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Lev Grossman , Mark Bramhall
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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9 Aug 2011

Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares...

The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.

This is a book like no other.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (9 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611760259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611760255
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lev Grossman's novel is full of magic ... stupendous urban fantasy ... The Magician King is Harry Potter for grown-ups who have learned to hate Harry Potter" (The Guardian)

"Grossman's psychologically complex characters and grim reckoning with tragic sacrifice far surpass anything in C.S. Lewis' pat Christian allegory. Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom-not to be missed." (Kirkus)

"Somewhere between Juster's Phantom Tollbooth and Narnia, as told by Philip Roth. And The Magician King isn't just Quentin's tale-he is accompanied by Julia, his childhood crush, who wasn't accepted into magic school and went mad as a consequence. Now, broken and bitter, Julia's story puts the magic of The Magicians into a larger context, showing us that the orderly, neat magic of Brakebills College and its gentlemanly wizards are just one edge of a much larger, weirder tapestry that spirals off to the origin of the universe and the great powers that lurk there. Flipping back and forth between Quentin and Julia's story, The Magician King is at once an existential exercise that angrily shakes escapism by its shoulders and demands that life have a purpose, and a story about extraordinary deeds, heroism, magic and love -- all the stuff that makes escapism go. It's a fantastic trick that makes this into a book that entertains and disturbs at the same time" (Cory Doctorow Boing Boing)

"an excellent follow-up to a brilliant first installment. If you haven't read this series yet, I strongly urge you do so. It is a clever and engaging deconstruction of portal fantasy of the Narnia ilk. The characters remain interesting, sympathetic and nuanced. Grossman's writing is well-composed and well-paced. The humour is well-deployed and understated. The magic is interesting and well-devised. A superb follow-up to The Magicians." (Civilian Reader)

"Not since the seemingly never-ending wait for the seventh Harry Potter book have I been so antsy about a release. Lev Grossman's The Magicians was my favorite novel of 2009 by a landslide, cleverly combining aspects of classic fantasy with modern literature and pop culture. With the groundwork in place, Grossman takes us back to Fillory with The Magician King, where Quentin is a powerful sorcerer and a royal monarch-and bored out of his mind. He embarks on a seemingly menial errand to collect back taxes from a faraway island, and stumbles into an epic and momentously important quest to save the magical world. Grossman's trademark eloquent-yet-hip writing style flourishes in this sequel, a creative and entertaining novel well worth the wait" (Greg Bruce Boswell Book Company) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The magical new sequel to Grossman's unputdownable novel THE MAGICIANS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Hardcover
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
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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 I love this series so much
Third or fourth time I've gone through this book, and it never fails to please me. It takes me to a world that I could never go too.
Published 14 days ago by Pauly Pops
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, i want alice so bad
just buy this book. you will not regret it
Published 1 month ago by ian beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Just for a spell
Super fast delivery, excellent thank you
Published 1 month ago by Dean Winchester
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 4 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 11 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 17 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.
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