Release Day Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

themagiciankingThe Magician King by Lev Grossman (Viking Books)-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 have most everything they need. This peace is shattered, however, when their hunting guide is killed during a hunt for the Seeing Hare. The discussion over his death prompts the Brakebills to discuss their lack of usefulness, and desperate for something to do, Quentin offers to sail to the Outer Islands to inquire about a tax matter. Yep, a tax matter. Seems trivial, yes? To Quentin, however, it’s a way to feel useful, an adventure, and hopefully, a way to bring the brooding, moody Julia out of her shell. A charming but relatively event free trip ensues, until he is told about a golden key, and its possible location on an island with the unlikely name of After. Quentin decides to set off for After to find the golden key, and that’s where Quentin gets a little more than he bargained for. Namely, a trip right back to Brooklyn and no easy way back to Fillory. He’ll also discover that there’s a magical underground completely separate from Brakebills, and it’s also where Julia cut her teeth on magic. As Julia and Quentin desperately try to find their way back to Fillory, we get some insight into what Julia went through after failing the entrance exam to Brakebills. Julia is a little “off”, to say the least, and her quest to practice magic has completely consumed her. Paired with a genius IQ and OCD tendencies, this makes for a rather volatile combo, and a condition that Quentin is increasingly doubtful he can get through.

Quentin and Julia’s journey will take them through portals all over the world, to Italy, where they meet an old friend (and a dragon), and eventually, to the Chatwin house, in Cornwall, where the Chatwin children first discovered Fillory, and where they hope to find a doorway back to the world that they now call home. The Magician King is just as much Julia’s story as it is Quentin’s, and it’s not a pretty one, but it’s hers, and you’ll certainly gain a new found appreciation as to why Julia is determined to hold on to Fillory so fiercely. I loved The Magician King as much as The Magicians, and found myself thinking (and dreaming) about it, long after I finished the last page.

Read my review of The Magicians


  1. Would love to read this! Thank you (and Viking!) for the giveaway!!

  2. I’ve seen this book around, but this is the first review I have seen for it. It sounds really good! Thank you for the chance to enter!!! 🙂


  3. GFC Krystal Larson I would love to win, the plot looks great-thank you! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  4. This looks live a very interesting book and one I’d enjoy reading.


  5. Wow that was a great review! It sounds like a complicated book to review but interesting to read. I’m guessing you’d need to read the first book to understand what’s happening in the second? Sounds like a good series. Not entering contest, just wanted to comment on your review!


  6. I enjoyed reading The Magicians, and am looking forward to this next chapter.

  7. I love it when I finish a book and still continue the daydream in my mind. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and participating in this awesome giveaway opportunity. I was not sure about this book, but you have definitely changed my mind:)


  8. You guys rock, thanks for the lovely comments! It’s a great read!

  9. Victoria Zumbrum

    I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  10. This book cover is so different from the first one. More ominous and creepy than the first. =)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

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  11. I’ve seen this book around but didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. Now that I have read the blurb I’m intrigued. It sounds like quite a magical adventure.

  12. Excellent review, this book is now on my TBR list. Thanks!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 Count me in please


  14. I recently read The Magician and really enjoyed it. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this one! Great review! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
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  15. Thanks again!
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  16. Raven In A Blue Room

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    I enjoyed reading your review
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  17. This is one I’d love to read. I am a follower. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  18. I really, really want to read this series! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to win this book:)

  19. love the chance to win this book

  20. This sounds great! I would love a chance to win this book.


  21. Awesome! Sounds like a really cool read!! =D
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  22. Sound like a good read. I just picked up the first book the other day at Borders.

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  24. The music video is awesome – made me want to stand up and cheer 🙂 Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


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  26. Loved THE MAGICIAN and would love to please win a copy of the sequel, THE MAGICIAN KING. Finances are dire these days especially when you are a performing artist SF & F nerdy geek like me! Thanks so much.
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  27. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  28. Sounds like a great book!

  29. I’ve heard great things about this book! Great giveaway-thank you!
    GFC: ML

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  30. Wonderful giveaway, thanks!

  31. I’d like to be included!

  32. Loved “The Magicians”! Can’t wait to read “The Magician King.”

  33. Such a great first book !

  34. I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Magicians, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that my timing was spot on for the sequel. I really look forward to reading this one, and learning more about Julia.
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  36. Loved The Magicians. Looking forward to further adventures.

  37. Hopeful, loved the first book, looking forward to this one 🙂

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  38. I loved the last book, and whether I win this or buy it, it will make a great finish to my summer.

  39. I loved the first one, never devoured a book that fast. It was awesome can’t wait to read The Magician King.

  40. I’d love to give this a read! zoetrope731 (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. I loved The Magicians and can’t wait for this one! grimesDOTlisaATgmailDOTcom

  42. I loved The Magicians and have anxiously awaited this book. Thank you for the chance to win a free copy.

  43. My husband just finished The Magicians I would love to grab a copy for him.


  44. Burned through the Kindle copy of this already, but would gladly take a physical copy too!

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  45. Would love to have this! Looks great!

  46. I really enjoyed The Magicians and would love to read the sequel!


  47. I was a big fan of the first book and, like Amanda, eagerly await the chance to read the new one!

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  48. This is going to be one of the highlights of my summer! I can’t wait for the sequel! Hopefully I’ll win the giveaway, but if not I’ll be running to the bookstore to buy it!

  49. Thanks so much!
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  50. Looking forward to the new book!!!

  51. I <3 Lev!

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  52. Looking forward to reading and reviewing this one!

  53. Have a copy of The Magicians. B&N was backordered (in store) of The Magician King last week. Lev, I got you on twitter and your blog. Can’t wait to read this one

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  54. I met Lev a long time ago, and therefore would especially enjoy reading THE MAGICIAN KING.

  55. That sounds so good – can’t wait to read it!

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  56. I would love the read this! The cover is also beautiful, thanks so much for the giveaway
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  57. Sounds like a great read. J7.Lopez (at)gmail(dot)com

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