The Magician King

I liked The Magician King much more than The Magicians. The Magicians was a "safe" book. The whole time I was reading The Magicians, I knew that everything was going to work out okay (and it did...for the most part). The Magicians had danger but the same type of danger that the early Harry Potter books had danger. The Magician King is different. This book had danger like the latter Harry Potter books. Although you knew that the hero was going to make it through, you didn't know what that meant and what that would look like. Also, I liked how we got to find out what happened to Julia during the first book, how she became a hedge witch. It was interesting to juxtapose Quentin's lack of appreciation for Brakebills from the first book with Julia's comments that Quentin always gets what he wants and expects in this book. 

I like how this book went back and forth between the current adventure and what happened to Julia during the first book. I wonder if the next book will focus on the current adventure and what Janet was doing during this book. 

I enjoyed this book much more than the first book in this series. I felt that the plot was constantly moving forward. Although I like a good character piece, I felt that The Magicians spent too much time getting to know the characters when there wasn't enough to get to know yet. We got to know them before they had grown into who they were going to be. There wasn't enough there yet to appreciate when we met them. 

Anyway, this was a fun book. Oh. FYI, there is a rape scene in the book. It is not very descriptive, but I thought I should mention it, because I wasn't expecting it. I am not a fan of books with violence against women. I probably would have read this book anyway, even if I had known in advance. However, I question if I will read the next one in the series (if there is a next one). The rape made sense for the plot and everything. It wasn't completely meaningless. It is just not my cup of tea.

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