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, Historical, Historical Fiction, 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 ling
    3.5/5 – super quick & cute gahhhh
  • 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:
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Caitlin
    City on the Other Side begins with a young girl named Isabel living in San Francisco just after a devastating earthquake in 1906. Isabel comes from a wealthy family and largely absentee parents and when she finds a way into the world of the fae, she encounters an adventure she never expected. When a message is left in her hands, it’ll be up to Isabel to deliver it before the wars between the fae break out into her own world. Despite not being t...
  • Katy
    Very cute, quick read! Loved the art style. Button was my favourite.
  • Benjamin
    A fun modern-ish take on the human and fairy worlds. Good story, fun art and it draws a lot of different mythologies.
  • Elizabeth
    The City on the Other Side was such a complete delight to read. I was pretty excited to hear about the premise, as the idea of both a real world and a fantasy world co-existing is one I have always enjoyed, and early 20th century San Francisco isn't something I have seen much of in other stories. That said, this exceeded my expectations.Mairghread Scott's story worked really well for me. The characters were endearing, the dialogue was fun and fun...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Elf
    Rating: 4.5 starsThe art is really cool, and the story is short and sweet :)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Maarit
    The story sets in early twentieth century San Francisco, somewhere between the time of the 1906 earthquake and the San Francisco World Fair. Isabel is a young girl, who lives a sheltered life with her mother. This changes when Isabel goes to spend summer with her father and stumbles through the veil to another city, where a war rages between Seelie and Unseelie courts. The war is also affecting San Francisco, even if humans don't even realize it ...
  • 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...
  • Erica
    The artwork in this comic is simply gorgeous. I like the historical setting of San Francisco a couple years after the 1906 earthquake, especially how it plays into the fantasy world. The character design is excellent. Scott clearly had fun with the different fantasy creatures. I wish there was a bit more to the plot, but it would have had to be a longer comic or perhaps a series if there was.
  • Katharine
    Fun story with unique character designs meshed together from various mythologies. Action wasn't always drawn well and story jumped often, so the flow was choppy at times, but overall it was a fun read.
  • Meg
    3.5 Fantastic worldbuilding.
  • Shelly
  • 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 ...
  • Alyssa
    A City On The Other Side is, like in the name, is about a city on the other side. On the other side, there are two kingdoms. Two fairy kingdoms. These two kingdoms on the fairies side are called the Seelie and unseelie. The fairies and humans are only separated by a barrier called the vail, which is only as thick as a blade of grass.. It’s up to Isabel to get princess Id’naress heart back to her,and make the two kingdoms at peace once again. ...
  • 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...
  • Katie Lawrence
    I found this very difficult to follow and rather confusing. It was hard to understand Isabel's situation with her parents and the world building felt incomplete. I did love the illustrations, but otherwise I was a bit disappointed. It's almost like the story could have used 40 more pages at the beginning to develop Isabel more fully and clarify the fantasy situation too.