The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott

The City on the Other Side

When a wealthy and sheltered young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!The first decade of the twentieth century is coming to a close, and San Francisco is still recovering from the great earthquake of 1906. Isabel watched the destruction safely from her window, sheltered within her high-society world.Isabel isn't the kind of girl who goes on adventures. But that all c...

Details The City on the Other Side

TitleThe City on the Other Side
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Magic

Reviews The City on the Other Side

  • Katie B
    The setting is San Francisco soon after the earthquake in the early 1900s. Isabel is a little girl who lives with her mother in a fancy house with servants attending to her every need. But what Isabel wants is to feel like her mother and father, who lives in Carmel, actually do love and care about her. Isabel is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she steps into a whole new world and discover two factions of faeries at war with one another. I...
  • - ̗̀ ash ̖́-
    The City on the Other Side is a graphic novel set in 20th century San Francisco, after the events of the great earthquake of 1906. The story follows young Isabel, finding herself on a quest to return a magical necklace. The City on the Other Side's story is one of urban fantasy. There is a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, and alas, it is Isabel's job to save the day. I found The City on the Other Side to be quite predictable. The story di...
  • alexandra
    3.5/5 – super quick & cute gahhhh
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE is an excellent middle grade graphic novel. With an interesting historical setting, a fun adventure story, and amazing artwork, this book is sure to charm younger readers.Obviously in a graphic novel the art is responsible for telling a lot of the story. I thought that THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE was well done in that regard. The fairies were unique and the colors super vibrant...
  • Jenna
    Rather predictable in terms of plot, and sorely lacking on the historical side. But this graphic novel is gorgeously illustrated and I would love to read more about the (Un)Seelie world and the diverse cast that exists just on the other side of the Veil. Perhaps with a time skip so we can see how our MCs have aged and evolved? They were a bit two-dimensional as plucky heroine and redeemed thief, so I wish more time had been spent getting to know ...
  • Christy
    I now choose to believe that all natural disasters are caused due to concerns on the other side of the veil. Let's all keep the other dimensions happy, ok?See our picks for natural disasters and the books we think caused:
  • Nori
    This was so cute! I loved the art. The fairies all looked like different kinds of monsters.It’s a good read-a-like for the Amulet books. Though, I feel maybe for a slightly younger audience. Another good one-sitting kinda read.
  • Sarah
    The City on the Other Side is a cutesy story of a young girl in post 1906-Earthquake San Francisco. Her distant mother ships her off to spend the summer with her artist father who seems to be too busy to pay much attention to her. Lonely, she takes to wandering and accidentally finds herself in the middle of a fairy war. When she is handed a magical necklace by a dying Seelie fae, she finds herself in the fairy realm on a mission to help find the...
  • Laura
    I love stories of the Fey folk, and this one was fun because it took place in an alternative version of San Francisco, which is where Isabel ends up, when she gets her hands on a magic necklace that allows her to travel to the land of the Fey.Although I love that this story took place in post 1906 earthquake San Francisco and Carmel, I find it a pity that there wasn't as much used of the actual cities. Plus the mother referring to smog, which was...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog The City On The Other Side is a fairly standard urban fantasy, albeit one with an historical milieu. I had been hoping to find something more original - a spark or reason for the story other than a rather tenuous tie to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The historical aspects are nearly non existent (though there are some middle-grade aimed factoids at the end) and I real...
  • Klaudia
    InhaltNach dem tragischen Erdbeben in San Francisco zur Jahrhundertwende lebt die wohlbehütete Isabel bei ihrer Mutter. Doch im Sommer soll sie einige Wochen bei ihrem Vater verbringen – der ebenso wenig Zeit für sie hat wie die vielbeschäftigte Gesellschaftsdame. Isabels Fluchtweg führt sie ins Reich der Seelie, doch dort tobt ein Krieg mächtigen Ausmaßes. Während die Unseelie das Weltengebilde bedrohen, ist es an Isabel, mit einer gehe...
  • Molly
    Isabel isn't having the greatest time at either of her homes -- her mother doesn't seem interested in her and her father appears to be more comfortable working with his sculptures than interacting with her. When Isabel stumbles upon a dying fairy who bequeaths her a necklace and a mission, she doesn't hesitate to enter the world of fairies, where a battle between the Seelie and Unseelie is raging. The Unseelie wish to destroy the human world, whi...
  • Derek Royal
    An interesting fantasy that could possibly turn into a series. In some ways a period piece, set in early 20th-century San Francisco, it presents an intermingling of worlds between the human and fairykind. That's nothing special, but the unique twist to this premise is that there are conflicting factions of fairies, and these tensions eventually find their ways into the human world. I'm particularly keen on the material at the very end of this boo...
  • Shandra
    I really liked this graphic novel! The art is amazing, and I love all the diversity in both the Fae and the humans. Set in San Francisco (and it's Fairy equivalent on the other side of the Veil) just after the Earthquake and subsequent fire of 1906, it tells a tale of a neglected girl who wants to have adventures and gets more than she bargained for! The story wrapped up so perfectly - it made me very happy!! (Check out the last few pages for mor...
  • Cara
    I liked the art and the story equally in this one. Isabel is feeling like her parents don't really see her. They know she's there but she feels like an inconvenience. When she is sent to her father's for the summer, she accidentally stumbles into a war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts. She has to learn to find her voice and make it heard, or not everyone is going to make it out alive.
