I was fortunate to get to review the first volume of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic comicbook/graphic novel series The Steel Prince for the Manhattan Book Review. The review came out today.
Collecting the first four issues of Schwab’s graphic novel series, The Steel Prince will satisfy fans of the series with its supplemental narratives while also giving new readers a fascinating glimpse into a truly wonderful fantasy realm. Lovers of comics as well as of fantasy will find this gritty, literary graphic novel supremely pleasing.
This is not only a well written high fantasy tale that expands on Schwab’s unique magic system from her novels, but also a dynamic standalone story. Anyone unfamiliar would not find themselves at a loss reading this story and those with knowledge of Schwab’s world ought to find it deeply satisfying as a kind of prequel.