I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour promoting Shades of Magic Volume 1: The Steel Prince. I have to be honest and say that I still have to read the Darker Shades of Magic books, but I thought this would be great since it’s a prequel.
The Steel Prince by VE Schwab
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…
Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.
I first need to talk about the artwork. It was beautiful and I enjoyed looking at it just as much as reading this. The colors and style worked so well for the story.
Maxim is sent away by his father, the king. The king believes that Maxim is too busy seeking out the magic that was used to seal away the other words, and not focused on his own home. He is arrogant and his father wants him to learn. So he sends him to Verose. Verose is violent, somewhat lawless, and has forbidden magic. Maxim arrives and gets into fights right away. But he is found and brought to his new room. Maxim wants to be treated like a soldier and asks to live and train where they do. He meets Isra who is really tough. They train together.
The Pirate Queen, Arisa, returns. She is a bone magician and Isra’s aunt. Arisa rules whenever she is docked. She decides to have a tournament. The winner will fight Arisa to earn a place on her ship. Isra and Maxim both enter to fight.
I thought Arisa was a great villain. I enjoyed the fighting and magic, especially in the fourth issue.
I gave this 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review. I will definitely continue with this series.
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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