The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Perfect ending, and in many ways the best of the trilogy.
I know this is supposed to be "Harry Potter meets Narnia" but there are other glimpses, like Buffy, Discworld and even a little Christopher Robin, in there. That's part of the enjoyment, for me: playing spot-the-allusion. Quentin's banishment from Fillory and return to Brakebills, along with the death of his father, were great boy-becoming-man moments, although even as a man he doesn't seem to be, well, emotionally an adult. His partnership with Plum was a good balance, and perhaps his best relationship (but not a "relationship") with any female. And the library/map of Fillory? I want to be one of the monks tending to the collection. With or without golden hands.
The ending to the Fillory story is disappointing, but understandable. On the other hand, the Neitherlands could be a great entry to other worlds...
ARC provided by publisher.