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AMAZING Before I start with my quite lengthy spoiler free review, I would like to thank 2 of my fellow Goodreads friend, Sarah Luna and Haifoun, for letting me know first to prepare for the extremely slow beginning and that eventually the book will get so much better after the first half.Let me start my review with the con first.Dear Orholam God in this book , for those of you who s going to start this series, let me remind you once again, the first 200 pages of this book is extremely slow and honestly imo Brent Weeks didn t do a great job of explaining how the magic systems really worked throughout the beginning Now, this shouldn t be a problem as some authors do explained their magic system as the plot progress, but it worked because the magic systems mentioned are used mostly on combat and transportation, like Mistborn for example where they used Allomancy to fight, transport etc However, in this series every single thing in this world revolved around its magic system Worldbuilding, combat, transportation, infrastructure, every single thing This means that if you don t understand clearly how the magic system works, you ll end up wondering how the hell does all that work Instead of explaning the magic system clearly, Weeks put way too many unnecessary information on few useless things For example, in the book there s literally a two full pages explaining one statue that s not even mentioned any, I get it, it s a statue of a woman, unless the statue will create something catastrophic or be pivotal in the story there shouldn t be that much explanation on it That s the only cons I have about this book Now if you re still reading this review you re probably wondering Orholam s beard, damn that s bad or Oh my Orholam, why should I read this book it looks like it deserve a 1 3 stars I ll start with the pros now.Like I mentioned in the beginning where Sarah and Haifoun mention the books get so much better, it truly does amazingly Once you managed to hit around 200 pages, there will be revelations that made the story a whole lot interesting and by this point the plot itself will keep you entertained til the mind blowing action packed ending All the slow buildup in the beginning of the book lead all to the climax which I ll say, it was fucking amazing The actions are really well done, intense and it last for around 130 pages with a brief rest in one or two chapter to give you feels, for those of you who ve read it and somehow still read this review, I m talking about the Freeing scene Great actions and plot alone doesn t guarantee the great ratings this book get, it s only with great characterization and development also that all the things happening in the book becomes something epic and amazing Gavin, Kip, Karris and Ironfist, these 4 characters interaction and development are really well done Especially for Kip, his journey throughout the book since the beginning til the end is just brilliant You will either love hate him at first, I was neutral about Kip throughout the first half considering he is still a teenager and yeah, teenager can be annoying but his actions and self loathing are very spot on and realistic considering his history with his family and friends at his village However, by the end of story both Kip and Gavin both became my favorite character in the book and most likely throughout the whole series I m pretty sure all the sequels will even be better than the first book since the characters and magic systems are already established which will make the next journey in the Seven Satrapies a much better experience This is where I end my review, can t say any without spoiling Seriously, every high fantasy fans, go start this series now Especially since book 4 is coming in 3 days, you ll have a great time catching up, I know I ll do. You know you are reading a masterpiece when out of 95 chapters and 5 different POVs, not even one is slightly boring I have heard a lot of things about Brent Weeks second trilogy, and most of them have been proved true so far He has grown up as an author, improving not only his prose and narration but his imagination as wellYou might want to think twice before you try to use a man s conscience against him It may turn out he doesn t have one The Black Prism is absolutely a work of art The world building is exceptional, the magic is system complex yet easy to understand, and the characters are well crafted and masterfully developed The real gem of the book though is the story itself If i had to explain what Epic Fantasy means, The Black Prism would be my example A thing that characterizes all of Brent s work is the tremendous mix of fun and action, giving you a laughing fit at the most inappropriate of times Worth mentioning is the juggling of several compelling and intertwining POVs with a straightforward prose, while the subaqueous qualities of the facture contextualize not only the characters but the society s structure as well If you call yourself a fantasy fan, The Black Prism should be the next book in your TBR list.You can find of my reviews over at This book is really tough for me to rate The story