The City on the Other Side

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...

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Title:The City on the Other Side
Author:Mairghread Scott
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Edition Language:English

The City on the Other Side Reviews

  • 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?

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  • 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, while the Seelie understand that the human world prov

    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, while the Seelie understand that the human world provides a counterbalance to their own. Isabel, with the help of an adorable mushroom-like imp, Button, and an unlikely interloper, sets out to fulfill her found fairy's dying wish . . . and learns many valuable lessons along the way. Gorgeous art and a delightful story.

  • 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.

  • 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 not that common in 1906. Considering how much of

    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 not that common in 1906. Considering how much of the city was destroyed, it is unclear where Isabel and her mother are even living. I sort of wish that had not been so vague.

    But the rest of the story, that takes place in the land of the Fey, that is quite good, as Isable finds her way through it all. She is a good strong character, and I enjoyed that part of the book.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    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 really wanted to see 1906 San Francisco rather than t

    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 really wanted to see 1906 San Francisco rather than the alternate fairy world.

    Plot: Isabel is fairly forgotten in her world - her San Francisco socialite mother binding her to the harsh mores of the era while her father lives in Carmel carving stone. One day while visiting her father, she chances upon a dying fairy. Before passing, he gives her a necklace and begs her to find the queen of the seelies and give her the necklace. Isabel soon finds herself in the middle of the cold iron war between the seelie and unseelie courts. With the help of a human boy hiding in the fairy world and stealing in order to survive, they will free the imprisoned queen and bring balance back to the fairy world.

    Most of The City On The Other Side is a road quest; our heroine spends a chunk of the book looking for a seelie general and then the queen herself in fairyland. Perhaps because of this, there was little to no flavor of historic San Francisco. This takes place a bit (months maybe?) after the earthquake so there is no dwelling on that event. It's just randomly explained in the story that it was caused by the unseelies as part of their war. And it's more of an afterthought at that.

    Our character Isabel is plucky but I have to admit that she feels just as disaffected as her parents. I never got much of a flavor of her personality or spirit other than that she wishes her parents noticed her more. Oddly, there is a reconciliation with one of them while the other remains completely disenfranchised from her daughter. Similarly, her friend Benjie is fairly cardboard and mushroom shaped seelie companion Button has an odd mix of flavors so that he is hard to pin down.

    Readers may be surprised at some of the seeming anachronisms. Isabel's mother's use of the word 'smog' feels off since it was a word only just coined that year. Similarly, a museum night watchman using an electric flashlight (also recently invented at the turn of the century) also feels off. Both are possible but not plausible So, too, is it glaring that Isabel is confined by social mores and not by her gender as was custom in that era.

    Admittedly, I didn't find much to interest me in this title. The lack of historic San Francisco really felt like a miss and I'd have enjoyed this more had the author/illustrator researched the locale/time and then put our hero/heroine through a San Francisco streets chase rather than situating so much in the fairie world. Since research was done on different types of fairies by the author, that clearly is where the focus went on the story. But younger, less sophisticated audiences may find this entertaining, if a bit bland. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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    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 didn't impress me too much, the writing felt like it

    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 didn't impress me too much, the writing felt like it was rushed, and the plot could've honestly been better. I also wished that the novel included more historical background of the surroundings of San Francisco, and was disappointed to find there wasn't a lot of it there.

    But something that I LOVED LOVED LOVED about this book was the art. I mean, in a graphic novel, the art is 1/2 the book, and I have to say that I had no problems with it whatsoever. It was incredibly vivid, vibrant, and colorful, and it made the world so much more real. Although my digital copy was a bit blurred, obviously when this book will be published, the art in the physical form will be magnificent. Honestly, I couldn't get enough of the art. I'd read this book only for the art if I had to.

    Although this book wasn't personally for me, this book would be a magical read for younger readers, especially those just diving into reading. The novel has a lot of elements that appeal to younger readers looking for adventure and magic in a story, and the brilliant artwork in this book will only help its case to excel.

    * I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • 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 book, after the story proper. It's more than sketches

    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 book, after the story proper. It's more than sketches; it's a self-conscious behind-the-scenes supplement that adds context to the text.

  • 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 them instead of dashing about the city.

    Fun, and I’

    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 them instead of dashing about the city.

    Fun, and I’m sure that kids will enjoy it. Too bad it doesn’t go as deep as Faith Erin Hick’s series.

  • Klaudia

    Inhalt

    Nach 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 geheimnisvollen Kette den Frieden wiederzubringen …

    Meine Bewert

    Inhalt

    Nach 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 geheimnisvollen Kette den Frieden wiederzubringen …

    Meine Bewertung

    „The City on the Other Side“ war mal wieder ein englischer Comic für mich, der mich aber eher zwiegespalten hinterlassen hat. Das historische Setting im San Francisco von 1906, gepaart mit den Welten der Seelie und Unseelie, hat ziemlich große Hoffnungen in mir geweckt, aber leider wurde ich von Anfang an nicht wirklich mit der Geschichte warm.

    Was mich am meisten gestört hat, waren die Charaktere. Leider wurden sie alle sehr stereotypisch und überhaupt nicht facettenreich ausgeführt, gerade zu Isabel, der jungen Protagonistin, habe ich keinen richtigen Draht gefunden. Sie stolpert eher von einem Ereignis ins nächste, als dass sie wirklich etwas anpackt, und auch ihre Beziehung zu den anderen war ziemlich nichtssagend. Von ihren Eltern wünscht sie sich mehr Interesse – mehr habe ich von ihr nicht mitgenommen. Auch der kleine Pilz Button und Benjie, der auf sie aufmerksam wird, waren sehr einseitig und haben nicht wirklich zur Auflockerung oder dem Voranschreiten des Plots beigetragen.

    Auch der Plot war alles in allem eher zäh und überhaupt nicht flüssig. Ich mochte die Idee dahinter, aber einerseits gab es so gut wie kaum Weltenbau, die Menschenwelt wurde komplett in den Hintergrund gerückt, und der Plot an sich war auch noch ziemlich banal und schnell zu durchschauen. Aufregung kam bei mir nicht wirklich auf, Spannung habe ich vergeblich gesucht, egal, was gerade passierte. Selbst die Kämpfe waren eher lahm und nicht besonders interessant. Mir hat da einfach das gewisse Etwas gefehlt, die richtige Motivation der Helden, die eher in das Ganze reingeschlittert sind und dann eben mitgemacht haben, weil es der Plot so verlangt.

    Was mir aber wirklich gut gefallen hat, war der Zeichenstil. Meine digitale Vorab-Ausgabe war leider etwas pixelig, aber die Farben und die Illustrationen waren trotzdem ein wunderschönes Meisterwerk und das hätte ich gern auch in der Story widergespiegelt gesehen. Die Darstellung der Charaktere und der Städte war sehr vielfältig, nur leider waren mir manche Panels etwas zu überladen und zu wirr.

    Alles in allem war „The City on the Other Side“ leider nicht mein Fall. Mich konnte die Geschichte nicht abholen und auch die Charaktere blieben blass und zum Großteil eher indifferent. Manche interessante Gedankengänge steckten schon dahinter und auch der Zeichenstil konnte mich überzeugen, aber ich habe die Spannung und das Abenteuer vermisst, die mir der Klappentext versprochen hat.

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