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The Magician King

The Magician King [Kindle Edition]

Lev Grossman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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""The Catcher in the Rye" for devotees of alternative universes. It's dazzling . . . A rare, strange, and scintillating novel."---Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 043402080X
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L18C44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
First things first - as with Magicians, a lot of people will hate this book.

As in The Magicians, Grossman is very interested in playing around with the rules and conventions of the genre. As a long suffering Fantasy reader I personally found this refreshing and amusing. Quentin is again useless and inert, swinging from restless ennui and dissatisfaction at having everything he has always wanted (King of Fillory) to desperately....well, I won't spoil anything, but Grossman's sense of irony is as sharp as ever.

The pacing of the book is better than the first with more action and purpose than in The Magicians, which is a welcome improvement.

The wry, modern, nerd-speak dialogue and narration style is well done and a welcome change to the po-faced seriousness that dominates the genre. This is done without detracting from a very engaging and surprisingly involved plot and sub-plot.

While people who did not enjoy the first book are unlikely to enjoy this one, I do think that The Magician King is a lot more forgiving than The Magicians for any first time readers.

Love him or hate him, Grossman is at least different from the endless river of cookie-cutter fantasy authors we sadly see these days. I would advise trying it out, if you are jaded enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature, masterful multiverse of myth and magic 15 Mar 2013
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Don't pick this up if you haven't already immersed yourself fully in the realm of Fillory, land of the ram gods and clocktrees, adventure playground to post-modernist post-cynicist post-Harry Potter wizards, courtesy of The Magicians

Both episodes are such rare accomplishments that you absolutely must not kid yourself that it won't matter if you read them out of sequence, if you read MK first and busk the bits you missed, because you inconveniently don't have the first book to hand. Don't be a ditz. You'll ruin things if you read this one first. The painting will not come to life and the ship will not sail and you won't be able to taste the crisp clean tang of magic in the crystal sky. Unless you read them the right way around.
MK makes no damn sense if you've not romped 'The Magicians', anyway.
And they are both truly worthy of your time. Literary creations well worthy of every up-itself award going, they sublimely combine the secret dreams of every child whoever opened a wardrobe or drew sigils in the sky or rubbed a ring or dreamed of djinn. Each book is like a honeyed slice of childhood innocence, dripping in joy and fear and delight and terror, made all the more potent by the fact that even we adults can still taste it - can still stroll in the secret gardens, can visit the cave of the green dragon and wander awhile.
Stunningly clever - gloriously referential. Witty, entertaining and stuffed full of intriguing characters who look and talk like real people might if it turned out that somewhere over the rainbow really exists. Genuinely creative, beautifully written; hard-faced and gritty but achingly innocent at the same time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone 14 Aug 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Lev Grossman is like the Marmite of the author world, he's one of these guys you either love or hate. In his first book of the series he brings a world of magic, of adventure and populates it with real world self-centred characters that either get all in your face or you find refreshing to escape the altruistic nature that many others have.

Here in the second book of the series it's more of the same with some new characters who bring things back to a more even keel as they're there to counterbalance what a few saw as a flaw. Add to this a cleverly woven plot, some great twists mixed in with some decent prose and dialogue and it was a decent enough read. If however you're not a fan of the self-centred character then I'd suggest that you leave the series well alone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing sequel 11 Sep 2011
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This is a sequel to Magicians which came out a couple of years ago, and a book I really enjoyed as a dark blend of Harry Potter and Narnia. This was definitely not a book for children and got very mixed reactions. I would recommend you read this before The Magician King.
In Magicians we ended up with our `hero' Quentin, as one of the four ruling kings and queens of the magical land Fillory, but he is a little bored and looking for an adventure. A simple quest to a faraway isle seems ideal, they haven't paid their taxes in a while, but Quentin just wants a little adventure....
With further nods to Narnia this has a lot of Voyage of the Dawn Treader about it, but again with a dark twist. And this is not just Quentin's story, but also fellow queen Julia, the Hedgewitch, and her story becomes more important as it appears that the magical lands may be doomed and Quentin's quest becomes a lot bigger then he thought.
Author Grossman gives you much you are familiar with, especially Narnia fans, but then shakes that familiarity by taking you (and his characters) in some very strange directions. It's great fun and the underlying darkness does not let you get complacent with the direction of the story, Quentin's desire to be a proper hero, Julia's need to find herself and the consequences of their actions.
Sometimes it is not comfortable reading but it was a delight to see how Grossman plays with the readers assumptions and twists what they are used to. There are hints of a third book from the author and I would love to see how he would close this off as a trilogy, all I do know is that he will do it in an original and unique way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just for a spell
Super fast delivery, excellent thank you
Published 6 days ago by Barbara Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty but ultimately disappointing
Five stars for wit and pace. And for mashing together different genres with a wry nod to the big name fantasy novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Halfacre
4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues ...
I enjoyed reading this sequel and am looking forward to the third part of this trilogy. Mr Grossman has had fun incorporating ideas from other fantasies and woven an interesting... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow on
My advice is to read "the magicians" before you read th"the magician king" as it provides a lot of back story to this novel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kristina Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Psychologically Intense Epic Fantasy
Magic is disappearing from Fillory, and the Neitherlands - the realm that is the "door" to Fillory from Earth - lies in ruins. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Kwok
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel
I actually preferred this sequel to the first, mainly because Quentin actually developed as a character. Although I do think the first book is great too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to The Magicians
Didn't disappoint, with a good helping of the more gritty dark side that makes these books more than just Narnia-esque fantasy. Feels like the ending was poised for a third book.
Published 16 months ago by Banoffee
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the first book get this
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book The Magicians and if anything this book is actually better written.

I would definitely recommend both.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
The Magician King was a great follow up to The Magicians. Full of plots and sub-plots: a real page-turner. Really enjoyable adult magical fantasy.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Whippet Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical book for adults
Definitely on the dark and disturbing side, this book was highly readable and a really good sequel to the Magicians. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Sally
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