Two brothers raised competing armies and fought for the office of the Prism. Gavin Guile bested his brother Dazen in battle and emerged the victor.
Sixteen years later, he receives a note from an old lover telling him about his bastard son. Gavin meets Kip and brings him to the Chromeria to begin his formal training in magic.
A rogue Satrap ravages the countryside and Gavin must find a way to stop him while protecting a secret that could turn his world upside-down.
First of all, let me say WOW, this plot has some serious gumption. The plot is quite original and takes twists and turns that leave you dying to know more.
One aspect of the book that I particularly loved was the magic system based on light. A drafter is one who can gather in light of a specific color and use it to perform feats of magic. Each color has different magical properties as far as how it can be used as well as how it affects the user.
Most drafters can only draft from one color. Some can draft from two colors and are called bichromes. The rarest of all are polychromes who draft in three or more colors. The Prism is a full-spectrum polychrome who can draft from every color and can even split white light to use as he wills (hence the prism part).
Aside from the intriguing magic system, most of the characters were quite fun to read. A couple of the scenes dragged on, but all-in-all the story kept me quite captivated. The hours flew by!
Gavin was probably the most fun to read. I’m sure it can be difficult to balance writing in the first person and managing the character’s thoughts in order to not give too many details too soon. I get quite frustrated when a plot twist occurs and we’ve had zero warnings, no foreshadowing at all up to that point in the book. Fortunately, Brent wrote a script subtle enough with hints that nothing is obvious, yet the discerning mind can pick up little nuggets and puzzle at their meaning.
Don’t even get me started on the ending. What a cliffhanger! Let’s just say that I’d bought the kindle version of book two within an hour of finishing. Yes, it is that good.
Does this sound like a book you’d enjoy? Pick up a copy today and dive in!