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Shades Of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol. 1 Paperback – Illustrated, March 5, 2019

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Nominated for the GoodReads BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS 2019


"Visually stunning, this exciting, swashbuckling adventure revisits the enthralling world of Schwab’s best-selling “Shades of Magic” fantasy series" Library Journal, Starred Review

“A great introduction to a deeply layered fantasy world” - The Pull Box

"Exceptional … moves at a great pace and the artwork is stellar" - Comic Buzz      

"Featuring stellar art and engaging writing … visually stunning" - Chico Comics Page 

"Possibly the best fantasy comic out there right now" - Culturess

"An interesting read" - ComicBook.com

"Explosive and dramatic ... makes the lore accessible and understandable, and the art is absolutely gorgeous" - Geeks World Wide

"Full of lessons, realizations, and vibrant images, The Steel Prince adds a new layer of complexity to the Shades of Magic series" - Paperback Paris

"A masterpiece and a delight to read and admire" - DePepi

"One of fantasy’s most successful series in recent years is coming to comics" - The Hollywood Reporter

"A well realised and perfectly crafted world" - Set the Tape

 "An enthralling graphic novel ... unique, action-packed plot and gorgeous artwork" - Candid Cover

"What’s not to love here? The art is stunning, the story features Prince Maxim – it’s diverse, full of daring and adventure (and plenty of magic) " - The Bookshire

"Complex and beautiful ... It is action packed and you will fly through these pages" - Book Crushin

"A dark and enjoyable endeavor in visual story-telling for V.E. Schwab and allows fans to dive back in a beloved universe in all of its colourful and mischievous glory" - Bookidote

"V. E. Schwab delivers another amazing story ... nine out of ten" - Fantasy-Faction

"A prequel, but stands well on its own, with political intrigue, magic duels and even swashbuckling pirate adventures thrown in" - ICV2

"The artwork is stunning, the characters complex and compelling" - Book Riot

“Whisks the reader along a tangle of breathless action ... The Steel Prince brings Schwab’s consummate storytelling to a new medium” - Aurealis Magazine

About the Author

V. E. Schwab's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. She is the author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song. She has been called "the heir to Diana Wynne Jones." Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios.

Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, but frequents Edinburgh.

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  • Publisher : Titan Comics; Illustrated edition (March 5, 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1785865870
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1785865879
  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.24 x 10.16 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3/5
By Melanie (meltotheany) on April 2, 2019
“Here, our story begins…”

I read the entire A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, 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.

“You fight like a royal. Like the weapons are made of wood. Like no one means to hurt you. But this is not London, your highness.”

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! Content and trigger warnings violence, blood, and torture.
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Pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, even for a beginner to the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2019
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Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Schwab does it again!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ooh
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love V E Schwab you will love this
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Steel Prince
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