So, Martin Chatwin. Or - The Beast. Now he and Julia are going to work together to find and kill Reynard the Fox, but these are not people who get along well. What Martin really wants, however, is to wreak havoc on the wellspring of all Magic in Fillory. If that happened, magic would die - everywhere. Big stakes.
Our gang of magicians definitely wants Martin dead before he can mess with the wellspring and so they are all given cacodemon, which are demons who live in your back until you need them to kill something powerful.
Okay, and then this was gross. The Beast, Martin Chatwin, made it to the wellspring, only to find that Ember had pooped in it. Yes. That. After this point, magic is always a little weird and hard to use properly.
Quentin and Alice went to attack the Beast and kill him, but she was kind of super charged from drinking some god sperm (yep). So she became a niffin and died. Which is also how her brother died, if you'll recall. Quentin was WAY wounded.
It turns out that Marina was too good at being bait, and she's dead now thanks to Reynard. Julia, instead, finds Kady in a drug den and gets her clean. New accomplice. They revive Marina long enough to learn that the only way to banish Reynard is to find the woman who did it 40 years ago.
Penny and Quentin set off to find the White Lady. As one of Fillory’s questing beasts, finding and capturing her grants the hunter a wish. Eliot is going to get his hands back and Quentin is going to bring Alice back to life. She is pretty unhelpful, and so Quentin just wishes to go back to his old normal not-magic life.
Julia and Kady find out that only way to banish Reynard is to harness the power of Julia's baby when it's born. Also, this spooky woman who once had one of Reynard's babies, has been keeping a Haxon-Paxon in her basement. It keeps her hidden from Reynard. But where's her baby? More on that later...
Quentin, meanwhile, set to work reviving Alice by showing up at her funeral and having a weird fight with her parents. Turns out it was all a plot by Niffin Alice because she's actually been living in the cacodemon tattoo in Quentin's back. She wants out, but until then, she's having some fun living in his body.
Penny and Kady, meanwhile, rekindle some old flames. See, after she disappeared on him when the two were about to run away from Brakebills South, they were on the outs. But some things? They just always work. Like sex in the library.
In order to get Julia's baby out of her body, they need to pay a Mundang 10 million dollars. And so the gang robs a bank and they're not great at it and Alice makes a deal with Quentin. He'll let her drive his body for an hour a day if she gets them out safely. She does. Deal made.
The mundang exorcises Julia’s demon baby. But when Julia wakes up she learns that her "shade" - think of it as a conscience or part of the soul - they removed it by accident with the demon. The girls have a new plan to banish Reynard: find his other baby and use it as leverage.
Still trying to get his hands fixed, Penny continues running errands for Mayakovsky. He ends up at the Library of the Neitherlands. That charming Librarian offers him an alternative to his problem: for a lifetime of servitude, they'll fix his hands. Reluctantly, Penny agrees!
It turns out that Reynard's child is Senator Gaines. He's a demigod who doesn't know that he's a demigod. But he's about to find out when a shadeless Julia kidnaps him. Ultimately, Reynard takes him back under his wing, but…not without some serious bloodshed.
Also, Fillory is at war with Loria and Eliot decides to fight the King one-on-one. There's a FULL STOP LES MISERABLE MUSICAL NUMBER. (Yep, that happened.) The problem with the war was that the wellspring dried up and Eliot's magic stopped working, so…
Margo took a meeting with the ambassador to the fairies - who once and for all FIXES the wellspring, which had been on the fritz since Ember pooped in it and in exchange, Margo agreed to give them Eliot’s first born baby. It's not great judgment call.
Instead of killing each other King Eliot and King Idri decided to get married because it turns out in Fillorian law, a king can have a husband AND a wife. So it was all sort of unecessary to save the kingdom.
Unable to box her up for all eternity because of feelings, and not wanting to kill them both by holding her in, Quentin decides to trust that Niffin Alice doesn’t want to hurt anyone and lets her go. And just like that, she sails into the air, leaving Quentin no hope of seeing the real Alice ever again. Or so it would seem.
Penny starts his job in the Library of the Neitherlands and meets a hedgewitch who tells Kady about a "Poison Room" where all kinds of knowledge is kept. It could be the key, in fact, to finding information on killing Reynard. She leaps at the chance.
Julia and Quentin go off to find Julia's shade and they learn that it's in the Underworld. The only way to get THERE is to bring a gift to an ancient one. That's a dragon. Yep. Dragon. She sends them to the Underworld and they sacrifice - the magic button that enables them to travel back and fourth from Fillory.
With magic going completely nuts, Eliot decides to “trufie” (truth-roofie) his closest advisors to see if one of them is behind the mayhem. The advisors come clean about some minor infractions but Margo finally let’s lose the truth about the Fairies and is promptly sent to the dungeons. Friendship over.
While Q. and Julia are in the Underworld, though, they find both Julia and ALICE's SHADE! When her body turned into a niffin, her shade must have been brought to the underworld! Because she's feeling big-hearted, Julia sacrifices her own shade for Alice's. It’s against the rules, but, she says, it has to be done.
Alice is returned to a human form with the help of Mayakovsky and Alice's shade and a giant metal box and some magic batteries. Alice is, as predicted, REALLY angry about it. But Quentin's not ready to let her go.
Eliot's shenanigans with trying to invent democracy in Fillory land him back on Earth. When he and Quentin go looking for a way back, they meet Umber, Ember's brother. It turns out Umber and his brother Ember like to make new worlds. But they're tired of Fillory and have decided to let it die.
Julia and Kady conjure Persephone (AKA Our Lady Underground), who's Reynard's mother! Julia calls her, which attracts Reynard! Julia's chance to kill him comes and goes however, when Persephone convinces her to spare Reynard's life - she'll take care of her son. Kady is furious, but Julia gets her shade back.
Margo escapes from prison to try and get Fen's baby back. She meets the Fairy Queen, who does not agree, but does give Margo a kind of a catnip for gods, that will attract Ember so they can try and convince him to not destroy Fillory and thereby all magic.
When the gang throw an unwanted reunion for the gods of Fillory, it doesn't go well. Ember goes nuts, kills Umber, and turns on the magicians. Luckily, Julia had the spell she was going to use on Reynard, and uses it on Ember. So now, the gods are dead and magic is saved.
But Alice, newly revived, tells Quentin that even gods have parents and Ember and Umber's parents are sure to seek revenge. And they do so by sending a magical plumber of sorts - who simply turns off all magic, everywhere.
Also, Alice is being pursued by someone from her time as a Niffin, Juila may be the only one who can do magic and Fillory is under attack from the fairies, who want to take over. So…Season three anyone?