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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (2010)

by Brent Weeks

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Series: Lightbringer (1)

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While I still have issues with the glossing-over of slavery, I'm overall pretty happy with this story. My initial concerns over the slow reveal of the magic system's intricacies are gone, and I'll agree that the author did it right; there's enough in place to make everything sensible, while still having lots of reveal in later books. I like the reversal of the Mass-Energy Equivalence equation as a magic system, and I look forward to seeing where this goes. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
The story was very original, highly detailed and well executed. It just wasn't quite to my taste. However, I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read it rather than listened to it in 1/2 hour installments while commuting.
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  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
Lots of action, lots of intrigue, and lots of surprises. Unfortunately, there is a lot of infodumping, too, but with the type of complex magic system devised by the author, it was probably necessary. Still, this was an entertaining read, and the final quarter of the book was quite exciting. I'll continue this series... right now. :D ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
Unique magic system, awesome twists, very cool. ( )
  TalinW | May 6, 2018 |
Kip is the son of a drug-addicted mother and absent father, a nobody from nowhere (a village called Rekton). Gavin Guile is the Prism, a man of incredible power and prestige but who holds a terrible secret. And Karris is his former betrothed, now a woman in the elite Blackguard that serves the Prism. Their land, where magic is wielded by some who can bend light of certain colors to their will, is in jeopardy when one of the seven satraps makes himself King over a land that has been trampled every since the Prism War sixteen years before.

This sprawling, epic fantasy has it all: world-building, great characters, complex history and storyline, and a unique magical system. Though it's a massive tome, the pages read quickly and I was entirely invested in what happened to the characters. It is pretty violent - this is war, and the author doesn't hesitate to describe what happens in battle - but I found myself so immersed in what was happening that most of the time I was able to overlook or skim gruesome details. ( )
  bell7 | Mar 24, 2018 |
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To my wife, Kristi, Who's spent the better part of a decade proving me right
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Kip crawled toward the battlefield in the darkness, the mist pressing down, blotting out sound, scattering starlight.
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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.… (more)

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