Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

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...

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Title:Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince
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Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince Reviews

  • Kai

    VICTORIA ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME

    ITS A BLOODY PREQUEL GRAPHIC NOVEL TO SHADES OF MAGIC WHO ELSE IS HYPERVENTILATING

  • Ashley Nuckles

    The art took some getting used to but it picked up FAST. I absolutely loved learning more about Maxim, and this made me realize how much I desperately need a reread of ADSOM! YAY!

  • Caz (littlebookowl)

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    I wish this was a little longer, I just want more!

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    I honestly don't love the art for this, especially when it comes to close-ups of faces and fight scenes, and I also didn't find the story particularly thrilling 🙈

  • ☆ Mira ✷

    20gayteen has been beautiful, but can we talk about 20Schwabteen? Returning to Red London for a new adventure WATERED my CROPS and I am THRIVING out here.

    As you all know,

    is my main personality trait lately, god bless. It's so exciting to have something new to consume instead of fixating on the same 3 books over and over again. (NOT that there's anything wrong with that, okay?)

    Honestly, I was initially disappointed that Victoria Schwab created a new 2018

    series—a

    20gayteen has been beautiful, but can we talk about 20Schwabteen? Returning to Red London for a new adventure WATERED my CROPS and I am THRIVING out here.

    As you all know,

    is my main personality trait lately, god bless. It's so exciting to have something new to consume instead of fixating on the same 3 books over and over again. (NOT that there's anything wrong with that, okay?)

    Honestly, I was initially disappointed that Victoria Schwab created a new 2018

    series—and then dedicated it to Maxim Maresh, of all characters. See, I was a proud Maxim hater in my

    days. He made my beloved <3 Kell <3 feel bad, which is

    Ugh.

    I was like… “yeah… steel prince…”

    JUST WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE MAXIM?

    But what do ya know pals, he wasn’t always a paranoid hardass dad! He used to be the WILD bitch who gets up to adventure. Reading about Maxim’s past felt like looking at my parents’ childhood photographs and realizing that they had entire LIVES I don’t know about. Wow.

    And this beginning of his adventures is entertaining. Rebellious Maxim gets thrown out of London and into Verose, a sketchy port city where he has to battle dark magic and the like.

    I am perfectly normal.

    We got the excellent Schwab Foreshadowing, of course. This prequel already gives Maxim’s reactions to events in Shades of Magic a whole new perspective, and I know that this will go further in the next issues. Since spacing out while doing mundane things in order to mentally analyze Schwab books is my trusted solution to boredom, it’s AWESOME to have a whole new lens for ADSOM!

    But… uh… I rated it 3 stars, so let’s get to that. First of all, as of now, I'm not actually that invested in the story, because 1) this first issue was really just an introduction that hasn't established the conflict yet; 2) it’s a prequel set 20 years before things are going fine in this world. So I’m not worried about Maxim’s safety, and if there’s a future threat of the entire world burning, I won’t care about that either.

    Second of all,

    I’ve never read a whole one because they disorient and confuse me so much. But I'm definitely in the minority with that. So I genuinely think that this is a

    If you like graphic novels, yay, I have faith in you loving

    .

    In conclusion—

    1. shame on me for being un-hyped about a Maxim prequel

    2. it was pretty fun

    3. too bad it’s a graphic novel

    4. but I really want the next issues please?!

  • Melanie

    I read the entire

    , and I ended up giving them all three stars. I am absolutely obsessed with Victoria’s mind and worlds, and her characters are truly some of the best I’ve read, but the plot and events always held me back from completely loving them. But when I found out we were going to get to learn more about Rhy’s father (adoptive father of Kell) and the events that lead him to being King, I knew I couldn’t resist. But here I am, st

    I read the entire

    , and I ended up giving them all three stars. I am absolutely obsessed with Victoria’s mind and worlds, and her characters are truly some of the best I’ve read, but the plot and events always held me back from completely loving them. But when I found out we were going to get to learn more about Rhy’s father (adoptive father of Kell) and the events that lead him to being King, I knew I couldn’t resist. But here I am, still surprised that I ended up giving the prequel graphic novel series start three stars.

