Lev Grossman, book critic and technology writer at Time magazine, released the final novel in his “Magicians” trilogy, “The Magician’s Land.” He will talk at Flyleaf Books tonight. Staff writer Everett Handy spoke to him about the series.
THE DAILY TAR HEEL: How did you come up with the idea for the “Magicians” series?
LEV GROSSMAN: I was a big fan of “Harry Potter,” which is where at that point we were still in between “The Order of the Phoenix” and “The Half-Blood Prince,” which is where I could tell that fantasy story — a story about the education of a magician but for grown-ups. I was having a sort of personal crisis and I decided to try and work them out by writing this story. So I did, and it is a story about the education of a wizard, but it’s a completely different kind of story from the “Harry Potter” books in a sense that the characters deal with more adult issues with an adult aim. They deal with relationship problems, they get bored, they get depressed. Their lives are complicated in a certain way that Harry’s is not.
ATTEND THE TALK
Time: 7:00 p.m. tonight
Location: Flyleaf Books
DTH: What adventures are in store for the characters in this book?
LG: One of the challenges they have is that they get this education, they are released back into the world and they don’t have anyone to fight. They don’t have any monsters, and the world isn’t ending... One of the things that happens in “Magician’s Land” is that the hero has to figure out what magic is for him and what his path is in life. So there’s that, and there is also a lot of growing up that the characters have to do. They have to realize that a lot of problems in life can be solved with magic and for them to fight and be brave, I think it has to do with facing things that they can’t face.