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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 hi...more
Hardcover, 629 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Aug 27, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Weeks fans, fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] 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...more
Dana
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...more
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...more
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...more
Felicia
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...more
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...more
Jim
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...more
Andrew O
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...more
Joe
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...more
Jason
5 Stars

I already was a Brent Weeks fan as I really loved his Night Angel series, but now after having finished reading the Black Prism, I want to make sure that you too become a fan of his. This is a spectacular start to a somewhat traditional high fantasy. What makes this book stand out is the depth and the details.

First, this is a character novel. Weeks has given us the reader many fully realized protagonists to route for and some dark and nasty’s to hate. Kip, our main hero, is a typical you...more
Cathy
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
Jonathan

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...more
Weston Ochse
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...more
Penny
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...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...more
Marc Aplin
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
Rebecca Lovatt
Colour. Emotions. Light. Magic.

In a world where colour is the foundation of all magic, The Prism – Gavin Guile rules over all seven satraps as a religious and political figure and as the only one who can split light and draft the entire spectrum of colours. Gavin – knowing he has five years left to live and five great purposes set for himself – hopes to use his power to do something for the greater good.

When Gavin discovers he has an illegitimate son, Kip, in a northern satrapy called Tyrea. How...more
Liviu
This is the start of a big-time epic fantasy with superb world building and high magic - which hopefully will put to rest the originality issues from Night Angel - while keeping the same twists/turns page turning narrative.

The first 2/3 was just awesome and i thought the novel could compete with my top 2 fantasies of the year, but the last third was a little more predictable, though the ending recovered the great intensity of the first part. All in all an A++ from me and a top 5 fantasy I would...more
PaulineMRoss
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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...more
carriedaway
Another first in a trilogy? Why don't I check these things before I pick them up? The second one isn't due out until Fall 2012. Gah. I might have lost all interest by then, happily for me. It's an interesting premise, magic based on the color spectrum but there's an awful lot of emphasis on color that gives me pause. It's not as if they're purple or green people.

So far, none of the characters are all that sterling either. I can't tell if they're working for good or evil or their own ends. Kip,...more
Jeffrey
Sep 18, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fantasy fans everywhere
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
A terrific book. Imaginative, action packed with great characters, an interesting plot, a unique magic system, based on the manipulation of light. Throw in a war, a revolt, duplicity, love, and a boy, mix it all together and the palette is unforgettable.

After a bunch of relativly uninspiring books, this book was just a great fun read.

run to the book store, download it on your kindle, or just take it out ofthe library, like me. You will not be disappointed.
Traci Loudin
All I can say is "Wow." I hope the rest of the series lives up to the promise of this book, because it's awesome. Twists and turns. Not only was I surprised, I was surprised early and often.

The readers who said they aren't sure who the good guys are -- I personally enjoy that. This book is fantasy, sure, but having characters who aren't perfectly good or perfectly evil makes for a more realistic story.

Also, people seem to be overly picky about mentions of skin color in this book. Dark-skinned...more
Mimi
After more than a month of making very little progress, I think I'm done with this book and, to an extent, done with Brent Weeks. I might revisit at a later time, at a much later time... once the fog has cleared and I can read epic fantasy again.

Prejudices are hard to put aside when you know you don't like what the author has previously written. With that said, this book isn't as bad as I thought. It's surprisingly much better than The Way of Shadows. I would have finished reading if I hadn't ha...more
Ithilwen
No voy a mentir diciendo que empecé a leer este libro sin saber qué iba a encontrarme, porque no fue así. Había visto tantas veces el booktrailer que ya me hacía una idea de que iba a encontrarme magia, acción e intrigas, aunque no sabía en qué escala.

Nos encontramos en un territorio que se divide en siete satrapías, cada una de ellas gobernada por un sátrapa "subordinado" al poder del Prisma, entre comillas porque hace tiempo que las satrapías han cobrado cierta autonomía y el poder del Prisma...more
Deb
'You gotta read this! No, really. C'mon, there's a maa-aap.'

Yes, I am one of the sad saps who read to the end of the acknowledgements.

OK, so I'm not entirely certain how I feel about some of the characters. But, I did feel rather attached to one in particular (and even him I'm not totally sure about how perfectly moral he is ... but, mostly he tries), and that counts for a lot. Would I like to read the next one? Yeah, I'd be tempted to give it a go. Only problem I see is if my fave character bo...more
Sky Corbelli
So, by the end, I liked this book. I thought it was a little silly how (view spoiler), but it didn't break the immersion or anything.

My big problem with this book was the character development. Either I missed it or there just wasn't enough, because I found characters repeatedly making choices that seemed way way...more
Search
Finally! I am done and although I had to force myself to get reading a few times I did really like this book in the end.

My Problem with the book was actually one of the book's greatest strengths and it was probably cause I wasn't truly in the fantasy mood when I started reading. The Magic system was truly original and extremely well developed, even fascinating but I kept having the problem of suspending disbelief it kept nagging at me that what the characters were doing wasn't possible. I know,...more
Derrik Peterson
After reading Weeks' Night Angel trilogy I was hooked into his writing style and way of storytelling. The NA trilogy is one of my all time favorite series and I loved the raw darkness that helped make it feel more real. The Black Prism was, in my opinion, a little weaker in story depth but still a fantastic read. My mother read this series first before reading Night Angel and says she prefers Lightbringer because it isn't as dark as NA. I think the reason it doesnt feel as dark is because of Wee...more
Brad
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
Scott
My review is taken from my website at fantasycomesfirst.blogspot.com

Boy do I wish I could draft superviolet. I would be the most mischievous drafter ever, tripping people left and right. That being said, I loved this book.

The characters were all very flushed out and well delivered. I had some issues with Kip at the beginning but he grew on me. I thought he would be the same lame whine ass throughout the whole book. Gavin was another one that surprised me. I really didn’t see any of the things th...more
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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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