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Anna Kashina. Empire of Grass. Tad Williams. 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. Lewis and J.
Rowling while remaining refreshingly original. Savor every word. Grossman tells exciting fantasy adventures, but at the same time deconstructs the fantasy, as his characters discover that even magical wish-fulfillment is no guarantee of happiness, and even a job casting spells in a magical land is still work. One of the lovely things about this series is watching Quentin evolve from depressed teen to clear-eyed man. Battle scenes are laid out with vivid, near-storyboard detail. Grossman brings the story home on a very satisfying chord.
The chorus: We are all magicians. Life, like magic, gives back only as much as you put into it. It takes hard work, it hurts, and you have to be ready to fail. But deep within us all lies the power to enchant the world. This third book, at turns a heist story, a meditation on the act of creation, and an apocalyptic disaster tale, continues the adventures of main character Quentin Coldwater.
It mixes genre deconstruction with psychological realism, full of self-aware figures who are cognizant of all the tropes of fantasy fiction, while at the same time working to fulfill those tropes or push against them. Writing, like magic, is a craft, and Grossman performs it oh so well. Endlessly fascinating. Fantasy fans will rejoice at its publication.
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The final volume will please fans looking for action, emotion, and, ultimately, closure. Fans of the trilogy will be pleased. Lev Grossman proves again that the costs and consolations of creation—both of Fillory and of this conclusion to his trilogy—are mighty forces.
Literary perfection for those of us who grew up testing the structural integrity of the backs of wardrobes. Also, damn.
Just some of the best magic I have read, ever. The Magician King is a triumphant sequel. Grossman has created a rare, strange, and scintillating novel. Hogwarts was never like this. Grossman takes a good number of the best childhood fantasy books from the last seventy-five years and distills their ability to fascinate into the fan-boy mind of his protagonist, Quentin Coldwater. Related Articles. Looking for More Great Reads? Download Hi Res. The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set.
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