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The Magician King (Magicians Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Brilliant

Loved The Magicians, but this second installment was even better. Especially enjoyed finding out what Julia's story was at it pertained to the first book. The book ends with another semi-cliffhanger, even though the main story does finish, so I can't wait for more of ...
Loved The Magicians, but this second installment was even better. Especially enjoyed finding out what Julia's story was at it pertained to the first book. The book ends with another semi-cliffhanger, even though the main story does finish, so I can't wait for more of Quentin's adventures!

posted by Schwa on August 23, 2011

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15 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely Awful

If this is anything like it's predecessor it is just terrible. The fact that they are comparing it to Potter again is an absolute travesty. The main character is completely self involved to the point of pain. The magical people in this book are the elite of the elite an...
If this is anything like it's predecessor it is just terrible. The fact that they are comparing it to Potter again is an absolute travesty. The main character is completely self involved to the point of pain. The magical people in this book are the elite of the elite and you couldn't possibly dream of one of them lowering themselves enough to be concerned with someone else.

In The Magician's they have no reason or desire to make any use of themselves in the world post school (magic and a large inheritance from the school pays for everything) so they sink into this drug induced stupor and only leave it when they discover an opportunity to go to Fillory (the knock off of C.S. Lewis's work) where they get in so far over their heads that the only slightly redeeming character is killed but then they just abandon another because he is injured.

They then decide that they are going to be the Kings and Queens of this world not because they deserve it, but because they can. There is no personal growth and not a deserving personality in any of this. I only tortured myself through this for a book club and only received satisfaction out of the read by discussing with the other readers how horrible it all was.

I normally don't revel in things like that and don't usually say bad things about others, but this is just that bad. The main character goes through the entire book which takes up a few years getting wonderful opportunity after opportunity but still continues to wallow in his own self pity deciding that the next big thing will finally make him happy. I can normally understand how someone can enjoy the things that I don't but the fact that this has been popular absolutely astonishes me.

posted by Curtisbk on September 12, 2011

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    I liked it, but...

    Honestly, it was like reading the Narnia series all over again. With different people.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Entertaining.

    A perfectly decent book to escape with for a few hours, but not one that you will think about much after you close it. If you liked the first book of this series, this one is even better. You should read them in order as principle plot twists in the first are fully discussed in the second and will spoil the experience. A good editor could really enhance this series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Not as good as the first one.

    This book still had a neat magical plot but I did not feel that it was as good as The Magicians. I did feel that it dragged on quite a bit. The Julia chapters I found myself skimming through and generally disliking. I understand they were important for the plot but it made the story seemed forced. I feel like the open ending of The Magicians was a better ending for the books than this sequel. I'm not sure if there is another that I will read it.

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