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The Magician King: A Novel (The Magicians Book 2) by [Grossman, Lev]
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Book 2 of 3 in The Magicians (3 Book Series)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: This second volume in Lev Grossman’s celebrated series picks up just after the events of its 2009 prequel The Magicians. Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia are now the High Kings and Queens of Fillory, a fantastic realm not unlike Narnia, and they pass their days “deliquescing atom by atom amid a riot of luxury.” To ease his royal boredom, Quentin embarks on a quest with Julia. Despite his romantic visions of heroic feats and easy accolades, the quest goes horribly awry, and they find themselves back in the depressingly real world of Chesterton, Massachusetts. With the help of seedy underground magicians, a dragon, and a young boy named Thomas, they undertake a desperate journey back to Fillory. Grossman’s writing here is sharp and self-aware, and the characters feel like people you actually know, but cooler: they are delightfully profane and dripping with irony, they are arrogant and shallow, they are finding their way in a magically perfect world that somehow still lets them down, and they are learning to fight for the things they love. The Magician King is a triumph of (and an homage to) modern fantasy writing, and a must-read for grown-up fans of Narnia and Harry Potter. --Juliet Disparte

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"Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom-not to be missed."
-"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review)

"Fans of "The Magicians" will find this sequel a feast and will be delighted that a jaw-dropping denouement surely promises a third volume to come."
-"Booklist"

"[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out."
-"The New York Times" (Editor's Choice)
"A spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about a privilege, power and the limits of being human. "The Magician King" is a triumphant sequel."
-NPR.org
"["The Magician King"] is 'The Catcher in the Rye' for devotees of alternative universes. It's dazzling and devil-may-care...Grossman has created a rare, strange and scintillating novel."
-"The Chicago Tribune"
""The Magician King" is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy."
-"The Boston Globe" "Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary lift that positions "The Magician King" well above the standard fantasy fare."
-"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"Grossman expands his magical world into a boundless e

"Hogwarts was never like this."

"Hogwarts was never like this."---George R. R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

"A darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself."---The New Yorker

"This serious, heartfelt novel turns the machinery of fantasy inside out."---The New York Times Book Review

"A spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about a privilege, power, and the limits of being human. "The Magician King" is a triumphant sequel."---NPR.org

""The Magician King" is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy."---The Boston Globe

""The Catcher in the Rye" for devotees of alternative universes. It's dazzling . . . A rare, strange, and scintillating novel."---Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

Product details

  • File Size: 3119 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFZ8X2
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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