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

Written by Kristin

58 Comments

Spaz

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

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Sara Negrete

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!!! :)

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Krystal Larson

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

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Andrea I

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

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Heather Rosdol

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!

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Denise Z

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:)

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Na

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.

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Brittany Gale

Thanks for the giveaway :) Count me in please

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dianad

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

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Julie Witt

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

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Denise Z

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

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Amy Harlib

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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ML

I’ve heard great things about this book! Great giveaway-thank you!
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Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

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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Chuck D

Hopeful, loved the first book, looking forward to this one :)

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Thanks!!

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Kirk Rampey

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

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Gus Dahlberg

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

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Amanda

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

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Brian

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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AJ

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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Liz L.

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

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Karen Wapinski

I would love the read this! The cover is also beautiful, thanks so much for the giveaway
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