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

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32 thoughts on “Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives by V.E. Schwab

  1. I’ve been curious to see how Schwab’s Shades of Magic universe translated into the pages of the graphic novel and I am so sad to hear that it doesn’t capture the magic of this universe, even more so that the story of Maxim ascension to the throne lacks in substance.

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  2. V E Schwab is probably one of those authors that I haven’t read any work of yet because I feel so overwhelmed by all the glittering reviews! 😂😂 And yours has given me hope. I wasn’t exactly looking for a negative review before starting any of her series…just that….it’s a reassurance that now there is room for me to dislike what I read, should I feel like that. 😅😅
    And you have made your disappointment with this one sounds so very professional that I don’t …I…..I JUST LOVED IT, OKAY!!? Yeah! 🤣🤣🤪🤩

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    1. Hahahahaha unfortunately, I can’t say the same with her novels because I love Vicious and Vengeful. I also enjoyed the first book of the Darker Shades trilogy (I still need to finish it). It’s just that if you read the books and then jump into the comics, I don’t believe you can actually be impressed by this… Hope your first attempt at a Schwab book will be positive though, Rain! 😀 Thank you so much for your kind words hahaha 😀

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    2. I read the first Shades of Magic book and I loved it because the world-building was great and the magical system airtight, but… I read her adult (NA?) book Vicious, another YA titled This Savage Song, and her first Middle Grade… City of Ghosts and hated them all. They were filled with plot conveniences, continuity problems, and huge coincidences. The magical/paranormal rules were broken half of the time to move the stories forward, and with zero explaination. To me it’s like a completely different author wrote the A Darker Shade of Magic. I plan on finishing the Shades trilogy and that will be it for Schwab and me. Ha ha. 😏

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      1. Hahahah I think This Savage Song was my favourite of her books so far. I do like when she writes adult/new adult stories as I often feel like it takes off restraints on her creativity but I am now super intrigued by what you just had to say about those books though. I’ll probably look into completing the Shades of Magic trilogy though. The first book was indeed pretty cool!


  3. I’ve read two books in the Shades of Magic series, and as I already struggled with maintaining any interest in the second one I decided not to finish the series 😉 Seems like a good decision – especially considering that your review mightily struggles not to get down into the realm of a 1 star 😂😂

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      1. I intend to do precisely that! 😀
        I must say I got the impression that you tried to be very gentle in your review – despite the many glaring flaws you so diligently pointed out 😉 soft spot for Schwab’s work or just general generosity? 😉

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  4. Oh wow… I totally see what you’re talking about the facial expressions!! Those are bad. The art in general looks pretty basic. I think these based on popular series comics are so all about the money that the love they need just isn’t invested in them. It sounds like the story itself isn’t good either. Personally I felt the books were pretty poor but one hopes the incredible world can support other stories.

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    1. Ohhh, there’s worse in there but it would’ve spoiled things. It’s just so unrefined and unimpressive. I would never have imagined the Darker Shades universe like this. And yes, I remember how the books disappointed you hahah I think you can skip this quite easily. 😂


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