The cover for the final book of Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy has just been revealed over at the A.V. Club, and it looks like Quentin Coldwater is heading off for a lighthearted romp through The Land of Wind and Ghosts! Or…maybe Antarctica? Nope—too many trees. Somewhere snowy, at any rate. While the cover might not tell us very much about the plot of The Magician’s Land, Viking has provided an intriguing synopsis of the novel, which picks up with Quentin’s return to Brakebills, and introduces a new character, Plum.
Get a better look at the cover and read the entire synopsis below the fold!
In The Magician’s Land, the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy—on-sale from Viking on August 5—Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. 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.
Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory—but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
The Magician’s Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic, 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. It’s the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.
Who’s excited? Will we see demi-goddess Julia again? King Eliot? Poppy and Josh and Ember? More importantly, will there be any humans or gods appearing in the form of foxes, because we might have mixed feelings about that…
While you wait, of course, you can pass the time until August rolls around with “The Girl in the Mirror,” the story which introduces the character of Plum, when the Dangerous Women collection comes out in a few weeks. In the meantime, you can read an excerpt of the story here, as well as Stefan Raets’ non-spoiler review…