For day 5 of Blogtober, I’ll be talking about The Steel Prince graphic novel bind up that was published this year, the second book I read for the #Villain-A-Thon! I love anything to do with V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic world, so I’m glad I finally got around to reading this.
The Steel Prince Graphic Novel (1-4 bind up #1) by V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri, published March 6th, 2019 by Titan Comics
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…
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.”
She is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary and Jon Cassir at CAA.
I have loved every V.E. Schwab book that I’ve read, this being no exception, but this was just too short to really get into the world and be with the characters. I think once all of the bind ups are released and I can read them all at once it will be better, but I really don’t know.
The art was gorgeous. I loved seeing all the different cover variations throughout the book as well. They are all so pretty!
I haven’t read the Darker Shade of Magic series in awhile, but isn’t the woman Maxim fights along side, the pirate queen’s niece, Isra, Rhy’s mother? Because if this was a love origin story then that would be amazing. Victoria writes such good and intricate love stories that she could elevate this whole comic adaptation by another level. Also, the ending of A Conjuring of Magic would be that much sadder….
As for the villain (which I anticipate each volume in this comic adaption to be centered around each villain that Maxim fought as the Steel Prince), I thought she was interesting. Getting some of that Classic ™ family trauma that V.E. Schwab writes so well in the first volume was *chefs kiss*
I think I would have liked The Pirate Queen plot more if we had been given more time to know who she was, though Victoria did a great job with the little amount of time she was given.
All in all, I would definitely read the next one and the one after that! I can’t wait to see what Victoria has in store for us next. I’m sure it will be an epic tale of villainy and pirates.