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    2011 - 01.15

    Ok, not really in the race, but I have now read a single book from Karin’s 100 Book Challenge, specifically The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (currently #57 on her list).  We had previously read his Night Angel trilogy: The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows.  I believe that this now puts me officially in second place for the 100 Book Challenge, even though I don’t think I’m likely to complete it, I can be all impressed by being in second place for right now ;-)

    I received the book for my birthday I believe… and I’m sure it’s being on the list was totally coincidental since Karin gave it to me.  I enjoyed it, but now I find myself in one of those situations which I’m not overly fond of: waiting for the next book to come out.  This isn’t that big a deal if it’s a series in progress, or something you’ve just stumbled upon, but when you’re reading the book in hard cover, well that’s less good, as it means you’ll be waiting awhile, although it sounds as though he intends to put out a book a year, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

    Like his earlier novels there’s some definite youth/adult mentorship taking place in this one, which I find helps make the novels more accessible and compelling, but your mileage may very.  Overall, I enjoyed it, I struggled with it more at the beginning as early chapters introduce different characters to the story, and given that I lacked a good understanding of the world at that point, it was a little difficult to follow or understand the interplay which was taking place.  Sticking with it however was worthwhile and the story grew in unexpected ways, which is always a special treat.

    Well that’s all I’ll say about it, as I don’t want to spoil your experience should you decide to read it, although if you’re not doing the 100 Book Challenge, I’d recommend that you start with The Night Angel Trilogy instead as it’s completed and fully published, and probably available from your local library and bookstore.  Depending on how fast you read (or get to it) The Black Prism may be out in paperback, and/or the second novel may have already been published.

    On another note: kudos to Orbit (the publisher) on The Night Angel Trilogy for clearly indicating on all books that it was part of the series, and indicating clearly on the spine which number the book was in the trilogy!  It is SO frustrating to look at books and not be able to clearly tell if they are part of a series and if so which book in the series they are, or how many books are supposed to be in the series.  What’s even more frustrating is when inside the book on the “other books by this author” page, that those are not divided into series, or ordered in anyway.  Give a reader some help, I might risk taking the wrong book out at the library, but I’m not going to buy a book unless I know where it is in the series.  So way to go Orbit on getting it right!

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    One Response to “In the Race…”

    1. Karin says:

      Congratulations on being in the top two for the 100 Book Challenge 2011!

      I have pointed out the awesome of the covers of the Night Angel Trilogy to people on multiple occasions. Hee. :)

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