The Magician's Land

(Magicians Trilogy, Bk. 3). 13 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 16½ hrs. Penguin Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781611762679. $39.95; digital download. F
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.]
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