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Schwarzes Prisma (Lightbringer #1)

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Sein Leben ist eine Lüge, seine Macht nur geraubt...

Gavin Guile ist der hoch geehrte Lord Prisma. Allein seine magischen Fähigkeiten, seine Intelligenz und seine Überzeugungskraft bewahren den unsicheren Frieden im Reich. Doch Gavin bleiben nur noch fünf Jahre zu leben. Fünf Jahre, um fünf unmögliche Ziele zu erreichen. Da erfährt er, dass er einen Sohn hat, und von der Ge
Paperback, 800 pages
Published September 19th 2011 by Blanvalet (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bodi Yuhico I hated the Way of Shadows: especially because of it's immaturity, it's characters' immaturity, the treatment of women, the inconsistent magic system…moreI hated the Way of Shadows: especially because of it's immaturity, it's characters' immaturity, the treatment of women, the inconsistent magic system and the way most of the plot seems to have been made up as it went along.

The Lightbringer series shows just exactly how Weeks has progressed as a writer. ALL the things I hated in Way of Shadows have been resolved. It's an incredibly well-thought out series, kind of reminiscent to Brandon Sanderson.(less)
Chris Johnson This is more like the Wheel of Time saga. Not as dark as The Night Angel trilogy but so far I'm on book 2: The Blinding Knife, and the writing matures…moreThis is more like the Wheel of Time saga. Not as dark as The Night Angel trilogy but so far I'm on book 2: The Blinding Knife, and the writing matures with the main protagonist.(less)
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Aug 27, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weeks fans, fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Carol. by: everybody
Let's be honest; I've been dreading reading this. Why? Because The Night Angel Trilogy ended up a broken promise. Good beginning, steady decline in the quality of characterization and plotting, and, need I mention, a sexist hot mess? At any rate, Weeks seems to have been going for something different here, or at least something more developed--say perhaps, Epic--and it works much better.

Except it's so damn conscious of being epic that I roll my eyes just looking at it--that heft! The matte blac
Crys Harris
I am just less than half way through this book and I am not enjoying it. The writing is fine. In fact, Brent Weeks may have developed a bit more dexterity with his prose since the Night Angel trilogy. The problem, so far, is two-fold.

1) Nothing much is happening. I'm not intrigued, drawn in, excited, or even really interested. There is political intrigue at work, but it isn't compelling. There is magic afoot, but it is hard to be in awe of it. I don't even care where this is headed.

2) I don't c
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This book is really tough for me to rate. The story is a flintlock fantasy. With some really brilliant ideas, a very interesting plot, cool magic system and great action.

So what's wrong with it you may ask? (Other than the fact that the narrator made the main character sound like a surfer dude.)

Well the problem with Brent Weeks' writing is that you felt like you are being told a story by a very creative and imaginative 15 year old boy, with no real life experience and not a lot of study under h
FrEEEEEk-in' fantastic!!! This is really all that must be said, but of course I will say more. Many people that review this book will take the time to recap the plot and give you some character intros, so I am taking the lazy man's road and skipping anything remotely informative about the book itself in my review.

Instead, I will tell of how I felt throughout the book. One of the main objectives in reading is to think and feel something, right? A good book will make you think in circles of confus
Mike (the Paladin)
I originally set the rating of this book at 4 stars, but decided it needed to be moved up to the 5 star level. I don't find it as good as many of the books I rate 5 stars, but it drew me in and held me tells a story that beats 4 stars. So, without the much lamented 4.5 that so many of us here pine for, I've rated it 5.

So, I like the book and give it the highest rating possible here (albeit noting it's not at the top of my 5 star pile)...what's so good about it? And, if it's not at the top of the
David Sven
Well paced. Deceptively complex plot, characters and history. Unique and well defined magic system. Intriguing mysteries to be solved. Rewards those who pay attention to detail, which also gives it reread value to catch those details that were skimmed or dismissed the first time round. Held my attention. Surprised me quite a few times. Thoroughly enjoyable.

The magic system in this book, called Chromaturgy, is second to nothing I’ve read to date – and that includes Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy, w
I DUNNNOOOOOO. First, I really enjoyed Brent Weeks' other series A LOT, so I was excited about this coming out, and seeing the blurb about the magic system, I was sooo psyched.

I feel like this series was kinda a throwback to like Eddings and Feist and Jordan and those old-school EPIC fantasy series. I have to admit I wasn't really hooked by the characters as much as I would have liked, but overall I ADMIRE what the author is setting up. I guess my biggest beef, other than really not liking the
The Black Prism is the first installment in Brent Weeks' second series called Lightbringer. It's an Epic Fantasy with some of the typical ingredients you would expect, but all is kind of twisted to the author's unique style and your enjoyment of the book will highly depend on how much that style works for you.

