Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that eleven ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in the land Quentin may never again visit. 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? S looking for him. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on the final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover the situation far more complex and far more direct than anyone had envisioned.