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The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Steel Prince takes readers back into the world that author V.E. Schwab built full of magic and different Londons. It lets readers learn more about Maxim, the future King of Red London, during his years as a petulant youth and gives him some much-needed character development. Although we get to know him to a degree in the Shades of Magic series, there are many aspects that are lost to us and this is a great opportunity to give even more depth and backstory to the King.

Although written as a comic series, I feel that Schwab is able to brilliantly weave together a narrative, with less description than she usually employs. I found the plot to be engaging and I was immediately drawn into the Prince’s schemes and troublemaking. I found him to be likable, if a bit arrogant and cannot wait to see where this series takes us next in his travels and story.

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