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Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this third volume in the all-original comic book adventure series sees the saga of the the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! Once just a single ship, now the pirate fleet of the Rebel Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this third volume in the all-original comic book adventure series sees the saga of the the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! 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.


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Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this third volume in the all-original comic book adventure series sees the saga of the the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! Once just a single ship, now the pirate fleet of the Rebel Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this third volume in the all-original comic book adventure series sees the saga of the the story begun in The Steel Prince - perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! 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.

30 review for Shades of Magic Vol. 3: The Rebel Army

  1. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    I'm loving this series! There has to be a fourth one right? Right? 1) Shade of magic vol. 1 3/5 stars 2) Shade of magic vol. 2 4/5 stars 3) Shade of magic vol. 3 5/5 stars I'm loving this series! There has to be a fourth one right? Right? 1) Shade of magic vol. 1 3/5 stars 2) Shade of magic vol. 2 4/5 stars 3) Shade of magic vol. 3 5/5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars My favorite in the series so far! RTC...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    4.5/5 I am loving this graphic series! There has to be another one, right? Because THE END was not really an end and I need more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    I liked how it played into the motif that was established in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2--that although Maxim is rumored to have accomplished all these feats, there's an element to them all that is a little false. (No spoilers!) This was a really interesting dynamic that made the graphic novels a lot more raw and honest than one would expect, and it worked well with the fact that these are a backstory prequel series. I liked how it played into the motif that was established in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2--that although Maxim is rumored to have accomplished all these feats, there's an element to them all that is a little false. (No spoilers!) This was a really interesting dynamic that made the graphic novels a lot more raw and honest than one would expect, and it worked well with the fact that these are a backstory prequel series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Escapist Reader

    3 out of 5 stars Though enjoyable, this last volume of Maxim's adventures was not my favourite. In my opinion, the pacing was kind of off and the ending a little anticlamactic. The overall story, however, is still cool and a great treat for the fans of the Shades of Magic trilogy. Happy reading 3 out of 5 stars Though enjoyable, this last volume of Maxim's adventures was not my favourite. In my opinion, the pacing was kind of off and the ending a little anticlamactic. The overall story, however, is still cool and a great treat for the fans of the Shades of Magic trilogy. Happy reading

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    “A jagged blade against a decorative sword. Let’s see which breaks first.” The Rebel Army is an enjoyable conclusion to the Steel Prince series! It’s action packed and intense the whole way through. Honestly, V.E. Schwab can do no wrong in my eyes. I really hope we get more graphic novels from the Shades of Magic world, and it looks quite possible! Fingers crossed!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angel White

    Love, love, love the art in this trilogy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It's nice to see an author attempt to explore a different medium to tell stories set in the same universe as some of their best series. Comic books offer a very unique style of story-telling where the visual elements help guide the reader into further appreciating the writer's ideas by being quickly immersed into the familiar lands established in books and watching their characters being drawn to life. At what cost though? While the spin-offs, p You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It's nice to see an author attempt to explore a different medium to tell stories set in the same universe as some of their best series. Comic books offer a very unique style of story-telling where the visual elements help guide the reader into further appreciating the writer's ideas by being quickly immersed into the familiar lands established in books and watching their characters being drawn to life. At what cost though? While the spin-offs, prequels, tie-ins, and whatnot are all exciting ideas, the execution isn't guaranteed. After all, if there is no reward, there is only disappointment. In what should be the final story-arc in the adventures of prince Maxim Maresh, author V.E. Schwab sends her character up against a pirate fleet that will stop at nothing to take down anyone who stands in their way. What is Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: The Rebel Army about? The Rebel Army was nothing more than a lowly group of pirates roaming the seas aimlessly with no manpower or leadership to make something of their lives. It is the arrival of certain traitors from each of the three empires (a Faroan, a Veskan, and the Arnesian known as Rowan) who look to build their own empire with London as their capital that the Rebel Army is rebuilt into a destructive fleet. However, before establishing their new kingdom, they will have to pass by Verose where Maxim and his newly-trusting comrades will have to face them and put an end to their rampage before more lives fall to their hands. It was interesting to watch Prince Maxim Maresh try to learn to become a leader instead of rotting away as a privileged member of royalty. However, with the adventures presented in the previous story-arcs being far from original, there was no surprise with this final event as it follows down the same path and offers a generic journey of preparation to face an upcoming naval threat. On top of that, with these heroes being outnumbered, the solutions and the stakes were far too obvious and made this adventure too contrived and stale. The linearity of the narrative coupled with the generic writing to embellish the action-packed story thus offers very little reward. It doesn't help when there's little room to invest in the characters and their motivations as they are all mostly poorly-developed (and drawn) characters. Leave it to a banal ending where Prince Maxim Maresh learns nothing about loyalty and leadership to wrap things up and let this series set sail into oblivion. If the lackluster story-telling wasn't enough, the artwork should highlight this spin-off prequel's irrelevance on top of the poor contribution of this comic book series to the original book trilogy's universe. There's an absence of attention to detail that is ludicrous for these short four-issue story-arcs that truly stuns me as rough penciling continues to pervade this chapter in Prince Maxim Maresh's life. Often, there's also a poor grasp on how to capture movement that is quickly observable and truly strips this comic book's ability to tell a dynamic tale. The action sequences are also often difficult to understand with rarely any sense of excitement. The colouring at least establishes a gloomier tone to the overall tale and allows all the magical elements to pop off the pages as you swiftly breeze through this finale with overall disappointment. Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince: The Rebel Army is an unimpressive finale that sends Prince Maxim Maresh into a trial of leadership that juggles life and death. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alhice

