The Magicians by Lilah Sturges

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 Cold...

Details The Magicians

TitleThe Magicians
Release DateJul 10th, 2019
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Magicians

  • Schizanthus
    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 bing...
  • Tatiana
    I've never been tempted to read Lev Grossman's The Magicians, but I may be now.*after reading reviews of The Magicians* Or maybe only if they make a graphic novel out of it.
  • Phillip
    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I haven't read The Magicians, but this book sounded interesting to me. It's sort of like a darker version of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. The setting is wonderful. It drew me in pretty quickly and I found myself wanting to know more about these characters. The book is paced well too. It did drag a little towards the end. I thought the way the story wr...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    This is not quite an adaptation of Lev Grossman's The Magicians. It's the story of the novel, but told episodically and all from Alice's point of view. Watchers of the TV show will probably be confused by how different the characters look and how slightly their relationships vary (though much of this is congruent with the first two seasons). People who have never read the book or seen the TV show will probably be confused, because the story skips...
  • Wayne McCoy
    '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 a...
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    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 ...
  • 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 character...
  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    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, strande...
  • 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 th...
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I requested The Magicians: Alice's Story even though I'm unfamiliar with Lev Grossman's series and the television show. I know both are popular... but this graphic novel is what finally piqued my interest. I thought it would give me a good feel for the charac...
  • Dichotomy Girl
    I went to the trouble of doing a completely unnecessary reread of the Magician's before reading this. This was unnecessary as this was pretty much a straight retelling of the events of the first book from Alice's perspective. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had NOT just done the reread.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    On the surface, a retelling of the first Magicians novel as a graphic novel from Alice's point of view feels like a bit of a waste of time. If you've read the book, or seen the show, then you know all this stuff...right? Wrong.What really sets Alice's Story apart is just that - it's Alice's story. These may be familiar events, but they feel fresh and new under Alice's narration and point of view, and at no point does Sturges ever forget that this...
  • sophia (flitteringpages)
    “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 ha...
  • Bree (alibraryforone)
    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...
  • 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.
  • Jill Kenna
    Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book.Having never read the Magicians book series or knowing anything about it, I very much enjoyed this book! The story was really good as was the artwork. Not knowing anything about this series or the characters did not hinder me in any way while I was reading this. The characters were fully developed and all had good story arcs as the book progressed. I would love if there were more books th...
  • 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 charac...
  • 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 w...
  • Garan
    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 r...
  • Rachel
    *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.
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    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 ...
  • Siina
    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 wou...
  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    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 th...
  • Melissa
    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 ...
  • Kristen Wallo
    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 wo...
  • Anya
    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.
  • Marta Ilieva
    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 wit...
  • cafeyre
    Alice is a teenager with magical abilities. Soon she becomes one of the students of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. She is one of the top students in her class together with the other two boys Penny and Quentin. Together they become friends and as they spend more time together they got closer. Everything changes when love is being involved and Alice chooses one of them. They went separate ways and the friendship didn't exist anymore. Eve...
  • Viral
    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, gre...
  • Miranda
    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 ...