In preparation for The Broken Eye (the third book in the Lightbringer series) I wanted to re-read The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife. This series takes place in a world where some people (‘drafters’) have the ability to make colors solid. In addition to the unique magic system, there is also a lot of political strategy and surprise twists. Needless to say I love this series (as I rarely read books twice), I give this book 4 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
The government is run by The Prism (who can split light and draft every color), The White, The Black and a council representative of each color. This book is mostly told from the view point of the Prism (Gavin), and his illegitimate son- Kip. This book takes place in the aftermath of the False Prisms War, where two brothers- Gavin and Dazen both fought to be Prism. Dazen wins by killing his brother- or so everyone thinks. He really injures him them keeps in him in a prison under his rooms. He also assumes Gavin’s identity, since Dazen winning will cause more damage. This causes the real Dazen some problems with his true love Karris, who was set to marry Gavin. When they find out that Gavin had an illegitimate son (Kip), Dazen has to claim him as his own. Because he was conceived when Karris was engaged to Gavin, this causes some problems.
While the Prism is trying to make the right decisions for the country (despite a lot of political strategy- mainly led by his father- Andrew Guiles), his son Kip comes to the Chromeria and begins his education. Kip is a fat kid who has been bullied all his life, and has now been recognized as the son of one of the most powerful people in the world. In addition to school to study drafting, Kip also is in competition to join the Blackguards- a unique group protecting the Prism and the White.
This book ends with a devastating defeat for the Prism against the Color Prince in Garriston. The Prism had drafted a huge wall to help guard the city, but was unable to finish it in time. We do start to see that Kip also has the ability to draft several colors and seems to be very powerful, although awkward and unconfident.
What did I think about this book?
This story could have been very confusing with Gavin really being Dazen, but always thinking of himself as Gavin. It also has a new complex magic system. But it is written really well, so it is never overwhelming.
I also enjoyed the way that war is presented, as if there are no good choices, just the best of the worth, and the hard decisions that have to be made.
The twist with Dazen taking Gavin’s spot was the plot twist that really hooked me.
Although Kip will probably be the star of this series, the Prism is my favorite character.
“When you don’t know what to do, do what’s right and do what’s in front of you. But not necessarily what’s in front of you.”
Looking forward to the second book…