Shades of Magic Vol. 2
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 adventure continues the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy!The young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, having faced the terror of the Pirate Queen, now aims to capture the respect of the combative port town of Verose - by taking the impossible challenges of the Night of Knives... and surviving, where none has survived before!These are the hidden, secret adventures of Maxim, from long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic! Collects Shades of Magic #5-8: Night of Knives

Shades of Magic Vol. 2 Details

TitleShades of Magic Vol. 2
Author
ReleaseOct 16th, 2019
PublisherTitan Comics
ISBN-139781782762119
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics, Magic, Fiction, Adult, Young Adult, Comic Book, Historical, Historical Fiction

Shades of Magic Vol. 2 Review

  • Drewthereader20
    January 1, 1970
    Just read this book in one sitting and liked this one a lot more than the first one! Cannot wait for vol. 3 to come out early next year!(:
  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    Just love this whole thing. Loved the Night of Knives, loved the art, loved it all!
  • Myrto
    January 1, 1970
    Some scenes (and especially fight scenes) left me a bit confused and disoriented and I think I wasn't as invested as I was in the first volume but overall I enjoyed this.Happy reading!
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I'm only reading this because the first volume is a graphic novel nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards, I had checked both volumes out of the library at the same time, and they are very short, so why not read both? I have not previously read any books in the Shades of Magic series or by the author. This is the second book of a trilogy of graphic novels adapting a single sentence from one of the novels.The protagonist remains unlikable but may be becoming a trifle less headstrong. I'm only reading this because the first volume is a graphic novel nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards, I had checked both volumes out of the library at the same time, and they are very short, so why not read both? I have not previously read any books in the Shades of Magic series or by the author. This is the second book of a trilogy of graphic novels adapting a single sentence from one of the novels.The protagonist remains unlikable but may be becoming a trifle less headstrong. The art remains muddy and obscures the action. So when the young prince decides to tackle some annual magical challenge we see him walk through a series of doors and do...something...that lets him advance to the next door. And then suddenly there is a villainous Antari magician, which might be scary if I had any idea what the hell Antari means here. Since the prince becomes king in the novels, I think you can guess how little a problem the magician turns out to be.Meh.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating: 3.5I thought the first volume felt a bit unfinished/rushed just because it was the introduction, but now I'm thinking that four issues are just not enough to tell the kinds of stories that Schwab wants to tell. This one was definitely interesting and a cool concept, but it seemed like it was over almost before it began. Also I still have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the artist. Still a good read and I love the extended background we are getting on the Shades actual rating: 3.5I thought the first volume felt a bit unfinished/rushed just because it was the introduction, but now I'm thinking that four issues are just not enough to tell the kinds of stories that Schwab wants to tell. This one was definitely interesting and a cool concept, but it seemed like it was over almost before it began. Also I still have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the artist. Still a good read and I love the extended background we are getting on the Shades of Magic world, but I wish these were 6 issue arcs instead of 4.
