The Magicians
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 Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension.It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory—a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books—where magic flows like rivers . . . But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems and something darker lies behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends, forever changed.Acclaimed novelist Lev Grossman joins New York Times bestselling writer Lilah Sturges (Jack of Fables), and breakout artist Pius Bak for a new chapter in the smash hit trilogy The Magicians.

The Magicians Details

TitleThe Magicians
Author
ReleaseJul 10th, 2019
PublisherArchaia
ISBN-139781684150212
Rating
GenreFantasy, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Adult

The Magicians Review

  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    One thing you learn about magic is that just when you think you know what it’s all about … it finds a way to surprise you. I’m a tad obsessed with Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. 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 One thing you learn about magic is that just when you think you know what it’s all about … it finds a way to surprise you. I’m a tad obsessed with Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. 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 Fillory and Further. 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 Magicians 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.Content warnings include sexual content and violence.
    more
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of Lev Grossman's The Magicians 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 The Magicians 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.
    more
  • Veronika
    January 1, 1970
    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.Thank you 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.Thank you so much BOOM! Studios and NetGalley for letting me read this amazing book sooner. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    more
  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Boom! Studios for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way.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 Thank you to Netgalley and Boom! Studios for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way.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.
    more
  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    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!
    more
  • sophia (flitteringpages)
    January 1, 1970
    “Josh, so disarmingly funny. Janet, wicked but always entertaining, and Eliot, larger than life.” 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 “Josh, so disarmingly funny. Janet, wicked but always entertaining, and Eliot, larger than life.” 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. “And then I see Quentin. Poor, beautiful, brilliant, dumbass Quentin.” 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]
    more
  • Bree (alibraryforone)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsThoroughly 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 starsThoroughly 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.*
    more
  • Meegy
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    “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.
    more
  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    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.
    more
  • Garan
    January 1, 1970
    As a huge fan of Grossman’s original trilogy, this graphic novel has been at the top of my TBR since it was announced. Thank you so much to the publisher for granting my wish and sending me a copy of it.This book was so wonderful. Alice is such an endearing and beautiful character in The Magicians so it was incredibly lovely to get to revisit the story from her point of view. The author’s really captured her spirit and I loved being able to read her innermost thoughts about the things that she g As a huge fan of Grossman’s original trilogy, this graphic novel has been at the top of my TBR since it was announced. Thank you so much to the publisher for granting my wish and sending me a copy of it.This book was so wonderful. Alice is such an endearing and beautiful character in The Magicians so it was incredibly lovely to get to revisit the story from her point of view. The author’s really captured her spirit and I loved being able to read her innermost thoughts about the things that she goes through on her journey to her destiny.The art is absolutely phenomenal and there were so many panels that made me emotional because how much life was captured within them. I’m very grateful that this book exists. I think it will be a lovely thing for fans of the books, the show, or anyone picking up the story for the first time. I really hope that the authors and artist make more graphic novels about these characters.
    more
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*2 stars.I didn't enjoy this. I found it a bit too boring and the artwork just didn't appeal to me. I do have a positive thing to say about it though and that's that I really like the cover and that is my reason for this being 2 stars and not 1. Unfortunately this was not for me.
    more
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    January 1, 1970
    4/5This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There’s a good chance that you might have heard of The Magicians before. It is a well known series written by Lev Grossman involving a group of students who discovers a land they thought that was originally written in a book. They also happen to deal with magic as well.I have only read the firs 4/5This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There’s a good chance that you might have heard of The Magicians before. It is a well known series written by Lev Grossman involving a group of students who discovers a land they thought that was originally written in a book. They also happen to deal with magic as well.I have only read the first book in the series while having the second book sitting in my TBR. I am a fan of the TV adaption and prefer the show over the books. I caught my attention when I noticed there was now a graphic novel adaption of the series. I just wanted to see how it would look like in this format, compared to the TV and to my original thoughts when reading the series for the first time.Alice’s Story is mainly The Magicians (first book) from Alice’s point of view. It was nice to see another point of view from the story I have seen and read before. If you have already read the series or have seen the show, most of graphic novel will be familiar to you. I am sure there are some differences between the versions, but I did not notice any. They’re probably just small differences.Alice’s Story is really as good as an adaption can get. It really follows the original source and the details are great. I only wished that the pacing in this version was a bit quicker, but I’m leaving that as a personal opinion. This version has everything from the first book. If you’re a fan of the series, books, or either, I am pretty sure you’ll enjoy this graphic novel as well.
