In my review for the 7th novel of the series, I said that 'The Atlantis Complex' was, although a decent read, decidedly under...moreI think Eoin is psychic.
In my review for the 7th novel of the series, I said that 'The Atlantis Complex' was, although a decent read, decidedly underwhelming and a complete non-crisis.
Not so with this, the final book of the series.
In the first few chapters, the crisis levels are already significantly high. In fact, by the time the first third of the book is over is when many books would end. No, this book packs the trademark action of the series into a complete package.
This is possibly the best end to a fantasy series from my childhood i've read since the Deathly Hallows. Whereas Inheritance overstayed it's welcome, Eoin proves that he knows how to write a good YA Fantasy series. I'm proud to have been with it from the start. (less)
Most of the book feels like pointless padding. The pacing just doesn't work at all. The final revelat...moreI'm not going to lie, this series went downhill.
Most of the book feels like pointless padding. The pacing just doesn't work at all. The final revelations and fight are actually pretty interesting, but what excitement that I got from the final fight was killed swiftly by the ridiculously drawn-out epilogue.
Overall though, the series was pretty good. It's hard to find good young-adult fantasy besides a certain young british wizard. Was the series entertaining? Yeah, totally. But it eventually became a chore. Of course, that could be my age talking.(less)
Wonderful. Created an interesting world that played on the conventions of the fantasy genre and specificall...moreMan, what a disappointment.
Wonderful. Created an interesting world that played on the conventions of the fantasy genre and specifically fare like Harry Potter and Narnia. In this world, when you're done with your magical education, you don't go off and work in the magical government or hunt down dark wizards, you become a sex-crazed drug-addicted alcoholic because what else are you going to do with your time once you've mastered the arcane arts?
The Magician King? Well... it's weak.
The plot doesn't really feel like it goes anywhere; the climax is completely non-threatening, and Julia commits double homicide by 1) being a completely unlikable entitled brat and 2) telling and not showing. The chapters with her backstory are a bore, and when she gets her final resolution it arrives with a "oh, by the way, I can do this!" feeling.
The most significant plot point, the destruction of magic by the ubergods and learning more about the neitherworld, is thrown to the backseat for Julia's story, which feels radically forced.
I was ready to go ahead and give it four stars, but that ending... words cannot describe how bad the ending is. Minus a full star just because of the last ~7 pages.
The Magicians ended grandly and kept the story going at a brisk pace while presenting SO MANY good ideas!!! Why didn't we get that again and not something this trite?
Come on Lev, you've shown what you can do, and it's much better than this.(less)
This book was quite a surprise. A decidedly tongue-in-cheek satire/parody of Harry Potter and Narnia, it winds up a decently good fantasy even as it q...moreThis book was quite a surprise. A decidedly tongue-in-cheek satire/parody of Harry Potter and Narnia, it winds up a decently good fantasy even as it questions the logic of the worlds that came before it. While the middle of the book feels rushed (not a huge issue, as the author did have 5 years of Brakebills to get through), several scenes stand out and give excellent imagery. A great book, and a well-deserved read by fans of fantasy and magic.(less)