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THE STEEL PRINCE by V.E. Schwab // Review and Giveaway

THE STEEL PRINCE
Shades of Magic Vol 1
by VE Schwab
Andrea Olimpieri (Illustrator, Artist)
Enrica Eren Angiolini (Colorist)
Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Titan
Publication Date: March 6, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Goodreads Amazon

 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 prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy.

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant Prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the King of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic.

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

 Guys! Who else is incredibly excited that there is going to be more in the fascinating world that Victoria Schwab created in her Shades of Magic series?

When I first heard she was coming out with a graphic novel, I figured it would just be the original series recreated. So when I found out that it would be new original stories, I was thrilled.

Prince (later to be King) Maxim probably wouldn’t have been my first pick for a spin-off (prequel), but after reading The Steel Prince, I’m really glad she chose him. And, of course, Isra, who will one day be the head of Maxim’s city guard.

This beginning to Prince Maxim’s story is about a young rebellious Maxim, before he takes the throne, and becomes one of our favorite love/hate characters. I loved seeing his dissident side, and also, honestly, his naivety.

He sees the world from the viewpoint of a sheltered young man, who has never really faced the real world or true danger. This makes him rash and a bit superior, but determined to do what is right, and to see others do the same. I actually saw a bit of Prince Rhy in him (just a bit).

My favorite character, so far, though, has to be Isra. I loved how jaded and hard she was, but she still refused to take the easy path, and instead fought for what she knew was right.

She reminded me a lot of Lila Bard, who I adore. I’m really looking forward to learning more about her, and seeing how she becomes the head of the city guard.

The awesome thing about this being a graphic novel, and not a novella, is the incredible art work.

It was amazing getting to see the magic come to life on the pages. The illustrator and colorist did a beautiful job of bringing this story and this world to life. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog

Let’s face it, we pretend that we do this all for the love of reading and writing, but the truth is, we want people to read what we’re spending our time and energy on.

But what gets people to take the plunge? I don’t know about you, but here are 8 reasons that I’ll come visit your blog.

1. You’ve come to my blog and have left comments on my posts. I’m a little slow on this one because I tend to be on the oblivious side, but even I start to notice when the same person has been visiting and engaging with me.

I’ll be reading comments when all of a sudden I think Hey! This awesome person has been coming around a lot! I should probably check out what they’re all about! And then I do!

2. You reviewed a book I’m really interested in. This is kind of an obvious one, but worth noting. 

3. You review a book I’ve never heard of. When you’re a book blogger, it can get pretty repetitive visiting blogs that all have the same posts, the same books, the same memes, etc. So, when I see a review with a cool looking cover and I’ve never heard of it, it really piques my interest.

4. We’re friends. Again, I’m not as good at this as I should be, but usually at some point in time, I realize that if I’m friends with people, it’s kind of crappy if I don’t ever check out what they basically spend half their lives on.

5. You hook me with your Twitterspeak. There is no one who does this better than Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. She says things like this . . .

. . . and I have to know! What, Jamie? WHAT IS THE BEST MEDICINE? WHAT DID YOU LOOK AT IN YOUR OWN LIFE? I’m nosy, and I think you know it, Jamie. You’re using my nosiness against me! *ehem, sorry. Anyway.

6. You post something conversational. As much as I like reviews and interviews and such, my favorite posts are the ones that are more personal. Well, they don’t even have to be super personal, just something different. If it’s about books, that’s even better.

7. You post something I need. Especially when I was a new blogger, trying to figure this whole thing out, if you had a post on how to improve your blog, or html (Thanks Parajunkee), or how to deal with publishers etc., you would have my love forever.

8. You write the words “8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog” or some other number with some other list. Not sure what it is about lists, but I just have to click it.