Series: Lightbringer #1
Published by Orbit Books on August 25, 2010
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy
Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But 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.
Audaciously clever tale of might, magic, and intrigue
What I’ve Been Missing? – I took Brent Weeks’ Black Prism on a recommendation from your very own Pabkins here at NotYetRead, mainly because I wanted something fantasy but also something different than the fantasy fare I typically gorge my mind on. I am absolutely stunned by what a great fit this story was for me, but also Pakins’ ability to find me the perfect book every time! I can’t believe I’m only now reading Weeks’ work for the first time, but I swear it won’t be the last. This is a remarkably talented author and a gripping tale.
Here’s why I love it – There are layers and layers of intrigue and moments that will leave you speechless – there are hairpin turns throughout the plot so once you start you’d better be in for the long haul and hand on for a wild ride. The brilliance in this work is Weeks’ ability to create a symbiotic relationship between plotlines and his characters; each event and twist creates a new level within one or more of his main characters. The main characters, particularly Gavin, are really well done and in my opinion, exemplify a key component of Week’s style I liken to Yin and Yang; in good there is some evil and in evil there is some good. What matters depends on your perspective, perception, and your moral compass; a perfect reflection of real life.
One more thing – Weeks adds a magic system that feels original and complements the story rather than limits his options – it’s different, so boring readers who only like the same old thing won’t appreciate it, but the adventurers in here will witness it harmonize with plot and characters. If you’re looking for a clean cut good versus evil, action-adventure tale where the good guys prevail then go to the kids section and pick something else. If you want a clever, complex story with wit and audacity then give this a read. I did and it was a clear 4.9 star read for me – a gift from Pabkins (Tabitha) and Brent that I thoroughly loved!!!
The Black Prism (The Lightbringer Series) by Brent Weeks – average rating 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4.32 on Goodreads