The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism

byBrent Weeks

Paperback | July 23, 2013

Book 1 of 4 
Lightbringer series

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In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in the world must choose between his kingdom and his son in the first book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster epic fantasy fromNYTbestselling author Brent Weeks.
Guile is the Prism. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
If you loved the action and adventure of the Night Angel trilogy, you will devour this incredible epic fantasy series by Brent Weeks.

The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:
Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the ShadowsPerfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy(omnibus)The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel
Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He wrote on bar napkins and lesson plans before landing his dream job years and thousands of pages later. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi, and their daughters. Find out more about the author atwww.brentweeks.comor on twitter @brentweeks.
Title:The Black PrismFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:688 pages, 8.35 × 5.6 × 1.95 inShipping dimensions:8.35 × 5.6 × 1.95 inPublished:July 23, 2013Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316246271

ISBN - 13:9780316246279

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it down This book starts off what I hope will be a great series. The way Weeks chose to approach "magic" in this fantasy realm was very creative and like nothing I have ever seen before. I cant wait to see what this series has in store. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of Disappointed I had such high expectations for this book. The magical system sounded amazing but the writing is what fell short for me. Positives: Great magical system, very descriptive and there is a whole glossary in the back to provide a more in depth explanation. The action packed scenes were extremely vivid. And I absolutely loved the main character Gavin. Negatives: The other characters were boring and unmemorable. The writing was immature and sexist towards women in my opinion. If those comments weren't made throughout the book I have no doubt this book would be on my favorites list.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADDICTED Such a brilliant novel, the characters and the world is unbelievable. I cannot wait to pick up the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! This is a very unique fantasy. Great characters -- pretty similar to characters/dialogue as in the Night Angel trilogy, but I've enjoyed The Black Prism series more. I tend to read each new instalment in a few days and dread waiting for the next to be released... Luckily, Brent Weeks has been releasing them fairly consistently every year or so.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Characters! I really enjoyed this book, in fact I am going to move it to my favourite's list. I listened to the audiobook and the reader was brilliant! He really brought the story to life and made the characters seem real. He certainly had help because the writing is amazing. Rich and flawed characters, witty banter and fun dialogue all in a world that is interesting with complicated politics and power structure. So many times I found myself smiling at the exchanges between characters. The dialogue and thought processes seen in the various POVs was amazing. My favourite thing about this book was that there are no real good guys and bad guys. Of course you have your favourites and biases but ever character is multifaceted and many things all at once. Gavin is someone that people like. The kind of guy ‘girls want to be with and guys want to be’. He is charismatic, incredibly talented, brilliantly clever and fabulously good-looking. You may be tempted to classify him as the “good guy” in the story but it’s not that simple. He can be petty, jealous, cruel and callous. He is responsible for great achievements and acts of humanity and also terrible deeds and atrocities. While listening I even thought at one point might be the “bad guy” of the story. That is part of what makes this book so great, there are no good guys and bad guys. It’s not black and white, right and wrong. The “bad” guy, Lord Omnichrome, in the story has some very valid points, most of which Gavin agrees with even though they are different sides of the conflict. He is eloquent and passionate enough to even sway one of the main characters to his side of the conflict. Corvin, the general, Liv his daughter, and Caris all have wonderful backstories and incredible personalities with richly interesting flaws built in. Even with all these great characters to choose from, Hands down my favourite character is Kip. He is beautifully awkward in his body and his dialogue. He is overweight. He is not graceful or physically powerful like Gavin. He is powerful but has no real idea of how to use his abilities. He is funny and self-deprecating. He is loyal and brave in some moments and scared and weak in others. He is not perfect, but he is so likable in a way that is so different from the way I like Gavin. He is wonderfully naïve and idealistic. He is preoccupied with sex and women, in a way I imagine all 16 year old boys are. He is growing into a man but is so unsure of himself. He has to overcome the physical and emotional abuse he suffered growing up with a drug addicted single mother to achieve his potential. His world is so black and white, right and wrong and he is determined to be a good son, a good friend and good person. This book is long but it is worth it. Great characters, action and world building. A truly entertaining fantasy read with real character depth. #indigoreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Fantasy World Very unique fantasy world with great, deep characters and an interesting take on magic. Definitely interested in finding out more.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fantasy Not the book I needed when I read it.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Depth of story is unprecedented After reading the night angel trilogy I was curious to read weeks' newest venture. Did not disappoint. The magic of drafting is so well developed and the religious aspect is intriguing. Characters are well developed and you really learn to care for them. Only trouble is waiting for subsequent books in series to be finished. I found when I read his most recent I couldn't remember the world in as much depth. Might just need to re-read them all once the series is done
