I can’t believe that it has been four years since I read a book by Brent Weeks. I remember his Night Angel trilogy with delight, and sharing this joy with several YAs also into adventure fantasy. But four years? Where has the time gone? Anyway in December I received The Blinding Knife for review and discovered it was book 2…so drag out the eReader and download book 1. And last week I enjoyed a delicious 10 hour train ride with nothing else to do but read!
So, book 1 of a fantasy trilogy, The plot is all about establishing the fantasy world and identifying the various characters who will play a part. Generally there is also time spent sorting out the good guys from the bad guys, and establishing the basis for the magical power available in this world. OK – World divided into 7 parts, each ruled by a magician able to transform one colour of light into physical matter. Each colour has special properties – red is explosive, green is wild, etc. Theoretically in charge of the whole world is the Prism, a magician able to separate white light into it’s various colours and then build using each colour. Actually though the White is in control. The Prism has a secret, in fact he has lots of secrets, and not all of them are secure. Enter the poor fat boy from the provinces. His village has just been destroyed and he is the only survivor because under stress he discovered that he could use light to cause damage. Poor Kip is taken to the capitol and soon identified as the Prism’s bastard son. But is he?
As I was reading this I remembered why I loved Weeks’ writing so much. He very cleverly twists the fantasy conventions just enough to be different. Certainly this book started out very clearly separating the good guys from the evildoers, but before the end you just couldn’t be sure. And actually, who is the Black Prism? Is it the prisoner or Kip? Even now I am not at all sure.
It is going to take some personal discipline to avoid moving straight on to book 2, but I am back to work this week and need to catch up on some YA reading.