In total we're following 7 characters, 2 of them being the main protagonists, 2 with a decent amount of "screen-time" and 3 with only a few chapters.
The first of the two main characters is
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Weeks before & was pretty impressed. His system of magic was interesting, albeit somewhat confusing at times. Actually, I just went with it when people did magic. Weeks tried hard for a rationale, but there were a few too many rules & ways it was used to make complete sense. I assumed he stayed within them, but doubted it at times. Still, that was minor.

Weeks really impressed me with the realistic aspects of the story. Not only did he have complex, imperfect c
5 Stars

Ok I just finished a reread of this fabulous book to set up moving on with the trilogy. Even though I read it nearly two years ago this fresh fantasy from Weeks was still fresh in my mind. Well, I could not speed read through a second time. It is simply too good and enjoyable to skip or skim. I loved this book.

What makes this special? First it is the amazing characters that Weeks has given us to route for and to empathize with that capture your imagination and your heart. Kip, Gavin, Kar
Jan 06, 2015 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What did I think? I think that Brent Weeks is a very good story teller, but can get carried away with over doing characters. This book should be a solid 4 stars and I should be excited about going into book 2. However, the over writing of the character Kip was a massive turn off for me. Kip is a fat kid living in a village about to have his world turned upside down. He suffers from a lack of confidence, which Weeks uses to massively overdose us with Kips self loathing and self depreciating. It d ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The Night Angel Trilogy" I was about to give up on Brent Weeks completely, as well as fantasy as a genre and the planet Earth and all my fellow human beings. Alas, a wizard cast a spell on me when I was young and cursed me with "Benefitium-of-the-doubteus Maximus" that compels me to try and try again. So I found myself wrist deep in another one of Brent Weeks' droppings, searching for the West Indian Lilac that causes so many tummy aches in Triceratops.

Black Prism is over-descript
Apr 17, 2015 Hayat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy
“You have to be a little bad to make history.”

I needed a good solid modern 'Epic' fantasy to sink my teeth into and The Black Prism was one of those books that kept popping up in my GR recommendation list and discussions so decided to find out what all the fuss was about. It turns out this epic fantasy is an intriguing juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness, of love and loyalty scarred by betrayal, hate and vengeance.

“Moments of beauty sustain us through hours of ugliness.”

Gavin Guile is t
Executive Summary: Overhyped and often very juvenile in places, this book wasn't nearly as good as I was promised, but is far from awful.

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I really enjoyed The Way of Shadows despite a protagonist I didn't care much for. Largely because of one of the other characters. The rest of that series was far less enjoyable as that character wasn't around as much, and I was forced to deal with a character I didn't like and too many juvenile wish fulfillment scenes.

I found this book to suffer fr
Apr 15, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
Well this book was so different to what I imagined in so many ways, but I have to say for me this series is certainly a great one, and the beginning of it was nothing if not exciting and crazy!

This book is set in a world where the magic is largely focussed on Colour and people's ability not only see different colours, but also to 'draft' (manipulate) them. We have various types of people who live in this world such as the regular citizens, the monochromes, polychromes, the Satripies, the Chromer

As far as fantasy goes, each new fantasy title that is released is a shiny and promising volume. As such you really cannot judge the book by its cover, but have to delve into reading about the synopsis and reviews from others. What does it have? A strong magic system (like Brandon Sanderson)? Worldbuilding (like Tolkien)? Or strong characters? Whatever you want in the book you really need to hunt and work out if it has those. The Black Prism had a nice mix of appealing characters (if, like with
Pauline Ross
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This is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to catch up with for ages, and this finally got to the top of my to-read pile. The opening is snappy - short chapters, lots of action, plenty of background detail that just about stops short of info-dump and a magic system that has me hooked right from the start, even if I don’t quite ‘get’ it yet.

But only a few chapters in, and already there are irritants. One of them is Kip. On the one hand, hurray for a main character who’s not
It started off seeming simple, a typical high fantasy novel. The easy style is reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson; like in his books, the characters felt real immediately, as did the world and system of magic. The characters are great. Kip is like a Glee kid, pudgy and awkward and super quick witted, impossible not to root for; watching him blossom into a wonderful man is going to be great fun. Gavin is charm and wit and intensity with a lot of secret insecurities. Karris is brave, Liv is determin ...more
Alex Ristea
Whoops! Read this in the summer while I was up a cabin away from civilization, and forgot to write a review.

In short: I loved it.

The magic system captivated me, but that's not what makes this book great. I fell in love with the characters and of course, Brent Weeks's absolutely hilarious writing.