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only great things to say This book sets of the series at a great place. It is complex enough to be interesting and fun enough to keep you entertained. The characters and enjoyable and Weeks really makes you feel for them.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Weeks does it again! I bought this book and couldn't put it down. Weeks creates amazing characters and enthralling story lines.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As Good As Expected I bought this book discounted at Chapters for $2 and it was such a great decision. I am a huge fantasy fan and this book does not disappoint on that front. I thought the beginning was a little slow; there was a lot of world building and character development smushed into the first 30% of the novel. I thought the magic system was pretty complex but well developed and explained. Although, I do have to say I am not quite sure how I should be visualizing the magic and it is a bit confusing in that sense. I wasn't too sure about the idea of the "Black Prism" but I think it all works pretty well for the overall setting of the story and what has the potential to be next. I thought there was just enough point of views to understand the story while not bombarding the reader with characters. I think I liked Gavin the best with Liv and Karris close seconds. I think the women in this were written ... fine, not great, but fine. I liked that they were more likely to have magic than males -- and more of it as well, but they were basically stereotypes and I am not sure if it will get better or worse in the coming story. I think my biggest problem with it is that it wants to be on the same level as an Epic fantasy but just doesn't get there. It has the elements but not the exact execution. I did enjoy it however, but I do suggest taking breaks in between to digest everything you have read because there is a lot of information tucked inside these pages. Overall: 4/5 stars. The characters are solid and well-developed and have interesting qualities and story arcs that make you want to learn more about the characters past, present, and future.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The black prism Fast paced and exciting, the author returns in fine form but refreshingly doesn't visit familiar archetypes. Quite a different saga from the fantastic night angel books and that's a good thing. A fresh and interesting magic system, charming characters and thrills and surprises that are becoming this young writers trademark. I highly recommend this book and this author.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black it Just finished this book for the 2nd time in 2 years... Part 1 of the trilogy, part 3 is due out in August...freakin awesome!
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great start to the series, i already bought the next one.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Black Prism Excellent book. Drafting is whole new fantasy. You really like the characters.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the same as the Night Angel I love this story. I had read it before The Blinding Knife came out and now that I finally have that one I decided to reread The Black Prism. For people who read the Night Angel trilogy, this is not at all the same and has a much different feel to it. The magic system is new, the characters are new, and the story is refreshingly new. I rate a book on how it makes me feel, I don't care if sometimes seems like elements are cliché. That said, I didn't notice any of those elements and felt that there were many wonderful and surprising twists and lots of action.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Can't decide if this trilogy will beat way of shadows but its a great start!
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book from Brent Weeks! Excellent book with a different perspective! I gotta get book 2... I mean like now!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Color Me Impressed! Ironically, in a world where people do magic by using colors, the characters could all be painted with shades of gray. Gavin Guile is the Prism; the most powerful "drafter" in the world, as well as the religious leader of the Seven Satrapies. In the aftermath of the False Prism war against his own brother, Gavin tries to maintain peace and order within his lands. This is a fantastic tale of political intrigue and war where everyone seems to be hiding a dark secret, making you rethink your opinion on who are the heroes and who are the villains.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Great book, and what lacked in initial character and background development, made up for with a compelling new and wonderful weave on magic manipulation. Look forward to the next chapter.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. The story flows well and keeps the reader interested. Highly recommended for SF and Fantasy readers.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Black Prism Really enjoyed this. Took awhile to get going, then couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great first book in the series!!
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ZOMGZ!!!!!! I must get book 2 now. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another great series from Brent Weeks.
