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- Print Length: 14 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XFZ8X2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Magicians (3 Book Series)
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Nonetheless, my inexact memory did not keep me from enjoying the latest adventures of Quentin Coldwater et al. Even I recalled that at the end of The Magicians Quentin, Julia, Elliott, and Janet had left our world to become the co-queens and kings of the magical (and not fictional after all) land of Fillory. The end. I thought that was the end. It was a good ending, and I didn't expect any more. As we catch up with Quentin and co., they are living their "happy ever after." It's glorious. It's perfect. It's boring. To some degree, this has ever been the issue of life in a magical world.
Quentin is itching for a quest, but this is countered by the reasonable fear of screwing up a perfect life. When a safe-looking mini-quest comes along, Quentin goes for it--and screws up his perfect life. The mini-quest evolves into a major-quest with the highest of stakes. While this primary drama is unfolding, there is a second story being told in reflection. The Magicians recounted the education and coming of age of Quentin, Elliott, and Janet. Finally we learn what "hedgewitch" Julia was doing all of those years, and how she learned her craft.Read more ›
I still love the author's books and his numerous references to modern events and terminology, but overall, the book was mildly disappointing. The first book seemed so "meaty," with exhaustive portions of the story containing riveting explanations of unusual people, places, events, emotions and relationships. (Who didn't love the development of friendships and antagonistic relationships at Brakebills?). The sequel, on the other hand, seems rushed, with very little for us to sink our teeth into. In the first book I found myself loving (and rooting for) many of the main characters and I empathized with so many of the characters in so many of the scenes. Who wasn't heartbroken when primary and secondary characters died in the first book?
In the sequel, the characters seemed to simply be scenery. They just seemed emotionally checked out and disconnected from each other (none of them seemed to rely on each other for anything in the least). I didn't find myself emotionally invested in the characters in the sequel.Read more ›
We start with Quentin and the three people who picked him up at the end of the last book (Julia, Eliot, and Janet) well established as the rulers of Fillory. Like Narnia, which Grossman rips off even more blatantly in this book than he did in the last, Fillory has two kings and two queens. We skipped over exactly why or how this came to be and no explanation is offered in this book. We DO get a detailed explanation for how Julia became a magician without an acceptance to Brakebills. The story is interesting, but I disliked it for personal reasons. I just take umbrage with any person, fictional or non, who blames their failures on other people. Julia's story is filled with whining about how she deserved to get into Brakebills and she blames everyone except herself for flunking the exam that got her rejected in the first place. INCLUDING QUENTIN, which suddenly becomes a major plot point in the last ten pages of the novel. And since Grossman never establishes that she even WANTED to be a magician in the first place, her attitude is even harder to deal with. Why is she so determined to get into a world she never had much desire to join in the first place? She just wants it because she can't have it. And [BIG SPOILER ALERT!!] that story ends with a crazy rape scene that just pops out of the blue with zero warning and zero context or relevance. There's much to be said about a male author who subjects a female character to rape and then tries to use that as some kind of empowerment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series felt like Harry Potter meets the chronicles of narnia for adults.Published 2 days ago by Greg S
I got into reading the series because of SFY TV production. It piqued my interest. However, like many stories taken from books to TV the story lines change. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lulu in Monterey
I greatly enjoyed the added maturity level of the Harry Potter/ Narnia type story lines. I have ordered a copy of the third book and look forward to a fun summer read.Published 10 days ago by H Feight
These books are very well written and interesting. These books could be described as Harry Potter for adults with more sex and violence. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stuart L.
Enjoyed the second Installment of the magicians trilogy. Quinten has grown up some – is wiser and more mature and more thoughtful, but still struggling with some of the same... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jason Y. Shen
Interesting, different. After I read the first of the trilogy, i had to read the second, and then the third.Published 18 days ago by California Kat
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