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ISBN10: 0670022314
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Staff Pick

At this point, I love this series. The sequel to The Magicians really gets dark and fantastic, and the adventures are rich and mind-bending, to say the least. I'll admit that I'm not a big Narnia fan, but adults who are will probably also really dig The Magician King and its predecessor. You'll find yourself thinking about the story and its characters long after you put the book down.
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"What if the magical land from the books you loved as a child was real and needed you to save it? This was the thrilling premise of Lev Grossman's The Magicians, which turned out to be the first of a trilogy of novels that chronicle, thus far, the adventures of one Quentin Coldwater, the young hero who got to find out. That novel began with Quentin heading off to his Princeton alumni interview, wishing that, instead of college, he could discover a way into the land of Fillory, the magical kingdom he knew only from the five-novel series he loved as a child." Alexander Chee, NPR (Read the entire NPR review)

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Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller 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 the cutting edge of literary fantasy.

Review:

"Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom-not to be missed." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Fans of The Magicians will find this sequel a feast and will be delighted that a jaw-dropping denouement surely promises a third volume to come." Booklist

About the Author

Lev Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine. He is also the author of the international bestselling novel Codex, the creator of the Time blog Techland, and a graduate of Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn. Visit levgrossman.com and techland.time.com.

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Jay Babcock, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Jay Babcock)
Unlike any other fantasy novel I've ever read (and I've read fantasy with steeply decreasing enthusiasm since I left my teenage years...), Grossman's novel immerses the reader into richly imagined magical kingdoms (and purgatories), repeatedly upsets one's expectations about plot fulfillment, and invests the fantasy genre with a new metaphor: magicians are hackers, exploiting the "code" that gods used to fashion the multiverse. Great prose style, brilliant surprises, and fully realized characters make for an immensely satisfying read.
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Amy Skye Allen, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by Amy Skye Allen)
The Magician King was my absolute favorite book of 2011!!I haven't been more anxious for the next book in a series since the Harry Potter series.
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Manda, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by Manda)
I loved this book! Narnia for adults, and an interesting meditation on happiness (and the lack thereof)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670022311
Author:
Grossman, Lev
Publisher:
Viking Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb

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Product details 416 pages Viking Books - English 9780670022311 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

At this point, I love this series. The sequel to The Magicians really gets dark and fantastic, and the adventures are rich and mind-bending, to say the least. I'll admit that I'm not a big Narnia fan, but adults who are will probably also really dig The Magician King and its predecessor. You'll find yourself thinking about the story and its characters long after you put the book down.

"Review A Day" by , "What if the magical land from the books you loved as a child was real and needed you to save it? This was the thrilling premise of Lev Grossman's The Magicians, which turned out to be the first of a trilogy of novels that chronicle, thus far, the adventures of one Quentin Coldwater, the young hero who got to find out. That novel began with Quentin heading off to his Princeton alumni interview, wishing that, instead of college, he could discover a way into the land of Fillory, the magical kingdom he knew only from the five-novel series he loved as a child." (Read the entire NPR review)
"Review" by , "Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom-not to be missed."
"Review" by , "Fans of The Magicians will find this sequel a feast and will be delighted that a jaw-dropping denouement surely promises a third volume to come."
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