Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times best-seller and literary phenomenon of 2009: The Magicians.
The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges.
Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.
The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. It also introduces a powerful new voice, that of Julia, whose angry genius is thrilling. Once again Grossman proves that he is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis and at the cutting edge of literary fantasy.
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"[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out." (The New York Times Editor's Choice)
"The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy." (The Boston Globe)
"Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary lift that positions The Magician King well above the standard fantasy fare." (The New Yorker)
Most sequels that follow a really fantastic first book usually fall flat and lack the magic, the imagination, and the originality of the first; this is not the case with The Magician King. Grossman succeeds in pulling the reader even further into the magical side of the world, and the other worlds, that he created in The Magicians. This expertly crafted tale explores the growth and changing world views of the characters in a breathtakingly realistic way through both internal and external dialogue. In short, the story is captivating, enthralling, and perfectly paced. The only two problems were a result of the reader, Mark Bramhall, who, although a wonderfully gifted and talented reader, consistently mispronounces the word sloth (as 'sloath') and a poorly done Australian accent that is reminiscent of Steve Irwin mocking (which is easily forgiven, as performing accents is incredibly challenging for even the most seasoned actors). The rest of the reading is the consummate Bramhall - perfection. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Magicians - if you liked the Magicians, you will love The Magician King.
Once again, the critics love a book and it leaves me completely cold. A seemingly endless journey where characters change little and spend more time talking about it instead of doing.
I was on the fence after first book as to whether I'd continue. But as I bought the trilogy I figured why not. What a waste of time. The overall activity in this book could literally be a 20 page short story. The amount of meaningless drivel just banging on and on is mind bending. Aside from sbout two points you could I'm sure skip this.
If you were not sold on the first. Definitely don't continue. If you lean to more then read a summary. If you loved the first. Well. I guess get this.
So far this series has been a huge disappointment. It took me five times longer to get through this than other books of the same length. It was painful.
The performance is intelligible. Horrible accent work. Devoid of any sense of character. It's literally someone just reading s book. No wouldn't I consider it s performance in the least.
Unfortunately a boring story read wth boring voice makes this s brutal title to get through. I may push on to the book onky because I can't imagine there's be another one in the series where almost nothing happens. And this "character development" must be going somewhere.
If you haven't bought he series. Don't. It's really overrated.
Because of the narrator, Mark Bramhall, I have recommended listening to the book and NOT reading it. Mr. Bramhall gives the book extra dimension and allows the subtlety to shine through.
There are so many memorable moments it will just have to suffice when I say...read the book or rather LISTEN to this book. Can't say I have enjoyed a series like this as much since The Golden Compass.
I enjoyed, but didn't love the first book. I'm not sure if this book is better than the first or if I just knew what type of experience to expect from Grossman, but I enjoyed this book even more than the first.
It is a similar experience with a somewhat similar story-arc and similar lesson/internal-conflict for the main characters.
It still had some brutally painful (and in this case disturbing; warning there is a rape scene) moments. But they punctuate the story and are used very purposefully to develop the characters and explain their motivations.
I just bought the next book.
Magician King is the second volume in the Magicians trilogy. Mark Bramhall does a perfect reading, getting the tone of mildly exasperated irony exactly right. This volume indulges fully in the Narnia knock-off, Fillory; the first one, The Magicians, starts as a Hogwarts and Harry Potter pastiche populated by young adults but segues into what the characters really want: they want Narnia, and they get it. The references to all the C.S. Lewis Narnia stories are deft and delightful and thought-provoking: this work is deeper than it looks and for someone who has read all the Narnia stories over and over, there is only one thing to do when reaching the end of the Magician King: start over again.
A twisted up journey to Narnia, er Fillory, er... Well, just find out for yourself. I do think having read C.S. Lewis should be a prerequisite, though.
The Magician King is in some ways superior to The Magicians--the main character has his sh*t together a little more, leading to a more fun atmosphere, as with the first book, the Narnia references are splendid and everywhere. The narration is great, each character has a distinct voice, female characters are done well, and accents--especially the Australian, are done with skill.
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.
Yes, absolutely. I did enjoy the storyline of Grossmans series however I believe the reader made it even better. For the first time
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