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The magician's land : a novel
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Quentin Coldwater (Male), Sorcerer, Cast out of his magical kingdom; returns to the college of magic he attended years ago; learns the magical barries that keep Fillory safe are failing and barbarians from the north have invaded the real world; recruited to help steal a mysterious briefcase; determined to use an arcane spell to create a new magician's land
Parallel worlds
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. Once a king of the magical land of Fillory, he's now stuck in upstate New York trying to make ends meet-first as a teacher at his old school of magic, then as part of a team of thieves tasked with stealing a mysterious case with an unbreakable spell on it. Meanwhile Fillory is facing annihilation, and Quentin is scheming to make a new magical land of his own. Grossman's conclusion to his trilogy (after The Magician King) takes old characters in new directions and introduces a few remarkable new characters; his storytelling makes brilliant use of simile, providing rich sensation to his descriptions. Mark Bramhall's narration is strong and steady but with a consistently slow pace; the book can be listened to on double speed without losing anything. VERDICT Fans of low fantasy will enjoy the playfulness with which Grossman blends the modern world with magical myths and childhood stories. New listeners should listen to this series in order. ["The final volume will please fans looking for action, emotion, and, ultimately, closure," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 6/15/14.]-Cliff Landis, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Grossman's final entry in the Magicians Trilogy (following The Magician King) brings Quentin Coldwater's story to a satisfying conclusion. After Quentin is banished from his beloved magical land of Fillory and fired from the Brakebills school of magic, he joins a wizardly heist masterminded by a talking bird. The target: a relic from one of the first children to visit Fillory, whose adventures were immortalized in a series of Narnia-like children's novels. During this mission, Quentin must confront his past mistakes and his role in the dying Fillory's future. Just as Quentin achieves a new maturity, so Grossman's trilogy becomes more than a sex-and-swearing satire of Harry Potter and Narnia. Grossman still can't resist winking at his novels' antecedents, as when a character uses the Harry Potter catchphrase "Mischief managed." Though the tone is occasionally too ironic, and Quentin's victories overly easy-such as a reconciliation with a key character from the first novel-this novel serves as an elegantly written third act to Quentin's bildungsroman, in which he at last learns responsibility and to not simply put childish things aside but understand them-and himself-anew. Fans of the trilogy will be pleased at how neatly it all resolves. Agent: Tina Bennett, WME. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy <br>  <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br>  <br> The Magician's Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, 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.<br> <br>  
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