Fri
Dec 23 2011 1:30pm

Title Revealed for Lev Grossman’s Third (and Final?) Magicians Book

Buried deep in Lev Grossman’s end-of-the-year holiday newsletter is an interesting little gem for fans of The Magicians. Grossman has begun writing a third installment dealing with the magical universe of Fillory, which he has tentatively titled The Magician’s Land. He’s claiming it’s “unlike anything else” he’s written before, but at the same time “not completely new either.”

Interestingly, Grossman lists various books he’s in the middle of re-reading which seem to be influencing his outline for the next book; The Tempest, The Phantom Tollbooth, Casino Royale, and some P.G. Wodhouse. He also mentions Lord of the Rings, a series which “oddly enough I’ve never really thought of as an influence before.”

What could this title and list of influences mean for Quentin Coldwater and pals? Will someone become a magical version of James Bond, fighting off post-modern versions of the Lethargarians while at the same time dealing with Prospero-style feats of illusion? Further, if Lev is taking a look at old stuff, we highly recommend Forbidden Planet as one of the best adaptations of The Tempest out there. (Maybe the book could be called The Magician’s Land 3: Rise of the Tempest Flying Saucer is Forever.)

Though in all seriousness, it’s interesting to note that this working title has the word “Magician’s” as a singular possessive noun, whereas the first book is a plural “Magicians.” Grossman also puts forth that this will most likely be the final book that deals with these world(s), at least for the foreseeable future.

All speculation aside, we eagerly await The Magician’s Land (if that indeed remains the title) and couldn’t be more excited that Mr. Grossman is hard at work. Great news for the end of a great year.


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5 comments
Barbara Schwartz
1. Barbara Schwartz
If Grossman is seriously considering The Tempest as an influence, then the new book may end with Quentin voluntarily giving up his magic, as Prospero did. (Or being reborn as Gandalf was, or....).
Barbara Schwartz
2. chris sauceda
He should find a way to bring alice back into the story id realy like that it will be good all the same i have some ood ideas for the book to:P
Barbara Schwartz
3. Craig C.
@Chris sauceda...I agree about bringing Alice back, she was one of my favorite characters! There could even be a love triangle between Alice, Julia, & Quentin...just like the twilight & hunger games series, people seem to eat that kind of drama up!
Barbara Schwartz
4. David H.
Also in the "do return Alice" camp. Quentin and Alice may have embodied Gertrude Stein's famous (though possibly apocryphal) death bed pronouncement, "what is...."

On the other hand, what a trajectory! From desperate, uninvited "waif" to foxy girl to blazing apparition transmuted by her own magical excess; what embodiment of passion! - alas, if too many of us clamor for her return perhaps L.G. will continue to follow the stage dictum, "always leave them asking for more."
Barbara Schwartz
5. Roberttt
"@Chris sauceda...I agree about bringing Alice back, she was one of my
favorite characters! There could even be a love triangle between Alice,
Julia, & Quentin...just like the twilight & hunger games series,
people seem to eat that kind of drama up!"

Not sure if trolling . . . or just that stupid.

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