Title: Shades of Magic, Vol. 3: The Rebel Army
Author: V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri (illustrator)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: July 7, 2020
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.
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.
What to read next:
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
Other books in the series:
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Where to buy:
Forbidden Planet Special Edition: https://forbiddenplanet.com/catalog/?q=v.e.schwab&page=1
Barnes and Noble Special Edition: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shades-of-magic-v-e-schwab/1136700095?ean=9781787735644
Titans Main Edition sold at Forbidden Planet: https://forbiddenplanet.com/297712-shades-of-magic-the-steel-prince-the-rebel-army/
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