3 years ago, I discovered a book called The Magicians. Written by Lev Grossman, the book follows an 18-year-old boy as he applies to a school of magic and searches for a Narnia-like world that even his most powerful professors don’t believe in. It was a rare work of literature that is not only beautifully written, but also endlessly entertaining and laugh-out-loud hilarious at parts.
I have to say, the final book in the trilogy, The Magician’s Land, was absolutely worth the wait. You can tell from the first chapter that Grossman is now completely comfortable with his characters and the world he’s created. The book is a master work of speculative literature. It just feels so real. I love me some Harry Potter, but nothing comes close to touching The Magician’s Land when it comes to seeing how people would actually use magic in the real world.
Oh, and it’s the NY Times #1 bestseller, if that sort of thing matters to you.
I really can’t talk about the book without giving away things from the entire trilogy, but I’ll say that I laughed throughout and cried at the end. Not because the ending is sad (or not sad–this isn’t a spoiler), but because I truly didn’t want the trilogy to end. In fact, I kind of hope that Grossman decides to keep going. I would pay sight unseen for him to write a fourth book.
Let me know if you’ve read it or if you read it after seeing this post–I’d love to hear what you think.