    more
  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    Alice's Story took me by surprise, really. The comic starts off slowly and it takes time to set the story on fire, but when it happens? It's pure blast! Alice Quinn can do magic and she wants to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, where her brother used to study too before his death. She makes friends with Quentin and Penny and soon we have a love triangle and Penny drops out. The friends loved Fillory fantasy books as kids and it would seem that Narnia happens and they get to travel Alice's Story took me by surprise, really. The comic starts off slowly and it takes time to set the story on fire, but when it happens? It's pure blast! Alice Quinn can do magic and she wants to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, where her brother used to study too before his death. She makes friends with Quentin and Penny and soon we have a love triangle and Penny drops out. The friends loved Fillory fantasy books as kids and it would seem that Narnia happens and they get to travel there only to be a part of a magnificent plan that needs sacrificing. The aim is to save the kingdom from those that traveled before. The plot is very interesting and even felt refreshing, since the comic does it with a twist and the atmosphere is dark, suffocating and sad throughout the story. Perhaps the ending comes too fast when you compare it to the beginning, but otherwise the rhythm is great. I liked Alice's choice even though it's sad as his brother's. Save the world and no one is happy.The art works well with the story line, although at times it's a bit crude. The faces and expressions are wonky at times, but the magic does look good. I liked the vivid panel forms and the dialogue was interesting with all the bickering and swearing, which makes this feel so real. We don't really get to see Fillory that much, which is a shame, but the same happens with most of the backgrounds that are slightly lacking. Still, a totally captivating story and no happy ends!
    more
  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    January 1, 1970
    With Alice's Story why I expected was something new, something different, in particular, what Alice experienced as a Niffin. Instead what I got was the entire first book of The Magicians trilogy told from Alice's POV. It was repetitive and lacked the power of the original book. What's more, there were errors. Elliot and Janet aren't in the same year as Alice and Q! Therefore they didn't go to Brakebills South with them and didn't graduate with them. Charlie is almost an unimportant plot point, w With Alice's Story why I expected was something new, something different, in particular, what Alice experienced as a Niffin. Instead what I got was the entire first book of The Magicians trilogy told from Alice's POV. It was repetitive and lacked the power of the original book. What's more, there were errors. Elliot and Janet aren't in the same year as Alice and Q! Therefore they didn't go to Brakebills South with them and didn't graduate with them. Charlie is almost an unimportant plot point, when given what he became and what Alice became it's the driving force of her narrative, not her relationship with Q. Also where's Josh's girlfriend who went with them to Fillory? And how did the three some month time shift between Brakebills and the outside world get dropped? But what annoyed me most of all was the art was just so pedestrian. There was nothing special about it and all the characters wore such dowdy clothes. And why did Q look like Jason Ralph but no other character look like the actors from the show? And I think that's my biggest gripe, we have such an amazing visual source for this narrative with the television series now that this needed to be more and new and instead it was the same and boring.
    more
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    In general, I liked this, but overall I don't understand who it is written for- other than super fans. This graphic novel sticks to the plot and characters in the book (The Magicians), so those who have only seen the TV show would most likely find parts of it confusing as the show deviates from the book. For those who haven't read the book or seen the show, there is not enough explained to fully understand all of the plot points.My main issue is that even though it is told from a different POV, In general, I liked this, but overall I don't understand who it is written for- other than super fans. This graphic novel sticks to the plot and characters in the book (The Magicians), so those who have only seen the TV show would most likely find parts of it confusing as the show deviates from the book. For those who haven't read the book or seen the show, there is not enough explained to fully understand all of the plot points.My main issue is that even though it is told from a different POV, nothing new happens/is revealed, etc. If you are going to tackle the same story from a different character's POV, it seems like you would want to actually expand on what happened in the book instead of just rehashing the same things. That's why I was left to wonder who would appreciate a rehashing of the original story- super fans who like graphic novels? Doesn't seem like a terribly wide audience.
