Thank you to Netgalley and First Second for the ARC! Below is my honest review.
Scott, Mairghread. The City on the Other Side. Illustrated by Robin Robinson. First Second, 2018. Hardcover $20.54, ISBN 978-1-25015-255-8; PLB $21.07, ISBN 978-1-54901-897-8; TR $14.49, ISBN 978-1-62672-457-0
TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes!!
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Part of a series? Not at this time.
Isabella loves the city of San Francisco despite her mother’s strict warnings to stay indoors, away from dirt, and certainly away from any adventures. When Isabella is sent to spend the summer in Carmel with her sculptor father, she is upset to leave her beloved city behind. Little does she realize that in Carmel, she’ll be able to get her hands dirty … and fall through the Veil into the fairy world where the Seelie and Unseelie courts are deep in battle. Can Isabella help the Seelie win? And will her beloved city hold the key to overthrowing the power hungry Unseelie king Coscar?
I’m a sucker for fairy courts and San Francisco separately, so when I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it. This is a great through the looking glass type adventure. San Francisco landmarks abound in this early twentieth century rendering of the city, and the fairies are varied and fascinating. The adventure really delivers, too, which is of course an important element of all fantasy stories 🙂 This is a great dive into the world of Seelie and Unseelie conflict with content more appropriate for our younger fans.
Grade Level: 3-6