Brent Weeks – The Black Prism Audiobook
Regarding volume 1: The Phantom Menace
Chapters are short so it reads quickly and well despite the alternation of POVs. A more coherent universe because the patchwork of Midcyru which mixed peoples of very different cultures and technologies is followed by that of the 7 satrapies centered on the Cerulean Sea. Fewer inconsistencies, oversights and no prophecies that spoil the fabric of the story. We feel that the author is continuing in his path, and that’s good!
* The characters:
“Gavin” and Karis echo Durzo Blint and Mama K high society version.
“Dazen” in Château d’If mode reminds us of Logan at the bottom of the Hole.
Kip and Liv are the softer correspondents of Azoth and Viridiana (phew exit Doll the ultimate jug).
Rask Garadul, associated with the Prince of Colors and Lord Omnichrome, recalls Garoth Ursuul in less trash.
Andros Guile also poses well as a manipulative father who uses his family to gain even more power.
* the magicbuilding:
In “The Angel of the Night”, we had the ka’karis each associated with a color and red, green (healers) and blue mages (the creators, a term that the author uses) whose power depended on their ability to absorb light (eg Friaku shaman warriors fought naked so that their bodies absorb light better and thus be more powerful).
In “The Carrier of Light” he builds a whole magiocracy where magicians are Green Lanterns capable of transforming light into matter (luxine) according to their visual capacities: they can create different kinds of matter depending on whether they are monochrome, Two-color or polychrome
Each color is associated with 1 material, 1 defect and 1 quality because creators forced to draw their energy from the color to which they are affiliated must wear colored glasses to act independently of their environment, suddenly their personality is deformed over time until the halo is broken (sinking into madness).
Only the Prism can decompose light to produce any type of matter from any type of color: Infrared, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Ultraviolet.
The Prism is supposedly the Emperor of his world, but he is under surveillance of the White and his Black Guards, of the Black who manages the functioning of the territory (formed of 2 islands, the Grand Japse and the Petit Jasper ) and the administration of Chromérie, and of the Specter (council formed by a magus of each color, each of which represents the satrapy from which they come).
In short, Chromérie is more constructed than the mysterious sa’kagé and clearly more successful and more interesting than the soporific magiocracy of Chantry, with a passage from Kip to the school of magic which knows how to omit a harrypotterization that even Patrick Rothfuss did not have. knew how to avoid in “The Name of the Wind”.
A lot of flaws we have been erased since the trilogy of “The Angel of the Night”, but gaps persist:
– at the level of the universe we are still the bottom between 2 chairs with a rather antiquistic atmosphere (satrapy, satrap, promachos…) and a capes & swords atmosphere (cannons, mortars, howitzers, muskets, pistols…)
– if Kip (the fat guy who always has something to say but never the right one) is more bearable than the carefree Azoth / Kylar and if Liv (who plays the femme fatale but who is already struggling to be an adult) is less caricature than Vi the killer midinette, they remain teenagers whose story could eventually happen.
In their personality and in their treatment, they suffer cruelly from the comparison with the trio “Gavin” / “Dazen” / Karis or even characters a little more withdrawn like Fist of Steel or General Corvan.
It is all the more unfortunate that these teenagers, painful sometimes or often (it depends on the level of tolerance) seem to be a necessary passage incorporated into the imagination of Brent Weeks who laugh at them regularly by pouring into self-mockery. .
– the author goes to great lengths to present his chromatic magic system to us but we have to wait until the last ¼ of the Brent Weeks – The Black Prism Audiobook to fully understand what exactly the spiritualists are when they intervene from the 1st chapter:
it is the creators who have broken their halo and have become more and more inhuman by applying their talents to their body and metabolism: as they have replaced their flesh with luxine, they are considered demented or worse as monstrosities
– the author gives himself well struggles to stage epic actions, but in the same genre it suffers from comparison with some more seasoned feathers (let’s quote Paul Kearney from “Divine Monarchies”)
– the author goes to great lengths to give a dark side characters or situations, but there also in the same genre it suffers from the comparison with certain more seasoned feathers (let us quote the Glen Cook of “The Black Company”)
I am a little disappointed compared to at tents that I had put in the author but reassured to see the author improve. I know now that I love whatdoing Brent Weeks is, so I will definitely be following him in the future, but I also know that it shouldn’t be expected either way (even if the end cliffhangers make you want to go. to have on hand the 2nd volume entitled “The Blinding Knife”).
In the end no doubt a very good entertainment, but we will wait for the rest of the cycle before giving it more qualities.