is a flintlock fantasy With some really brilliant ideas, a very interesting plot, cool magic system and great action So what s wrong with it You may ask, other than the fact that the narrator made the main character sound like a surfer dude.Well the problem with Brent Weeks writing is that you feel like you are being told a story by a very creative and imaginative 15 year old boy, with no real life experience and not a lot of study under his belt The focus on sex is exactly how a 15 year old boy would focus on it The than necessary gore in battle scenes is exactly how a 15 year old boy would describe it The cuss words thrown in at the most awkward places, just to sound cool, the use of teen slang, the way things are described with the focus on the most random things under the situation, for example the focus on womens breasts in the middle of a battle scene and the way the characters think and act are all exactly how a 15 year old boy would describe it I can actually see how Weeks is a very successful fantasy writer as the majority of fantasy fans are males between the ages of 12 22 His books must really speak to them But unfortunately I m a 33 your old male that s lived in other countries outside the U.S., had quite a bit of real life experience and I m also very well read I frankly find the way his characters act and the dialogue to be utterly ridiculous and childish If he were to stop the pretense and admit he writes YA fiction I would not be so harsh and I would give this book 3 stars Until Weeks does so I have to rate it with other adult books, his books just can t stand up Here is an example of the 15 year oldness of the story At one point the villain murders over a thousand people, but the hero and main female character are upset by the fact that the hero had a kid 15 years earlier, which means he cheated on her, as they where dating then but broke up 15 years ago I mean come on that s way important then a bunch of innocent people laying dead all around you right Or maybe in a combat zone you might be thinking of how you don t want to be spotted, as there may be enemies lurking around to find any survivors Or maybe you might be so disgusted at the over 1,000 decapitated courses, that you can t think of anything else If you have a 15 year olds mindset and have never seen a dead body, then you might think an over decade old love interest was important than all these things Another example is how Weeks seems to discover a new word that he beats to death throughout the book with it s synonyms, in this one is was vomit In one of his other books I read it was feces I remember when I was 12 thinking it was funny to learn a new word that meant vomit too P S It was still 1,000 times better than Night Angel But if you only read a few books a year, and are not a male between 12 and 22, go with something else The Powder Mage Series is better, The Black Company by Glen Cook is far better, anything by Brandon Sanderson is better, and heck if you question wether a book is better or not ask me. This is a book that I would highly recommend due to its commitment to the pace and knowledge of further books to come The Black Prism ends on a cliffhanger that sets up the next book quite well I definitely look forward to returning to the colorful so clever world that Brent Weeks has created The writing is good, the characters engaging and realistic, and the way magic is used is not only unique in its utilitarian application but also the variety of ways in which it is utilized. Let s be honest I ve been dreading reading this Why Because The Night Angel Trilogy ended up a broken promise Good beginning, steady decline in the quality of characterization and plotting, and, need I mention, a sexist hot mess At any rate, Weeks seems to have been going for something different here, or at least something developed say perhaps, Epic and it works much better Except it s so damn conscious of being epic that I roll my eyes just looking at it that heft The matte black cover The half hidden silhouette The bold text Impress yourself much It is Epic, epic with an intentionally capitalized E This is a book that wants to dominate your shelves, expand into a series and crowd out all the others Weeks has built a blocky but solid foundation that will no doubt carry him a Jordanian expanse This is Epic Crank, with one damn crisis after another, and if they can t all fit into book one, well, surely they ll show up in books two, three and four There s no shortage of conflict large and small An almost orphan with a drug addict mother, a village rebelling against a ruler, a woman caught between two brothers, an occupied city, an unfulfilled prophecy for a world, a religious revolution Brothers fighting for their father s approval Magical tests Deception Bandits Isolation, social and physical Magic and madness Discovering inner potential A siege A country made up of kingdoms only nominally working together A school of magic that may be rotting from within Familiar ingredients, and I dare say that there isn t much original with them, beyond composing the story around an unique and interesting magic system and throwing the entire kitchen