    more
  • Kristen Wallo
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this Magicians graphic novel. I haven't read the book series, but I have watched the television show. I wasn't a huge fan of Alice before reading this graphic novel. I really like how the reader learns more about her backstory and gets to see the events from her perspective. Her ending is the same, which is okay, but it felt like there was a great sense of closure instead of loss. The artwork was also really amazing. I would recommended this books, and it made me interes I really enjoyed reading this Magicians graphic novel. I haven't read the book series, but I have watched the television show. I wasn't a huge fan of Alice before reading this graphic novel. I really like how the reader learns more about her backstory and gets to see the events from her perspective. Her ending is the same, which is okay, but it felt like there was a great sense of closure instead of loss. The artwork was also really amazing. I would recommended this books, and it made me interested in reading the other novels in the series.
    more
  • Anya
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read the series itself yet, but after reading the graphic novel, I'm excited to pick up the books.The beginning felt a bit disconnected between years and events and it felt like there were important parts missing from the story.The artwork is fitting for the genre, if you like it a bit dark and gothic-themed.Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy.
    more
  • Marta Ilieva
    January 1, 1970
    This was a surprisingly great story. I've heard of the T.V. adaptions of The Magicians, but never watched the show. -- perhaps now I should start! This graphic novel got me hooked on all things magic. The world-building, the complex character development, and even the awesome spells were some of the things that lured me into this story. Alice was awesome, and I hated the ending (yes, I love sappy endings!). This book also made me fall in love with graphic novels all over again, and I would recom This was a surprisingly great story. I've heard of the T.V. adaptions of The Magicians, but never watched the show. -- perhaps now I should start! This graphic novel got me hooked on all things magic. The world-building, the complex character development, and even the awesome spells were some of the things that lured me into this story. Alice was awesome, and I hated the ending (yes, I love sappy endings!). This book also made me fall in love with graphic novels all over again, and I would recommend it to anyone from upperclassmen high school age onward. Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this eARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    more
  • Viral
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Archaia for the ARC at BEA 2019!I've never read or watched The Magicians, although a good friend of mine has been bugging me to for a while. I grabbed this because of him. I loved it. The artwork is amazing, the story it tells is incredibly well done and I'm now hooked on the greater universe. It is a standalone story within The Magicians broader storyarch, but it does a solid job setting up the world and giving us great characters, great dialogue, and a powerful message about growing Thanks to Archaia for the ARC at BEA 2019!I've never read or watched The Magicians, although a good friend of mine has been bugging me to for a while. I grabbed this because of him. I loved it. The artwork is amazing, the story it tells is incredibly well done and I'm now hooked on the greater universe. It is a standalone story within The Magicians broader storyarch, but it does a solid job setting up the world and giving us great characters, great dialogue, and a powerful message about growing up and heartbreak. Highly reccomend, checking out the rest of the series ASAP!
    more
  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honesty review. Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to review and read this gem.This story was unquestionably going to be that of a favorite.I’m in love with the artwork, and storyline. Now I’ve not yet read the full magiancian series, or watched the show. But after this I surely will for the both of them. I only hope more graphic novels come for this story and that the author and artist continue with it because the both of them did an incre I received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honesty review. Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to review and read this gem.This story was unquestionably going to be that of a favorite.I’m in love with the artwork, and storyline. Now I’ve not yet read the full magiancian series, or watched the show. But after this I surely will for the both of them. I only hope more graphic novels come for this story and that the author and artist continue with it because the both of them did an incredible job.You could simply go into this without knowing much at all about its origins, it’s fast,witty, heart wrenching and a tale that should be read.Merged review:This story was unquestionably going to be that of a favorite.I’m in love with the artwork, and storyline. Now I’ve not yet read the full magiancian series, or watched the show. But after this I surely will for the both of them. I only hope more graphic novels come for this story and that the author and artist continue with it because the both of them did an incredible job.You could simply go into this without knowing much at all about its origins, it’s fast,witty, heart wrenching and a tale that should be read.
