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4.0 out of 5 stars The colours of magic, 1 Oct 2011
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This review is from: The Black Prism: Book 1 of Lightbringer (Paperback)
The author of the popular Night Angel trilogy of fantasy novels here launches a new trilogy. The lightbringer.

It runs for seven hundred and thirty five pages, and ninety eight chapters. There's a map of the land where the story takes place. And, being the first volume in a trilogy, it ends on a cliffhanger.

In the world of this story, magic is very colourful. Literally. Power comes from various colours, and those who can control the lights can wield it. Some are better at this than others, and the most powerful is the prism.

The current prism has the name of Gavin Guile. Their power, though, means that they only live for a rather short amount of time. Something he is very aware of.

But his world is shaken when he receives word that he has a son whom he was previously unaware of. This is Kip, a portly and somewhat put upon boy. He and his father meet on the day when Kip's world is changed forever.

Whilst Gavin tries to stay in power, Kip trains in the use of his. But with turmoil about to come, their worlds miht never be the same again.

And in a dungeon, a mysterious prisoner has a plan...

This is pretty grim at times, punching no punches in depicting the horrors of war and violence, but it's never gratuitous.

The magic system is interesting.

But the whole thing never quite feels as if it's breaking much new ground in the genre.

Nevertheless, the main characters are all quite interesting. Things happen because of their choices rather than because of the requirements of the plot. And the relationship between Gavin and his newfound son, plus his lost love Karris, is really very well written.

Something does happen a third of the way through also which does catch you by surprise and adds an interesting extra twist or two to the plot.

But this is very readable and very good fantasy. And that ending will make you desperate to know what will happen next. So whilst it's not quite five star work it's very good entertainment for fans of this genre, and I will be back for volume two.
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