My book reviews took a bit of a hiatus this summer and I blame Lev Grossman. I’d read his first novel, The Magicians a few years ago, but only read the last two in the trilogy this summer, a delicious binge that I recommend to anyone who hasn’t discovered The Magicians Trilogy yet. As SyFy has picked this up for a miniseries that will air in early 2016, I’m assuming this series is a household name, well beyond science fiction die hard fans, but just in case, here is this review.
The Magicians Trilogy novels are as delicious and magical as the Harry Potter series but with all the complexities of adult life. Imagine if Harry, Hermione and Ron graduated from college and had to deal with the existential crisis that comes with the end of the education path. Dwindling bank accounts, relationships of convenience, and misbehaving deities.
I read The Magicians a few years ago, and loved every page. Because most of that story takes place at the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, the Hogwarts comparison was easy to make. But even in this first novel, the fantasy was much more adult and gritty, without losing any of the fun of discovering that you hold the keys to the world of magic.
The Magician King and the Magician’s Land conclude the trilogy and take place after Quentin and his classmates have graduated. They’re living the happily ever after, yet deeply unfulfilled. With a rich backdrop of fantasy and magic and a page turning plot, Grossman wrestles with issues of identity, morality, as his main character comes of age. Quentin Coldwater is a deeply flawed human character who does not jump into the hero role easily. His transformation is believable and fascinating to watch.
Covering three books in one review is tough to do without spoiling any endings, thus the restraint in the description above. Just take my word for it, if you haven’t fallen under the sway of Lev Grossman yet. Grab all three books in the Magicians Trilogy right now and treat yourself to a very adult, but no less delightful fantasy binge. As you discover the world of Brakebills and the Land of Fillory, you’ll fall in love, just as I did.
All three titles are now available in paperback at Amazon and everywhere books are sold.