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on December 21, 2012
I still cannot believe the writer who created Azoth/Kylar, Durzo Blint, Jar, Logan, Neph Dada, Ursuul, created this...product called the Black Prism.
I will acknowledge that the magical realm created is different to most but that's where the difference ends. The book is tedious and the characters are pedestrian.
Kip is just simply annoying. At first his self deprecation was almost endearing, but by the time I'd gotten to page 700 (yeah, 700!) and he was still on with the self disparagement, the self put-downs, the self ridicule, I was just done! Really, cause I haven't been able to go any further in the book. It was a marathon endeavor that I assumed would pay off. I was let down...
It was a struggle to get to page 700 or thereabouts as I found the characters to be too one dimensional. I kept expecting more. I guess being such a fan of the characters from The Night Angel Trilogy, I was gearing up to be blown away by the unexpected. Didn't happen. Mr. Weeks sought to paint his characters as flawed, often-time amoral, but struggling to maintain their 'humanity' and humorous in the struggle, but it just did not work. They all spoke the same. Their delivery was the same, the words were the same their base intent the same. In short, the characters did not stand out from each other.
I am not sure what happened but something did. Mr Weeks has lost that elusive something that makes his work talked about. He needs to go on a journey to find it. Pronto. Cause writing another in the manner of The Black Prism, will cost him readers who have higher expectations from the genre...