Book Review: The Black Prism

The Black Prism 1

The Black Prism 2Plot: Guile is the most powerful man in the kingdom. He can control all the spectrum of light rather than a specific colour, making him the Prism – spiritual leader of all the people. But it comes with a cost – the cost of knowing how long he has left to live. Guile has things to do in his remaining time and finding out that he has a son born in the war that made him Prism complicates matters.

Now he must struggle to maintain his power and protect a town he gave up on long ago. Guile’s problems are only beginning.

 

The Black Prism 3

Quote: `One day. One hour. Four minutes that would determine the course of this war. It came down to this. Gavin was not going to quit. He had four minutes left in him.`

 

Opinion: This novel was fantastic. As it was only the first in the series, it stands to reason there are some things that have not yet been explained and the ending has been left open. But from the first few pages, the writing gripped me. It is a high fantasy book, with magic and different worlds and a hierarchy we could only dream of. It’s a fantasy-lover’s dream.

The plot was complex with twists and turns (and surprises) along the way I did not see coming. It has been a while since a twist has left me gaping at the page in surprise for a few moments before I was able to read on. The main complexity is at the start where there is no explanation of the type of magic being handled in this novel. Without knowing the rules and regulations for their power, it made it hard to understand precisely what was going on. While there is never a clear explanation given, it becomes easier to pick up what their abilities entail.

The characters are fantastic. Kip is the typical in-over-his-head character that is our introduction to the world. But the rest – Gavin, Karris and Liv – are all strong-willed and powerful, but not without their flaws. They are characters you want to survive and see what they go on to do. The characterisation drew me in even when struggling to focus on the plot and those characters are the reason I want to read the rest of the series.

The writing is brilliant. Tense and action-packed, Weeks writes in a gripping manner. I couldn’t put the book down. But not only is the pace fast and the plot gripping, it had me laughing out loud on several occasions. A book focusing on squabbles and fights that can still make you laugh is doing something right.

As this gushing review no doubt proves, I would definitely recommend this book. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the complex nature of the magic and the names at the start, I can only advise to stick with it and you will be rewarded for doing so. A thoroughly enjoyable novel.

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