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PostSubject: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:08 pm

Weeks is known for a previous trilogy (forget what its called) about assassins (possibly magical).

The Black Prism is the start of a new series, and its pretty good. It has some interesting concepts, a magical system that requires the user to be able to see specific colours in a prism and cast spells using a material called luxin. Spells are all physical, as you use the physical matieral luxin.

The most normal kind of "drafters" (as wielders of this magic are called) are only able to see and cast a one colour in the spectrum. Some special ones can see and cast two colours next to each other on the spectrum, and a very rare amount can see and cast multiple colours.

But only one person at any given time can see and cast ALL colours at once. He is known as the Lord Prism, the chosen of Orholam, the god of Weeks' world. A Prism is always found shortly after the previous one dies, and a Prism always lives either 7, 14, or 21 years after being annointed. A Prism is something of a priest-emperor, though more as a political figurehead than with any real power.

But all drafters, including the Lord Prism, have lifespans shortened according to how often they draft. The more and the more intensely you draft, the shorter your life span. The end of a drafters life is marked when he or she "breaks halo" (named because the coloured halo in the irises of their eyes breaks and the colour(s) they can draft seep into their eyes), and they turn into the dreaded and insane Colour Wights, people that turn themselves into creatures entirely of luxin, no longer human in appearance or temperment.

The story of the Black Prism is about the aftermath of a Prism War, where for the first time in known history there were TWO Prisms at once - two brothers. A war was fought between them. 15 years later, the seeds sown in that war are coming to fruition. A heretical rebellion is being stirred. The entire religious system with the Prism at its head is under assault. In the midst of this, the current Lord Prism is desperately trying to keep a secret that could threaten to create even more war and chaos within the religious and political system, as well as his personal life.

It's an interesting story, and I recommend it to any fantasy lover looking for a new good book/author to read. Weeks has a very witty style of writing, in a crude kind of way. As an example, in the beginning of the book a character is out at night and hears wolves. He describes it as beautiful and terrifying at the same time, but he says it as something like "It was the kind of beauty that makes you shit your pants" Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:18 pm

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Weeks is known for a previous trilogy (forget what its called) about assassins (possibly magical).

The Night Angel trilogy.


Read this a while back, good stuff. Helps that I have a similar sense of humor to Weeks I think. Smile Definitely keeping an eye out for the next.

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“You know, I’m glad things aren’t awkward between us,”

Laughed so hard at that scene.....just one of many. Have to read it again to remember 'em all.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:39 am

Was that from Black Prism? I want to say it was because it sounds familiar, but I can't place the context of it .

I'm really doing a number of on myself. This plus Way of Kings are both the first book in a given series that I started while they were still in hardcover. Another, The Name of the Wind, I started when it was in paperback, and the Warded Man by Peter Brett, has its second book still only in hardcover.

At least with Sword of Truth and Wheel of Time I started long series that were already mostly done. Now I'm going to be waiting on a number of series to finish for a good long while, and I'm not that patient a person Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:15 pm

Yeah, it's from Black Prism.

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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:16 pm

I'll probably give it a try sometime. Unfortunately I haven't recently been too into giving new books a read. Way of Kings and Towers of Midnight have been the most recent in a long time.

I did give Brent's first book a try. But I quit at about the halfway mark.

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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:04 pm

Fan of the Prince are we? Me too, hope they go back to that storyline at some point. I'll probably change back at some point, been looking at that one on a few different forums for a while now, time for a change.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks   Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:21 pm

I recommend Black Prism Pete, though if you're not sure I'd wait until its available in mass market paperback to get it for cheap. Or sign it out of a library for that matter.

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Yeah, it's from Black Prism.

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Hahaha that's right! He writes Kip's character really well, I think. All those internal self-beratings that Kip gives himself reminds me a lot of myself. There are a few times when I'll speak without really thinking about it, and I realize I said something incredibly stupid or nonsensical and in my mind I'm thinking "well that was a stupid thing to say..."

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