"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
"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
-Kirkus Reviews (starred
"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."