I mean, who doesn't want to read about a self-deprecating fat kid as a protagonist?

It's a fast-paced plot with lots of twists and turns, but they are believable enough to make this a fantastic page-turne
Nov 04, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished it. 3stars for the time been, but to let the last 200pages filter thru my brain.

Review it tomorrow.

4th november 2014.

ok its a strange to review, its one of these love it or dont bother finishing it book.

this is my second attempt to read it,

it starts with me thinking i have started book 2 in a series for the first 40pages, get past that then it gets better all the way through till the end.

the author inserts humour, well tries to in certain situations which i failed to get. most of it w
Weston Ochse
Mar 05, 2012 Weston Ochse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Brent,

How's it going?

I'm doing pretty well. You know, working hard, but looking forward to coming home to read some good books. At the end of the day, no matter how bad it was, if there's a good book waiting for you how bad can it be? Oh yeah, and wine. Can't forget that. Good book and good wine.

So I read your Night Angel Trilogy in 2009. Tremendous stuff. It made me a big fan. And that's no small thing. I'm very picky about my fantasy. As far as I'm concerned, my friend Steve Donaldson's w
In a word - Brilliant!

The world we're introduced to in the first Lightbringer book is shaped largely by the unique magic system Brent Weeks has created. Those born with the ability take their power from light and draft in one or more of the colours in the spectrum. The more times a person drafts the closer they get to exceeding the limit of their magic and breaking their halo. When this happens they risk going mad and becoming a wight who are appear to have lost all control and most often become
Marc Aplin
Jan 02, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this year I read the 'Night Angel Trilogy' by Brent Weeks. I have to say that it is one of the very best fantasy trilogies I have ever read. I felt things for those characters I have never felt before in a book - I really felt I knew them and cared about what happened to them. And that for me is rare. In addition to the lifelike characters, the story was absolutely brilliant. Brent Weeks managed to hold about 7 sub-story lines that could each in themselves be considered a 'main story lin ...more
May 06, 2015 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Weeks novel by far. I felt like it was all over the place. Too much description, not enough story to keep the plot moving and the humor was off. I have heard the rest of the books are a massive improvement so I'm willing to give them a go as I have faith in Brent Weeks writing. But this book just did not do it for me.
James 'Eagle'
A rather weak opening to Week's second series. This book struggles for the first half of the novel by limiting the exposure to the world setting and instead firing the plot along with the speed of a Boeing 747 jetplane. The characters had gone further in 100 pages than most would in 500 if written by a different author. Because of this rush it felt constantly difficult to put the novel's events in perspective with the rest of its world. A lot of importance for the story comes from events that ha ...more
I had heard a lot of things about this book - some good, some bad, some meh, so I went into it with an optimistically open mind. The synopsis sounded interesting enough - I marked the second book in the series as to-read before I even realized this was the first. I wasn't disappointed. This was a fast paced thrill ride with an unbelievably complex yet oh so cool magical system.

First, we'll start with the gripes that I had:

1) The magic system - I know I just said it was cool. I'll talk about the
I loved this book. I didn't really know what to expect from it. It got a lot of good buzz, so I figured it was most likely at least halfway decent. I'd read Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy and while it was entertaining, it was very obviously a "first book" for him. Though the books got better as the series progressed, Weeks' inspirations and influences were pretty obvious, and the story was semi-predictable. But oh how he's grown in this, his second series, The Lightbringer trilogy (that has 4 ...more
I truly suspected that I'd fall head-over-heels for the new Brent Weeks trilogy, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. If you are in the mood for a great and creative magic system in a very well thought out fantasy world that is so thoroughly steeped in action, melodrama, action, crazy mind-blowing characters, action, and color, then pick this damn book up immediately and thank your lucky stars you did. I'm a fanboy. I cannot wait until I pick up the second book. Oh wait, I have it in my h ...more
TS Chan
3.5 stars

It's almost strange because overall I think I like this a bit more than the first Night Angel book, but somehow I can't rate it the same.

The colour-based magic system here is really confusing at first (and still is at the end of the book, albeit less so). I can appreciate that Weeks didn't want to spend too much time info dumping the reader on what each colour does, how it affect the drafters (i.e. what you call a person who can manipulate colour), etc etc. Instead, he tried to weave t
Oct 12, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have heard a lot of people say that they do not like this series as much as the Night Angel series, and I can only guess that that this must be a case of unattainable expectations. This is a great book and, so far, a great series. The magic system is incredibly unique and is based off of colors. I read this book in a little less than a day, as I found it very hard to put down. Please give this book, or any book by Brent Weeks, a chance. I promise you won't regret it.

Update: My re-read: This no
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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 ...more
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