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. After some major losses in the first book, things don’t go well for our heroes in this book. 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?
After a devastating loss at Garriston, the Prism starts to realize that he is losing colors, starting with blue. He loses his ability to see or draft blue. It seems he was stabbed by The Blinding Knife in the battle- which leaves no scars.
In this story Kip comes face to face with his grandfather (and master manipulator) – Andross Guile (the Red). They begin to play a game called Nine Kings, at stakes that are high for Kip- including having his friends kicked out of the blackguard training and sent home. When the stakes become whether he will own his friend (a slave) Teia, or whether his grandfather will own it, Kip got a set of cards from Janus Borig. Janus makes all the original cards, which have crystals on them. When you touch the crystals, you are immersed into the character on the cards background.
There is another battle with the Color Prince, who is trying to bring back the old gods. They are able to stop the Green god from being born, but they do not recover the seed which would prevent this from happening again. After the battle there is a confrontation with Andross, his slave Grimwoody, Kip and Gavin. Gavin ends up stabbed with the blinding knife and falls overboard, and Kip follows. They both end up captured by pirates, and after being stabbed Gavin is now no longer able to draft. Kip has been thrown aside by the pirates and captured by his evil step brother- Zymun (son of Karris and the real Dazen).
What did I think about this book?
The first time I read this, I really enjoyed it. The second time, I felt it dragged a bit. I feel like it’s one very long coming of age story for Kip. Although not as annoying as this type of character would normally be, he still is very awkward.
This seems like a low point in the story, hopefully the third book will see some improvement Gavin and Kips situation. At this point, it seems like the Color Prince will be winning.
I also felt it was weird that after all the build up in the first book with the real Gavin being in the prison and escaping the Blue, Green and Yellow cells, that Dazen comes down and shoots him. It felt like a missed opportunity.
Looking forward to the third book…