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The Black Prism
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
My hat off to Mr. Weeks. He has done it again. I did not think he could top the Night Angel trilogy, but he masterfully weaves his magic again in a universe unlike anything we have seen before - and we do get to see a lot of tired plots and cliches in the fantasy genre. His characters are always spectacularly drawn - vivid, flawed, human and always deserving our empathy. The book kept surprising me - no one is quite what you expect them to be and there are hidden depths slowly being revealed as the book progresses. Fantastic pace, dry wit, political subtleties... the works. If there was ever one thing to reproach this book (I am trying to be picky here) the descriptions are somewhat lacklustre. In other words, if you enjoy the lush romanticism of Gavriel Kay, you will not find it here. Other than the blue prison (I don't want to give away any details) it is hard to picture how any particular place looks like. However, the deft character portrayals, the inspired magic system and the narrative provide more than ample joy to the fantasy reader. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 17, 2013
I bought this after reading and enjoying the Night Angel trilogy. Brent Weeks' success with the Night Angel Trilogy was no fluke! Everything works about the new world Weeks has created in the Black Prism. The characters are amazing, full of life changing secrets... Love how no one is purely good or purely bad.

Weeks has "drafted" a wonderful magic system, based on color and will. Gavin Guile is the Prism, a drafter that draft all of the different colors of the Spectrum. At the beginning of the story, Gavin learns that he has apparently fathered a bastard son in the war of the false prism years before. Kip is that son and is fat, obnoxious and awkward, a refreshing change from the largely suave characters we read about lately. Guile retrieves Kip just as his village has been destroyed and the story is off to a roaring start.

If you like books where the action is quick and the plot twists keep coming, this is the book for you.

Loved it!

Con: Kip seems to get over the destruction of his village and murder of everyone he has known in the blink of an eye. However, not sure I would have enjoyed reading about him weeping over his fate for the duration of the book so, all in all, I believe it is for the best!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
Since I am not a man who is good with words, I will not be giving an in depth review of the novel. However, since I have enjoyed all of Brent Weeks' novels, I feel I must show my support. As with his Night Angel Trilogy, this book is very well written, and paints a world unlike anything you've ever imagined (ok, maybe its just anything I've ever imagined). I absolutely loved the characters in this novel, I love the events that transpired, and battles each character faces both externally and internally. After finishing the book, I honestly can not wait for the next two in the trilogy. I feel this book is definitely worth a try, as well as the night angel trilogy books.
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on October 2, 2013
That was my first book by Brent Weeks. I was trying to find something to read during Yom Kippur and to take my mind off the MBA books.

I found the book on the same shelf as Lord of The Rings and Nine princes of Amber. I figured it is probably good:) The good is good, but not on the level of Nine princes of Amber.

The magical world is interesting and does suck you in. I can't give it 5 stars, because a lot of characters were too familiar - cliche. Also there was some repetition and I thought the end of it dragged out a bit.

Still it was a fun book to read and one of the best new fantasy stories in a long time.
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on May 10, 2014
Make it past the first 5 pages and you will not be able to put this book down. I thought the Night Angel series was good, but this... this is the best fiction novel I have read in more than 10 years. A must read. Parts of the plot may be predictable, yes, but the unpredictable ones make up for that and more.

Stop checking it out and grab a copy N.O.W!
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on December 20, 2013
Absolutely incredible writing if you love fast paced fantasy books. Brilliant author.

Also check out the Night Angle Trilogy if you like the Lightbringer series!
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on August 6, 2015
Started with the Night Angel Trilogy, and couldn't get enough Brent Weeks. Does not disappoint. The beginning of a great adventure.
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on November 2, 2013
Rich world. Full and interesting characters and a compelling plot with enough twists to keep you entertained into the late
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on January 28, 2014
Hard to get the concept of drafting initially but a great idea. Really enjoyed the whole book I had to keep reading.
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on June 11, 2014
I'm not finished yet but the book has a hold on me. The plot is interesting and keeps you reading.
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