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The Magician King Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Aug 9 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; American First edition (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022311
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out.”

The New York Times (Editor’s Choice)

“A spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about privilege, power, and the limits of being human. The Magician King is a triumphant sequel.”


“[The Magician King] is The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes. It’s dazzling and devil-may-care. . . . Grossman has created a rare, strange, and scintillating novel.”

Chicago Tribune

The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy.”

The Boston Globe

“Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary life that positions The Magician King well above the standard fantasy fare.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Grossman expands his magical world into a boundless enchanted universe, and his lively characters navigate it with aplomb.”

The New Yorker

“Grossman is brilliant at creating brainy, distinct, flawed, complex characters, and nearly as good at running them through narrative gauntlets that inventively tweak the stories that generations have grown up on.”

The Portland Oregonian

The Magician King, the immensely entertaining new novel by Lev Grossman, manages to be both deep and deeply enjoyable.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Readers who have already enjoyed The Magicians should lose no time in picking up The Magician King. For those who haven’t, read both books: Grossman’s work is solid, smart, and engaging adult fantasy.”

The Miami Herald

“Now that Harry Potter is through in books and films, grown-up fans of the boy wizard might want to give this nimble fantasy series a try.”

New York Post

“Lev Grossman’s The Magician King is a fresh take on the fantasy-quest novel—dark, austere, featuring characters with considerable psychological complexity, a collection of idiosyncratic talking animals (a sloth who knows the path to the underworld, a dragon in the Grand Canal), and splendid set pieces in Venice, Provence, Cornwall, and Brooklyn.”

The Daily Beast

“In this page-turning follow-up to his bestselling 2009 novel The Magicians, Grossman takes another dark, sarcastically sinister stab at fantasy, set in the Narnia-esque realm of Fillory.”

Entertainment Weekly

The Magician King is clearly the middle book in a trilogy, but it’s that rare creature that bridges the gap between tales and still stands on its own. And just as the first book showed that growing up is hard no matter how much power you have, it shows that becoming an adult involves far more than just reaching the right age.”

The A.V. Club

“Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom—not to be missed.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Fans of The Magicians will find this sequel a feast and will be delighted that a jaw-dropping denouement surely promises a third volume to come.”


About the Author

Lev Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine. He is also the author of the international bestselling novel Codex, the creator of the Time blog Techland, and a graduate of Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn. Visit and

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24 2013
Format: Hardcover
Magic is disappearing from Fillory, and the Neitherlands - the realm that is the "door" to Fillory from Earth - lies in ruins. To save Fillory, Quentin Coldwater, a Magician King of this realm, must embark upon a quest to save it and to save magic forever, searching for a set of golden keys that will rescue both from the dark fate awaiting them. An epic quest that will thrust him back to Earth, on a globe-trekking journey from his parents Chesterton, Massachusetts home to the canals of Venice, searching for a means to return to Fillory after being sent unexpectedly back to Earth. However, "The Magician King" is not just an epic fantasy novel about Quentin embarking on a hero's quest. It is also chronicles how Quentin's high school friend Julia became a magician in her own right, after flunking the Brakebills College entrance examination. "The Magician King" is as much her story as it is Quentin's. How she undertakes her own personal perilous journey to master magic, a dark form that she learns in a house inhabited by self-taught magicians in the urban jungle that is the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. A perilous journey that will also lead her to Venice, where she and her friends undertake a ritual to summon the old gods with disastrous consequences for all. Lev Grossman has written a darker, psychologically, intense sequel to "The Magicians", and one that literally overturns the notion that the hero earns his rewards at the very end. "The Magician King" demonstrates that Grossman has become the true heir to C. S.Read more ›
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By Doctor I on June 28 2015
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In this last instalment of the Magicians Trilogy, I liked the stories, plots....but the ending was a little disappointing. Instead of ending the series with a "BANG!!" almost ended with a "whimper"...but still, definitely worth the "ride".
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By JF on July 17 2015
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Smart writing, interesting characters, and very good story line. Hard to find a cleverly written fantasy series these days but this one is one of the best I have read in a while.
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