Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Magician King by Lev Grossman


My wife and I really like the show The Magicians on SyFy and I was curious about checking out the books this show is based off of. The frist book was so different from the show which was nice. I like how shows and books can be different so they are like 2 separate experiences and one doesn't ruin the other. The Walking Dead is like that where the show sticks to the larger story but is different than the comics. With season two fo this show gearing up I decided it was time to move on to the second books. I have got to be honest, these books are not really for me. 

I am not a huge fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I love comics and Superheroes and one of my favorite series is the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I also love the Dresden Files, so I had high hopes to like this trilogy. I just couldn't get into this book. I tried and my mind still wandered. Thankfully my wife had already read this and the third book so I could ask her all the questions I had as they came up. I felt like this book went on and on and I struggled. The ending also left me with a lot more questions than answers and not in a good way. Some questions are good so you are excited to read the next book but this just had me feeling like I missed something when it just wasn't there. 

In this book Quentin got almost everything he wanted and is now one of the kings of Fillory. On a routine errand, because he wanted to get out of the castle and go on a quest, he gets sent back home to our realm. In order to get back to Fillory he has to follow Julia and her trip through the world of Black magic. This book gives us both an account of what is going on in the present, but also Julia's story. How she got to be so powerful when Brakebills turned her down. Now Quentin and Julia have to find their way back to Fillory in order to save the land from loosing magic forever. 

There were some high points to this book that I enjoyed but for the most part I was bored. This is one of those rare cases that I enjoy the television show more than the books. It is very rare but it happens from time to time. At this point I only have one more book in the trilogy to read so I will finish it. Had this been a longer series I would have stopped here. I'm not saying these aren't great books I'm just saying they are not for me. I give this a 2 out of 3 star review. 

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