The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Magician King, the second in a series by Lev Grossman, continues the story of Quentin Coldwater, who is now a King of Fillory. He is living his dream.
However, Quentin is bored, and longs for further adventures, in which he soon finds himself embroiled. We also find out Julias’ backstory, showing that her way of learning magic differed greatly from Quentins’ studies at Brakebill University. It was a much darker and scary method. Together they board a sailing ship on an “adventure”, but it ends up dumping them back into the real world, and if it wasn’t for Julias’ magic, they would be stuck.
Back in Fillory, they try to find the golden keys which will unlock the back door into Fillory, which may be needed if the gods decide to shut it down.
Grossmans’ imagination is in overdrive in this series. As much as I’d like to compare it to Narnia and Hogwarts, it is so much deeper, darker and becoming much more intense! I am enjoying it much more than originally anticipated.
Favorite Quote from The Magician King:
“You didn’t get the quest you wanted, you got the one you could do.”
“Though the funny thing about never being asked for anything is that after a while you start to feel like maybe you don’t have anything worth giving.”
Read: February 2016