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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"[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)

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Good book but...

i enjoy this series, but the way the reader pronounces some of these words is infuriating.

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great story and great details thank you

it was a fun read kinda was bland in some parts but great overall thanks

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Continuing Magic

I've heard complaints about the series after the first in the series, but I'm glad to see it is subjective. There is a less than whimsical tone set in this portion of the series and I am still just on the fence between feeling bad for Quentin and disliking his arrogance. In all, it adds to the story so I feel it's brilliant. Taking into account I've seen the first season, I now see where they have spliced and edited some portion from both books to make it all work.

I'll be looking forward to the last installment to see how it all transpires.

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Fantastic but doesn't answer a couple questions

I loved the story, like the first book the author does a great job painting each scene in a beautiful way, allowing me to fully picture each enviroment, and the emotions of the characters. Unlike the first book the author is better about saying charicter names more frequently which helps a lot with association of more then 4-5 characters.
my only complaint is that the author does not answer questions or situations using information at the end of the last book, and to me this is a painful error on keeping the story consistent.

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I felt I was there

What a mind engrossing book! I loved it but I'm upset at how much Quentin has to go through and not be properly rewarded!

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just as good as the last

hard to believe but this book was equally as good as the last. the reader was still amazing. I still think the main character thinks too highly of himself-especially after Elliot and the gang does all the work in this book. sorry quinton-you're still kind of a loser even after everything you've been through. It's kind of weird how the gals keep falling for you but ok. lol. Julia is the real trooper in this book.

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Really bad fantasy

The narrator was good. But the story was nonsense. The characters feel unrealistic and irrational.

There happens to exist an unpleasant afterlife in this universe. The characters meet benevolent gods (even a god of the afterlife) and it never occurs to them to ask or bargen for an improvment of the afterlife. Death is the ultimate and certain destination for them and everyone they care about, but they won't even spend a moment trying to ask the gods for an improvment, why? They ask the god of the afterlife for other thing, why not this?

In the first book they help the god Emper save his world, and free him from bondage. Wouldn't this be a good favor to ask in return? Why not at least try? Empers brother Umper is even dead, so why would he insist on having the afterlife suck? Even if his brother doesn't go to the same afterlife as humans (we don't know) shouldn't he at least be able to empathise now that he has lost a relative?

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love this book

this book was amazing. the story, the characters were so well put together. the villains we amazing and dark and light

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you thought the first one was dark? think again.

Really good. i hate Quentin a little less now. julia is awesome. writer is an asshole, but really good.

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good read

this was a good read. i will read the next one however i will take a break from these before i do.