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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. 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 adventure continues the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! The young and arrogant prince Maxim An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. 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 adventure continues the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! 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! These are the hidden, secret adventures of Maxim, from long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic! Collects Shades of Magic #5-8: Night of Knives


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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. 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 adventure continues the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! The young and arrogant prince Maxim An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. 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 adventure continues the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! 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! These are the hidden, secret adventures of Maxim, from long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic! Collects Shades of Magic #5-8: Night of Knives

30 review for Shades of Magic Vol. 2: Night of Knives

  1. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    Just read this book in one sitting and liked this one a lot more than the first one! Cannot wait for vol. 3 to come out early next year!(:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    I love the colors and lighting in this comic! The problem is that it was Too fast, too furious

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gemma ♕ antari.with.a.book

    Just love this whole thing. Loved the Night of Knives, loved the art, loved it all!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yoda

    The artwork is again amazing, and the story itself is great. I´m definitely going to continue reading this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Faith M ✨

    Better than the first one but also way worse. I liked some aspects but found them to be rushed and undeveloped. The trials themselves ended too quickly for any satisfying resolution and the main conflict came a little out of nowhere. The big plot twist was obvious from the start to anyone who has any knowledge about the Shades of Magic universe. And the fact that the art kept changing was jarring, especially since Maxim looked significantly older in one of the styles than in the other. Also, what Better than the first one but also way worse. I liked some aspects but found them to be rushed and undeveloped. The trials themselves ended too quickly for any satisfying resolution and the main conflict came a little out of nowhere. The big plot twist was obvious from the start to anyone who has any knowledge about the Shades of Magic universe. And the fact that the art kept changing was jarring, especially since Maxim looked significantly older in one of the styles than in the other. Also, what was up with the Joker? Because he added nothing to the story and, if he was cut out, the plot would play almost exactly as it had before.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Myrto

    Some scenes (and especially fight scenes) left me a bit confused and disoriented and I think I wasn't as invested as I was in the first volume but overall I enjoyed this. Happy reading!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Flores

    4.5/5 The second volume of the Shades of Magic graphic novels is once again filled with action scenes because now, Prince Maxim has to prove himself to his soldiers by completing 4 trials called The Night of the Knives. The thing is, nobody has ever come alive out of the fourth trial. Most people give in at the second one, and even the bravest survivors, had only completed 3 of them. But Maxim is a proud prince, and he will do whatever it takes to gain the respect of his fellow soldiers. Like he 4.5/5 The second volume of the Shades of Magic graphic novels is once again filled with action scenes because now, Prince Maxim has to prove himself to his soldiers by completing 4 trials called The Night of the Knives. The thing is, nobody has ever come alive out of the fourth trial. Most people give in at the second one, and even the bravest survivors, had only completed 3 of them. But Maxim is a proud prince, and he will do whatever it takes to gain the respect of his fellow soldiers. Like he says, “Anyone can be born a prince, but no one is born leader.” Now, what I really love about this volume was that we got to see another antari but most importantly, that through the challenges, we see how Maxim grows into a more mature prince, someone who can actually fight and lead. I think that going against his own demons and fears is what makes him not only a better prince, but a person too. The magic system is still one of my favorite ones among fantasy books and the fact that is not limited to four elements but others too, is still very impressive! On top of that, the illustrator work really gets you into the story because it’s a beautiful portrayal of the Red London I love so much. Truth is, these graphic novels go along perfectly with the original trilogy and I must admit that it made me want to re-read them as soon as I get the collector editions. Last but not least, I’m really excited for the last volume! I’m glad that Schwab is working along with these amazing illustrators, because the format makes it a lot better! Read it for the Ray Charles Readathon. PREVIOUS REVIEWS: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    7/10. The pros: This was definitely an improvement on the first volume in terms of the storyline. It was very fun to read, and the art is really amazing. It's diverse and creative. I love getting more from this world! The cons: There are times when it's a little hard to follow and stay invested, but for the most part, I didn't struggle with this volume and I enjoyed it! The conclusion: I'm excited to get the final installment when it's released soon and see how it all concludes!

