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A mature, masterful multiverse of myth and magic,
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This review is from: The Magician King (Paperback)
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. Not a book for children, by any stretch, but perfect for any adults still seeking to find their place in the universe.
So if you've read the first episode the stop faffing and buy this one too. And if you ever felt the pull of any alternate fantastical reality then treat yourself to this dense, carefully crafted multiverse of myth and magic.
It made me feel like I was nine again, and that the summer would last forever.