Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

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23 thoughts on “Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

  1. I’ve been really curious about this, Lashaan. Too bad it didn’t quite work, although I can see why, maybe Schwab’s story is so detailed that the comic format might not be the best.

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  2. Does this new format herald a new age of snobs?
    We go from:
    “Yeah, the movie was good, but the book was better.”
    To:
    “Yeah, the graphic novelization was good, but the book was better.”
    Or vice versa?!?

    Just kidding. This is an interesting concept, bold chance, and I like the visualization.

    Why not do comic versions of novels? They do not have to be for everybody; so long as there is an audience, then it seems like a worthwhile enterprise.

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    1. Hahahah I think there will always be some people who will think like that, unfortunately! L

      It’s cool that authors are exploring the comic book medium and giving people the opportunity to try the medium for once. There are indeed a lot of comic versions of novels (King’s Dark Tower series or Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Tome, for example). They usually aren’t praised as much as their novel counterparts hahah

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  3. Great review for this book Lashaan, I read the first part of this The Steel Prince graphic novel and I want to read the rest (because obviously I’m a massive fan of V.E. Schwab) but even just from that small excerpt I get what you mean about the pacing. I mean maybe going into The Steel Prince knowing the world and having that world building from the trilogy will help me enjoy it more. I definitely want to learn more about Maxim and I’m always willing to get more from the Shades of Magic world. 🙂
    Again great review. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! I’m glad to hear that you picked up the first issue. It really does feel off in pacing. Fans of the trilogy will definitely be glad to get more but it won’t be anything like the original trilogy hahah I’m still curious to find out how things will go for Maxim and friends in volume 2! 😁

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  4. I should really keep up more – I loved the Shades of Magic series but I had no idea these existed. It’s a shame they didn’t live up to expectations – perhaps graphic novel writing is a skill Schwab doesn’t have down yet.

    I do get kind of irritated with prequels that assume a lot of knowledge up front. It feels like a missed opportunity to further develop the world she’d set up in the first books of the series.

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    1. I mean, it’s not the worse thing in the world but it definitely could’ve been better. The real problem is that the creative team behind this project didn’t give the story enough room to work with. With only 4 issues, it just felt sped up.

      Well, you can read this without any knowledge of the Shades of Magic trilogy since it explores a world outside of Red London, but it doesn’t fully develop it, if you ask me. 😬

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this review, Lashaan! ❤ I really love the Shades of Magic series, but I'm not a big comics reader, so I wasn't sure about picking up that one. I'm a little sad that it didn't live up to your expectations and that it felt a little choppy, at times. Thank you for sharing! I'll have to think a little more about it before actually picking it up 🙂

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    1. Thank YOU for reading, Marie! 😉 I totally understand the fear of trying this or having high expectations for it, but it’s not that bad. If you’re curious enough, it’s totally worth trying out, but you should expect some issues in the way the story evolves/is told. Hope you do enjoy it, even a little, if you ever decide to try it out! 😁

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