The Magicians Original Graphic Novel: Alice's Story

The Magicians Original Graphic Novel: Alice's Story


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684150212
Publisher: Archaia
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 146,203
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, most notable as the author of The Magicians Trilogy: The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land. He was formerly the book critic and lead technology writer at Time magazine.

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The Magicians Original Graphic Novel: Alice's Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Veronicess 5 months ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
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.
SchizanthusNerd 6 months ago
“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 the Beast. 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. 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. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios for granting my wish to read this graphic novel. Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Graphic novels are most young people's first introduction to reading by and for themselves. This book not only tells the story in an engrossing manner, the art is outstanding. The authors/ artists have done a fantastic job of bringing the story to life.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this. I'm a huge fan of this series, and I'm super glad to have something from Alice's perspective. I think she's such a strong, complicated character, and this really shows a different side to her power that I think the original material may not have fully touched upon. I also really liked how it seemed to follow the books a bit more rather than the tv show. Aside from being a great story, the artwork is also really nice and lush. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the series because it's such a wonderful addition to the story.
WyHalo 6 months ago
As a fan of Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, I was curious about a story from Alice's perspective because I've never really sympathized with her. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I really got her here, either. I would say this is an excellent graphic adaptation to the original book, but it didn't really give me more of an understanding of Alice. It covers most of the same ground we got from Quentin's perspective in the first place. I had hoped to learn more about Alice's history and personality, but that was not to be. I also really wanted to see more of Fillory! I think this will appeal to superfans of the series, but I will caution that this graphic novel is based on the books, not the television show. I've only seen half the first season, and it didn't stick in my brain the way the books have. If you just can't get enough of the Magicians, try this. If you're looking for new perspectives on Alice, keep your expectations low. I received a free ebook ARC on NetGalley. This is an honest review.