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.
©2011 Lev Grossman (P)2011 Penguin Audio
"[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)
I enjoyed how the perspective of the main character changed and matured from the Magicians. The world and the character are well done and the story was interesting and flowed well between the two narratives.
The narrator was great except for his Australian accent. It was so bad it took me out of the story.
If the author set out to make the main protagonist boring and uninteresting it's been achieved. Also, Julia's storyline was non existent until the third act. Her moodiness throughout dragged the story down whenever her backstory was told.
I will look for spoilers online before purchasing the third book
it would have been better without the unnecessary F-words and GDs every 10 or 20 minutes. Seems like the author needs a better vocabulary. But if that doesn't bother you, he has a good story.
Author loves to punish his characters. Makes them suffer throughout the book from start to end. This made the book less enjoyable than it could have been.
Lover of the Pink
A slow start, but then BAM, I couldn't stop reading. Lots of twists and "gasp" moments in this one, enjoy!
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