The Magician King

The Magician King - Lev Grossman

TW this book has a very graphic sexual assault.

 

This book takes place a few years after The Magicians. While off on an adventure to outer Fillory, Quentin and Julia end up back in the suburbs of Massachusetts. Throughout the book we dig into how Julia ended up with the Brakebills crew and just what exactly is going on with her all while the pair are trying to get back home.

 

I liked this book a lot more than The Magicians right off the bat. I really enjoyed seeing Julia’s story and the ways that it paralleled Quentin’s even if she didn’t want to acknowledge that. I enjoyed Poppy and the Fillory characters that we meet.

 Then we had that ending and without getting into spoilers, it was super graphic and I’m not sure I feel great about the things Grossman is saying in regards to it and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the options…I just felt beyond weird about the whole thing. I’ve heard such good things about the series so I’m continuing but I didn’t feel like I could just gloss over that point here.