I’ve been sitting on starting this for MONTHS and the time has finally arrived! Move over Sean the SciFi nerd… MY TURN! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…coughcoughcough.
Let’s start this read along with meeting the book. Yeah, I know, my elementary school teacher is showing. Just humor me, some of this will probably come in handy, later. Plus, as Weeks says, “There’s a map!”
Here is the link to the Amazon listing for it (No, I don’t get any kickbacks, I’m sharing so you can see what I am looking at and if you want to buy it, there it is! Personally, I’d prefer you go hit up an indie book store and give someone local the money. I promise, Weeks won’t notice the difference!) When I buy books online, I have usually already been pointed to them by someone or something, but I still like a heads up about what I’m getting myself into from a not-personal source. The reviews are golden, both the good and the bad. Go on and give them a read through, I’ll wait.
See what I mean? Mostly amazing reviews! Woot!
Now, let’s read the summary, which looks like the write up on the back of the book, anyway.
In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in the world must choose between his kingdom and his son in the first book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster epic fantasy from NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks.
Guile is the Prism. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.
When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.If you loved the action and adventure of the Night Angel trilogy, you will devour this incredible epic fantasy series by Brent Weeks. (copied directly from the Amazon listing, btw) Hmmm… aside from the “In a world…” bit that reminds me of this…
Or, my personal favorite…
Given the content, I find the last one rather appropriate. Where’s Ed Harris? Is he Guile? Hmm… Now I’ve got a picture in my head. hahaha… oops.
Now, looking at the book, itself, I notice a few things right off. Weeks is right, there is, in fact, a map. It’s a million pages long, too, which means it needs a map. Good call. There’s a glossary and even a character listing! No pronunciations, so maybe not a Robert Jordan level of difficulty (I’m still only barely comfortable with saying Nynaeve correctly, people) ?
There are acknowledgements, but in the BACK of the book, which is interesting. Acknowledgements are where you get a sense of the author’s personality, so I like reading them to see how they talk about their “friends.” I find it funny that he blacked out his editor’s email address and phone number after saying she liked unsolicited manuscripts (clear cut client harassment and I love it). Then spends the last paragraph making fun of the fact that the book was so long and people are actively reading the acknowledgement pages as if it wasn’t long enough. He refers to the Night Angel trilogy as a Ninja book, which is hilarious and somewhat accurate? I think we’re going to get along just fine, Mr. Weeks.
Oh… and please, Lord, don’t forget the map!
So, are you as ready as I am to crack this one open and dig in?
Let’s do this.
The Queen of Fantasy-land