Quest. It’s a challenge to find decent writing in fantasy fiction geared to adult audiences. Lev Grossman offers good writing in his second Fillory book titled, The Magican King. Readers are more likely to enjoy this book after reading the earlier novel, The Magicians. While the first book focused on coming of age with special skills, this one pays attention to finding purpose in life, and most of the four hundred pages involve a quest that will keep most readers well-entertained. Grossman’s main characters are recognizable to modern readers as friends and neighbors, just ones who are doing remarkable things. Fans of this genre are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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