The land of Fillory is a magical place where the people are carefree and its rulers live lavishly in their palace. All four of them. They have everything they could ask for and more and life is perfect. Almost too perfect.
Quentin is thirsting for an adventure. The very first quest available is going to be all his. There's news and Quentin gets what he asked for.
He's going to collect some taxes.
Okay, so it's not all he hoped for but it's something. To spice it up, he decides to hold a tournament to find the greatest swordsman in all the land! He rejuvenates one of the finest ships the world has ever seen and gathers a crew of many men! With his queen Julia he sets sail on his new prized ship, the Muntjac.
Their adventure leads them to a distant island few have ever visited. But there is a jewel hidden in the rough. There lay in plain sight a golden key. A key that could change everything they've come to know and love. And they want it. This is where Quentin and Julia's adventure truly begins. Basking in the simplicity of their task they never see it coming.
In a thrilling story of magic and fantasy, Lev Grossman gives a shining display of realism and creativity to showcase a world of magic for adults. Compared to Harry Potter with a shot of whiskey, this book takes magic to a whole other level.
This book was delightfully twisted and maddening at the same time. The only criticism I have is that the ending really leaves you hanging in a place you really don't expect. Otherwise, it will take you places you never thought you would go and making you cry out in frustration, it will keep you on your toes. Enter the magical world of Fillory and unleash your imagination.