I must admit that I was disappointed by World of Wonders. After the brilliance and wit of Fifth Business and the psychological musings of The Manticore, I somehow expected a more satisfying conclusion to the Deptford Trilogy.
Not that World of Wonders was boring; far from it! I seriously doubt that Robertson Davies could write a boring novel. It's simply that I remember less about World of Wonders than I do about either Fifth Business or The Manticore.
Magnus Eisengrim is certainly an intriguing character, but delving into his history was not nearly as interesting as I had hoped. In the end, Fifth Business is still the most interesting of the trilogy, and The Manticore is the most heady. World of Wonders is mostly for those Robertson Davies fans who (rightfully so) devour his every word.