I have discovered a world with a truly remarkable magic system. The Black Prism is the first book in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks and it was an absolute marvel.
Kip is a slightly tubby, ordinary fifteen year old boy until his village is razed to the ground. His rescue leads him into a life no longer stuck in the shadows; a life of magic, danger and excitement.
This chunker of a book (over 700 pages) ticks all the boxes for me. Feudal fantasy land. Check. Skewed class system. Check. An unusal twist. Check. An inspired magical system. Check. Brent Weeks’ writing is such that he vividly develops the world around you and the characters inside it simultaneously. I was invested in them, wanted them to succeed, and hated their enemies. I especially like Commander Ironfist, keep an eye out for him.
My absolute favourite thing about this series is the magic. The people in this world who are capable of magic are called Drafters. They draft light from their surroundings and turn it into tangible luxin. Each colour of light creates a luxin with unique properties. Most people can only draft one colour of light, some can draft two, even fewer can use three or more colours. The Prism can use all of them. There is only one born to each generation and they keep the magic of the world in balance.
I urge you to pick up this amazing novel. You will not regret it, adventure awaits you.