The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

I just finished this book last night. It took me about three months to finish, which is longer than usual for a book I really enjoyed overall. I picked this up after completing Mr. Weeks’s original series, The Night Angel Trilogy. I really saw his writing and prose grow in strength throughout his debut series and was captured by the finale.

So, naturally I had to try his next series. I have to say he did a fantastic job introducing and entirely fresh and original magic system. The color spectrum and corresponding magic, mostly involving a substance called, “luxin.” Which is essentially a physical representation of the varied color magic, holding different consistences between solid and gas states. This system was somewhat complicated and took me a while to grasp. By the end of the 626 page book, I’m still not entirely sure I know how it all works. Luckily there are at least three more tomes full of luxin fun!

There was a ton of action, fighting and plot movement. All of which was explained and written in a way that kept you wanting to keep reading! I particularly love the short chapters, ranging from 3-10 pages in length. This works so well if you have a very busy life and just want to get a taste in each day. One aspect really lacking in this book, was any romance line. I really like the dynamic of having that in epic fantasy books and I was pretty disappointed to find it missing here.

To conclude, I thought this story was fantastic and would highly recommend to those who enjoy the fantasy genre. I will be starting the second book, The Binding Knife, soon.


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