    more
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly didn't like it that much. The art was amazing but the story was a bit boring. I lost interest really quick.Merged review:I am afraid I wasn't that impressed with the book. I absolutely loved the art, it was very well made but the contest had me loose interest a bit fast. It could be because I'm not familiar with the original stories about the Magicians and therefore lost something, but I couldn't seem to stay interested.
    more
  • Savannah Evanoff
    January 1, 1970
    Find the entire review at my blog!https://reviewsbysavi.wordpress.com/2...I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my views of the book. All opinions stated are unbiased.STATS FOR THE BOOKLength: 208 PagesFormat: Graphic NovelPublication Date: July 10th, 2019Goodreads Rating: 3.83 Stars out of 29 RatingsSYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS“Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to t Find the entire review at my blog!https://reviewsbysavi.wordpress.com/2...I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my views of the book. All opinions stated are unbiased.STATS FOR THE BOOKLength: 208 PagesFormat: Graphic NovelPublication Date: July 10th, 2019Goodreads Rating: 3.83 Stars out of 29 RatingsSYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS“Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension.It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory—a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books—where magic flows like rivers . . . But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems and something darker lies behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends forever changed.”WHAT I LIKEThe story is different but the same as the first book. It shows how Alice navigates the world instead of solely focusing on Quentin. It’s different from the usual Magician novels but personally, I like seeing how Alice’s personality develops throughout the graphic novel.I love that its a graphic novel. Every other book in the Magician series is in the usual book format so it’s a, I suppose, fun way to read the usual story. The art gives the book a more entertaining aspect.The unrequited romance! Gosh! I honestly love reading about unrequited love and although it’s not a major plot point, for me, it was so important! Penny has always been one of my favorite characters so it was just all the feels when reading about Alice and him and their adorable unrequited love!This novel is very much so parallel to the TV series.It’s completely possible to read this without having read the series or saw the TV show! It starts from the beginning so you don’t truly need to be caught up to understand the plot which is so important!WHAT I DON’T LIKEThe art style. I’ll be honest, I’m very judgemental about how art is in graphic novels. Or how art is in general. Now, this is not meant to be rude about the art but the art was too simple. It almost felt as though the art didn’t give the story any pizazz. And don’t even get me started on how the characters are portrayed by the artists involved. I just feel as though there could have been a tad bit more effort put into the art.Alice is kind of a bland character. Don’t get me wrong. She is a bland character who is fairly undynamic throughout the novel which can throw people off.OVERALL OPINIONSHonestly, I loved how the authors went about recreating the Magicians story while changing the main character. Alice was always viewed as just the love interest in the TV show and book series. It gave me a different perspective from the one I used to have about Alice.However, the art style just really kept pulling me out of the story. It was too distracting at times which usually is good but as someone who didn’t enjoy the art, it made the story not as worth reading.I’d recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the theme of the supernatural. Although this is based on the book and TV series, it is easy to read regardless. The novel starts at the beginning making it easy to read even if you know nothing going into it. This is a graphic novel for fans of magic.Overall, I would give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.
