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Author: Lev Grossman Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Magicians Trilogy Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780698153622

Publisher Description

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy

 

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 de­mi-monde of grey magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Netherlands, and buried secrets, and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, 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.

 

The Magician’s Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent climax, 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.

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Quotes

  • “Richly imagined and continually surprising…The strongest book in Grossman’s series. It not only offers a satisfying conclusion to Quentin Coldwater’s quests, earthly and otherwise, but also considers complex questions about identity and selfhood as profound as they are entertaining…This is a gifted writer, and his gifts are at their apex in The Magician’s Land.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A wholly satisfying and stirring conclusion to this weird and wonderful tale…Grossman reminds us that good writing can beguile the senses, imagination, and intellect.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Saying goodbye to Quentin is bittersweet, but saying goodbye to a Quentin who achieves some peace at last fills the farewell with a reassuring optimism for his future.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “A huge part of the pleasure of this trilogy in general and this volume in particular is that, even as we consume the story just to find out what happens to Quentin, we know that we are collaborating in our own versions of its creation, its animation. The reader gets to be a magician, too.”

    - Miami Herald
  • “An absolutely brilliant fantasy filled with memorable characters—old and new—and prodigious feats of imagination…Fantasy fans will rejoice at its publication.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Deeply satisfying finale to the bestselling fantasy trilogy…A beautiful scene in Fillory’s Drowned Garden reconnects Quentin with the innocent, dreaming boy he once was yet affirms the value of the chastened grown-up he has become. The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman’s art: ‘the power to enchant the world.’”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “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.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This series taken as a whole brings new life and energy to the fantasy genre. The final volume will please fans looking for action, emotion, and, ultimately, closure.”

    - Library Journal
  • “Narrator Mark Bramhall latches onto this winding, fragmented fairy tale for adults with vigor…Bramhall’s even tone, steady volume, and crisp enunciation help the listener keep up with the intricately moving parts of the story, and he deftly brings forth the wry humor that Grossman so often uses. Bramhall enhances the tale with his wide-range accents—from clipped British to the lyrical tones of Hindu.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • A June 2014 Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • Selected for August 2014 Indie Next List
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of August 2014
  • A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for August 2014
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Fantasy
  • An August 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Lev Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine. His books have been New York Times bestsellers, and in 2011, he was awarded the John W. Campbell Award from the World Science Fiction Society. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.