The Black Prism
Fathers and sons
Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals. By an Oregon author.
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Gavin Guile is The Prism. He lives in a world where, maybe, 50% of the population can transmute a color they can "see" into something tangible. Most of these people can only "see" one color and therefore "work" with only that color. Fewer can "see" 2 colors, and less can see 3. The Prism can see all colors and work with all of them, from sub-red to superviolets. The work is called "drafting" and the product that comes from the drafters body is called "luxin". (I'm explaining all of this because I struggled with the concepts the first third of the book.) The Prism is sort of a religious figure but his ultimate purpose is to keep the world in balance. If one country/group of people starts to use too much red than red will get weaker and green (it's opposite) will get stronger. Lastly there is suppose to be only one Prism per generation.
The book takes place 16 years after the Prisms' War between Gavin and his younger brother, Dazen. Probably because both brothers are Prisms and struggling for power. (As true to his style of writing, Brent Weeks, doesn't divulge the entire story at the beginning.) Gavin wins the war and everyone thinks that Dazen was killed. Instead he's a prisoner in an elaborate jail under the Prism's room.
At the start of the book Gavin receives a note that it's time to meet his son, that he didn't know he had. ???? Gavin has to "decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret (s) that could tear his world apart."
Overall a excellent book, on par with Brent's Night Angel series. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.
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