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The Magicians and the Magician King (The Magicians #1-2)

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Two novels from "New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman: "The Magicians" and its riveting sequel, "The Magician King."
THE MAGICIANS: " "Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he's secretly fascinated with a series of children's fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When
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Published October 1st 2012 by Plume Books
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Who doesn't wish Fillory was real? Or Hogwarts? Or Narnia?

The Magicians and the Magician King bring magic to life in a way day dreamers, young and old, hope for. Quentin Coldwater is just like you, or me, well, not really, he's a genius. But he's a dreamer, as those enmeshed in fantasy often are. As a child he was captivated by Fillory novels, as we were captivated by Narnia, or Hogwarts. For Quintin, though, magic was real, and he was able to become a magician.

The rest of us are lucky to get a
Selina Kyle
I came very late to the Harry Potter scene. Actually, I don't know that I ever really arrived there. I don't know how old I was when the first one came out, but when I was in hospital, a friend of mine gave me a heap of fantasy books to read. She thought that I would need a break from my real life, and Harry Potter was her favorite escape.

But I was seventeen, and while I thought the world was clever, I couldn't connect with magical teenagers whose problems in no way resembled my own. Harry Potte
Although I didn't read this edition, I did read these books back-to-back so this is perfect for a combined review.

As a new convert to Goodreads, I'm still figuring out my own ratings algorithm. I'm not sure "I really liked it" (4 stars) does these books justice versus "It was amazing" (5 stars) but I've already decided I can only give a book 5 stars if it's as good as my triumvirate of all-time greats (War and Peace, Underworld, and Infinite Jest). That's my bar. So this is a 4, but it's a "stro
good thru and thru...
Beth Rosen
I really liked these books. In The Magicians, the Quentin is a little too whiney sometimes, but still a great adventure. The Magician King is a better book, more interesting, and the Julia character is damaged yet compelling. It is full of completely unexpected, yet inevitable plot twists. I heard that a 3rd book will come out & I plan to buy it right away - thats a huge endorsement for somebody who buys all her books second hand.
Marlena Porter
I really liked this book up until about the halfway point. Then the heavy alcohol and drug use started. This is supposed to be a young adult book, but the substance abuse, coupled with gratuitous frequent spattering of the "F"-bomb not only kept me from really enjoying the story, but will prevent me from ever allowing my own young adults from reading this author. So sad when such a promising story is ruined in such a way.
I loved The Magicians so much that when I finished reading it I immediately bought The Magician King on Amazon and read it straight through. I didn't get out of my pyjamas all day. Some Harry Potter-like elements (a school of magic!) with shades of Narnia (talking animals!) but also with sex and swearing, which the aforementioned series sadly lacked. What's not to love?
Jennifer Sikora
These books (and genre) were introduced to me by my husband, and I am glad for it. This is a bit of Harry Potter for the Grown Ups, but has a much more layered sophistication in the writing, characters, and plot than you might expect. I would rate the first book, The Magicians, higher than the follow up of The Magician King, but they are both quality reads.
William Bonakoski
The Magicians, an interesting twist on the coming of age magician novel. Sex, drugs, and magic, who could ask for more. But, what happens when you get everything you ever wanted but still seek adventure? Welcome to the Magician King.
I read both books individually, not as listed but enjoyed both novels. If your looking for decent read, I recommend both!
Marco Montoya
It was okay. Imaginative. It was written well, but not all that interesting as a whole.
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My novel The Magicians was a New York Times bestseller. So was the sequel, The Magician King. The third book in the trilogy, The Magician's Land, will be published in August 2014.

There's yet more information about me and my books on my website.
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Other Books in the Series

The Magicians (3 books)
  • The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
  • The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
  • The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) The Magician King (The Magicians, #2) The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3) Codex The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set

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“She swore she could prove it mathematically, but the calculations required were so involved that they would have required a computer the size of the universe, running for a length of time that would have taken them past the projected heat-death of the universe, to work them out. It was pretty much the definition of moot.” 1 likes
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