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The Black Prism

Weeks, Brent (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When Gavin Guile--high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism--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.
Authors: Weeks, Brent
Title: The black prism
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 629 p. :,map ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brent Weeks
Summary: When Gavin Guile--high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism--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.
ISBN: 9780316075558
0316075558
Branch Call Number: SF WEEKS 2010
Subject Headings: Emperors Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction Magic Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Emperors
Fathers and sons
Magic
LCCN: 2010019002
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Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals. By an Oregon author.


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Jan 02, 2014
  • Sevly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book has great characters, amazingly detailed geopolitics, and brilliant ploting. It deals with issues of culture and identity in an insightful way, has a magic system whose creativity and consistency rivals Brian Sanderson's, and has a grey-gray morality that forces us to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of every faction just as we do in real life. Oh, and it's also a really fun read. Weeks is one of my new favorites.

Dec 18, 2013
  • ADWithrow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a fun book to read. I was surprised, honestly, at how fast I got through it. I had thought that the size would take a but more time, but I was unable to tear myself away once I got going.

The Prism is a complex character with flaws that I really appreciated. There were a few moments throughout the book that really catapulted the character development forward and many surprises that kept him from becoming boring. The snippets of back story that are sprinkled throughout the book also add depth without overwhelming the reader with the characters history.

Karris was a great character. She was a strong and powerful woman, not the typical damsel in distress that needs the big, strong man to save her. I appreciated that she was able to be feminine while still being a force to be reckoned with.

Kip was awesome. This is a kid that everyone can feel for. He is a strong character that you find yourself rooting for nearly immediately. General Danavis, Liv, Ironfist, and the White were interesting characters that added to the story. I do wish that some of them had been featured a but more but I also understand the reason why they were not. I am hopeful that as the series continues these characters will be developed further.

I think the author did a solid job of building a world that was unique while still being easy to fall into. Some fantasy/sci-fi authors create such complex and overwhelming worlds that it is hard to get into the plot while learning about the world, terminology, and the unique aspects. Weeks introduced the world at a slow enough pace to allow the reader to dive in without losing the details.

Sep 17, 2013
  • pidcockw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book goes beyond the traditional portrayal of an epic battle between good and evil. The primary hero lives a lie, the evil mastermind speaks the truth. I enjoyed identifying with Kip as he slowly learned about himself. I look forward to reading the rest of the story in the next two books.

Sep 25, 2012
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book. A compelling plot, using characters with real depth. A book about decisions and consequences. Loyalty, lies and repercussions. A book about brothers. All set in a Mediterranean style world with its own religion and politics. The magic system is interesting, and is itself embedded not only in engineering and fighting, but in politics and religion and more subtle forms of power. And Weeks explains all of this without ever boring or lecturing the reader and without straying from the plot. 2 early twists worth praising are the use of a main character who is not a physical paradigm and the existence (and use) of gunpowder. I enjoyed this book immensely, as in "stayed up when I should have been sleeping or working to finish reading it" type of enjoyed.

Jul 05, 2012
  • Bellaira rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brent Weeks is a master of words. I would highly recommend this and his "Night Angel" trilogy. The story is well written and fast paced you become connected to the characters that move the plot faster than you can imagine.

Oct 25, 2011
  • Larkisarc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fresh take on the epic fantasy story. Very well written believable characters that drive the plot, rather than being driven by the plot.

Highly recommended.

Mar 22, 2011
  • Thriuin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Brent Weeks follows up his "Night Angel" trilogy with the first in his new series “The Lightbringer”. While his writing style is similar to that of his previous series, Weeks makes a conscious effort to create a whole new world that is populated by new and different characters. The Black Prism follows in a similar vein with a complicated plot and lots of action and fighting. Refreshingly, this swords and sorcery series limits itself to human actors and refrains from introducing improbable monsters and magical beings. The world of the Chromeria is a unique creation with an interesting back story,

The characters in this novel are still somewhat two dimensional and have a recognizably middle-American 21st century voice. The protagonists are very likeable and the antagonists are more basic still and agreeably disagreeable. Nonetheless, Weeks' characterization in this novel is more complex and varied than his previous series. Although he still has a propensity to fall into over the top action the nearer he gets to the end of the novel, overall the action is more restrained and relevant to the plot. The author's plotting is also more sophisticated and surprises the reader several times with believable twists and turns.

This book will be enjoyed by mature fantasy readers and by those who enjoyed his first trilogy. Brent Weeks is a writer who continues to develop and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Feb 23, 2011
  • BankShot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting Magic system based on colors. Hints of Alexander Dumas (fils) and Dave Duncan makes for a fast moving read. Swashbuckling humour.

Dec 21, 2010
  • AsoKa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a beginning to a great series. The way that Brent Weeks wrote this book is phenomenal. It keeps the reader intrigued with the changing story line and the little twist to the entire plot. One of my favorites so far

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Apr 29, 2011
  • QueenJenny17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gavin Guile is The Prism. He lives in a world where, maybe, 50% of the population can transmute a color they can "see" into something tangible. Most of these people can only "see" one color and therefore "work" with only that color. Fewer can "see" 2 colors, and less can see 3. The Prism can see all colors and work with all of them, from sub-red to superviolets. The work is called "drafting" and the product that comes from the drafters body is called "luxin". (I'm explaining all of this because I struggled with the concepts the first third of the book.) The Prism is sort of a religious figure but his ultimate purpose is to keep the world in balance. If one country/group of people starts to use too much red than red will get weaker and green (it's opposite) will get stronger. Lastly there is suppose to be only one Prism per generation.

The book takes place 16 years after the Prisms' War between Gavin and his younger brother, Dazen. Probably because both brothers are Prisms and struggling for power. (As true to his style of writing, Brent Weeks, doesn't divulge the entire story at the beginning.) Gavin wins the war and everyone thinks that Dazen was killed. Instead he's a prisoner in an elaborate jail under the Prism's room.

At the start of the book Gavin receives a note that it's time to meet his son, that he didn't know he had. ???? Gavin has to "decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret (s) that could tear his world apart."

Overall a excellent book, on par with Brent's Night Angel series. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.

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