    more
  • Summer Fazzone
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this graphic novel from BookCon. All thoughts are my own.I am honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this! I purchased The Magicians trilogy a while back and it still sits on my shelf unread. I was wary of reading the graphic novel inspired by the books before reading the original story mainly because I wasn't sure if I'd understand what was happening enough to enjoy it and I also didn't want to be spoiled for the other books. Turns out I didn't need much background t I received an ARC copy of this graphic novel from BookCon. All thoughts are my own.I am honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this! I purchased The Magicians trilogy a while back and it still sits on my shelf unread. I was wary of reading the graphic novel inspired by the books before reading the original story mainly because I wasn't sure if I'd understand what was happening enough to enjoy it and I also didn't want to be spoiled for the other books. Turns out I didn't need much background to have a great time reading this. That isn't to say it wouldn't be better if I had read the books first. I'm almost positive knowing more of the backstory could only enhance the experience. But I can't say for sure. I also can't confirm whether I've read major spoilers but I accepted that going in and if anything the graphic novel just inspired me to move The Magicians up on my TBR. The storyline follows Alice, a character from the original story, during a time when she was absent from the books (or at least that's what I've been told). She forces her way into Brakebills College following a tragic event involving her brother, who was a student there first. We follow her journey through her years there as she learns to harness magic and it is discovered that she's very gifted. From there she meets many people and together they make many discoveries. I don't want to say more than that since I really don't know what would be considered a spoiler. The story was entertaining the whole way through. It kept me engaged and I really couldn't put it down. The art in this book is interesting. I liked it quite a lot even though it's not the style I usually lean toward; somehow it fit the story perfectly. It sort of reminded me of the style of art you'd see in a superhero comic rather than the more fleshed out and modern style you see so much now. Pretty neutral coloring is used, nothing to bright or eye-catching, but again, that really worked for the atmosphere of the story. This is definitely an adult graphic novel, as are the books I believe. There's a decent amount of nudity but nothing too explicit. Mainly breasts and bare bottoms 😉. A fair amount of vulgar language and sexual themes along with some gory spots are also included. The reason this book lost that 5th star is due to the last quarter of the book. When the characters have entered Fillory (I checked and this is information you can literally find in the summary of the original book, so no spoilers) the atmosphere changed pretty drastically. It went from a somewhat dark and serious environment to a more comical, yet gory, feel. It's not that the story became humorous, just more cartoonish, if you will. I can see myself enjoying the altered storyline in print but reading it in this form somehow took away from the story for me and I found that I enjoyed that portion of the novel a great deal less than the first 3/4 of the book. I'd still completely recommend this. I think if you're someone who really enjoys fantasy and magic than that last bit wouldn't be enough to hinder you from liking this and could possibly be your favorite part. It just wasn't mine. Otherwise, great book! This releases on 7/16.blog | bookstagram | twitter
    more
  • Eule
    January 1, 1970
    "Fucking Fillory, man! Walking trees!""Now that's ent-ertainment!"Alice travels through the wilderness, knowing exactly where she wants to go but only able to guess how, making her way to Brakebills, a university for magicians.This graphic novel is the story The Magicians by Lev Grossman - but told by Alice instead of Quentin. I love the Magicians Trilogy, and have read them multiple times, also watched the first three seasons of the tv series.Since this is the story of the first of the three bo "Fucking Fillory, man! Walking trees!""Now that's ent-ertainment!"Alice travels through the wilderness, knowing exactly where she wants to go but only able to guess how, making her way to Brakebills, a university for magicians.This graphic novel is the story The Magicians by Lev Grossman - but told by Alice instead of Quentin. I love the Magicians Trilogy, and have read them multiple times, also watched the first three seasons of the tv series.Since this is the story of the first of the three books, you don't have to any kind of knowledge before delving in, just an interest in magical schools or wizards in training.I found it interesting that this graphic novels follows the descriptions of the book instead of the actors that portrayed the characters in television, which mostly means that Janet has been left with her name that starts with a J - in the book series it got confusing with so many names starting with J, but as two of them mostly play into Quentin's experiences, they don't feature at all or only in a minor part in the graphic novel.Also, Penny got to keep his green mohawk and got plugs and ridiculous large piercings to match, and he's white. Everyone at Brakebills is so, so white. Doesn't feel right.The drawings. Each chapter ends in a black panel with speech bubbles, which is a nice way of allowing your readers to picture something as they like to. We are shown that spells include signs done with your hands, but instead of going the Naruto-way