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weeks Strikes Again! The Black Prism is based around a fifteen-year-old, tubby Kip. After watching his home town burned to the ground by a supposed "King Garadul" (sadface), Kip was the next on this Kings list - until the Prism saves him. Not only is the Prism Kips new hero, but he is also his biological father, and in saving Kip, Gavin - the Prism - has invited a war between Garadul and himself. This book had amazing flow between past and present. I was never bombarded with too much or too little information at any time. Weeks always knew the perfect amount to give without confusing the reader. And the twists! The incredible plot twist! They were so amazing. I never saw any of them coming, and when they did my jaw literally hung open. I really loved Kip in this book. Although he may have seemed like a bit of a cry baby, I really admired his ability to pull through all of his tough times, his ability to adapt and his ability to persevere. I also quite enjoyed his sense of humour. :) Gavin was also a great character, always worried that he'd mess up one thing or another, giving him a tight chest, which made it really believable that he was worried about it. But I can't believe the ending! And I can't wait till the next book comes out! If you loved the Night Angel trilogy, you are sure to love Weeks' Lightbringer trilogy as well. :) Funnier than the first, I'm sure it's a novel everyone wil enjoy.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new series! I have read all of Brent Weeks books and have loved them all! The Black Prism was no exception. I had a hard time putting it down and find myself wishing I had if only because I now have to wait for the next one in the series! I love the world building and appreciate his imagery. There are a lot of characters and it took me a little bit to get familiar with them as they switch back and forth a lot. That being said, once I understood the characters I found the characters were solidly written with depth and they were interesting. If you like his previous works you will LOVE this one!
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I expected much more I started with the Night Angel Trilogy, by Brent Weeks, and absolutely loved it. Highly recommend it. Then I read the Black Prism. This book had great potential, and fantastic world-building, but it did not realize it. The pacing was non-existent, there was no flow to the text. The scenes would go from full steam ahead to full stop without notice or appreciable transition. Every character had the exact same two emotional states: Scared and flippant. Between bouts of panic, and in the midst of every situation, each character was capable of spouting unconvincing witty banter. The magic system was weak and felt like a poor simile of stronger systems from other author's. All these problems could have been fixed by re-arranging certain scenes, having some revelations come earlier, and adding more depth to the characters. That and another few months with a decent editor. Long story short, if you want to try Brent Weeks, check out the Night Angel Trilogy, its fantastic. If you enjoyed the Trilogy, ignore this book, you'll be disappointed. That being said, I hope Mr. Weeks continues writing, and returns to his former writing level, as he has a lot of potential to be a great fantasy writer.
Date published: 2011-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There better be a next in the series! My boyfriend and I both ripped through and devoured the Night Angel trilogy in under a month – could not put those books down to save our lives. When we saw that Brent Weeks had released another book we practically fought over who was going to get to read it first (he won by the way…). We both enjoyed this novel and are both really, really, hoping that this is going to turn into a series as the story “ends” on a bit of a cliff hanger. We very much enjoy Brent’s writing style and appreciate the sarcastic/satirical quality that he brings to his work. His books are not “too deep” which is also appreciated – they are highly entertaining and engaging, and the story line in this case is quite unique which is becoming more and more rare. The only reason that I haven’t given this novel a 5/5 like I did the trilogy is the story CANNOT be over yet. Although we feel that most of the characters in this novel were very well developed and rounded, I can’t say that I felt the same way of the character Kip. Perhaps his character will receive the same believability in upcoming novels (please please please please let there be another!!!).
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Husband loved this gift! I bought this book as a gift for my husband as we are both fans of Brent Weeks previous series. After he was only a few chapters in he was already complaining, that the book had an end and there wasn't another book to read after it yet! He said it was an awesome read and he is generally extremely critical of books. I'm looking forward to reading it too!
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I have bought Mr. Weeks previous novels and I enjoyed them. Unfortunately I found nothing in common with his new book. I found his characters flat and unconvincing. I had to force myself to finish this novel. I do recommend his previous novels but not Black Prism.
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Cannot wait for the second book. Great book, read it in less than 4 days, you cannot put htis book down. Brent was again able to keep me guessing from the beginning, keeping me on edge until the end to only offer you another "be on edge" feeling for the upcoming book of the series. Well done!
Date published: 2010-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as good as expected After reading the Night Angel Trilogy, I have anxiously been awaiting the arrival of Brent Weeks' new book. For the most part it held up to my expectation. Again Weeks makes the characters believable and he shifts the story between different characters flawlessly. It was a book I could not put down. It was not as good as Night Angel, although it was pretty close. I think this is partly due to the fact that the book is setting up many ideas and events for the subsequent books, while at the same time introducing many ideas, though interesting, that can still be kind of confusing.
Date published: 2010-08-29

Editorial Reviews

"Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way." --- Publishers Weekly

"Weeks has written an epic fantasy unlike any of its contemporaries. It is a truly visionary and original work, and has set the bar high for others in its subgenre."