Review: Prism by Nina Walker

About the book:

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 cover of Nina Walker's Prism

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Review by Katy Haye:

This was a really strong, smart post-apocalyptic story. The concept was excellent – that some people can pull colours out of the world around them and apply them to various uses.

With this being a post-apocalyptic tale, however, these colour alchemists are being forced to do all manner of nefarious things by the king. What a glorious premise.

I’ll admit, I felt the story flagged a little in the middle – the intrigue took a back seat to the romance and I found myself wishing they’d get on with it. It was entirely typical of teens that they were making heavy-weather of the romance. I remember the “Does he like me? Do you think? Really?” times myself, but I wanted the pace to crack on.

But stick with it because the last third of the book – blimey o’riley! It was fabulous – non-stop drama with twist after twist.

Prism is the first in the series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, is now out and available for just .99.

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