of showing every single hand position, we get a time-freeze of one sign to get that they're doing something and then have to imagine the rest to allow the story to flow.I had fun with this one despite knowing what will happen. Quentin is such an ass. I never realised that while reading from his PoV.If they should do another graphic novel about Alice's shenanigans as a Niffin, I'd like to read it very much. As it is now, I'd recommend this one to people who already love the story or maybe are curious about the plot. It works both ways.I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't yet read the Magician's Trilogy. I saw this book on Edelweiss and decided to read it because it's a graphic novel and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It feels like an adult version of Harry Potter but it is much darker and with far more angst.The story focuses on Alice Quinn, a clever young woman who manages to get into Brakebills college where people go to study magic. Alice has a tragic background because she lost a brother who also attended the college. It might be I haven't yet read the Magician's Trilogy. I saw this book on Edelweiss and decided to read it because it's a graphic novel and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It feels like an adult version of Harry Potter but it is much darker and with far more angst.The story focuses on Alice Quinn, a clever young woman who manages to get into Brakebills college where people go to study magic. Alice has a tragic background because she lost a brother who also attended the college. It might be good to wield magic but magic also comes with dangers. Alice excels in her studies and she falls in love with Quentin Coldwater who is another brilliant student. The Magician's Trilogy stories actually focus on Quentin but this volume tells the story from Alice's perspective.After graduation Alice settles down with a group of friends and most of their time is spent drinking and generally carousing but this changes when they are contacted by Penny who is a former student who has a crush on Alice. Penny has somehow managed to find a way to get into the land of Fillory, which is an imaginary place described in a children's book. When they realise Fillory is real Alice and her friends decide to explore it and they make the journey to Filaree only to get caught up in the darkness of that land.I thought this was a really engaging graphic novel and I was drawn into the story quite quickly. I thought the artwork was good and the story has a good pace. I found it exciting to read because not being familiar with the trilogy I didn't really know what was coming next. The book is not just about magic. I enjoyed all the drama between the characters and the angst of a young relationship. I think this book is actually really good way of entering into the trilogy. It doesn't spoil anything, instead it just made me more eager to read all the books. I think it would also be great if the main story is produced in graphic novel format. I'm a great fan of graphic novels and I think that this story really delivers. I'm looking forward to actually reading the Trilogy in full.Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
    more
  • Hisham El-far
    January 1, 1970
    The Magicians is a dark Portal Fantasy trilogy by Lev Grossman that was adapted into a TV series. This Graphic Novel is based upon the original books – not the TV show.Think College after Hogwarts with sex, drugs and bad mental health – and then give them firepower and access to Narnia to really party!. The original trilogy dragged the reader through some dark corners of the main characters souls before showing any light. This Graphic Novel parallels the events of the first novel in the series, The Magicians is a dark Portal Fantasy trilogy by Lev Grossman that was adapted into a TV series. This Graphic Novel is based upon the original books – not the TV show.Think College after Hogwarts with sex, drugs and bad mental health – and then give them firepower and access to Narnia to really party!. The original trilogy dragged the reader through some dark corners of the main characters souls before showing any light. This Graphic Novel parallels the events of the first novel in the series, The Magicians – anyone who has already read the novels will find this story very familiar.The Magicians Original Graphic Novel: Alice’s Story – as the title suggests is all about Alice. This book shows us what happens from Alice’s perspective. But if you haven’t read the original books, fear not – this Graphic Novel stands on its own merits and requires no knowledge of the series at large. (But reading this will give you spoilers for the main books, so be warned)I really liked this and had fun coming back to a series I’ve enjoyed before. It felt familiar but new. Still dark, but for unexpected reasons – and made me feel for Alice all over again.Alice’s Story deals with outsiders trying to fit in amongst other outsiders. Obsessions pushed too far, the realisation that not everyone grows up at the same pace (or at all in some cases) – and the scars of bereavement and grief that never completely heal.Lev Grossman and Lilah Sturges have together managed to write a story anew, bringing something for both existing fans as well as those new to the worlds of The Magicians. Pius Bak has brought to life the characters and worlds in such a way as to radiate their essences.This graphic novel is published by Boom! Studios. Written by Lev Grossman and Lilah Sturges. Illustrated by Pius Bak. Colour by Dan Jackson. Lettering by Mike Fiorentino.The Magicians: Alice’s Story will be available from 16th July 2019. (A free digital copy of this book for review purposes was kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley.)4 out of 5 stars.