sink into one book I m sure you ve heard all about how light forms the basis of magic, and it is one of the concepts that sets this book apart Magic users get so many opportunities to use that magic before it drives them insane, or at least that s how the canon goes Some users on the other team are giving madness a shot, one of the interesting plot lines in the book.What I did discover is that Weeks can write an engrossing story when he stops jumping around different characters, ala Night Angel, and gets to the business of writing Here he limits himself to Kip, the orphan boy Gavin, the most powerful magic user in the land and spiritual head of the religion Karris, a magic user and top notch fighter Liv, Kip s tutor, fellow townie and daughter of a famous traitor and one other spoilery character that seems to be crazy I know that s a lot of people, but it s a score less than the Night Angel series, so I counted myself lucky I could just about tell exactly where the plot was headed and I read anyways that s how fast paced it is, and how good Weeks is at sucking one in It s just the thought of committing to that big fat book and it s subsequent followers that leaves me shying away.It s Epicness will surely meet most Epic readers needs, and that it will meet my Epic needs if I discover I have them in the future It certainly moved quickly, was engaging and the magic ideas were interesting, especially as users reached the end of their lifespans and chose actions accordingly The identity catechism ambiguity which was only a side point of this book seems promising As an aside, the writing didn t annoy me, although it didn t necessarily soar either.Gavin was by far the most interesting character, a multifaceted jewel of complexity, and most of the depth is spent on him It was worth it, and while he was the character I was ready to hate, by the end I think he was rather admirable Kip, alas, does not fare as well and seems surprisingly modern whiny for a doughy wasn t he penniless , tradeless, drug user s boy who is clearly A Speshul Snowflake It rather feels like channeling modern Garion one minute sulky pouting, the next adolescent hormones and the next all snark In this case, it seems clearly the fault of the writing, which usually picks one of the three traits to emphasize and doesn t let him color far outside those lines Karris is WonderWoman, except that she needs to be saved after she sinks into The Pit of Despair, and poor young Liv is being set up by Bad Guys on Both Sides, I can just tell, although she also has an interesting complexity of motivations But I foresee that the general characterization of women will piss me off in the future, given that Week s already spoiled Karris by making her into one big ball of trope.There s lots to love for Epic fans I just don t seem to be an Epic Fan right now I put it down a number of times because I just couldn t take its demands.This may indeed be the series that modern Epic Fans were waiting for, but I confess, I only remotely care Someday, I ll have an Epic need, and I ll surely pick up the second But I ve got a few other higher priority books first.Three and a half stars.Cross posted at .EBOOK ♻ The Black Prism ⚈ Gavin Guile Is The Prism, The Most Powerful Man In The World He Is High Priest And Emperor, A Man Whose Power, Wit, And Charm Are All That Preserves A Tenuous Peace But Prisms Never Last, And Guile Knows Exactly How Long He Has Left To Live Five Years To Achieve Five Impossible Goals But When Guile Discovers He Has A Son, Born In A Far Kingdom After The War That Put Him In Power, He Must Decide How Much He S Willing To Pay To Protect A Secret That Could Tear His World Apart Today we re going to talk about something that every reviewer lives at least once in its reading career, that I will call the Is It Too Early To Dnf Syndrome.That syndrome sucks big time 1 Your ereader is failing you, and doesn t count the percentages any don t get it back to the store yet You re only bored I know, it s tricky Sanderson s fans might not show this symptom though if you like long ass descriptions of how a magic system works, well lucky you, you may not meet boredom yet 2 There s no gentle way to say it, so you morph into a moron What How would you call it You laugh when you re supposed to be shocked, and there s this little ironic martial tune playing in your head every time a plot point is revealed usually by slapping you straight in the face Special award to the You Have A Kid Note It was fabulous. 