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Review: 109. The Magician King by Lev Grossman...

August 19, 2011
The Magician King is the follow-up to 2009's The Magicians, which I liked but didn't get into.

magician kingTitle: The Magician King (Magicians #2)
Author: Lev Grossman
ISBN-13: 9780670022311
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group, 2011
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Penguin

drey's thoughts:
I hate to say it, but I really didn't care for The Magician King... I've picked it up at least a dozen times, and every time I do, I get through about 10-15 pages and I put it down again.

Why? Because I got bored (sorry). The only part that was remotely interesting to me was Julia's story. She is one messed up Queen of Fillory, and The Magician King explains why. Quentin is still sometimes a brat--and a king to boot--and still a bit annoying.

As for plot--The Magician King starts out with the four kings and queens living the high life in Fillory. Then Quentin gets bored and decides to sail out to the outer edges of Fillory. It's something nobody else has done (or at least, gotten a good chart out of it), so of course he'll go do it--Julia in tow--and get some adventure to boot. Unfortunately for him, he and Julia get stranded back in the real world, and have to figure out how to get back to Fillory. I got as far as them picking up Josh and Poppy before I stopped picking up the book (again).

If I could've skipped the Quentin parts and just had the Julia parts to read, I think I would've liked it more--and maybe even finished it. Now I'm wondering if I should consider this the squishy-middle of the sandwich, and read the end of the trilogy when that comes out...

drey's rating: Meh.

Have you read this series? What did you think?


wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
Wow, how rare it is for you to put down a book and give it such a low rating. I don't think I would worry about finishing the series. I think I would move on and up. The funny thing is, SQT told me the other day how much she wanted to read this book because of all the buzz it was getting around the Internet. Mumm, is the word on this end. I won't say anything to her about your review. I hope you have better luck with your book choices in the future with no squishy middle of the sandwich series for you..I just know I am going to burst out laughing this afternoon when I am eating my sandwich thanks for that(lol big grin).

Take care my friend have a great weekend

Marie Cloutier said...

I'm glad to hear you didn't like this. I tried to read it too and- meh. :-)

drey said...

Steve--Yeah, I felt bad about putting it down, but I just didn't care anymore... :( Not something I do a lot, that's for sure! Don't bust your gut laughing, your sandwich parts might spew out. ;)

Marie--Glad to know I'm not an anomaly! :)

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