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The Magician King by Lev Grossman
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Aug 28, 11

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Read in August, 2011

So okay, I generally enjoyed it.

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 taxes. He takes Julia with him because she sort of kind of volunteers. Then he learns perhaps he should be careful what he asks for because he might just get it.

As Quentin and Julia go off, the book unrolls Julia's parallel history. While Quentin and his friends are off at their super special Magic College, Julia learns magic the hard way. And masters it. She, too, learns that her heart's desire isn't without steep costs.

It's a well-written adventure. It's big, it's tropey, and I enjoyed Julia's arc. The book is mainly about accepting the consequences of actions, especially when one wants something big. Sometimes, it's not all fairy tale at the end of the rainbow.
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