cover image The Magician King

The Magician King

Lev Grossman, read by Mark Bramhall. Penguin Audio, , unabridged, 13 CDs, 16 hrs., $39.95 ISBN 978-1-61176-025-5

In this sequel to Grossman’s bestselling The Magicians, sorcerer Quentin Coldwater and his pals, Janet, Julia, and Eliot, are now kings and queens of Fillory, that magical land they once thought was nothing more than the stuff of storybooks. Just when Quentin’s royal duties are starting to get a little dull, he and Janet are accidentally transported back to Earth. And getting back to Fillory may prove more difficult than they initially imagined. Mark Bramhall—who read the previous installment—is back, picking up where he left off with breathy, sonorous narration that will delight listeners. However, the voices Bramhall creates for Grossman’s cast of characters could be more distinct and varied. A Viking hardcover. (Aug.)