I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman a while back on my husband’s recommendation. I enjoyed it, and I was definitely excited to read the next one. When I posted about the series on Instagram, a lot of people said they weren’t into the series because it was so weird. At the time, I didn’t quite understand what they meant, but now that I’ve read the second one, I understand completely.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Series: The Magicians #2
Published by William Heinemann on August 9th 2011
Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
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Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon of 2009--The Magicians.
The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges.
Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.
The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. It also introduces a powerful new voice, that of Julia, whose angry genius is thrilling. Once again Grossman proves that he is the cutting edge of literary fantasy.
Why you might not like this book:
1. If you’re like me, you might not like extremely weird books. This book is VERY WEIRD. And while I was listening to it, I kept thinking, WTF is going on.
2. It does seem like it’s all over the place at times. There’s definitely a main plot, but sometimes, the story would just jut off in a weird direction.
Why you should read this book:
1. If you liked the first one, The Magicians, I would definitely recommend reading this one (and even though it’s weird, it’s worth sticking with it because of point #3)!
2. You get to learn a lot more about Julia’s storyline and it’s weird… but also kind of fun. View Spoiler »Ummmm… while her becoming a witch was kind of interesting, her becoming a goddess/dryad was CRAY and also EXTREMELY BIZARRE. « Hide Spoiler
3. The ending! I thought I wasn’t going to read the final book when BAM the ending happened! And it was SO GOOD! It ends on a huge cliffhanger, and now I have to know how this series ends.
This probably would have been a 2.5-3 star review until the ending happened! It was worth pushing through all the weird just to get to all the fun twists and surprises.