Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on SYFY, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land.
Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.
Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.
In this sequel to Grossman's bestselling The Magicians, sorcerer Quentin Coldwater and his pals, Janet, Julia, and Eliot, are now kings and queens of Fillory, that magical land they once thought was nothing more than the stuff of storybooks. Just when Quentin's royal duties are starting to get a little dull, he and Janet are accidentally transported back to Earth. And getting back to Fillory may prove more difficult than they initially imagined. Mark Bramhall who read the previous installment is back, picking up where he left off with breathy, sonorous narration that will delight listeners. However, the voices Bramhall creates for Grossman's cast of characters could be more distinct and varied. A Viking hardcover.
The first book was amazing in it's own right, and this book follows suit. The only down side is I wish the Julia narrative was a separate book and that the magic scene on Earth outside of Brakebills was expanded. I was almost disappointed when the narrative would switch back to Quentin. All in all this is the best book I've read in quite awhile.
Fun then staggering
I prefer to be brief: I found 'The Magicians' to be fantastic and this book to be even better. As the title of my review suggests, I enjoyed the bulk of the book in a way similar to the first one; the pace was great, the characters were good company, and the action and magic were well doled out. Toward the end of the book, as the two narrative lines come together and especially for the last few pages, the book becomes an even greater thing. It is heartbreaking and paradoxically also magnificently inspiring.
Wish it was as intense….
…as the original. Grossman gets close to the intensity and focus of The Magicians when he is describing Julia's ordeal in learning magic. Throughout The Magician's, the mental and emotional stress on the characters as they were completing their studies, exploring Fillory, and defeating Martin was practically burned onto the pages. Instead, this book is filled with Quentin's listlessness as he goes from adventure to adventure, wondering when his real quest begins throughout the book. The end, when it comes, is abrupt, and I was almost traumatized at Quentin's uncertain future in a rapidly changing Neitherlands. I think, in time, and with a thorough re-reading of both books, I'll come to like The Magician King as much. For now, it's the parts that describe Julia's training that stand out as the best writing in the book.