The Magicians: Alice's Story

The Magicians: Alice's Story

THE MAGICIANS: ALICE’S STORY is an all new chapter set in the world of The Magicians trilogy of novels by New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman that retells the events of the first novel through fan-favorite character Alice Quinn.Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical...

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Title:The Magicians: Alice's Story
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  • Schizanthus

    I’m a tad obsessed with Lev Grossman’s

    . The only problem is that the best intentions in the world have so far only extended far enough to buying the trilogy, not actually reading it. It’s been on my ‘I must remedy this egregious error immediately’ list for too long already but at least I’ve binge watched the TV series so I haven’t missed out entirely.

    This

    I’m a tad obsessed with Lev Grossman’s

    . The only problem is that the best intentions in the world have so far only extended far enough to buying the trilogy, not actually reading it. It’s been on my ‘I must remedy this egregious error immediately’ list for too long already but at least I’ve binge watched the TV series so I haven’t missed out entirely.

    This graphic novel is based on the first book in the trilogy and it’s told from the perspective of one of my favourite characters, Alice. I loved Alice’s arc in the TV series and hope to get to know her even better once I’ve read the trilogy.

    If you’re a fan of the trilogy, the TV series or both, then I’m almost positive you’ll love this graphic novel. If this is your introduction to Brakebills and Fillory then it may pique your interest but you may not connect with some of the magicians, including Janet, Josh or Eliot, as their personalities don’t have much of a chance to shine in this format.

    While I didn’t learn much about Alice or her magical friends that I didn’t already know I did love the glimpses into her childhood, particularly the brief interaction between her and her older brother, Charlie, before he left home to attend Brakebills.

    I would have liked the opportunity to get to know Charlie better though. I still love Alice, although in saying that, she’s socially awkward and nerdy, so I see myself in her a lot. Except for the whole magician thing. I wish!

    I loved visiting Brakebills

    and learning how to become a magician vicariously through Alice and co., at least until I met this guy.

    I did wait in vain for some information I learned about the Beast’s backstory from the TV series to be revealed in the graphic novel. I’m guessing when I read the trilogy I’ll find the information I thought was missing was a result of creative license for the TV series rather than anything actually being missing from the books.

    I enjoyed getting to know Alice, Penny and Quentin all over again, although I missed Julia’s presence, who I fell in love with during the TV series but was MIA for the majority of the graphic novel.

    Since we were all probably making comparisons anyway I really appreciated Alice’s observation of a difference between herself and those who attend Hogwarts. I love it when a series can poke fun at itself.

    Besides attending Brakebills, I also travelled to Fillory, which is the magical land that our magicians thought only existed in their favourite books.

    My Fillory equivalent would be suddenly learning that Eleanor West from Seanan McGuire’s imagination really does have a home for wayward children, one that I can attend while I wait for my doorway to reappear. Although I would definitely tag along with Alice to Fillory if I had the chance too.

    If ever there was a book series within a book series I need to read it’s

    .

    Alice was a great choice for telling the overall story of Brakebills and Fillory. Hers is a story of love, loss, determination, hard work and courage. She begins the story an outsider, wracked by social anxiety and anxiety in general

    and then she grows throughout the story in ways that you have to read to believe. And believe I did. I love this character and I can’t get enough of this world Lev Grossman has created.

    I’d happily sign up for any future

    graphic novels (I’ve already read this one twice) but I would absolutely love to see a companion graphic novel showing Julia’s experiences; her path is so different to anyone else’s that we meet in this series.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, for granting my wish to read this graphic novel.

    include sexual content and violence.

  • Veronika

    Wow.

    I loved this story. It was everything I hoped for and more.

    To see the events from Alice's perspective was something new and unexpected, that I didn't know I desperately need in my life until I read through this graphic novel. Authors took everything that was amazing about the Magicians and made it into such an icredible story.

    Quentin's whining was much more bearable when he wasn't the star of the show.

    It was amazing to see these characters again, I need to go buy this one, now.

    Wow.

    I loved this story. It was everything I hoped for and more.

