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Shades of Magic: Night of Knives is an adult fantasy comic written by V. E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri, Budi Setiawan, and Enrica Eren Angiolini. It is the second installment of the Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince series.

It was released in four issues before being published as a bind-up copy. The issues came out from May to July 2019, and the bind-up was released in October 2019.[2]


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![2]



# Title Release date EAN Pages Price
1 Issue 1 May 8, 2019[1] N/A N/A $3.99[1]
Maxim Maresh has a target on his back. Every thug and thief on the Blood Coast is out to get the exiled prince of Red London, and his soldiers think he's just another spoilt brat.

Yet opportunity knocks–for the Night of Knives is here, an annual trial sure to prove his mettle. The only problem? No-one survives the night...[1]

2 Issue 2 June 5, 2019[3] N/A N/A $3.99
Prince Maxim dives deeper into the deadly trials of lawless Verose.[3]
3 Issue 3 July 10, 2019[4] N/A N/A $3.99
Prince Maxim's deadly trials intensify in the darkness below Verose, where the Steel Prince must risk his very mind to claim victory.[4]
4 Issue 4 July 31, 2019[5] N/A N/A $3.99
Prince Maxim proves himself to the scum of Verose... at what cost?[5]


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  • The Barnes & Noble and Forbidden Planet exclusive editions contain sixteen bonus pages of art, including character design, cover development, and a script to art feature.[6][7]