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Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Paperback – March 5, 2019
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"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
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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Andrea Olimpieri is an up and coming comic book artist based out of
Italy. Andrea has contributed artwork to a number of titles including Dishonored, Mostri, and True Blood.
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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.
The only "complaint" I have is that graphic novels can be read quickly and I'm dying to read the rest of the series! Victoria Schwab had quickly become my favorite author with this and her Villans series, and each bit of her work she puts out (especially the Shades of Magic series) is top notch in story telling - and now visual content. I really hope she and her publishing company consider continuing graphic novels beyond this mini backstory series of Maxim.
Top international reviews
It's not a perfect story, and I'll admit that it started a bit slowly, but it was a fun read, and I am looking forward to the next part.
The characters grew on me, and I liked the setting. I'm not sure if this is the same in the books, but I'll probably pick them up if they're as fun as this.
And if tou don't know what ADSOM is, read this and you'll definitely want to find out!
Zweihundert Jahre sind vergangen, seit die Welten auf magische Weise voneinander getrennt wurden. Das rote London wird von König Nokil Maresh regiert, dessen Sohn, Maxim Maresh, zu seiner Unzufriedenheit geradezu besessen von den anderen Londons ist. Um ihn auf andere Gedanken zu bringen, schickt er Maxim auf eine militärische Exkursion. Das Ziel: Verose, besser bekannt als die Blutküste, eine gefährliche Hafenstadt, berüchtigt für ihre Probleme mit den Kriminellen der Welt. Bereits kurz nach seiner Ankunft sieht sich Maxim Kriminellen und Dieben und Betrügern gegenüber. Schlimmer noch, die berüchtigte Piratenkönigin Arisa, die von Gesetzlosen und Soldaten gleichermassen gefürchtet wird, ist gerade im Hafen angekommen!
Da ich dem Fandom Shades of magic komplett erlegen bin - ich habe die Trilogie geliebt und fangirle immer noch davon - war es für mich klar, dass ich zu The steel prince greifen würde. Auch wenn sich meine Erfahrung mit Comics auf meine Kindheit beschränkt, und ich schon längere Zeit nichts mehr in englischer Sprache gelesen habe.
The steel prince respektive die Shades of magic-Comics widmen sich Maxim Maresh. Dem Mann, den wir als König aus der Weltenwanderer-Trilogie um Kell und Lila kennen. Hier wird seine Geschichte erzählt, wie er zu dem König wurde, der er heute ist.
Die Zeichnungen in The steel prince sind düster, hart und doch wunderschön. Die ganze Aufmachung ist wirklich ein Traum! Zwischen den "Kapiteln" finden sich jeweils noch seitengrosse alternative Cover zum Comic, vorne und hinten im Buch weitere Ausführungen zu den Charakteren.
Da ich wirklich schon lange keine Comics mehr gelesen habe, hatte ich jedoch teilweise Mühe, der Geschichte zu folgen. So gibt es vor allem Rückblenden, die nicht als solche gekennzeichnet sind, die mich besonders aus dem Lesefluss gerissen haben. Ich weiss nicht, ob das gängige Stilmittel in der Comicwelt sind, oder ob das hier einfach so ist, aber mich hat es teilweise etwas aus der Fassung gebracht, weil ich es nicht verstanden habe.
Ansonsten ist die Geschichte spannend, aber kurz gehalten. Ich hätte mir ein bisschen mehr gewünscht, alles ist wirklich nur kurz angebunden. Ich denke sogar, als Buch wäre die Geschichte mega spannend! So ist es eine nette Ergänzung zu der Welt, die V. E. Schwab geschaffen hat, die mich aber nicht 100 % überzeugt hat.
Eine tolle Ergänzung zu der Shades of Magic-Welt, die die Geschichte um König Maxim erzählt. Tolle, düstere Zeichnungen erzählen eine etwas zu kurze Story. Ich freue mich dennoch schon auf den nächsten Teil.
I finally got the first volume of The Steel Prince. This is a graphic novel that happens in the same world of Shades of Magic trilogy, but it’s more of a prequel, since the main character is Maxim Maresh in his early 20s, before he was a King of Red London.
Now I must say I am absolutely pleased with this! I do tend to read manga, so I love when a bunch of artist join together to make a comic, manga or graphic novel to complement a book series. Sometimes the interpretation of the artist is exactly what we have in our minds and since this is a graphic novel, the colors in every page make it even better!
I absolutely LOVE the Shades of Magic trilogy and this was everything I needed in my life. Not only we can see their beautiful clothes and the faces of some characters, we also get the display of their abilities and the different uses for magic.
For example, Maxim Maresh is a magician who controls metals (although he is best at bending steel), and his guard, Isra, who we only get a glimpse on A Conjuring of Light, can manipulate air. Also, the villain in this first volume can control bones! I was shocked about that, because it can only be done by an antari. Or so I thought…
If I may add a side note: we can see that Maxim, even as a young prince, was smart enough to think that someday the boundaries between all Londons would break. I’m thinking that’s probably how they met Kell, since he was searching for more antari.
Anyway, I don’t rate this with 5/5 because it’s really short. There are only 4 chapters in this first volume, but I promise you that you will be drawn from the very beginning.
The art is SUPERB! It has beautiful covers in every single chapter that were made by different artist (most of them women, so I’m glad about that). And the design of the characters, the details of the countries, and even the royal clothes are breath-taking. The design of the chalice and the sun looks stunning!
I am a sucker for this kind of details and honestly I can’t wait for the second volume! I totally recommend this