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  • Love, Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    How am I expected to wait for this?! 😭
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.The accomplishments by the #1 New York Times bestselling author are not unbeknownst by readers today. Her gritty and deadly stories glow with an immersive and addictive quality that makes for a truly entertaining ride, whether you see it coming or not. Looking to continue her comic book trilogy by exploring the secret adventures of Maxim, a character that first made his appearance in the Shades of Magic series, V.E. Schwab expands her universe through a You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.The accomplishments by the #1 New York Times bestselling author are not unbeknownst by readers today. Her gritty and deadly stories glow with an immersive and addictive quality that makes for a truly entertaining ride, whether you see it coming or not. Looking to continue her comic book trilogy by exploring the secret adventures of Maxim, a character that first made his appearance in the Shades of Magic series, V.E. Schwab expands her universe through a new medium that makes for a unique visual experience. It is now time to find out if she was able to learn from the flaws of her first installment.What is Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives about? Collecting issues #5-8, the story picks up right after events in the first volume, with the showdown against the Pirate Queen. Sent to Verose by the king as an exercise to not only redeem himself to his father’s eyes but to build his character and show signs of a future ruler, the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh now needs to earn the respect of those who live in the port town of Verose and to do so, he wishes to take on the infamous challenges of the Night of Knives, a four-part trial that none has ever successfully completed.As much as I wanted to remain hopeful for Schwab’s comic book series, this second installment further confirmed my fears for the fate of this run, with only one more volume left to conclude this little detour. Compressed in just four relatively short issues, the story never finds the time to give the reader the chance to care for anything that happens to a protagonist that only thinks about his rulership and takes decisions oriented towards his goals. The story also dives right into new lore elements, dumping most of the world-building elements within a page, before focusing on action sequences. Even moments meant to push the character’s development felt underwhelming and accelerated, almost making it feel like a waste of time.Although the artwork isn’t the most mediocre style that I have ever seen so far, it still struggles immensely to convey the world’s magical elements. It doesn’t help when action sequences are messy and many sequences felt choppy, leaving the reader wondering if it’s just them or if certain panels were actually missing to help connect the dots. The worse probably lies in the rough and unimpressive facial expressions drawn by the artists on this project that leave you bewildered at the bleakness of the comic book. Even the colouring is questionable, with some panels filled in with no finesse or nuance, almost as if it was meant to hide the lack of substance in the story.Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives is a short and flawed episode in the Steel Prince’s life that fails to capture the magic of the series with its choppy and unappealing visual style.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first arc, but I can't believe how invested and blown away I was by Night of Knives!
  • noah
    January 1, 1970
    im not so sure this story works as a graphic novel. these trials maxim goes through happen so quickly in just a few panels that i never got a true sense of how difficult they were physically or emotionally speaking. then the trials get talked about like they were this great undertaking and im just like... ok.. he did it in like 2 seconds, but sure... it's a big deal..............
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  • Stanislav Lozanov
    January 1, 1970
    The art in this volume definitely looked worse than the previous one. Moreover, the story was not that interesting.
  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    I had the same problems with this one as the first one. The art style seems to add confusion where there probably shouldn't be any (fight scenes particularly because they contain magic that's a bit abstract, distinguishing side characters from each other, making out facial expressions etc). I definitely liked the storyline a bit better than the first one though!
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  • Alex (h00kisback)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 🌟Again, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to see into this world and follow the character of Maxim Maresh.The art is beautiful and flows incredibly from one pane to another, and also I want all of the cover arts!My one con is that it's a little skippy when it comes to the story, I prefer a little more discussion or having transitions be a little slower, but I do understand this is just due to format restrictions.So yeah, go go go read this!
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    This comic has the most inconsistent artwork and the ugliest shading I’ve EVER seen. Sorry, V.E. Schwab, but your illustrator. SUCKS. ASS. A real shame! This could’ve been such a jam if only you collaborated with the right person. Alas, your talent is wasted here.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    I‘m still struggling to follow everything that’s going on (at the end I do get it) but I guess that’s for the simply reason that I am not used to comics.I still very much enjoyed this issue! I love the art and I‘m just intrigued by everything in this world.
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  • Isabella (Stubbornly Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsQuite a few things felt rushed and the art style is still a little confusing. Still enjoyed the overall story.
  • Bridgette
    January 1, 1970
    It’s fine, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. It also felt really short, but maybe I’m used to reading longer graphic novels.
  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Maxim is still in the port town of Verose, after defeating the pirate queen, and now must fight in the Night of Knives to earn the respect of his troops. But the Night of Knives is not all that it seems! Another fun prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    I will keep reading this series out of my enjoyment of the novels, but I just can't help but feel like this isn't a great medium for the story. The art is amazing but I feel like so much is lost without the deeper explanations and insights that a novel can give. I don't know, this book just feels like so much is missing.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I found this very lackluster. There's no sense of danger or powerful magic, no sense of struggle. The trials are supposed to be extraordinarily difficult and dangerous but it all felt like a walk in the park.
