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The Black Prism/Blinding Knife Discussion
So there is this guy named Brent Weeks, and he writes a really good fantasy book. It's called:
I mean it's a really good
book. So good, that there is going to be more. In fact, the sequel, The Blinding Knife is going to be coming out in a few months. Excerpts from the sequel have been posted on the author's site.
Anyways what is this book about and what makes it so special? It follows Gavin Guile, who is the prism, the most powerful person in the world. Really there is nothing you can say after that, that won't spoil it. The book is written really well, like Patrick Rothfuss well, and the twists approach the ASOIF level. The world is extremely well fleshed out, and revolves around a color-based magic system. One might be skeptical hearing that, especially if you suffered through Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker. But rest assured everything in this book has a purpose and if you are even remotely interested in fantasy and politics oh god go get this book and start reading.
If you really need to know more you can read this very spoiler-lite wikipedia background section:
he Black Prism is set in a pre-industrial fantasy milieu, albeit more advanced than most, with gunpowder weapons and widespread use of simple machines such as pulleys and gears. The story takes place in "The Seven Satrapies, 7 semi-autonomous countries surrounding a large sea, each ruled by a leader known as a satrap. Each satrapy has considerable independence, but is under the loose control of a federalist central government. The government has three branches - The White, the Colors, and the Prism, and is located at the Chromeria - also the seat of education and regulation for the color magic on which the series is based. The seven satraps owe allegiance to the Prism, who is the representative of the god Orholam, on earth. Though the Prism is technically the ruler of the seven satrapies, he has the least official governing power of the three branches. Prisms typically die (or "start to lose their colors") after their 7th, 14th or 21st year serving. Only one person a generation is supposed to have this power, however the two Guile brothers, Gavin and Dazen, both claim to be Prism. Since both demonstrated the same abilities, neither was less legitimate. Gavin was older, and thus considered Prism by default, and used this status to claim that Dazen was a fraud. As Gavin was not the nicest person, this did not sit well with those who would rather Dazen be Prism--or Dazen himself, for that matter. A devastating war resulted, culminating in a pitched battle in the satrapy of Tyrea. At this battle, Sundered Rock, Gavin defeated and killed Dazen, stopping the war. Tyrea was devastated, with almost all the men killed and its fertile farmland destroyed.
This thread is to encourage people looking for good fantasy to read this and for those who have read it to discuss it. Since the book and series (Lightbringer I guess he is calling it) are so new please keep everything in spoiler tags for now.
Discussion and spoilers
I really need to get the next book because I want to see Kerris and Daven's next conversation so bad. Also is anyone else hoping Kip stops oscillating from self-esteem issues to blind-revenge mode soon? I hope the whole next book is not Daven never finding out about the dagger.
The Wheel of Calculadon turns, and then suddenly? Orbital lasers.