The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
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...
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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
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 spiky experience. his tone is breezily casual and entirely unsentimental. and since Snark is the New Law of the New Millenium, the snark that is del...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
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
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
In the Magician Kings we meet up with Quentin and friends again, this time as kings and queens of Fillory. Fillory is a magical place outside of Earth as we know it. I found this king and queen stuff corny, and I still couldn't stand the whiny, self absorbed Quentin......twerp. I'm sure the author ment for him to be that annoying but I could bearly...more
As the pieces of the complicated puzzle, the final parts of the dizzy maze, the answers to the crazy riddles, all came together… or blew wide open, however you want to look at it, a feeling of real nostalgia came over me and I felt authentic love for these characters like they were my real family, my people, my flawed and nerdy friends. And however bad or selfish or immature much of their behavior may have been, their pursuit of magic really just a highly addictive and dangerou...more
At least in this one, we got Julia's story, which had some interesting moments, especially the scenes in the safe houses. It also had some really bad moments. In no particular order: I am insulted on behalf of us non-magical scholars that the Murs magicians come up with a system that ties together all world reli...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
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Back in my review of The Magicians, I wrote that you could have a miserably unlikeable character for the sake of writing a miserably unlikeable character and that I wouldn’t mind, just as long as you could give me a reason to care about him or her. While that’s still true, it does really help if your protagonist isn’t a whiny little ingrate and actually shows growth over the course of the novel. I really think that’s why T...more
It’s a double-stranded narrative: one is Quentin, bored with being King of Fillory and off on a grand sea voyage that takes him through multiple worlds and to the making and unmaking of universes. The other is Julia. Oh, Julia. Who didn’t make it into special people magic school like Quentin, and who had t...more
The Magician King takes up about a year after The Magicians left off. And you guessed it, these former magicians on Earth are now kings and queens of the magical land of Fillory. Of course this idyllic life doesn't last and it's not like the last book left things all tied up and then Quentin goes and gets himself lost from Fillory with no way to return.
I'm a sucker for a coming-of-age, even one that plays with th...more
I didn't really like the first book, but I find it difficult to stop a series because there is always the chance it will get better in the second book.
Unfortunately this is not the case for this book. It reminds me a little bit of a mature Harry Potter except for instead of Hogwarts there is Brakebills and instead of being about Harry Potter, the lovable underdog who fights evil with his two best friends the protagonist, Quinton, is a spoiled brat (probably would be a Slyt...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
This is a solid follow-up to The Magicians, and I was very pleased to find I enjoyed it just as much. Initially, I was disappointed when I found out this book was focused a great deal on the character of Julia, because I didn't care for her in The Magicians, but it's impossible not to warm to her in The Magician King. Grossman has done a spectacular job with her story, making it many-layered and absolutely fascinating, exactly how this series itself is shaping up to be, actually...more
1) The world-building was already done.
In the first book, Grossman took a lot of time to set up his fantasy multiverse, including creating a quidditch-like game, Welters, which didn't add anything to the overall story, and sending Quentin-and-company on a semester abroad to the antarctic as geese, which, despite being in a fantasy novel, was still too...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