    To see the events from Alice's perspective was something new and unexpected, that I didn't know I desperately need in my life until I read through this graphic novel. Authors took everything that was amazing about the Magicians and made it into such an icredible story.

    Quentin's whining was much more bearable when he wasn't the star of the show.

    It was amazing to see these characters again, I need to go buy this one, now.

  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨

    For fans of Lev Grossman's

    there a lot here. It tells the story of the first book from Alice's perspective. People not familiar with the novel, or at least the SyFy series based on Grossman's books won't get a lot out of this, but it's definitely a fun read for those who are. While the plot doesn't diverge hugely from the original, it is interesting to see Alice's point of view. We get to know a bit more about her thoughts, and her mindset when entering Brakebills. The art is

    For fans of Lev Grossman's

    there a lot here. It tells the story of the first book from Alice's perspective. People not familiar with the novel, or at least the SyFy series based on Grossman's books won't get a lot out of this, but it's definitely a fun read for those who are. While the plot doesn't diverge hugely from the original, it is interesting to see Alice's point of view. We get to know a bit more about her thoughts, and her mindset when entering Brakebills. The art is simple yet effective, and while some of the dialogue did feel a little clunky, overall the structure and writing were interesting and effective.

  • Wayne McCoy

    'The Magicians: Alice's Story' by Lilah Sturges and Lev Grossman with art by Pius Bak is a graphic novel based on a popular trilogy with an interesting twist. The events of the first book in 'The Magicians' series is retold here through the eyes of one of the characters: Alice Quinn.

    Alice lost her older brother when he went to Brakebills College. She tries to get in, but doesn't, so she finds her way in by taking a taxi to the middle of nowhere and walking in. She gets in to the school and meets

    'The Magicians: Alice's Story' by Lilah Sturges and Lev Grossman with art by Pius Bak is a graphic novel based on a popular trilogy with an interesting twist. The events of the first book in 'The Magicians' series is retold here through the eyes of one of the characters: Alice Quinn.

    Alice lost her older brother when he went to Brakebills College. She tries to get in, but doesn't, so she finds her way in by taking a taxi to the middle of nowhere and walking in. She gets in to the school and meets friends Quentin and Penny. She falls for Quentin, but Penny has always liked Alice too. When they find a way into a magical land only thought to be in a series of children's books, Alice must use her magic to help her friends.

    I'm familiar with the series, but I've not read it. I really like the idea of a popular series being retold like this. Alice has a unique perspective on events, and not knowing the character arc of her story, I found some surprises along the way. The art is pretty good as well.

    I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Archaia, Boom! Studios, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  • Phil

    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I haven't read The Magicians, but this book sounded interesting to me. It's sort of like a darker version of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. The setting is wonderful. It drew me in pretty quickly and I found myself wanting to know more about these characters. The book is paced well too. It did drag a little towards the end. I thought the way the story wrapped up was worth it though. I can't compare this

    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I haven't read The Magicians, but this book sounded interesting to me. It's sort of like a darker version of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. The setting is wonderful. It drew me in pretty quickly and I found myself wanting to know more about these characters. The book is paced well too. It did drag a little towards the end. I thought the way the story wrapped up was worth it though. I can't compare this to Grossman's novels, but it feels like a nice primer for them.

  • Tatiana

    I've never been tempted to read

    's

    , but I may be now.

    *after reading reviews of

    * Or maybe only if they make a graphic novel out of it.

  • Shannon Appelcline

    This is not quite an adaptation of Lev Grossman's

    . It's the story of the novel, but told episodically and all from Alice's point of view.

    Watchers of the TV show will probably be confused by how different the characters look and how slightly their relationships vary (though much of this is congruent with the first two seasons). People who have never read the book or seen the TV show will probably be confused, because the story skips over connective tissue.

    And as for fans of the

    This is not quite an adaptation of Lev Grossman's

    . It's the story of the novel, but told episodically and all from Alice's point of view.

    Watchers of the TV show will probably be confused by how different the characters look and how slightly their relationships vary (though much of this is congruent with the first two seasons). People who have never read the book or seen the TV show will probably be confused, because the story skips over connective tissue.

