Saturday 22 August 2020

Book Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 3 - The Steel Prince - The Rebel Army by V. E. Schwab (Graphic Novel / Fantasy)

Title: Shades of Magic Vol. 3 - The Steel Prince - The Rebel Army
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publication Date: 21 April 2020
Grpahic Novel / Fantasy
Bought Copy

Once just a single ship, now the pirate fleet of the Rebel Army numbers in its thousands. Made up of traitors from each of the three empires, the fleet, who once made the open waters of the Blood Coast their home, have set their sights on establishing their own land based empire with London as their capital.

The Rebel Army is a battalion made up of traitors to each of the three empires, who've claimed the open waters of the Blood Coast as their territory. Led by a Faroan, a Veskan, and an Arnesian (Rowan, the Antari from the Night of Knives), the RA started as a rag-tag gang, a single ship, but in the last few months, they've gained momentum. Once content to claim the open water as their empire, they've grown in ambition, and scope, and now they're claiming ports, creeping toward a full-on land assault. Their goal? London. But first, they'll have to cross Verose, where Maxim, Isra, and the royal guard are waiting.


Thus ends The Steel Prince graphic novel. Overall, I enjoyed this tale; however, I didn't find this concluding volume as thrilling as the first two. Until the final battle sequences, it didn't feel like there was much happening, and the artwork wasn't grabbing me either, to relieve the slow pacing. This is still a four-star read for me, though, as I did enjoy the graphic novel when viewed in its entirety. This style of storytelling worked well for the Shades of Magic world and I hope V. E. Schwab will employ it again in the future. For now I shall look forward to her next prose release in October.

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