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The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set

by Lev Grossman

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This trilogy came to me by way of a podcast called the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, actually discussing the TV series, and after that, I splashed out on the box set and was not disappointed. The storyline is about magicians living in the 21st century present. In particular, a group of youngsters, who develop their magic powers in different ways, while going on a quest for a mysterious agic land called Fillory. And obviously these things do not fit naturally into our world. And that is what makes these books great. Instead of going all-in epic, Lev Grossman twists the classic phantasy approach with a healthy helping of snotty 21st century Millenial contempt and the language that goes with it. And that mekes the entire story a true pleasure to read. I think even as a not die-hard phantasy geek, this portrait of an unusual counterculture will draw you in. ( )
  ernst.schnell | May 30, 2017 |
Holy crap! A surprisingly awesome series. I was hooked immediately. ( )
  Rob_Holm | Nov 28, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525427341, Hardcover)

The entire New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, including The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land, now available in a gorgeous boxed set

Including four fan-designed character cards, this beautiful boxed set makes a perfect gift for readers of the beloved fantasy series praised by George R. R. Martin, Junot Díaz, and Erin Morgenstern.

The Magicians
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined…
 
The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.
The Magician King
Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.
 
Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real-world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

The Magician's Land
Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical world of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. 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. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex—and far more dire—than anyone had envisioned.

Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever.  
The Magician’s Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy. 
 

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