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Brent Weeks
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1 Sep 2011 Lightbringer (Book 1)


Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But 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.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 9781841499048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499048
  • ASIN: 1841499048
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,288 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

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The colours of magic 1 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting magic system 27 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical powers will never be the same!! 15 July 2011
By saad
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Science Fantasy Novel 12 Jan 2012
I found this book a little hard to get into at the beginning, but once I got my head around the different concept of the fantasy I discovered a new world that was well worth visiting. Look forward to the follow up books.The Black Prism: Lightbringer: book 1 (Lightbringer Trilogy)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a new trilogy 13 Nov 2011
Interesting start to a new trilogy from Brent Weeks, lots of twists and turns getting built into the storyline from the start. Keen on seeing how the story goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 3 Jun 2011
By Shae K
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read the Way of the Shadows trilogy, I picked up this book. Solid enjoyable characters with a fairly simple to follow storyline. Brent Weeks does seem to have a bit of an obsession with colour being linked to magic, as this was also the theme in The Way of the Shadows. Storyline progress tends to start slowing around halfway through the book and I didn't find myself as glued to it after that, which was disappointing, however it wasn't a slog to finish it and look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, couldn't put it down. 28 July 2011
I just finished this book this morning, and boy was it a good read.
The magic system is rather innovative, and it gave the entire book a nice flavor. I loved the characters, and the story was very well told.
It had a bright sense of humor, full of sarcasm and thick irony. I especially enjoyed the segments where we hear Kips internal dialogue or suddenly blurping out something he only should have thought.
In ways, I think that this is Brent Weeks best work, it's widely different from his earlier books, the Night Angel trilogy.
A great book, and if you enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy, you'll enjoy this, even though the two series are miles apart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great imagination, a finely crafted world.
Fantastic, loved the book from chapter 1. It is rare to find imagination so well woven into a thrilling story.
Published 13 days ago by s magowan
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, great concept on magic
Really enjoyed reading this, the characters, the plot, the depth to it all were very well written and draw you in with their intrigue.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Passable plot, interesting magic, but...
Kip is stupendously annoying. Fat, clumsy and LOVES to cry. Appears to be incontinent, likes to wet himself and will most likely move on to anal leakage in the second book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SuumEorum
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Such an easy, gripping read - with so many books, especially of this genre I often find some jarring elements, even if Loving the story - this was brilliant, in storyline,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. B. A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars page turner
A wonderfully written fantasy with believable characters and an exciting story. I now need to know more and can't wait to start book two of this trilogy.
Published 4 months ago by Roger Speed
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this!
My first read of a Weeks' book and I really enjoyed it. On to the sequel! Thankfully I bought them all at the same time.
Published 5 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable, only putting it down through necessity
Characters, all different and believable , fast moving story Waiting to get on with the next book. Have read the shadow books and an author. I always check up on
Published 5 months ago by Meanaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Fantastic novel, unusual storyline & ideas - makes a refreshing change! Kept me enthralled right through to the end.....onto Book 2......
Published 5 months ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but...
The early explanation of how the drafting worked seemed complicated at first, but once more colours were introduced it got easier. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Youd
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Absolutely adored this book. It's well written, charming, funny, tense and keeps the reader engaged. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Feather in her Pocket
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