    And as for fans of the original books? That's who this is for. And they'll get to enjoy a graphic retelling of the high points of a great book, all with intriguing and believable commentary from Alice, providing good insight, and also a great ending that really bookends the whole story.

  • Chad

    The first book of Lev Grossman's

    trilogy told through the eyes of Alice. Just to be clear, this is based on the novel, not the TV show so there will be some minor differences with the first 2 seasons of the show. Typically, comic adaptations of novels aren't very good. I was happily surprised with this one. Sturges does a good job of reengineering the story to tell it from Alice prospective. Some elements, such as much of what happens to Julia, are left out because that's Quentin's

    The first book of Lev Grossman's

    trilogy told through the eyes of Alice. Just to be clear, this is based on the novel, not the TV show so there will be some minor differences with the first 2 seasons of the show. Typically, comic adaptations of novels aren't very good. I was happily surprised with this one. Sturges does a good job of reengineering the story to tell it from Alice prospective. Some elements, such as much of what happens to Julia, are left out because that's Quentin's story, not Alice's.

    For those of you not in the know, the Magicians is sort of a darker version of Harry Potter mashed up with

    . Our main characters are going to college to become magicians. Most of them are also obsessed with the books about Fillory which they eventually find out is a real place. Fillary is clearly a darker version of Narnia.

    Bak's art is solid. It has a less refined Peter Gross feel to it.

  • Helena of Eretz ✰

    Although I do prefer the

    to the actual novels, I really enjoyed seeing the characters we know from Alice's eyes. She's really

    from the person we saw in the first book. And I especially liked seeing

    in this comic with her brother, Charlie.

    The

    was also

    .

    My main problem was that the plot was rather

    and

    . I'd definitely

    Although I do prefer the

    to the actual novels, I really enjoyed seeing the characters we know from Alice's eyes. She's really

    from the person we saw in the first book. And I especially liked seeing

    in this comic with her brother, Charlie.

    The

    was also

    .

    My main problem was that the plot was rather

    and

    . I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the books and show though, who want some extra content and background on Alice.

  • Bethany

    In full disclosure, I hated The Magicians. I was promised Harry Potter in college and that was definitely not what I got, so I hate read book 1 and then stopped. That said, it eventually became so popular what with the show, that I decided to give this graphic novel a try. Because maybe my taste had changed in all these years? Ummm.....not really?

    Honestly, the best thing about Alice's Story is that is is NOT from Quentin's perspective! He is insufferable and I have a little bit more empathy for

    In full disclosure, I hated The Magicians. I was promised Harry Potter in college and that was definitely not what I got, so I hate read book 1 and then stopped. That said, it eventually became so popular what with the show, that I decided to give this graphic novel a try. Because maybe my taste had changed in all these years? Ummm.....not really?

    Honestly, the best thing about Alice's Story is that is is NOT from Quentin's perspective! He is insufferable and I have a little bit more empathy for Alice, though not all that much. Reading this very much clarified for me why I so disliked The Magicians in the first place and why the marketing of it made me so angry. All of the characters are privileged, pretentious, horrible people with a lot of power who spend all their time doing drugs, sleeping around, and hurting other people, including while in magical parallel worlds where they screw everything up. It's dark and depressing, trying to be edgy and meaningful, but I pretty much hate everyone and it's full of this disgustingly privileged ennui and bad behavior that was nothing like my own college experience.

    The thing is, for awhile I did like this a lot better, because Alice has potential, unlike Quentin. She wants to have a useful life and recognizes the destructive behavior surrounding her. She's smart and kind of like Hermione if we are using the terrible Harry Potter comparison. The problem is, she can't get over Quentin no matter how awful he is (like cheating on her etc.) and the ending has her sacrificing herself so that he can survive and become a better person. Eww!!! She deserves so much better and I hate that the smart, kind brown girl is sacrificed on behalf of the privileged white boy who is a completely terrible person! I think it's supposed to be beautifully tragic but it's just disgusting and reinforces patriarchy in the worst possible way.

    On the other hand, I like the artwork? I received an advance copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

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