This is a wonderful sequel to the Magicians. If you love Harry Potter but would also like some grown up twists this is the book for you. The characters are very real and well developed. The book is well written and unpredictable. The reader is fantastic. He makes the characters come alive! I couldn't wait to get in the car so I could listen to it and since I am usually getting in the car to go to work this is saying a lot!
Shannara mixed with a mystery and action stories
voice inflection adds to the story; bookreading makes me sleep
No.... not quite that good.
Julia... The gritty aspect of her story is what makes the book work.
Pretty much all of Julia's story
If you liked book 1 but were left wanting, book 2 is better... trust me.... Try it, if you don't like it, return the book... The wonders of audible..
Yes. It both plays on our expectations of fantasy and critically upends them.
One of the main characters, Quentin, only barely achieves maturity as a person and interest as a character, and the sections of the book that focus on him just aren't as good as the writing in the first book. But Julia really comes into her own in this sequel. She is an arresting character and the things that happen to her are startlingly unpredictable and unforgettable. Through Julia, Grossman pushes to the limit the questions these books raise: What is magic? Is it what fantasy fiction leads us to believe? Why do we want so badly to believe it is, and what comes of our expectations? and most important, What are the consequences of pursuing magical power to its limits?
Yes, he changes genders and accents easily and well.
What happens to Julia when she and her friends try to summon an ancient goddess-- though to say more would spoil the story.
Mark Bramhall is a good narrator, but has a tendency to lower his voice at the ends of words so that he sounds somewhat glum at times.
I think one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King was the final few chapters of the book where you finally get closure on why certain things have happened throughout the book. It also ties up loose ends in regards to some of the earlier characters.
Sometimes wanting things too much blinds you from seeing what you already have.
This was a great book and I am glad that I listened to it not long after listening to The Magicians. When I got to the end of the book, I was sad and disappointed. Not by the ending itself but by the physical end to the story. I recall looking at my phone (from which I listen) and thinking, "That's it?!??!"
I was so involved in the story that I found myself feeling sad for different characters throughout the book. Grossman's writing evoked emotions and experiences that I once had when I was younger and felt left out of the crowd, only to find a new group of people (not necessarily as deviant as Julia's group, but family nonetheless) to call friends.
Like its predecessor, The Magician King follows Quentin Coldwater, now King of the fantastical land of Fillory, as he deals with the existential struggles of being a powerful wizard with a real personality. Subverting your expectations appears to be a favorite pastime of Grossman's two Fillory novels; just when you think you've got the course charted, along comes a fresh gust to blow the story into a strange new direction. This time around, Quentin's friend Julia fills the role of angst-ridden magician in the making, but her story is at once darker and more ultimately uplifting than Quentin's was. The story as a whole feels easier, less fraught, and less self-conscious than the previous book, even though it's arguably a more mature and thoughtful treatment of magic, desire and a person's ability to live with themselves and their choices.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
This magical fantasy had unexpected depth and heart. The characters came alive in my imagination and while I didn't want it to end, I couldn't stop listening. It was even better than the first book - which was very good. And everyone knows how rare it is for a sequel to be better than the original! Worth every credit $! I can't wait for the next one.
I didn’t think that the first book was that great; it was like Grossman was trying to hard to be clever and witty. At best I would say it ended with more promise than it began. On that note I thought I would give the second book a chance. Like most other reviewers have said, this book was much better the first. I still feel Quentin is whiney (though he does grow a little), and the best news is that you don’t hear much from the other characters from the previous book. What makes this book work so well is the story line with Julia. As I don’t want this to be a spoiler, I will leave it at that.
Not to be over looked is Mark Bramhall’s excellent job as a narrator. I could listen to this guy all day.
I like Doctor Who.
I enjoyed "The Magicians," but this sequel truly blows the original out of the water. The characters seem to solidify and I connected with them more strongly than I did in the first book.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book is it gave a more realistic, grittier telling of a fantasy quest. This book took so many fantasy tropes and turned them on their heads. I also really enjoyed the flashbacks to Julia's life after she was rejected from Brakebills.
The ending blew me away. It wasn't at all what I was expecting and it left me completely satisfied and with a sense of hope for what the future holds for these characters.