The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon of 2009—The Magicians. The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challen...more
i suppose i understand the acclaim that has been heaped on Grossman. he is playing with tropes as his characters play with magic. he has a puckish sensibility that makes reading his series a tart and spikey experience. his tone is breezily casual and entirely unsentimental. and since Snark is the New Law of the New Millenium, the snark that is de...more
In the first book, Quentin was a brilliant but disillusioned teenager who found life a boring slog and desperately wished that things were more like his favorite fantasy series...more
At the end of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Brakebills graduate Quentin Coldwater abandoned a cushy but dead-end insecure job to become co-ruler of the magical land of Fillory with his former classmates Eliot and Janet and his erstwhile flame Julia. I absolutely loved the...more
If The Magicians was Lev Grossman's Harry Potter with a healthy slice of Narnia, The Magician King is Lev Grossman's Lord of the Rings. Grossman takes all the quest story stapl...more
A sequel, it would seem to me, is more of a declaration. Satires don't have sequels. So called literary fiction doesn't often have sequels. Grossman goes all in....more
First to the good. The Magician King was nearly as engrossing as The Magicians. Not as hard to put down, but I always looked forward to picking it back up. I did thoroughly enjoy reading it. Grossman does a nice job conjuring a magic system and a believable main character. Quentin is awkward and sometimes irritating and doesn’t act quite as smart as he’s supposed to be, but he feels like a...more
When last we saw Quentin Coldwater and his friends (fellow magic school grads Eliot and Janet plus his high school crush Julia who acquired her magic through mysterious means-trust me, we'll delve into that in excruciating detail), they were off to the Narnia-ish Fi...more
The Magician King picks up 5 years after the events of The Magicians,and Quentin is finally a King of Fillory. Well,one of them. Along with Eliot (the High King),Janet,and Julia,he rules Fillory and its inhabitants. The days are full of pleasure and peace,yet Quentin is still a bit restless. Truth is,he’s rather bored. Fillory is filled with wonder and magic,but it isn’t particularly filled with strife,and its inhabitants...more
The first book was all about Quentin and his friends at the fabulous magical college of Brakebills and them generally floundering around afterward to find some sort of purpose. But now Quentin has it all -- he's King of Fillory, his wonderful magical Narnia-like world. He lives in a big castle with his friends. And he's bored. He wants Adventure. He decides to build a ship and sail off to the furthest Eastern reach of his Kingdom to, of all things, go collect taxe...more
Maybe this is just because I can't keep up with my "to read" list. I still haven't gotten to Scott Lynch or Joe Abercrombie at all, though I've heard both are great. I haven't read new books from George RR Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, even though I've heard good things. I manage to keep up with China Mieville, but I'm way behind on my Neal Stephenson, Robert Charles Wilson, and ... the list just keeps going.
However, I still made time to...more
But did that stop me? Send me back to the library to reread the original first? Nope. Possibly it should've.
Because the sequel just didn't click with me in the same way. (And I did reread my review. See, I loved it.)
Maybe it was that the characters are whittled down. Mayb...more
So there is this type cast wizard character that usually appears in most fantasy novels. Dumbledore, Gandalf, Fizban...so on. These amazing wizards are usually older, typically 'good' and just understood to have unimaginable powers though, except for a few fights, you don't really see it. You take it on the authors word.
Then there is this book. Young and head strong wizards. Kicking ass and taking names. (view spoiler)[The scene where they pretty much destroy that...more
1. Mention of tiny plot point
2. Immediate reminder by author that this tiny plot point is hilarious because Quentin is a kid! A normal kid! See how funny that just was?!?
I know some people really enjoy the meta nature of these books, but it isn't done in a way that still allows for a satisfying story. Not for me. If I want Narnia or Harry Potter I'll just reread those.
I wish I could buy a print of the cover art, just the...more
Quentin has finally got what he’s always wanted: he is King of Fillory and rules with his friends at his side. But royal life is unchallenging and dull, and once again Quentin finds himself yearning for something more. A quest to a far away island to collect taxes for something to do leads Quentin back to the last place he wants to be: earth. With Julia at his side, Quentin has to depend on her and her magic to fi...more
But I've ended up profoundly disappointed with both these books because the plotting, and the motivation of the characters to drive that plot, just feel confused and wrong to...more
Unsurprisingly, it follows Joseph Campbell's model of the hero's journey more closely than any story I've ever read. But unlike other classic hero stories (and Grossman's first novel, The Magicians), this book has two heroes: Quentin initiates the quest, but his story is entwined with that of his childhood friend and fellow monarch, Julia. In The Magicians, Quentin's pride kept him from helping Julia learn magic.
Consequently, she look...more
Julia's whole plotline was just as inf...more
Starting off with the things I didn't like.
First off, the story goes back and forth between the past and present. The past, for the most part, is much more boring than the present. Just when you're getting into the present, it may cut to the past and leave you hanging. It's not terrible, but I did sigh a few times realizing I'd have to wait for more story progression. The farther the story progresses, the more interesting the backstory is, so it ends up being alright. I do wish there...more
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