Review: Shades of Magic vol. #1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

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Review: Shades of Magic vol. #1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

The Steel Prince vol. #1 by V.E. Schwab is now available! I have actually been reading the individual comic issues, but it is much more accessible to the masses when they bind them together in volumes. So check out my review below and get on this prequel to the Shades of Magic universe!

Thank you to Titan Comics for the opportunity to read and review this title, and for the images included below, which in no way influences my opinions. I had actually purchased all of the single issues from my local comic book store as released, and I recommend if you like this series, to do the same, because if single issues don’t sell, then volumes won’t get published.

Review: Shades of Magic vol. #1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

by V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri
Published by: Titan Comics
on March 6, 2019
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 112

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.



Absolutely loved returning to the Shades of Magic world. Getting to know more about King Maxim Maresh, well before he was king, was a delight. This was just the briefest of introduction to the world that we may know and love, just way back when Maxim was just a prince trying to make his mark on his kingdom.

Seeing this world and the magic in a visual manner was just astounding. What a brilliant way to tell this back story. The art is complex and beautiful. The setting is just so exquisite and the characters are memorable. I love that we are getting different mediums to explore the Shades of Magic series.

The story within the first 4 issues was a complete arc, with the promise of much more to come. Maxim is sent on a mission after being chastised for searching for outlawed magic wielders. He is sent to a rather dangerous port in order to learn more about the kingdom and to cut his teeth out in the real world. Where he happens to encounter a very dark and dangerous pirate who has a special magic that is very uncommon.

The story pacing is fast and cohesive. It is action packed and you will fly through these pages, and if you are like me go back and read them a second and third time.

I think if you are new to this series, you can read and enjoy the comics, and not be spoiled for anything to come. If you are a fan of the books, this story is an enhancement and will make your Shades of Magic love soar.

About V.E. Schwab

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

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