    I received an arc of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for and honest opinion While I am very greatful to Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this graphic novel in advance I must say that the copy I received was not great. Words were out of the drawings and mixed, also there were some letter missing, which made it quite hard for me to follow along with the story. However, based on what I could read, this is another great story from V.E. Schwab. This in particular was very action p I received an arc of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for and honest opinion While I am very greatful to Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this graphic novel in advance I must say that the copy I received was not great. Words were out of the drawings and mixed, also there were some letter missing, which made it quite hard for me to follow along with the story. However, based on what I could read, this is another great story from V.E. Schwab. This in particular was very action packed. It is always a pleasure to go back to the ADSOM world. Plus, I love the idea of the graphic novel series to give us an insight into the live of Maresh before he became king. Also, the drawings are absolutely amazing. I will buy the physical copy once it’s out to complete my collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lewis

    Graphic novels are perfect for when you want a nice, quick read😌 It's been almost a year since I've been in the ADSOM world so it took me a minute to remember what's happening 😂 But, it was an enjoyable read nonetheless RTC Graphic novels are perfect for when you want a nice, quick read😌 It's been almost a year since I've been in the ADSOM world so it took me a minute to remember what's happening 😂 But, it was an enjoyable read nonetheless RTC

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan (ChroniclesOfABookworm)

    I didn’t like this one as much as the two previous volumes but I’m über excited an Antari made an appearance 😍😍😍

  12. 5 out of 5

    kelly {BookCrushin}

    I actually read these all as individuals issues and just realizing I can add the Volumes as read! Yay score one for the challenge boost!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marieke

    Third read in my New Year’s Comic readathon. What a great conclusion!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Felix