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    This was a fun amalgam of a historical setting and a fantasy world. Scott's story is filled with high stakes and developed characters--particularly on the other side with Isabel's sidekicks like Buttons. The story in the "real" world is decidedly less developed. Most bothersome to me was Isabel's relationship with her mother. Basically every other female character in this comic is capable and vocal. Yet we barely see Isabel's mother. There is no ...
  • Kiri
    Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.The City on the Other Side is a cute story about a young girl, Isabel, living in San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906. She is on a quest to help restore balance to the world of the Fey by delivering a magical necklace to a person in the Seelie court. This novel has a cast of endearing and interesting characters. You don'...
  • Erin
    The strongest part of The City on the Other Side is the artwork. It is a really lovely book. Unfortunately the story is just okay. It is a pretty standard middle grades portal fantasy with a young protagonist living a sheltered life who is often overlooked and neglected by the adults around her. She discovers the barrier between our world and the world of fairies and unsurprisingly finds adventure there. It is enjoyable but predictable. I think y...
  • Cecelia
    Fairyland has figured heavily in my pleasure reading for almost as long as I’ve been reading. First, because it is and was a staple of English-language fantasy (a favorite), and secondly because it was the sort of thing I didn’t have to hide from my mother (she never really took to fantasy, but fairies were okay because it’s classic myth!). But complicated feelings about fantasy aside, I read some really fabulous fairy stories as a young on...
  • Deanna Reads Books
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksThe City on The Other Side is a cute comic about a young girl that doesn't think she belongs anywhere going on an adventure in Faerieland. I am a huge fan of Faerie stories and am pretty well versed in the Seelie/Unseelie courts that I felt I was able to jump right into this one. I really liked that the Faeries in this comic are not just humanoid looking people with wings. Ther...
  • Becky B
    Isabel is a poor little rich girl in San Francisco just after the big earthquake in the early 1900s. She has everything she could want, except her parents’ positive attention and love. She stumbles across the Veil one day into the fairy world and finds herself in the middle of a fairy war between the Seelies and the Unseelies. Isabel suddenly finds herself tasked with taking an important necklace to someone in the city named Miyori for the Seel...
  • Devin
    Mairghread Scott's The City on the Other Side is a fantasy graphic novel set in 1906 San Francisco after the earthquake that destroyed over 80% of the city. After visiting her father for the summer and stumbling upon a dying fairy in the woods, young Isabel finds herself at the center of a war between two sparring fairy groups. The Seelie and the Unseelie are fairies that reside on the other side of the veil in their own world, but both the human...
  • Alenka
    The City on the Other Side is a sort of historical fiction, mostly fantasy comic about Isabel, a young girl living in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Isabel's mother is a sort of absent parent who is more interested in high society and appearances than her daughter's interests or happiness, and Isabel feels very trapped in her home, despite loving and dreaming of spending more time in the city. When she's sent to her sculptor father's home in t...
  • Truebluedah ♪
    This book took me to other worlds! Or to other sides of worlds! ;)The City on the Other Side is a magical graphic novel!The first thing that I MUST praise is the drawings; They were stunning!Every time I would look at them I would think, I wish I could draw like that! ;~; (But I cannot)The drawings are so cartoon-y, but so real at the same time! The colors and drawings really bring the book to life!The characters! (+A review of the drawings of th...
  • Etinosa
    The city on the other side is a middle grade fantasy graphic novel about a girl called Isabel who lives in San Francisco with a mother who isn’t interested in her and a father who is too busy with his sculptures. One day during a visit to her father she stumbles upon a fairy on a mission to deliver a magical necklace and is thrust into a war between fairies. With a new friend Benjie and mushroom faerie Button, Isabel must embark on this quest w...
  • Andrew
    Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson create a charming children's fantasy, set in Northern California in the early years of the 20th century, and in a magical otherworld inhabited by fairies. Isabel, a young San Francisco girl whose parents have separated, anxiously goes to stay with her artist father in Carmel, only to discover a world parallel to hers. The Seelie and Unseelie, clans of fairies, inhabit this world, and Isabel finds herself caught...
  • Michelle
    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. There isn't much that makes me happier than seeing strong female lead characters in a kid's graphic novel. Set after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Isabel is raised to become a proper little lady by her emotionally detached mother. Isabel would like to stay in the city surrounded by familiar sights instead of heading off to the country to stay with her artist father. She...
  • Alyssa
    (I was provided a free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley!)When Isabel goes to stay with her father, she discovers a whole other world "beyond the veil" and gets caught up in a war between two fairy kingdoms. Along the way, she makes friends with Button (a mushroom fairy) and Benjie (a human boy/thief in the fairy city). I could see this being a good introductory graphic novel for kids (probably age 5-10?). The story ...
  • Barbara
    Although Isabelle has been reared in a protected environment in San Francisco and enjoys the privileges of great wealth, she never feels as though she matters. Even when she visits her father, he seems too preoccupied by his art to pay much attention to her. But when a fairy from the other side dies on her father's property and begs her for help, the young girl is thrust into a battle being waged between the Seelie and Unseelie Court. It is her t...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Scott, Mairghread City on the Other Side 209 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2018. $24. Language: G ( 0 swears) ; Mature Content:G; Violence: G. Isabel doesn’t feel much love from either of her parents. When she is sent to spend the summer with her father, she accidently falls into a strange adventure. Isabel discovers there are two worlds existing at the same time. The other world, the world of the fairy is at war, seelie vs unseelie. She i...