Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (Vol 1)

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (Vol 1)

The Steel Prince by V.E.Schwab is an enthralling graphic novel that is the prequel to the Shades of Magic series. It is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I found myself enjoying the unique, action-packed plot and the gorgeous artwork. I believe that this is a great introduction to the series, and I am excited to continue on with the story.

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (Vol 1)Title: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Author: V.E. Schwab
Also by this author: Shades of Magic Vol. 2: Night of Knives
Illustrator: Andrea Olimpieri
Publisher: Titan Comics
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy!

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa...


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (Vol 1) by V.E.Schwab

Graphic novels are not something that I normally read, but this prequel to the Shades of Magic series intrigued me. I have heard so much about these books, but I haven’t yet had the chance to pick them up. This book follows Maxim, a prince who is exiled, as he faces many obstacles including dark magic and pirates. The way the magic is presented is unique, and I am excited to learn more about it. If anything, the story is action-packed, and the pacing is quick, making the book hard to put down.

❀ Stunning Artwork

The artwork in the book is both stunning and easy to follow. Each character is distinct, and the settings are vivid. The way the four Londons are introduced is so fascinating to me. As I was reading, I especially enjoyed the illustrations of magic. I was unsure how this would be portrayed at first, but it makes sense and is aesthetically pleasing. The attention to detail as the story is brought to life is remarkable.

❀ A Captivating Prequel

The Steel Prince by V.E.Schwab is a captivating prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I loved the fast-paced plot and the beautiful illustrations. I can’t wait to further explore this series in the near future!

About V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab is a pseudonym of Victoria Schwab.

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

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