The Magician KingThe Magician King by Lev Grossman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My book recommendation this month is The Magician King by Lev Grossman. It is the sequel to The Magicians, which came out a couple years ago. I loved that one, and I loved this one, too. It is a complex, wrenching story of magic and magicians in our world who find a kingdom called Fillory, which was written about in fiction books and thought imaginary. But it is real, and it is both wonderful and very dangerous. Magician King Quentin and Queen Julia are faced with a quest of self-discovery and purpose that proves life-changing for both. The story has been called Harry Potter for adults, and that is a pretty accurate description. What I liked best about it, if I had to pick one thing, was the way the author handled the question of what it takes to be a hero and what sort of price you have to pay. He was spot on, in my opinion.

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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!