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)
okay, no joke, I'm confused about Lev Grossman and his obsession with being unnecessarily vulgar, and swearing incessantly. if you ignore all of the swearing and graphic descriptions of superfluous sexual shit, the story is top notch.
also, Sloth Is pronounced like Moth. like, "SLAW-TH" but this man kept saying "SLOW-TH" which isn't how it was written or how it's pronounced. at all. ugh.
but overall okay
Like Lev's other books, this one starts out strong and well-written, and goes downhill as it progresses, leaving you at the end shaking your head and wondering why you bothered to read it. It's like he spends a lot of time writing the beginning and making it perfect, and then runs out of time half way through his manuscript and and finishes the final half in an all-nighter full of furious scribbling and heavy drinking. Would recommend this book only as a cruel practical joke.
The most clever and intelligent work of postmodern fantasy fiction that I've personally experienced. Grossman clearly has his finger on what makes fantasy tick, and what urges us to seek it out, and plays with both to great effect. if you've come this far in the series, you don't need me to tell you that it isn't typical escapist melodrama, and if you're looking for such, you have many options at your disposal already. However, if you're interested in a unique experience, with characters who are painfully believable and story which doesn't stumble in the last leg, you've come to the right place.
The book is a sequel and like all sequels it suffers the curse of the success of the first book. in comparison, this one lacked a stable story structure and is a bit confusing as to where its going but the ending saved it with a satisfying conclusion.
The fresh secondary characters were great but the book's pacing suffered about halfway through and near the end. It had a rough start but the plot path was believable and logical. The dark and romantic themes were a bit more subdued as well as the focus on most of the characters, which is fine for the pacing and main focus of the book, but i felt a little wanting because what was focused isn't touched on well at the ending. The conclusion was bitter-sweet because of this but was very appropriate.
One of my favorite audiobooks, and one I might listen to again.
When Quentin and Poppy used the Sixth Gold Key to open a door to the NeitherLands and were trapped there, I thought they were cooked. Excellent suspense, and a good resolution to the tension followed.
He did a fabulous job with Poppy.
Mark Bramhall performed marvelously, creating a uniquely expressive voice for the narrator as well as every character, major and minor.
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