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The Magician King (The Magicians, #2) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Lev Grossman

Series: The Magicians (2)

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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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Title:The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
Authors:Lev Grossman
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Kindle Edition, 418 pages
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The Magician King by Lev Grossman (2011)

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This is a great sequel to the first book - it follow Julia as she gains the knowledge she missed out on by not getting into Brakebils. This journey was not easy and sacrifices had to made, turning Julia into something else, and one of the queens of Fillory after Elliots passing. This part is told in flashbacks, with the current story following Quentin and Julie trying to get back to Fillory after finding themselves back on Earth after a quest.

This volume does something different with the story, and I think its a better story. The previous book makes things too easy at times (however it never minimizes the sacrifices made). It also shows a glimpse of the underlying 'rules' of this world, what makes a God different than a man, and the hubris required to think that a human can actually contain power.

This is a book that transcends genre fiction to literary. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 2, 2022 |
I liked this one way more than the first. Julia's story is like infinitely more interesting than Quentin's story. I am excited to finish the trilogy now. ( )
  austinburns | Dec 16, 2021 |
I enjoyed this, can't wait to read the next one. Very punchy at times and I like the chapters that tell us Julia's perspective. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Easily the weakest in the series but don't give up because #3 is best. ( )
  mayalekach | Sep 25, 2021 |
Quentin half walks through the big quest that he half backed into and Julia's history is related. Steep prices are paid. The entities that proclaim the prices are a varied set of puzzles with which even powerful magic doesn't seem to have leverage. And what exactly did the dragons do? We left them in the air and never heard from them again. ( )
  quondame | Sep 24, 2021 |
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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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We shall now seek that which we shall not find.
—Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur
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For Sophie
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Quentin rode a gray horse with white socks named Dauntless.
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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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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.

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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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