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover This second volume of the Shades of Magic graphic novels by V. E. Schwab follows Maxim taking on the challenges of the Night of Knives to earn the respect of his troops, and it is a great complement to the main series. ❀ SUSPENSEFUL I loved the suspense of each trial and the thrill that comes with the idea that no one has ever made it out of all four alive. It is also interesting how we get to see a different side of Maxim as he is forced to face his weaknesses. He h Full Review on The Candid Cover This second volume of the Shades of Magic graphic novels by V. E. Schwab follows Maxim taking on the challenges of the Night of Knives to earn the respect of his troops, and it is a great complement to the main series. ❀ SUSPENSEFUL I loved the suspense of each trial and the thrill that comes with the idea that no one has ever made it out of all four alive. It is also interesting how we get to see a different side of Maxim as he is forced to face his weaknesses. He has developed quite a bit since the first volume. ❀ STUNNING ARTWORK As well, the art in the graphic novels is as stunning as ever. I love the way the fight scenes are depicted and how magic is illustrated. I found the colours to be especially evocative. Although I have yet to pick up the Shades of Magic series, these graphic novels have gotten me excited to do so very soon.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    actual rating: 3.5 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 wor actual rating: 3.5 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 world, but I wish these were 6 issue arcs instead of 4.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I'm only reading this because the first volume is a graphic novel nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards, I had checked both volumes out of the library at the same time, and they are very short, so why not read both? I have not previously read any books in the Shades of Magic series or by the author. This is the second book of a trilogy of graphic novels adapting a single sentence from one of the novels. The protagonist remains unlikable but may be becoming a trifle less headstrong. The art rema I'm only reading this because the first volume is a graphic novel nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards, I had checked both volumes out of the library at the same time, and they are very short, so why not read both? I have not previously read any books in the Shades of Magic series or by the author. This is the second book of a trilogy of graphic novels adapting a single sentence from one of the novels. The protagonist remains unlikable but may be becoming a trifle less headstrong. The art remains muddy and obscures the action. So when the young prince decides to tackle some annual magical challenge we see him walk through a series of doors and do...something...that lets him advance to the next door. And then suddenly there is a villainous Antari magician, which might be scary if I had any idea what the hell Antari means here. Since the prince becomes king in the novels, I think you can guess how little a problem the magician turns out to be. Meh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Reads

    4.5 stars This was so much fun! The art is beautiful and the story is even better than the first one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    love, jamie

    How am I expected to wait for this?! 😭

  14. 4 out of 5

    noah 🖤 #blacklivesmatter

    im not so sure this story works as a graphic novel. these trials maxim goes through happen so quickly in just a few panels that i never got a true sense of how difficult they were physically or emotionally speaking. then the trials get talked about like they were this great undertaking and im just like... ok.. he did it in like 2 seconds, but sure... it's a big deal..............

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stanislav Lozanov

    The art in this volume definitely looked worse than the previous one. Moreover, the story was not that interesting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. 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 t You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. 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 through a new medium that makes for a unique visual experience. It is now time to find out if she was able to learn from the flaws of her first installment. What is Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives about? Collecting issues #5-8, the story picks up right after events in the first volume, with the showdown against the Pirate Queen. Sent to Verose by the king as an exercise to not only redeem himself to his father’s eyes but to build his character and show signs of a future ruler, the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh now needs to earn the respect of those who live in the port town of Verose and to do so, he wishes to take on the infamous challenges of the Night of Knives, a four-part trial that none has ever successfully completed. As much as I wanted to remain hopeful for Schwab’s comic book series, this second installment further confirmed my fears for the fate of this run, with only one more volume left to conclude this little detour. Compressed in just four relatively short issues, the story never finds the time to give the reader the chance to care for anything that happens to a protagonist that only thinks about his rulership and takes decisions oriented towards his goals. The story also dives right into new lore elements, dumping most of the world-building elements within a page, before focusing on action sequences. Even moments meant to push the character’s development felt underwhelming and accelerated, almost making it feel like a waste of time. Although the artwork isn’t the most mediocre style that I have ever seen so far, it still struggles immensely to convey the world’s magical elements. It doesn’t help when action sequences are messy and many sequences felt choppy, leaving the reader wondering if it’s just them or if certain panels were actually missing to help connect the dots. The worse probably lies in the rough and unimpressive facial expressions drawn by the artists on this project that leave you bewildered at the bleakness of the comic book. Even the colouring is questionable, with some panels filled in with no finesse or nuance, almost as if it was meant to hide the lack of substance in the story. Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: Night of Knives is a short and flawed episode in the Steel Prince’s life that fails to capture the magic of the series with its choppy and unappealing visual style. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I loved the first arc, but I can't believe how invested and blown away I was by Night of Knives!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    I had the same problems with this one as the first one. The art style seems to add confusion where there probably shouldn't be any (fight scenes particularly because they contain magic that's a bit abstract, distinguishing side characters from each other, making out facial expressions etc). I definitely liked the storyline a bit better than the first one though!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Golley

