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 Pedag...

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Title:The Magicians: Alice's Story
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The Magicians: Alice's Story Reviews

  • 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 gra

    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.

  • Bree (alibraryforone)

    4.5/5 stars

    Thoroughly enjoyed seeing through Alice's eyes for once. The artwork and storyboarding were beautiful. I really liked the drawing style of the artist. It’s great to be able to see all the characters appearances fully flushed out. Most of the characters weren’t what I expected them to look like, but that’s probably because I like the TV show. Unfortunately, the plot was a little slow in places, and therefore frustrating.

    *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for

    4.5/5 stars

    Thoroughly enjoyed seeing through Alice's eyes for once. The artwork and storyboarding were beautiful. I really liked the drawing style of the artist. It’s great to be able to see all the characters appearances fully flushed out. Most of the characters weren’t what I expected them to look like, but that’s probably because I like the TV show. Unfortunately, the plot was a little slow in places, and therefore frustrating.

    *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Meegy

    I absolutely loved The Magicians Trilogy. It was one of my favourite books that I read last year.

    This graphic novel does not disappoint. Absolutely love the drawings and seeing the story from Alice's perspective.

  • Oksana

    “Alice’s Story” by Lilah Sturges, Lev Grossman, Pius Bak is “The Magicians” told from Alice’s perspective thus showing us things that weren’t necessarily pointed out in the book originally.

    As a huge fan of the book and the TV series, this graphic novel was just what I needed after the latest season of the show ended. “Alice’s Story” combines the familiar plot with some great art. It was a bit surreal at first seeing the characters look different but that’s the beauty of it — we get to see a new

    “Alice’s Story” by Lilah Sturges, Lev Grossman, Pius Bak is “The Magicians” told from Alice’s perspective thus showing us things that weren’t necessarily pointed out in the book originally.

    As a huge fan of the book and the TV series, this graphic novel was just what I needed after the latest season of the show ended. “Alice’s Story” combines the familiar plot with some great art. It was a bit surreal at first seeing the characters look different but that’s the beauty of it — we get to see a new take on all of them.

    I’m not sure how someone who’s not acquainted with the source material might perceive the graphic novel but it’s a real treat for fans of “The Magicians”.

    In all honesty, now I hope they continue making the rest of the books into graphic novels.

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book early. All opinions stated are my own.

  • Etienne

    I don’t have read the Magicians trilogy yet, but I’ve seen the TV shows and I like it a lot. This graphic novel takes back the story from the start but clearly focusing on Alice point of view. It sure has a lot of difference from the TV shows, not in term of major events, but more in the characters (they are so different physically (Penny!?!) maybe they are describe like that in the book, I don’t know), but nothing that really matters in the end. I like the art, like the story, really fast pace,

    I don’t have read the Magicians trilogy yet, but I’ve seen the TV shows and I like it a lot. This graphic novel takes back the story from the start but clearly focusing on Alice point of view. It sure has a lot of difference from the TV shows, not in term of major events, but more in the characters (they are so different physically (Penny!?!) maybe they are describe like that in the book, I don’t know), but nothing that really matters in the end. I like the art, like the story, really fast pace, they don’t lose time at all, and it was good to get into this world again and it just push me harder to read those books soon (I already have them all so...). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend beginning in this world with that book, start with the trilogy or the shows, but definitely a must read for the fans!

  • 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 simpl

    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.

  • Erika

    Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read early for an honest review.

    I've read The Magicians series (and liked them) and watched at least two seasons of the tv show (maybe three), so I'm very familiar with the series and was intrigued by the idea of this. I don't know what I expected from this story, but I didn't find it. It felt like "the best of Alice moments" from the series, and although it is Alice's story, most of it was repeat that was originally from Quentin's point of view in the

    Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read early for an honest review.

    I've read The Magicians series (and liked them) and watched at least two seasons of the tv show (maybe three), so I'm very familiar with the series and was intrigued by the idea of this. I don't know what I expected from this story, but I didn't find it. It felt like "the best of Alice moments" from the series, and although it is Alice's story, most of it was repeat that was originally from Quentin's point of view in the books.

    This might work as a hook for people that haven't read The Magicians series yet, and want to try it out, or super fans. I'm curious to see if there are any more graphic novellas like this planned.

  • sophia (flitteringpages)

    This graphic novel started off fairly happy, but then things slowly got darker and depressing. That’s just how it always goes for this lot isn’t it?

    Still, I really liked Alice’s Story. The art style wasn’t extraordinary, but it was very detailed, and I just loved seeing the events of the first book unfold from her perspective. (Okay, I haven’t read the first book, but I’m familiar with the characte

    This graphic novel started off fairly happy, but then things slowly got darker and depressing. That’s just how it always goes for this lot isn’t it?

    Still, I really liked Alice’s Story. The art style wasn’t extraordinary, but it was very detailed, and I just loved seeing the events of the first book unfold from her perspective. (Okay, I haven’t read the first book, but I’m familiar with the characters and story through the Syfy show. That counts, right?)

    It was nice to see that they’re all a dysfunctional family in the books too (I lie, it wasn’t, I just want them to get their shit together and be happy but we know that’s never going to happen.)

    Also, Eliot is just as lovable and awesome as he is in the show. Janet was less compelling, Quentin more annoying, and Penny more…white.

    Me, every time Quentin was an annoying prick:

    Honestly, I'd say give it a read if you're into the books/show and want some nice art.

    [eARC received via Netgalley]

  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    I read The Magicians well over 10 years ago and then reread it a few years ago. The first time I loved it. The second time I was more aware of what was putting people off this book. Even so, it still worked for me. I never did get around to reading the next two books but I did see The Magicians tv show, stranded in season 3 though through no fault of the serie

    I read The Magicians well over 10 years ago and then reread it a few years ago. The first time I loved it. The second time I was more aware of what was putting people off this book. Even so, it still worked for me. I never did get around to reading the next two books but I did see The Magicians tv show, stranded in season 3 though through no fault of the series itself. So I have a background with this series. As such I was very curious about this graphic novel that would focus on Alice.

    Alice was my favorite character of the book because she reminded me of myself in certain ways. So I was quite excited to see we were getting her point of view. But it fell entirely flat. The problem this book has is that it rehashes almost all the scenes of the book with Quintin. So much could have been done with Alice, her family, her brother. But it was just a rehash of the book. Nothing new to find here on the horizon.

    I might imagine that if you are a very big fan of the series that you would still want to read this or have it for your collection but in the end I don’t think it is quite worth it for anyone else. Certainly not for new readers.

    As for the art, the cover is stunning and grabs your attention. I found some of the backgrounds also very well done, especially once we got to Fillory. The characters could have used some more work.

    Adding on to that, I find it interesting to see how the characters were completely based on the book. I think a lot of people have the tv show characters in their mind and might be a little confused with the way the characters are being shown now, regardless of them being true to the book which if memory serves me correct, is correct. It is something to think about when after so many seasons of an interpretation of a book you do a graphic novel addition to the book that is showing a different visualization. Penny for instance is completely dressed as a punk and white in the graphic novel (as he was in the book), and in the tv show is black and more dressed. What is the goal of this addition now, as the last book came out in 2014? Do you want to draw the viewers towards the books with this graphic novel? Perhaps a foreword on this by Lev Grossman would not be amiss.

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