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The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  

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Sequel to the brilliant and unusual The Magicians, picking up a few years later. Quentin is a happy King in the Narnia-like land of Fillory, but quests and adventure will not leave him alone, landing him back in our world with no preparation or warning, and no idea what to do. We re-meet many of the characters of the first book and get deeper into the whole dual world phenomenon. It's really good fun, dark and enjoyable, as all fantasy should be, and a little bit special.

If you like Lev Grossman you might also like to read books by Max Frei, William Horwood and Dan Brown.

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares...


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Lev Grossman's novel is full of magic ... stupendous urban fantasy ... The Magician King is Harry Potter for grown-ups who have learned to hate Harry Potter * The Guardian * Grossman's psychologically complex characters and grim reckoning with tragic sacrifice far surpass anything in C.S. Lewis
pat Christian allegory. Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom

-not to be missed. * Kirkus * Somewhere between Juster's Phantom Tollbooth and Narnia, as told by Philip Roth. And The Magician King isn't just Quentin's tale-he is accompanied by Julia, his childhood crush, who wasn't accepted into magic school and went mad as a consequence. Now, broken and bitter, Julia's story puts the magic of The Magicians into a larger context, showing us that the orderly, neat magic of Brakebills College and its gentlemanly wizards are just one edge of a much larger, weirder tapestry that spirals off to the origin of the universe and the great powers that lurk there. Flipping back and forth between Quentin and Julia's story, The Magician King is at once an existential exercise that angrily shakes escapism by its shoulders and demands that life have a purpose, and a story about extraordinary deeds, heroism, magic and love -- all the stuff that makes escapism go. It's a fantastic trick that makes this into a book that entertains and disturbs at the same time -- Cory Doctorow * Boing Boing * an excellent follow-up to a brilliant first installment. If you haven't read this series yet, I strongly urge you do so... It is a clever and engaging deconstruction of portal fantasy of the Narnia ilk... The characters remain interesting, sympathetic and nuanced. Grossman's writing is well-composed and well-paced. The humour is well-deployed and understated. The magic is interesting and well-devised... A superb follow-up to The Magicians. * Civilian Reader * Not since the seemingly never-ending wait for the seventh Harry Potter book have I been so antsy about a release. Lev Grossman's The Magicians was my favorite novel of 2009 by a landslide, cleverly combining aspects of classic fantasy with modern literature and pop culture. With the groundwork in place, Grossman takes us back to Fillory with The Magician King, where Quentin is a powerful sorcerer and a royal monarch-and bored out of his mind. He embarks on a seemingly menial errand to collect back taxes from a faraway island, and stumbles into an epic and momentously important quest to save the magical world. Grossman's trademark eloquent-yet-hip writing style flourishes in this sequel, a creative and entertaining novel well worth the wait -- Greg Bruce * Boswell Book Company *


About the Author

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is a novelist and Time magazine's book critic. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he has written articles for the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and the Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publication date

2nd August 2012

Author

Lev Grossman

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
560 pages

Categories

Fantasy
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ISBN

9780099553465

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