    Maxim Maresh is only a prince in this brand-new graphic novel series, but he is the sole heir and the king in waiting in Red London. Yet, he wants to be so much more than that, and he wants to prove that he will be capable and earn his rightful place as king one day. Maxim and his family are also people of color, with obvious dark brown skin, but it is never stated what ethnicity in this made up alternate historical London. And he has earned himself the title of The Steel Prince because of his magical affinity with steel.

    But in this bind-up, Maxim gets involved with pirates, and magical tournaments, and figuring out who he wants to be. Yet, this first volume barely mentions the parallel Londons, which (to me) is the coolest part of this world, completely. And then with this elaborate magic system finally being visualized, it just felt clunky, and like it missed the mark completely on something that could have been groundbreaking.

    But my biggest problem with this graphic novel was honestly the art. Trust me, it kills me to say this, but I just never grew to like the style of this book. And especially with something as cool as the world of ADSOM, I feel like an artist really could have turned this into one of the most aesthetically pleasing series of all time, especially with red, grey, black, and white having such a pivotal role in this world. But I don’t have an art degree, so don’t listen to me. I’m just stating what I would have liked more for this story! The artist is still very talented. And if this is your favorite art style of all time? You are valid.

    I still really enjoyed this bind-up and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. I hope we get to see more cameos of characters we love, too! And if you are already a fan of VE Schwab and this breathtaking world, I bet you will absolutely love this addition!

    violence, blood, and torture.

    Okay, so like with every graphic novel that I review, I always do a breakdown on what happens briefly in each individual issue. So, the next portion of this review will have

    ! Obviously, I won’t give away anything too pivotal, but I will talk about some of the themes that each issue had inside.

    We get to meet Maxim, the prince and sole heir to the throne. We also get to meet the king, and his dad, Nokil. And we also get our first glimpse at Maxim wanting to be more than the prince in waiting, and he wants to prove himself and his fighting abilities.

    We are introduced to Arisa, the pirate queen, and we get to learn about a tournament where the winner will fight her to prove themselves worthy. Also, we get to see the Black Torch, and you know my pub loving heart was so dang happy.

    Isra, the pirate queen’s niece, and Maxim are both battling in the tournament where we see so many different magic abilities, and we learn there are no rules and anything goes.

    Things do not go Maxim’s way, but he is rescued. Then, after, he receives a letter from his father, asking him to come. But he declines because he still has so much more to learn.

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  • Book Roast

    This was fun :) The art was beautiful and we get to explore the character we already knew and loved from ADSOM. That being said, if you did not read ADSOM this will probably be quite disappointing, but I assume this is largely targeted for the fandom.

    It felt a bit like a 'bonus' episode of a show you liked. Not in a bad way at all, but I cannot rate it higher than a 3.5 stars as I don't think this would stand by its own. The story was a little cute adventure that's significant but only to the r

    This was fun :) The art was beautiful and we get to explore the character we already knew and loved from ADSOM. That being said, if you did not read ADSOM this will probably be quite disappointing, but I assume this is largely targeted for the fandom.

    It felt a bit like a 'bonus' episode of a show you liked. Not in a bad way at all, but I cannot rate it higher than a 3.5 stars as I don't think this would stand by its own. The story was a little cute adventure that's significant but only to the relevant town. And our prince is willing to sacrifice unreasonable amounts for the scale of things, which was frustrating to read about. However I do love his character.

    And, again, the art was so pretty, it's cool to see how the world and the magic looks like after reading the books and imagining it yourself :)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    me when this was announced:

    me when this cover dropped:

    me when this comic finally releases:

  • Victoria Schwab

    Set in the years before SHADES OF MAGIC, the young, arrogant prince Maxim is sent to a violent coastal city, where he teams up with a band of unconventional soldiers to face pirates, forbidden magic, and all manner of things.

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    my main philosophy in life is that if Victoria Schwab is involved, my money will be well-spent

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