Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, & Book Love

Today I’ve got some short thoughts on three graphics I picked up recently. Check them out below!


TheSteelPrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Published by Titan Comics on March 6, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

Of course I’m totally here for anything Shades of Magic related and Schwab’s first foray into comics was amazing. This prequel starring Maxim Maresh delves into the darker side of Red London and expands the world I’ve come to love. The visuals were stunning and the action quick paced and thrilling. I also loved delving into these characters and discovering more of their nuances. Absolutely recommended for fans of the series!


TheOneHundredNightsofHeroThe One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Published by Little, Brown & Company on December 6, 2016

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy, Feminism

Pages: 224 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

I love a good story within a story and Isabel Greenberg has crafted a compelling tale a’la The Arabian Nights with female empowerment and fearless storytellers. The art is incredibly unique and this book pairs well with her first, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. Each story added to the narrative and Cherry and Hero’s love was beautiful to see. Totally recommend picking this one up!


BookLoveBook Love by Debbie Tung

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on January 1, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Writing

Pages: 137 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.

Needless to say this short and sweet story for book lovers everywhere made me squee. Each panel depicted the realities us passionate readers experience every day and it was all just a little too real. The art itself was super cute and had such an endearing quality to it. I think this would make a perfect gift/read for all the book lovers in our lives. Absolutely recommend!


Have you read any of these graphic novels? Does one at least spark interest?

Let me know in the comments below!

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