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THE MAGICIANS: ALICES 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 shes always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 10th 2019 by Archaia
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Schizanthus Nerd
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One thing you learn about magic is that just when you think you know what its all about it finds a way to surprise you.
Im a tad obsessed with Lev Grossmans 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. Its been on my I must remedy this egregious error immediately list for too long already but at least Ive binge watched the TV series so I havent missed out entirely.

This graphic
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Tatiana
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: ala19
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.
Helena of Eretz ✰
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic, new-adult, comics, arcs
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Although I do prefer the telly show to the actual novels, I really enjoyed seeing the characters we know from Alice's eyes. She's really developed from the person we saw in the first book. And I especially liked seeing past events in this comic with her brother, Charlie.

The artwork was also very pretty.

My main problem was that the plot was rather lacking and slow. I'd definitely
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Chad
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
The first book of Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy told through the eyes of Alice. Just to be clear, this is based on the novel, not the TV show so there will be some minor differences with the first 2 seasons of the show. Typically, comic adaptations of novels aren't very good. I was happily surprised with this one. Sturges does a good job of reengineering the story to tell it from Alice prospective. Some elements, such as much of what happens to Julia, are left out because that's Quentin's ...more
Bethany
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
In full disclosure, I hated The Magicians. I was promised Harry Potter in college and that was definitely not what I got, so I hate read book 1 and then stopped. That said, it eventually became so popular what with the show, that I decided to give this graphic novel a try. Because maybe my taste had changed in all these years? Ummm.....not really?

Honestly, the best thing about Alice's Story is that is is NOT from Quentin's perspective! He is insufferable and I have a little bit more empathy for
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Stewart Tame
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
As the cover promises, this is a retelling of Grossmans novel, The Magicians, from Alices point of view. It's been a long time since I read the original, so it's hard to judge just how different everything seems. Certainly the major incidents are more or less as I remember them.

So I suppose the big question is: which should be read first, this book, or the original novel? I don't know that there's a clear cut answer to that. Id tentatively say that I enjoyed this book more, but 1) it's been, as
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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 over connective tissue.

And as for fans of the
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Phil
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 wrapped up was worth it though. I can't compare this
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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, stranded in season 3 though through no fault of the
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Wayne McCoy
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'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
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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 mindset when entering Brakebills. The art is ...more
Lisa Wolf
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
For fans of The Magicians books. This graphic novel adaptation tells the same story as volume one of the trilogy, but from Alice's perspective. It's nicely done, but the story feels a bit repetitive, since we already know it all. (Also, I can't help getting the TV series characters stuck in my mind as the definitive characters, so it's jarring to see them illustrated so differently here.)
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 characters and the setting, and I was intrigued by the
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Chris Lemmerman
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 is in fact Alice's story, and it's her that
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Veronika
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Etienne
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I dont have read the Magicians trilogy yet, but Ive 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 dont know), but nothing that really matters in the end. I like the art, like the story, really fast pace, ...more
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.
sophia (flitteringpages)
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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. Thats just how it always goes for this lot isnt it?
Still, I really liked Alices Story. The art style wasnt extraordinary, but it was very detailed, and I just loved seeing the events of the first book unfold from her perspective. (Okay, I havent read the first book, but Im familiar with the characters and
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Bree | alibraryforone
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. Its great to be able to see all the characters appearances fully flushed out. Most of the characters werent what I expected them to look like, but thats 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
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Meegy
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 that centered on each character like this one did
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Oksana
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alices Story by Lilah Sturges, Lev Grossman, Pius Bak is The Magicians told from Alices perspective thus showing us things that werent 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. Alices Story combines the familiar plot with some great art. It was a bit surreal at first seeing the characters look different but thats the beauty of it we get to see a new take on all
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Erika
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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
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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 them. Charlie is almost an unimportant plot point, ...more
Garan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of Grossmans 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 authors really captured her spirit and I loved being able to read her innermost thoughts about the things that she
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Melissa
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, cook-book
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,
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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.
Adela Cacovean
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel tells the original Magicians' story through Alice's perspective. It has all the main events from the trilogy which I loved, but it brings a new angle to the story, and I must say I really missed this character. The art was not spectacular, but nice enough. Perfect for fans of Magicians books and TV series.
Jeremy
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
A completely unnecessary rehash of The Magicians. The POV shift feels mostly superficial, although the one or two moments of new Alice stuff do work. But literally one or two moments. Two stars for that and effective art.
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
4/5
This 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.

Theres 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
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