  • pauline
    January 1, 1970
    really me-phobic of them to make me wait until october
  • Kristina Jagger
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75I'm having a tough time with illustrating my feelings on this book, especially considering that comic-style illustration is not my favourite. That is not to say that the illustrations in this novel aren't magnificently crafted and effectively representative of the plot and characters. They simply just aren't for me in their density and high contrast. As far as the plot of the novel goes, knowing that the "Night of Knives" was never meant to be more than just a brief mention at M *3.75I'm having a tough time with illustrating my feelings on this book, especially considering that comic-style illustration is not my favourite. That is not to say that the illustrations in this novel aren't magnificently crafted and effectively representative of the plot and characters. They simply just aren't for me in their density and high contrast. As far as the plot of the novel goes, knowing that the "Night of Knives" was never meant to be more than just a brief mention at Maxim Maresh's past life, I thought Schwab did an incredible job on this story arc. Following Maxim as he enters the Night of Knives as a means to gain respect among the soldiers in Verose and prove that he is not just another royal, I was immediately taken aback by how effectively the competition was set up to expose who he truly is. Set in four different challenges, Maxim is faced with his own perspective on what it means to know your limitations and to grapple with how much of an impact your own vision of yourself has on how you live your life. While each trial is definitely shorter than I would have liked to fit the comic style, I think each message was clear despite complex metaphors and it really made me look inwards to recognize the ways in which my own ego may impact my life. More than anything, however, I really loved seeing Maxim stripped down to his weaknesses and felt we got a lot more from his character in this story arc than we did in the last one. The last thing I wanted to touch upon is the result of the magical trials. To prove that you have made it through, individuals receive cuts in their arm that symbolize each stage that they conquered. As someone who struggled with self-harm for quite some time, I found this to be a bit triggering and potentially even an avoidable thing to have included within the story. I just think there could've been another way of representing that success other than doing something like that.Overall, however, I did enjoy this installment in the Shades of Magic universe and think that as I return to the universe with my upcoming re-reads, this has definitely given me perspective for the Maresh family. I look forward to where Schwab will take us next.
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  • Mary Drover
    January 1, 1970
    My review for volume one is linked. This was definitely better than the first one. I’m still not in love with the art, but it’s growing on me. It’s just so unclear and not blurry, but that’s the descriptor that comes to mind. It’s got really hard lines, but no actual definition? It’s very strange. The story was a lot more interesting, too, though it still had that quality of just “and why are we learning about this?” vibe to it. We dove right into the action, which is something I’m usually a fan of My review for volume one is linked. This was definitely better than the first one. I’m still not in love with the art, but it’s growing on me. It’s just so unclear and not blurry, but that’s the descriptor that comes to mind. It’s got really hard lines, but no actual definition? It’s very strange. The story was a lot more interesting, too, though it still had that quality of just “and why are we learning about this?” vibe to it. We dove right into the action, which is something I’m usually a fan of, if we’re then given any kind of reason why that action is happening or what’s going on in the world, but instead, this is more of the slice of life type of stuff that we saw in the first volume. No reason why Maxim is being attacked other than that’s what happens, no reason why all his soldiers still hate him other than he’s a prince and that’s how it goes, no reason why this Night of Knives is suddenly a big deal when we’ve never heard of it before. Which, granted, there’s an interview in the back where Schwab says he name drops the Night of Knives in one of the Shades of Magic books, so I definitely just forgot about that, but she also says that you should be able to pick these up no problem without having read the SOM trilogy, and honestly? Naw. You’d be so lost.I kind of feel about these graphic novels as I do about the Dark Crystal ones. They’re great if you’re already invested in the universe, and you’re in it to see Maxim kick some butt, but if not? I wouldn’t advise them until you’ve read the SOM trilogy and fallen in love.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    A decent short read - while I usually don't mind graphic novels actual comics are a bit too short for me. I also think this was a cool endeavour and a cool way to make a prequel (since there's already going to be a novelised sequel series). However, I do think the format does make you lose some of the magic because the story is so so condensed and you get very little character development due to the lack of internal monologue. All in all, while It's not my favourite work of Victoria's it's a coo A decent short read - while I usually don't mind graphic novels actual comics are a bit too short for me. I also think this was a cool endeavour and a cool way to make a prequel (since there's already going to be a novelised sequel series). However, I do think the format does make you lose some of the magic because the story is so so condensed and you get very little character development due to the lack of internal monologue. All in all, while It's not my favourite work of Victoria's it's a cool collector's item and an interesting glimpse into King Max's life - as a huge fan of her work I'll be continuing to support this series regardless of my personal qualms with the format!
