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The Magician King
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The Magician King
The Magicians Series, Book 2
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 modern heir to C.S. Lewis, and the cutting edge of literary fantasy.
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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 modern heir to C.S. Lewis, and the cutting edge of literary fantasy.
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  • From the cover Copyright © 2011 by Lev Grossman

    Quentin rode a gray horse with white socks named Dauntless. He wore black leather boots up to his knees, different-colored stockings, and a long navy-blue topcoat that was richly embroidered with seed pearls and silver thread. On his head was a platinum coronet. A glittering side-sword bumped against his leg—not the ceremonial kind, the real kind, the kind that would actually be useful in a fight. It was ten o'clock in the morning on a warm, overcast day in late August. He was everything a king of Fillory should be. He was hunting a magic rabbit.

    By King Quentin's side rode a queen: Queen Julia. Up ahead were another queen and another king, Janet and Eliot—the land of Fillory had four rulers in all. They rode along a high-arched forest path littered with yellow leaves, perfect little sprays of them that looked like they could have been cut and placed by a florist. They moved in silence, slowly, together but lost in their separate thoughts, gazing out into the green depths of the late summer woods.

    It was an easy silence. Everything was easy. Nothing was hard. The dream had become real.

    "Stop!" Eliot said, at the front.

    They stopped. Quentin's horse didn't halt when the others' did— Dauntless wandered a little out of line and halfway off the trail before he persuaded her for good and all to quit walking for a damn minute. Two years as a king of Fillory and he was still shit at horseback riding.

    "What is it?" he called.

    They all sat for another minute. There was no hurry. Dauntless snorted once in the silence: lofty horsey contempt for whatever human enterprise they thought they were pursuing.

    "Thought I saw something."

    "I'm starting to wonder," Quentin said, "if it's even possible to track a rabbit."

    "It's a hare," Eliot said. "Same difference."

    "It isn't, actually. Hares are bigger. And they don't live in burrows, they make nests in open ground."

    "Don't start," both Julia and Janet said, in unison.

    "Here's my real question," Quentin said. "If this rabbit thing really can see the future won't it know we're trying to catch it?"

    "It can see the future," Julia said softly, beside him. "It cannot change it. Did you three argue this much when you were at Brakebills?"

    She wore a sepulchral black riding dress and an actual riding hood, also black. She always wore black, like she was in mourning, even though Quentin couldn't think of anyone she should have been in mourning for. Casually, like she was calling over a waiter, Julia summoned a tiny songbird to her wrist and raised it up to her ear. It chipped, chirruped something, and she nodded back and it flew away again.

    Nobody noticed, except for Quentin. She was always giving and get- ting little secret messages from the talking animals. It was like she was on a different wireless network from the rest of them.

    "You should have let us bring Jollyby," Janet said. She yawned, holding the back of her hand against her mouth. Jollyby was Master of the Hunt at Castle Whitespire, where they all lived. He usually supervised this kind of excursion.

    "Jollyby's great," Quentin said, "but even he couldn't track a hare in the woods. Without dogs. When there's no snow."

    "Yes, but Jollyby has very well-developed calf muscles. I like looking at them. He wears those man-tights."

    "I wear man-tights," Quentin said, pretending to be affronted. Eliot snorted.

    "I imagine he's around here somewhere." Eliot was still scanning the trees....
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 25, 2011
    Grossman's stylish sequel to The Magicians smoothly fuses adventure fantasy, magic realism, and mythic fiction. It's been two years since Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia have become kings and queens of the magical utopia of Fillory, but Quentin is becoming bored with his seemingly idyllic existence. Spurred on by a dark prophecy of the "Seeing Hare," "one of the Unique Beasts of Fillory," he and Julia decide to embark on a trip to a faraway island, but their voyage turns out to be more perilous than expected and they end up back on Earth. With no apparent means to return to their home at Castle Whitespire, they must somehow find a way back to Fillory and save their realm from imminent destruction. Grossman effortlessly injects innumerable pop culture and literary references (Monty Python, Harry Potter, Pink Floyd, the Lorax, the Teletubbies, etc.) into the fantastical storyline. Mainstream fiction and fantasy fans alike will find this fairy tale for adults rewarding. 10-city author tour.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 26, 2011
    In this sequel to Grossman’s bestselling The Magicians, sorcerer Quentin Coldwater and his pals, Janet, Julia, and Eliot, are now kings and queens of Fillory, that magical land they once thought was nothing more than the stuff of storybooks. Just when Quentin’s royal duties are starting to get a little dull, he and Janet are accidentally transported back to Earth. And getting back to Fillory may prove more difficult than they initially imagined. Mark Bramhall—who read the previous installment—is back, picking up where he left off with breathy, sonorous narration that will delight listeners. However, the voices Bramhall creates for Grossman’s cast of characters could be more distinct and varied. A Viking hardcover.

  • AudioFile Magazine Mark Bramhall's gruff narration suits this fantasy, the sequel to THE MAGICIANS. Quentin is one of the kings of Fillory, but when an adventure goes awry, he is unceremoniously returned to Earth. His attempt to find his way back is wound around the tale of how Julia found training in the brutal magical underground when she was unable to train in magic with Quentin and his friends. Bramhall's characterizations animate both the light and dark sides of the characters. His judicious use of accents and his empathy for the characters enhance their relationships and intensify their adventures. Familiarity with THE MAGICIANS will contribute to the full enjoyment of this book. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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