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The Magician King


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ISBN13: 9780670022311
ISBN10: 0670022314
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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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AliK, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by AliK)
A continuation of the adventure that began with The Magicians, The Magician King goes even deeper into the dark world of magic. The book continues Quentin's quest to be a hero, while revealing the story of Julia. Lev Grossman slowly unravels the mystery of how Julia fought to learn about magic and became a powerful magician. The book is filled with unexpected twists and turns up to the very end. It is well-written and kept me captive all the way. Reviews compared the series to such greats as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I thought Grossman paid homage to these greats (and occasionally poked fun at them), while translating the style for modern adult readers.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, October 4, 2011 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
King Quentin is bored with his life in Fillory. He’s itching for something, but he’s not sure what. When the chance comes for him to sail off to a little-heard-of island to remind its inhabitants to pay their taxes, it seems to be exactly the kind of adventure that may start him down the road to something else.

That road does indeed lead to something different and totally unexpected for Quentin and Queen Julia, who is on the trip with him. As they journey through this world and magical ones, they test their skills and their resources and question just what it is they’re looking for in the first place.

Fans of The Magicians will enjoy The Magician King, a sequel that sends Quentin off on a quest and fills in Julia’s backstory. It’s not crucial for readers to have finished the first book to understand what’s going on, but I believe The Magician King can be enjoyed more as a continuing story than the beginning of one.

While this is not a page-turner, as the action unfolds at a reasonable pace, references to other popular literature filled with magic and strange creatures (like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings) make this series especially fun for teens. Note that foul language and sexual references can be found throughout the book.
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Grossman, Lev
Viking Books
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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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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