    The art stye was really disorientating, especially during the fight scenes and when magic was involved. I found that each character's face kept changing throughout the comic too which aided the confusion. I'm looking forward to the last comic, because despite the art direction, the story is really cool!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I enjoyed this one so much more than Volume 1. There was a magical tournament and I really appreciated the visual details. I feel more drawn to Maxim as a character than before and this volume left on an intriguing cliffhanger! The Shades of Magic universe never ceases to amaze me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    I just want these to be full length novels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dashie

    Now this is getting super, super interesting! 😍

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Whetten

    I don't know what happened between reading the first one and this one, but I really just don't care anymore. The artwork is nothing special and it doesn't help that this volume follows a magical competition, which is my least favorite plot trope and gave me Gathering of Shadows flashbacks. Everything happened so quickly and yet it was all so cliche (because of course one of the trials is him fighting a form of his greatest fear). At the end, it just felt like a bridge book -- a small step to get I don't know what happened between reading the first one and this one, but I really just don't care anymore. The artwork is nothing special and it doesn't help that this volume follows a magical competition, which is my least favorite plot trope and gave me Gathering of Shadows flashbacks. Everything happened so quickly and yet it was all so cliche (because of course one of the trials is him fighting a form of his greatest fear). At the end, it just felt like a bridge book -- a small step to get . . . somewhere. I don't really know what the point of this series is or where it's going and I've stopped caring. Nothing feels interesting or new and I think I'll just wait til the new book series starts up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex (h00kisback)

    4.5 🌟 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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eva S.Ar.

    3.5 out of 5 stars I have to say I enjoyed this volume more than the first one. Much like last time, some fight scenes were a bit confusing, but not too crazy. By the way, I live for dramatic one-liners in comics. I'm pretty excited for the next volume, because the story left off in quite the cliffhanger. Happy reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    bubbabooks

    This was a nice continuation in the steel prince comics. The story was fast paced and interesting and the characters are nice to read about. My only complaint is that the art style is sometimes confusing to interpret what is occurring and the trials were very quickly done. I will still read the other comics because I love anything in the Darker Shade of Magic world.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This comic has the most inconsistent artwork and the ugliest shading I’ve EVER seen. 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I‘m still struggling to follow everything that’s going on (at the end I do get it) but I guess that’s for the simply reason that I am not used to comics. I still very much enjoyed this issue! I love the art and I‘m just intrigued by everything in this world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    vicki

    I liked the art in this volume better, the first volume was very dark but the increased magic in this one gave it more variation. It was still quite dark but I didn’t struggle to make out characters like I did with Pirate Queen. The overall plot was fun, but it felt a bit unoriginal even within this universe... we’ve seen magic trials already. I think I was anticipating something a bit more grand for the Night of Knives. I did like the trials themselves though, especially the concept for the fou I liked the art in this volume better, the first volume was very dark but the increased magic in this one gave it more variation. It was still quite dark but I didn’t struggle to make out characters like I did with Pirate Queen. The overall plot was fun, but it felt a bit unoriginal even within this universe... we’ve seen magic trials already. I think I was anticipating something a bit more grand for the Night of Knives. I did like the trials themselves though, especially the concept for the fourth trial. There were some continuity issues with the dialogue e.g. Maxim ends one issue saying ‘what have I got to lose?’ To which Isra responds with ‘Everything.’ And then on the first page of the next issue they have the same conversation but with each of them taking the opposite standpoint. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not but it really threw me out of the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    It’s fine, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. It also felt really short, but maybe I’m used to reading longer graphic novels.

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