The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pure escapism. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy of novels. Lev Grossman fuses all of the things I loved about Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and many other Fantasy influences into a new narrative that works when aimed at a more mature reader.
Part “macguffin” hunt, part quest to save an entire world. Some characters remain in the magical world of Fillory (High King and Queen, Eliot and Janet), and worlds in-between, whilst others (mainly Quentin) have to work out how to play their part from Earth. The legacy of the original family to find Fillory, the Chatwins, comes into play with both new and old characters. And it goes to show that relying on “Gods” is not all it’s cracked up to be! In order to get things done, you generally have to take charge yourself and make the hard decisions.
Old locations and characters are re-visited, and although the plot occasionally seemed to run on pure coincidence for it to move forwards, it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story.
The SyFy series (it was/is broadcast on one of the Channel 5 iterations in the UK) is pretty decent, but not as emotionally complex as the book. They’ve modified and blended the story lines, and massively changed some characters (not always for the better). But if they were both identical, I would lose interest in one or the other. I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to my TV-escapism!
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