The Shades of Magic series is the gaslamp fantasy phenomenon from #1 New York Times-bestselling author of V.E. Schwab. Kell is one of the last Antari – magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and once upon a time, Black. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. Perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn.
But before all of this, the Shades of Magic comic book trilogy charts the journey of Kell’s adoptive father, King Maxim, when he was an untested, unruly young man yet to earn the title of The Steel Prince.
You don’t need to have read the trilogy to enjoy the comics, as they’re set in their own time, with their own cast of wonderful characters. These are Maxim’s stories and his secrets. And I am certain you will relish every page of them.
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol 1
“She’s a legend on the blood coast. Ruthless. Cruel. With a crew violent and hungry enough to match.”
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…
“A great introduction to a deeply layered fantasy world” – The Pull Box
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol 2: The Knight of Knives
“Once you enter a trial, there is no turning back. You win, or you die.”
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!
“Whisks the reader along a tangle of breathless action… The Steel Prince brings Schwab’s consummate storytelling to a new medium” – Aurealis Magazine
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol 3: The Rebel Army
“You are their Prince. And like it or not, your life is worth more than all of Verose.”
A ragtag pirate fleet, known as the Rebel Army, has, through a campaign of pillaging and conscription of Arnes’ coastal towns, grown into a force powerful enough to usurp a prince and destroy an empire.
Now, all that stands between the fall of the House of Maresh, and the sacking of Red London is Maxim and his garrison, unless the young headstrong prince can win the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of Verose and convince them to join him in one final stand against the most powerful magician he has ever faced.
“What’s not to love here? The art is stunning, the story features Prince Maxim – it’s diverse, full of daring and adventure (and plenty of magic) ” – The Bookshire
Get the comics digitally HERE
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