The Black Prism - solid start to the Lightbringer series

  • Posted on: 6 April 2019
  • By: Lore

The Black Prism Book CoverBrent Weeks serves up a complex magic system based on the colors of the spectrum and he does it in a story that unfolds in provocative ways. Magic users, called drafters, use their powers to turn light into various effects based on color. This magical system, known as Chromaturgy, allows multiple colors of light to be combined in interesting ways, and for each drafter to have different skills based on their personal color abilities. There are also meaningful downsides to using this power, which makes a person's ability to draft a mixed blessing at best. The color spectrum is not only fundamental to the magic system, but also the religious and political systems as well, and all three are at the heart of the conflict that unfolds. As each layer of the story is revealed it picks up in both momentum and complexity, and it rewards you for paying attention to the details.

Gavin Guile is the current Black Prism and he appears to be a responsible leader with lofty goals to make the world a better place. Of course he also harbors some pretty dark secrets from his past, and when his background comes into the light it take this story to the next level. Ultimately it ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you eager for more.

This book is not without it flaws, as the writing can be sexist and immature at times, but I did enjoy how there was more than meets the eye to almost every character. It was a little slow to start but once it picked up steam it had me hooked and set things up well for a promising series. The audiobook version is narrated by Simon Vance and he does an excellent job as always, so listening is a great option here.