    I love the story but my continual qualm with these graphic novels is that the art is so dark! Dark as in, my blind ass has difficulty figuring out what I'm looking at for a lot of the panels. I get that it sets the tone, etc etc, but it makes it hard to appreciate when I have to squint at the art with my book under a lamp. I love the story but my continual qualm with these graphic novels is that the art is so dark! Dark as in, my blind ass has difficulty figuring out what I'm looking at for a lot of the panels. I get that it sets the tone, etc etc, but it makes it hard to appreciate when I have to squint at the art with my book under a lamp.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    I’m not much of a comic/graphic novel reader, but of course I had to read these prequels due to my love of the Shades of Magic series, and I really enjoyed them! It was cool learning more about Maxim, and the artwork was neat.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Rep: Black main character; lesbian major character Warnings: fantasy violence, torture, suicide In this third installment in the story of Maxim Maresh, he has to face a growing army of rebel magicians and make Verose a last stand against their full invasion into Arnes. While the rebels have always struck at the coast, they have never been this organized - and it is thanks to Rowan infiltrating them. The Antari hates royals with a fervor, and is afraid that they (Maxim, especially) only want to ca Rep: Black main character; lesbian major character Warnings: fantasy violence, torture, suicide In this third installment in the story of Maxim Maresh, he has to face a growing army of rebel magicians and make Verose a last stand against their full invasion into Arnes. While the rebels have always struck at the coast, they have never been this organized - and it is thanks to Rowan infiltrating them. The Antari hates royals with a fervor, and is afraid that they (Maxim, especially) only want to capture him for their uses; he has also stoked the discontent among the people living in the coastal areas that are usually neglected by London, and has been recruiting from among them, as well as forcing captured royal soldiers into service to the Rebel Army. As Maxim prepares for a battle, he also prepares to launch a small force directly into the heart of the Army, to attack its three leaders and hope to dismantle the organized force that leads it. The odds are definitely against him, until he decides which role to play in this - soldier or prince. This book also serves as a conclusion to his life in Verose, and tells us what becomes of Isra until she appears much later in the original trilogy. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Titan Comics, via Edelweiss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wende

    These graphic novels aren’t my absolute favorite but I adore the Shades of Magic verse so much that I’m just so happy to be back in this world! Reading this makes me want to reread the trilogy so badly. My main struggle with this volume and the ones prior involves the art style. I struggle to understand who is who and some action scenes can be a bit hard to clearly understand. I absolutely loved the plot though! Overall, I’m content with our ending.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I adore V.E. Schwab and the world that she created. With each installment for this world, I fall even more in love with her as a writer and her characters. This issue was exciting and a perfect end for Maxim’s journey. Now I want to reread the Shades of Magic series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    The art is beautiful and the book smells good. Other than that: the ending made no sense at all. What the fuck was that?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roos

    That ending,,, does that mean that we got more graphic novels ^^

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

    I love Isra😆

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marilag

    WAIT. WHAT IS THIS END. DON'T DO THIS TO ME, SCHWAB. It's like I'm reading a nitty gritty Avatar the Last Airbender, and I LOVE IT. WAIT. WHAT IS THIS END. DON'T DO THIS TO ME, SCHWAB. It's like I'm reading a nitty gritty Avatar the Last Airbender, and I LOVE IT.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarmat Chowdhury

    Great graphic novel continuing the story of the Maresh Empire future king, Prince Maxim

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara Zaninelli

    I’m really loving to see how Maxim has become from spoiled prince to fierce king. His love for his people is laudable and the illustrations are really awesome!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Rebel Army is a new comic by VE Schwab set in the Shades of Magic world that follows the first two, The Steel Prince and The Night of Knives. As much as I love Victoria and everything she writes, I found this one a little too fast paced and I didn't get the chance to feel as much as I could/should have... I still liked it but I would have liked more. I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Rebel Army is a new comic by VE Schwab set in the Shades of Magic world that follows the first two, The Steel Prince and The Night of Knives. As much as I love Victoria and everything she writes, I found this one a little too fast paced and I didn't get the chance to feel as much as I could/should have... I still liked it but I would have liked more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ali (readbyali)

    Unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy this novel. It was my least favorite in the series. I think the series as a whole suffered from the art-style; it was often difficult to figure out what was going on, such as who was speaking or what was happening in a fight scene. With this book in particular, the pacing felt all off, and the ending was anti-climactic. Additionally, something happened on the last page that I completely did not understand...(if anyone has read this, who was on the last page a Unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy this novel. It was my least favorite in the series. I think the series as a whole suffered from the art-style; it was often difficult to figure out what was going on, such as who was speaking or what was happening in a fight scene. With this book in particular, the pacing felt all off, and the ending was anti-climactic. Additionally, something happened on the last page that I completely did not understand...(if anyone has read this, who was on the last page and what were they doing??) If not for the last page, I would have thought this was the end of the series but now I'm not sure. If there are more books to come, I may pick them up because I do enjoy knowing the backstory of this world, but I will not be purchasing them for myself. This was a let down from one of my favorite authors. I was provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    The Rebel Army is coming to Verose, where Prince Maxim will be waiting for them. The Rebel Army slowly grows as it picks up followers in the cities on the way to Verose. They have three leaders, including Maxim’s enemy Rowan. Maxim and his guard Isra have to prepare Verose for the imminent invasion of the Rebel Army. This graphic novel was a great conclusion to this series. Maxim has to defend Verose one last time before returning to his father in London. Rather than backing down or being prepare The Rebel Army is coming to Verose, where Prince Maxim will be waiting for them. The Rebel Army slowly grows as it picks up followers in the cities on the way to Verose. They have three leaders, including Maxim’s enemy Rowan. Maxim and his guard Isra have to prepare Verose for the imminent invasion of the Rebel Army. This graphic novel was a great conclusion to this series. Maxim has to defend Verose one last time before returning to his father in London. Rather than backing down or being prepared to lose the battle against the Rebel Army like the other towns did, Maxim uses what he knows about the Army to defeat them. The three graphic novels in this series have a clear story arc. Each graphic novel has a complete story, but they are also part of the larger story of Maxim spending time in Verose. Any of these stories could be read by itself, but you will get more out of it by reading them all together. I hope that the story will continue in future graphic novels. This is a great conclusion to the Shades of Magic graphic novel series! Thank you Titan Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bayley

    This is a really fun series. I look forward to rereading The Shades of Magic series and seeing Maxim as he is King again; I am sure this reading experience will make a reread even more enjoyable. Would I have liked this series more if it was a book book? It probably would have had more emotional impact on me because comics and graphic novels are so short it does give you less time to be deeply invested in the characters or the story. I think that is more apparent when those characters are from a This is a really fun series. I look forward to rereading The Shades of Magic series and seeing Maxim as he is King again; I am sure this reading experience will make a reread even more enjoyable. Would I have liked this series more if it was a book book? It probably would have had more emotional impact on me because comics and graphic novels are so short it does give you less time to be deeply invested in the characters or the story. I think that is more apparent when those characters are from a world you first encountered in a words-only format. But I did really enjoy this series. I liked being able to see the characters and the world. I also really liked how this story was able to be fully (well, almost fully, that ending was awesome) rooted in the world of Red London. That is the benefit of multiple stories in one world; you get to explore differently and, at times, assume familiarity. It is why I love series of series. I will read more graphic novels and comics Schwab is involved in; I enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mishma Nixon

    A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange of a honest review If you live to be king, I'll live to be your guard. So try to stay alive." The Rebel Army is definitely the most intense and the grandest book out of the series. Unlike the first two, which featured a somewhat individual facedown and a competition set up respectively, The Rebel Army involves the entire London, and stakes are much higher. There’s more to lose, and the villain gets under Maxim’s skin in a way that no one has A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange of a honest review If you live to be king, I'll live to be your guard. So try to stay alive." The Rebel Army is definitely the most intense and the grandest book out of the series. Unlike the first two, which featured a somewhat individual facedown and a competition set up respectively, The Rebel Army involves the entire London, and stakes are much higher. There’s more to lose, and the villain gets under Maxim’s skin in a way that no one has before. The action sequences are now battle sequences, and the tension is definitely tenfold. The book brings the character arc to a satisfying climax, and for fans of the original books, this will give more meaning to the character of Maxim and his relationship with Kell. Read my full review of the series here

  30. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    A great conclusion to the saga of the Steel Prince -- I love how V took one sentence about King Maxim and used it to flesh out an entire background for him, almost in the same way that a king would set three quests for a prince to complete before he can ask for the princess in marriage. While I don't like this arc as much as Night of Knives, there are parts that come close. I'm going to complain that there's not enough of V's writing here, but the illustrations are good. I like the color scheme A great conclusion to the saga of the Steel Prince -- I love how V took one sentence about King Maxim and used it to flesh out an entire background for him, almost in the same way that a king would set three quests for a prince to complete before he can ask for the princess in marriage. While I don't like this arc as much as Night of Knives, there are parts that come close. I'm going to complain that there's not enough of V's writing here, but the illustrations are good. I like the color scheme throughout the arc, and overall design is well-done. A drawn fight scene -- no matter how good the artist -- is never going to match up to one written by the author, because V's writing is so visual and lyrical.

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