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Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol. 2: Night of Knives Paperback – Illustrated, October 15, 2019
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“The Steel Prince comics are a joy to read ... [VE Schwab] makes every line of dialogue sing, every bit of plot feel right at home” - Women Write About Comics
“The plot unfolds at an astonishing rate, and it’s tantamount to Schwab’s story-telling ability that the reader never, not even for a moment, loses track of the myriad twists and turns that beset the central character ... draws the reader straight into the heart of the tale and allows her characters to take centre stage in a well woven tale of intrigue, adventure, magic and sword-play” - Mass Movement
“A must-read for fans of the series, but any fans of similar YA series, like the Percy Jackson series, can pick up Night of Knives without fear of being lost” - But Why Tho
“I challenge you to find a better fantasy graphic novel series” - The Bookshire
Praise for The Steel Prince:
"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
About the Author
Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Edinburgh.
Budi "Buddy" Setiawan first worked at a huge education books publisher in Pariwara, Indonesia, as an Illustrator. Budi stepped out of his job and began his life making comics in 2005. All his talent didn't go to waste, thanks to Novaris Entertainment's Road Kill Zoo, Buddy became a nominee for the 2007 Russ Manning Most Promising New Comer Award.
- Publisher : Titan Comics; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782762116
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782762119
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.69 x 0.22 x 10.17 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I loved the suspense of each trial and the thrill that comes with the idea that no one has ever made it out of all four alive. It is also interesting how we get to see a different side of Maxim as he is forced to face his weaknesses. He has developed quite a bit since the first volume.
❀ STUNNING ARTWORK
As well, the art in the graphic novels is as stunning as ever. I love the way the fight scenes are depicted and how magic is illustrated. I found the colours to be especially evocative. Although I have yet to pick up the Shades of Magic series, these graphic novels have gotten me excited to do so very soon.
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The thing is, nobody has ever come alive out of the fourth trial. Most people give in at the second one, and even the bravest survivors, had only completed 3 of them. But Maxim is a proud prince, and he will do whatever it takes to gain the respect of his fellow soldiers. Like he says, “Anyone can be born a prince, but no one is born leader.”
Now, what I really love about this volume was that we got to see another antari but most importantly, that through the challenges, we see how Maxim grows into a more mature prince, someone who can actually fight and lead. I think that going against his own demons and fears is what makes him not only a better prince, but a person too.
The magic system is still one of my favorite ones among fantasy books and the fact that is not limited to four elements but others too, is still very impressive! On top of that, the illustrator work really gets you into the story because it’s a beautiful portrayal of the Red London I love so much. Truth is, these graphic novels go along perfectly with the original trilogy and I must admit that it made me want to re-read them as soon as I get the collector editions.
Last but not least, I’m really excited for the last volume! I’m glad that Schwab is working along with these amazing illustrators, because the format makes it a lot better!