The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Who would find it appealing? People who enjoy reading Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, hipsters, Dungeons and Dragons players, Renaissance Fair fans, Magic the Gathering players, Narnia readers who are adults, and if you liked the first book in the series “The Magicians.”
Why is this book better than going to Ren Fairs, Magic Card game nights, and Harry Potter Movie Marathons? You are more likely to read this book than convince your date to do any of the above with you.
What’s it about? “The Magician King” is the sequel to “The Magicians,” in which the main character Quentin’s magic training experience at Brakebills, best described as a University of Magic, and the discovery that the fictional land Fillory, which is similar to C.S. Lewis’s magical land of Narnia, is a real place. Quentin is now a King of Fillory ruling along with two classmates’ Janet and Elliot and his childhood friend the more mysterious Julia, who became a self-taught magician. Bored with the royal court life, Quentin and Julia decide to go on a quest to the far reaches of the kingdom and beyond with thoughts of glory, romance, and discovery only to end up back in the one place he didn’t want to be: Earth. The book focuses mostly on Quentin getting back to Fillory, but also tells how Julia learned magic and the terrible price she paid in doing so. Along the way, we meet new characters as well as the ones from the previous novel. Grossman does a great job of building his worlds and characters that one feels for their trials and tribulations as well as the climatic ending that is skillfully done.
Anything that wouldn’t surprise you about this book? That these are books that will be banned by fundamentalist for encouraging witch craft and belief in magic.
Anything else? It is a matter of time before these books are made into a Movie or television miniseries so it is better to read it now so you can tell everyone how great and better the book is.