    more
  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw this on Netgalley, I just knew I had to request it. I haven't actually read the initial trilogy by Lev Grossman, however, I have seen the first season of the TV show. I absolutely loved it but I am yet to get up to date, but after reading this graphic novel, I really feel like watching it all right this second. This graphic novel follows the story of the first book in The Magicians trilogy, but following it from the point of the view from the beloved Alice Quinn. I will admit, I don't When I saw this on Netgalley, I just knew I had to request it. I haven't actually read the initial trilogy by Lev Grossman, however, I have seen the first season of the TV show. I absolutely loved it but I am yet to get up to date, but after reading this graphic novel, I really feel like watching it all right this second. This graphic novel follows the story of the first book in The Magicians trilogy, but following it from the point of the view from the beloved Alice Quinn. I will admit, I don't know how closely the novel follows the original story plot wise, so I won't comment on that. From the parts of the TV show that I have watched, Alice was one of my favourite characters from the beginning so I was intrigued to read about her point of view.I absolutely loved this book. The illustrations were wonderful, and the colours within each panel was phenomenal. I can't speak highly enough of the illustrations that Bak provided for this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple panels on each page. The story line of this novel was paced wonderfully overall. I did feel like it was a bit slow in the beginning, but this was mainly to just set the scene of Alice venturing to Brakebills. However, once she gets into Brakebills, the story line and plot just goes up the next level. I absolutely loved the contrasting story lines that this novel entailed; at and during school, and then after graduation and entering the real world.The only reason I gave this a 4 and not a 5 is purely because I want to leave room for potential (and hopeful improvement) once I finally read the initial trilogy and watch the TV show in full. I want to be able to compare this novel to the original story line and see if there are any small or major deviations from the original plot. I will also admit, I did expect Fillory to be a bit more magical and extravagant, but I think that's just how much I have built it up in my head, rather than what it may or may not be experienced as. Thank you very much to BOOM! Studios for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Dini Kamayana
    January 1, 1970
    Having read the first book in The Magicians series, I was able to follow along with the story pretty well. It's very much to the book, which I appreciated. I thought the artwork was well done, a little dark coloring, with darker and imperfect lines to fit the tone of the story. One of the things I liked most was that the characters in the graphic novel were true to the descriptions in the book (unlike in the TV show). I liked them better this way. I always found myself having a love/hate relatio Having read the first book in The Magicians series, I was able to follow along with the story pretty well. It's very much to the book, which I appreciated. I thought the artwork was well done, a little dark coloring, with darker and imperfect lines to fit the tone of the story. One of the things I liked most was that the characters in the graphic novel were true to the descriptions in the book (unlike in the TV show). I liked them better this way. I always found myself having a love/hate relationship with Alice so I thought it'd be interesting to learn more about her and to experience things through her eyes. That said I wish that the story covered more than just following along with exactly what happened in the novel. I thought this would cover more of her at home life, her odd relationship with her parents (which was really a sticking point for her in the book) and how the loss of her brother affected her. That loss really turned her life upside down and I wish that more of the effect it had on her was explored. I also felt the ending was a little rushed. While the graphic novel does stay true to the original book, I thought it really lagged at times. It honestly gave me the same feeling I had when reading the original novel, which I admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of because it felt a bit dull. I thought reading it in graphic novel form would make it better, and it was but only slightly.I'm glad that I read this though. I am curious to know what happened to Alice after the ending. She does make a reappearance in the TV series but I'm not sure about the book (because I stopped reading it). That said, it would be interesting to know if there's anything sentient left. This was not a quick graphic novel read, but it was still enjoyable. Thanks to Netgalley, the authors, and publishers for sending me the e-ARC for an honest review.
    more
  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    '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.
    more
Write a review