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 thought the performance was well down a little slow and shaky in some parts but rather well done. I can not wait to listen to the final book in this series; and will be patiently waiting for more books like it.
Absolutely magical, ferocious, glamorous, fun, exciting, and gorgeous. It just keeps getting better and better with each story. I wish Lev Grossman would continue the series... I will be heartbroken when it concludes after The Magician's Land.
The first book was moody and brooding but had a story that pulled it together. This one just feels like empty, meaningless depression. What is the point of it? No but *really*, what is he point of it X 1000. There were a few attempts at a plot but they all meandered and criss crossed and when they finally got to their conclusions they went off with not a bang but a meek and half-hearted whimper. The voice acting was superb, just couldn't save the material.
The narration was just as good as the first book.
While the story thankfully lacked the desert of slow pacing and scarce dramatic relief which existed in the middle part of the first book, it introduced its own pacing issue. Alternating chapters would cover the backstory of a specific character. These chapters were rich with detail and interesting, but their impact was undermined by the fact that we know they were in the past and were interrupting the action. They were important, but every shift between past and present was jarring.
I would feel cheated by the ending if I didn't know there was a third installment I the series.
I really enjoyed the book, I don't have any specific things to say about what the book did right. That is only because the things I perceive as flaws stick out in a sea of things I like.
I highly recommend the title.
the beginning was a little difficult to get through. but it was worth it. I really enjoyed this book. more the the first book.
I would recommend it to a friend.
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