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  • Rach_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Another really enjoyable installment in this comic series. In this bind up, Maxim wants to earn the respect of his soldiers so takes part in a challenge that will test his strength in all forms - magical, will and physical.I found that the art was yet again super beautiful and the characters interesting but that there was less suspense and involvement of the other characters. This installment really is all about Maxim. He does grow a little as a character by the end, but overall this Another really enjoyable installment in this comic series. In this bind up, Maxim wants to earn the respect of his soldiers so takes part in a challenge that will test his strength in all forms - magical, will and physical.I found that the art was yet again super beautiful and the characters interesting but that there was less suspense and involvement of the other characters. This installment really is all about Maxim. He does grow a little as a character by the end, but overall this doesn't quite live up to the first installment. Still highly enjoyable and I'm really looking forward to the final bind up.
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  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5I love the Shades of Magic world with all my heart and I’m so happy that we’re getting more content. The comic form is really fascinating for Maxim’s story because his experiences are so action-packed and work really well visually. Unfortunately, however, I struggled a bit with this volume because I feel like this part of the story really needed more time. I understand that there isn’t much room to work with and I think V.E. Schwab did a great job with what she had. Actual rating: 3.5I love the Shades of Magic world with all my heart and I’m so happy that we’re getting more content. The comic form is really fascinating for Maxim’s story because his experiences are so action-packed and work really well visually. Unfortunately, however, I struggled a bit with this volume because I feel like this part of the story really needed more time. I understand that there isn’t much room to work with and I think V.E. Schwab did a great job with what she had. I still really enjoyed this overall since I can’t get enough of this world, but I feel like the Night of Knives didn’t seem serious enough because it needed more time.
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  • Arvind
    January 1, 1970
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  • Naji
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I love the characters and their developing friendships this volume felt a little underwhelming to me. Maybe it’s because it’s a comic and so of course there it isn’t going to be as lengthy as a novel or something might be... but it felt like everything was happening too fast? Most things were seemed to be resolved too quickly which left me with an empty sort of feeling?? Idk but I’ll still be reading the next Volumes since I am enjoying these.
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  • Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
    January 1, 1970
    Obviously I was going to love this, as I love everything from this series in general. But much like the first volume, I still feel like Scwab's writing shines through longer formats. I love the plot and I love where it's going; I am so excited to see Maxim's story develop ((view spoiler)[especially because an antari was shown in this volume!!!! (hide spoiler)]). But, I always feel like stuff is missing. I want twenty times more Obviously I was going to love this, as I love everything from this series in general. But much like the first volume, I still feel like Scwab's writing shines through longer formats. I love the plot and I love where it's going; I am so excited to see Maxim's story develop ((view spoiler)[especially because an antari was shown in this volume!!!! (hide spoiler)]). But, I always feel like stuff is missing. I want twenty times more details than a comic volume can provide.
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I love getting to see more of the Shades of Magic world and how Maxim became the King of Arnes we know. I also quite like the art style even though action during some fight scenes it can be a bit confusing. It's a real treat to see Antari magic in this format as well. I can't wait to see the final installment of young Maxim's story.
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  • maddy max.
    January 1, 1970
    (3,5)When it comes to V.E. Schwab and her Shades of Magic universe, I'm an addict. Once I start reading, there's no way I'm gonna stop until I reach the end. But the art? I'm sorry but it hurts my eyes. Not so much because it's bad but simply because it's not the kind I like. At all. But who am I to judge? All I can "draw" are smileys. ^^
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