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The Magician King
Finished Lev Grossman's The Magician King, sequel to The Magicians. Holy freakin' gods (almost literally). I think I barely breathed through the last 50 pages.

Sometimes sequels live up to their predecessor. Very rarely they are better. Almost never are they exponentially better, managing to not only be awesome in their own right but also actually go back in your head and make the first one better retroactively.

This one did. It's dark, intriguing, brilliant, horrifying, sad, joyful, grim, seductive...a little bit of everything in just the right mixture. To quote another of my favorite books: It has "fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..." It also has heroes, gods, dryads, sex, cruelty, lies, fear, true friendship, justice, mercy and death (real death, not the fake fantasy kind). Anything I could say about it wouldn't do it justice, so just go read it.

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ennyousai
Oct. 10th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I KNOW ISN'T IT GOOD?!?!?
delphipsmith
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
YES!! I put it down after the last page and thought, "Well, damn. I'm done, and I wasn't through with it yet!" It's like Tolkien, but with less King James Version and more sex. Or Narnia, but without the fluffy endings. Julia's story was just heartbreaking, and the ending...wow. I didn't want it to end, I want more, and yet I don't, because the end was so right that any more would be, well, wrong. (You've seen this, right? It's like it's out there...taunting us...)
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