This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Book Review 22. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Prism by Nina Walker
Series: The Color Alchemist #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, young adult
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Publisher: Addison & Gray Press
Source: Book Review 22
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What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?
Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom's most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.
Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
PRISM is the first installment of a unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color!
“...The (quite literally) colorful landscape—animated by an intriguing cast—is complex but well-explained. Masterfully plotted, Walker builds to not one but several unexpected twists in the novel’s final pages. Readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this series; a thrilling start from an exciting new talent.” –Kirkus Reviews
Prism is a wonderfully engaging story that has magical realism mixed in with eastern influences. Set in a dystopian world where many societies have already collapsed, the New Colony Kingdom had thrived. This kingdom was rumored to have done so well due to the royal family’s guidance and the use of alchemy. Specifically, their use of color alchemy.
Color alchemy was a rare talent that usually manifested itself when children were around the elementary age. I loved this element to the story. It is based on the seven chakra centers, believed to be physic energy centers, in or around the spinal column. A color alchemist in this world can separate colors down to the primary sources and utilize the color for its intended purpose. An example would be the color green from plants could be used as a healing agent. Color alchemy was rare but the most sought after alchemists were the ones who would be able to separate and utilize the colors red, white, and black.
Jessa Loxley was one of those rare color alchemists. So rare, even she was unaware of her abilities until one fateful night at her ballet recital. Once her magic was discovered she was kept as a virtual prisoner by the king and forced to train under the tutelage of Prince Lucas. Separated from everyone she had ever known and thrown into a world of color guardians where she was despised and berated, Jessa longed for her life before she manifested her talent.
Soon Jessa learned that what she understood to be true as a citizen was not the same truth that she is being told as an alchemist. She quickly became aware that as a citizen she was deceived for political purposes and that there was something more sinister than she could have ever imagined happening in her very own kingdom. As she learned more about her abilities and the motivations of others she began to uncover a truth that gave her a new purpose in life.
Prism has many of elements that are easily recognized as young adult but it also has amazing world building, magical realism, and only a little of the YA angst. The characters are all fleshed out, memorable, and never what you expect them to be. There is a romance element but it is more of a deep yearning feel. Overall, Prism was a fun and magical read that kept me hanging on with its fast-paced action and political subterfuge.
*Thank you to Book Review 22 for this complimentary copy of Prism*