3 Because being a moron is not enough, you ll also know this appalling sociopathic moment, that we ll call the Can You Just Die I don t Care symptom Apply it to every fucking character If you snarl at every word they utter, you might be touched than I thought 4 You start playing a game named This is Convenient Stupid Anticlimactic WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS strike the odd one out 5 You feel old Like very, very old, because somehow you re convinced that this book has been written by a 13 years old 1 DNF2 DNF and rate it, because you don t like when people make up rules for your hobby You re welcome For of my reviews, please visit Let me write a short review here and then do a side note I loved the characters of Kip and Gavin and a few others I really want to continue on with their story and see where it goes Especially when I read the part about Gavin and his brother Uh, mind blown There was a part at the beginning of the book that just put me off and don t ask and I m just getting irritated with stuff like that Soooooo many of my friends love these books and some are just okay with them I do have the other current books but I don t know if I m going to continue Side NoteHere s the thing The other day I got mad and took a ton of my books that I have read and haven t read and mom took me to the used bookstore 5 minutes from our house and we traded in books and toys for money that I need and trade credit Which I got some horror books and mom got some thrillers but she will read my horror as well This side note is about either me being too old 115 and changing my ideas about books or I m just getting ill from reading too much of the same genre I read ALL genre s people and I appreciate those that like my reviews even if it s not your genre Maybe that s what got me on this book Maybe I need to read of my horror books, graphic novels, ya books, fluffy books, smut, memoirs I really don t know I got mad and put this book and the others I own in the trade in pile then took off my shelf to to put in the trade in pile I figure if I m only liking something or feel like I m not going to read it again then I m getting rid of it and keeping what I love and getting multiple copies of the different books covers I currently have 19 bookcases, if I counted right and it s just too much You know I might feel I need to continue on with this series and see where it goes with Kip and other people in the books If so then there is the library I just really don t know what s going on End Of Side NoteI know that had nothing to do with the book review as a whole but it s just something I needed to say because maybe I would have liked this book at a different time And I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo freaking happy half of my friends loved it and people I don t know loved it For me, I just fell flat I don t really think it was the book I think I fell flat I might take a stab at them later because like I said before I enjoy some of the characters but I just don t know and I hate this feeling Sigh.MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Update 10 15 17Re Read with buddies This is one of my favorite epic fantasy series ever and upon re reads, I m hardly in a position to recant Especially now I m still thrilled as hell I can t quite tell whether I love the magic system or the characters I absolutely love the smartass Kip the lip fat kid whiner turned badass, but it s Gavin Guile that really steals the show Has there ever been such a complicated character in existence Charming, devious, uber powerful, totally evil and absolutely on the side of good all at once What the hell is he Ah, but I ve read the whole series and I know it just gets better and better, but this first book is utterly kickass.It s almost pure action, gorgeous colorful magic system, bigger than life characters, and best of all, it s probably one of the most fun books I ve ever owned I ve raved about it to everyone I know For good reason Still fantastic You better believe it Original review I truly suspected that I d fall head over heels for the new Brent Weeks trilogy, and I wasn t disappointed in the slightest If you are in the mood for a great and creative magic system in a very well thought out fantasy world that is so thoroughly steeped in action, melodrama, action, crazy mind blowing characters, action, and color, then pick this damn book up immediately and thank your lucky stars you did I m a fanboy I cannot wait until I pick up the second book Oh wait, I have it in my hands and I m typing this out with only one hand Now I ve put the book in my mouth so I can keep typing This hurts, some, because the book is so wonderfully thick and if I ever thought that I might have been getting less than my money s worth, then I m an idiot.Did I mention this fantasy is a fast paced action full of twists and gorgeous colors throughout This novel is what happens when a novelist s imagination is much, much bigger than any hope that the story could ever be made into a movie or an anime and will give the reader all of the scope and power to vision it all in as much glory as he or she likes And I liked, Oh, yes, I liked it a lot It s different from most fantasy novels, although it may not seem so from these words in that it allows magic to be big, heroes to be big, and then let them be bigger and complex and even downright evil while being good at the core at the same time That s as close to a spoiler as I m going to get You ll see within a few hundred pages what I ll mean by this, and then be surprised several times, again.My only complaint at this point will be in waiting for the third book, because it s not going to be long before I finish the Blinding Knife Brent Weeks has done it again and ranks up there with my very favorite Fantasy novels of all time.