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Brent Weeks: Smuggled! (Q&A with Brent Weeks about The Black Prism)

The Black Prism is fantasy author Brent Weeks’ new book (release date: tomorrow) and as part of their marketing campaign, publisher Orbit came up with an awesome idea:

Five blogs had the opportunity to send a few interview questions for Brent Weeks to answer…on camera! And if we may so ourselves, ours turned out to be a pretty groovy interview (Weeks answered a Smuggler-centric question and everything).

Check it out:

If that doesn’t get you excited about The Black Prism (and convince you of Brent Weeks’ general awesomeness), well, we don’t know what will.

About The Book:

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But 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.

About The Author:

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

You can read about the author and his books on his website, (yes, it’s the groovy one).

In addition to providing more info about Brent Weeks, the website also includes Weeks’ blog, an official forum, AND wicked cool details and extras for his books. There’s an awesome quiz readers can take that ties into the Lightbringer Books – naturally, we couldn’t help ourselves, so both of us took the What Color Is Your Magic Quiz…and we both got the same result (which is a little creepy, but makes perfect sense once you read the description):

We are orange magic drafters!

Take the quiz at Brent

You are an orange drafter

Orange luxin is slick, lubricative, and heavy. It is often used in conjunction with machines and traps. Oranges are often artists, brilliant in understanding other people’s emotions and motivations. Some use this to defy or exceed expectations. Others become master manipulators.

The results from your color matching test have also shown that you are one of the elite, a superchromat. The magic you do will almost never fail. Satrapies will compete to recruit you, and you will have a wide latitude in what work you choose to do once you finish your studies. You can expect your patron to lavish praise and honors on you. As a monochrome, you will master your color, and only have to defer to bichromes and polychromes and, of course, the nobility and the satraps who support us all.

Magic in the Black Prism

When a candle burns, a physical substance (wax) is transformed into light. Chromaturgy in The Black Prism is the inverse: A drafter transforms light into a physical substance (luxin). Each different color of luxin has its own strength, weight, and even smell: blue luxin is hard, red is gooey, yellow is liquid, etc. But even as drafters change the world, the luxin changes them too, physically, mentally, and emotionally. The color change of a drafter’s eyes is only the beginning…

We encourage everyone to take the quiz and let us know what your results are! And fret not – we will be reviewing The Black Prism very soon!

Thank you to Brent Weeks and Orbit for the wonderful opportunity!

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  • Cindy/Blackwatch
    August 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Interesting and funny. I’m looking forward to your review !
    (Yellow eyes for me)

  • orannia
    August 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I can’t watch this where I am ATM, but have made a note to watch it tonight. And I’m looking forward to the review 🙂

    You are a green drafter. Green luxin is springy and flexible. The uses are as varied as the drafter is creative: from furniture to projectiles to shields to the throwing arms of war engines. Greens are wild, free. They don’t so much disrespect authority as not even recognize it. The results from your color matching test have also shown that you are one of the elite, a superchromat.

    The lines about being wild and free, and not recognizing authority – so not me! I think I answered the questions incorrectly 🙂

  • Kristen
    August 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Gahhh my hubby loves Brent’s first series and keeps telling me to read it… but I haven’t yet! I will have to sneak out and buy him Brent’s latest book. 🙂

  • Jodie
    August 25, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I am a green drafter. His world sounds so interesting, can’t wait to read the review.

  • orannia
    August 26, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Just watched the intereview – great questions and answers! My library has ordered copies…I just wish it would let me place a hold!!! I’ve made a large note to keep trying 🙂

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  • Dayana
    May 30, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Stay with this guys, you’re hepling a lot of people.

    September 23, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    What a fabulous idea i would have never thought about appling dye to a kelly bag but it really works ;-)) Thanks for the tip when im feeling brave i will do the same to one of my white ones as its seen better days. Love your outfit today you look adorable. dee xxx

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