Thursday, July 14, 2011

Early Review of The Magician King: A Novel(The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman

The Magician King: A Novel
  • Title: The Magician King: A Novel 
  • Category: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (August 9, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0670022314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022311
  • Notes: Contains language some may take offense to and violence in the form of rape.
"Everything was easy. Nothing was hard. The dream had become real."

The problem with a perfect world is that things can get boring, and Quentin was bored. Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia had been the crowned Kings and Queens of Fillroy, a magical kingdom, 2 years ago. Everything was peaceful, there really wasn't much for the group to do.  When it is found that Outer Island hasn't paid their taxes for the past two years, Quentin sets out to find out why. He was just that bored. What started out as a simple mission, however, turned out to be the quest of Quentin's life. He'll need to save magic and when it's all over nothing will be ever be the same....

Like 'The Magicians', the Magician King is about Quentin. While he came a long way in the first book, he still has a long way to go. Fillroy and his friends have sort of acted like a crutch these past two years.  I liked seeing Quentin grow as a person and figure out everything is not all about him. He'll become the hero, I believe, he always wished to be, and will need to answer the question that was posed to him early on in the book, "Out there you're just Quentin. Are you sure that's going to be enough?"

This book also tells the story of how Julia ended up gaining her magical know how. Her magic is different from the others, and she is considered a hedge witch and not a Magician. This book fills in the blanks on what happened to Julia while Quentin was at Brakesbills. It will show how she went for a normal functioning teen to the dramatically different person she is at the beginning of this book. Her journey was not a pleasant nor easy one. Her experiences were vastly different from the Brakesbills trio. She took a walk on the darker side of magic, and, just like Quentin, she gave up everything to get it.

I truly enjoyed the second half of this book more than the first. Things seemed to pick up and got a little more interesting. If you love 'The Magicians' you'll probably love this book as well. I gave this one 3 out of 5 roses.  

Order to read series:

1. The Magicians: A Novel
2. The Magician King: A Novel - coming August 9, 2011

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant! A twisted, beautiful plot and storyline, and relatably eloquent writing. Definitely my favorite book I've read this year :)
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