Shades of Magic Vol. 2: The Night of Knives
The young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, having faced the terror of the Pirate Queen, now aims to ...more
The protagonist remains unlikable but may be becoming a trifle less headstrong. The art ...more
I 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 ...more
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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 ...more
“Clever isn't enough. All it takes is one misstep.” — Toro & Isra
There are tropes in Night of Knives. Trials, hiding in paid sight, evil clowns. But it's not a bad thing. They work. This is about character building. Showing another side of the character you think you know. I love the art style the demonstration between the light side and dark side. The way magic is shown the differences in them
The Steel Prince is named after...more
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! ...more
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.
I still very much enjoyed this issue! I love the art and I‘m just intrigued by everything in this world.
I didn’t think I’d ever rate something by Victoria Schwab this low, but alas... here we are :’(
In this volume, Maxim Maresh, lacking respect from the soldiers under his command in Verose, decides to enter himself into a series of four magical trials, collectively known as the Night of Knives, in order to prove himself worthy of his soldiers’ respect. Of course, we are told the Night of Knives is a big deal in Verose: most people quit after the first or second trial, only a few ...more
I 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 ...more
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 ...more