning of The Magician’s Land, Quentin Coldwater is in exile from Fillory. After a brief sojourn of teaching at Brakebills, where he researches an enormously complex spell he found in the Nei­ther­lands, he is fired and Plum, a student, is expelled. A mysterious summons draws them into a magical heist, which goes awry. Meanwhile, Fillory is dying and Eliot, Janet, Josh, and Poppy are trying to save it.

Quentin has matured over the trilogy, emo­tion­al­ly and as a magician, rising to the daunting challenges "He was circling back to all the things he’d fought and lost over the years, and one by one he was putting them to rest."

The Magician’s Land is darkly funny and en­ter­tain­ing and exciting, and a fitting conclusion to the series. (The apocalypse of Fillory is de­light­ful­ly twisted.) Rec­om­mend­ed.

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