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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499031
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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I was mesmerized from start to finish ... non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work Terry Brooks on the NIGHT ANGEL trilogy A superb epic fantasy FantasyBookCritic on the NIGHT ANGEL trilogy A captivating page-turner TheBookBag on the Night Angel trilogy --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The first instalment in the compelling new fantasy series from the author of the internationally bestselling Night Angel Trilogy.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2011
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The author of the popular Night Angel trilogy of fantasy novels here launches a new trilogy. The lightbringer.

It runs for seven hundred and thirty five pages, and ninety eight chapters. There's a map of the land where the story takes place. And, being the first volume in a trilogy, it ends on a cliffhanger.

In the world of this story, magic is very colourful. Literally. Power comes from various colours, and those who can control the lights can wield it. Some are better at this than others, and the most powerful is the prism.

The current prism has the name of Gavin Guile. Their power, though, means that they only live for a rather short amount of time. Something he is very aware of.

But his world is shaken when he receives word that he has a son whom he was previously unaware of. This is Kip, a portly and somewhat put upon boy. He and his father meet on the day when Kip's world is changed forever.

Whilst Gavin tries to stay in power, Kip trains in the use of his. But with turmoil about to come, their worlds miht never be the same again.

And in a dungeon, a mysterious prisoner has a plan...

This is pretty grim at times, punching no punches in depicting the horrors of war and violence, but it's never gratuitous.

The magic system is interesting.

But the whole thing never quite feels as if it's breaking much new ground in the genre.

Nevertheless, the main characters are all quite interesting. Things happen because of their choices rather than because of the requirements of the plot. And the relationship between Gavin and his newfound son, plus his lost love Karris, is really very well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L M Hughes on 1 Dec. 2013
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I read the final book in Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy a few weeks ago, and was left a little bit underwhelmed with the way things were concluded, and with the trilogy in general. Some of the characters were great, while others were underdeveloped or just plain annoying. There were things in the final book that should have been epic, but hadn't been set up properly, or even mentioned in the first two books at all. Aside from a few memorable moments/characters, the whole trilogy just seemed kind of average: nothing terrible, but nothing really special either.

'The Black Prism' is the first book in a different series - the Lightbringer series- and I only decided to give it a go because the second book ('The Blinding Knife') recently beat Mark Lawrence's King of Thorns AND Joe Abercrombie's Red Country to win the 2013 David Gemmell Legend Award. And so I thought I'd give Weeks another try.

To be honest, I wasn't blown away at the beginning. I found it similar to the Night Angel books: fairly interesting, but not exactly gripping. I stuck with it, though, and after a brilliant twist about a third of the way in I was pretty much hooked. Stuff started happening, characters became much more interesting, and the somewhat complex histories of both the world and the characters started to unfold in unexpected ways.

'The Black Prism' is told from the alternating points of view of four main characters: Guile, the Prism and `Emperor'; Kip, his illegitimate son; Liv Danavis, the daughter of a disgraced general; and Karris, one of the Prism's elite Blackguards. All four characters are very different, and it's interesting to see how each of them regard different situations and people.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
After emerging onto the fantasy scene with his Night Angel trilogy, readers have wondered what Brent Weeks would hit back with as a follow up. Yes, we knew that he could envision an epic world, yes we know that he could create descent characters and yes we also knew that he could write an adventure to keep you glued over the subsequent novels. However, the real quest that the readers wanted answered was: Is he a one world, one series author and would his next project expand on his creativity?

What unfurls is a rich new tapestry where Weeks takes magic into a new direction where colours rule in a different way to Gemmell's (in his novel Knights of Dark Renown.) The characters are memorable and whilst a certain amount of this first title is world building and setting the subsequent releases in the series up, it doesn't feel like an info dump and really does bring the world to the reader through the eyes of the character Kip . If you know a fan of fantasy, then this title will get you extra bonus points. It's fresh, it's vivid but above all else the politics alongside the action, both melee and magical really draws the reader into the novels snare. Great stuff.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By saad on 15 July 2011
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I have read Brent Weeks the Night Angel Trilogy which was good read where some of the concepts were amazing but when i read The BLACK PRISM i was more or less expecting the same assassin theme. i was completely wrong!! this book is awesome and not the kind of awesome kids these days throw around but in its true meaning that i was left in awe... this book has introduce a new way of magic and will leave a mark in fantasy history!! MUST READ for anyone who loves fantasy or the NIGHT ANGEL OF VENGEANCE will come for you!!
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