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The Magician King: A Novel by Lev Grossman

The Magician King: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Lev Grossman

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Title:The Magician King: A Novel
Authors:Lev Grossman (Author)
Info:Viking (2012), Edition: eBook, 362 pages
Tags:fantasy, fiction

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman (2011)



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Very strong for a second book in a trilogy. The characters matured nicely, and the story arc was captivating and satisfying. ( )
  trwm | Oct 6, 2016 |
Well, this was rather disappointing, to say the least. Aside from the fact that Grossman kept making blatant references to the fantasy stories he was inspired by (to the point where I was rolling my eyes), this was, for lack of a better word, ridiculous. Quentin's grittiness and cynicism that was refreshing in the first book (in terms of a fantasy series) is amped up to eleven here. It does no good for the story. Julia was the most difficult to tolerate. Her plot started as odd, twisted into obnoxiousness, and ended with bizarre and unnecessary grotesqueness. I won't be reading the third book. It's a shame. The series started out with promise. ( )
  EllAreBee | Sep 19, 2016 |
The adventure continues! I think I liked the first book more... but this one was still super awesome. Loved getting Julia's backstory for her lost years. Diving in to the third one now!


Poor Quentin. And poor Benedict!
Oh and poor Julia getting freakin raped by that crazy fox man god thing. Ew. ( )
  mleivers | Aug 29, 2016 |
Description: Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.

Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they'd hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia's illicitly-learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

Thoughts: I remembered really liking this installment of the Magicians story and I wasn't disappointed upon rereading it. A lot of the love I have is for Julia's story, even though it's messed up and tragic.

I wish that the TV show was solidly headed in the direction of this story, but I have no idea where they are going with it. The story of Outer and After Islands and the quest for the keys could be very interesting onscreen.

Rating: 4
Liked: 4
Plot: 4
Characterization: 4
Writing: 4
Audio: 4
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  leahbird | Jul 10, 2016 |
Damn it, I love these books. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
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“Everybody wanted to be the hero of their own story,” Quentin declares, framing the novel’s theme in neat miniature. But by the end of “The Magician King,” he comes to realize that he just might not be. It’s a harsh lesson, and one that, in keeping with the preoccupations and innovations of this serious, heartfelt novel, turns the machinery of fantasy inside out.
added by melmore | editNew York Times, Dan Kois (Aug 26, 2011)
...a spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about privilege, power and the limits of being human. The Magician King is a triumphant sequel, surpassing, I think, the original. I can't wait for the next one.
Echoes from The Chronicles of Narnia [...] continue to reverberate, but Grossman’s psychologically complex characters and grim reckoning with tragic sacrifice far surpass anything in C.S. Lewis’ pat Christian allegory.
added by melmore | editKirkus Review (Jun 28, 2011)

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Quentin rode a gray horse with white socks named Dauntless.
This would be his quest: collecting taxes from a bunch of backwater yokels. He had skipped the adventure of the broken tree, and that was fine. He would have this one instead.
Quentin had an obsolete sailing ship that had been raised from the dead. He had a psychotically effective swordsman and an enigmatic witch-queen. It wasn’t the Fellowship of the Ring, but then again he wasn’t trying to save the world from Sauron, he was attempting to perform a tax audit on a bunch of hick islanders. It would definitely do.
That water must be ninety percent E. coli, and the rest was probably diesel fuel. This was not a body of water intended for swimming in.
Fortunately Poppy turned out to be excellent at this kind of cross-country dead-reckoning navigation. At first they thought she must be using some kind of advanced geographical magic until Josh noticed that she had an iPhone in her lap. “Yeah, but I used magic to jailbreak it,” she said.
When you get to that level of power and knowledge and perfection, the question of what you should do next gets increasingly obvious. Everything is very rule-governed. All you can ever do in any given situation is the most gloriously perfect thing, and there’s only one of them. Finally there aren’t any choices left to make at all.” “You’re saying the gods don’t have free will.” “The power to make mistakes,” Penny said. “Only we have that. Mortals.”
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The boy is now king
Happily ever after?
Fate has other plans(Jannes)
How much would you want

to give up after a quest

to be a hero?


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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.… (more)

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