The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series #1)

The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series #1)

by Brent Weeks
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The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series #1) by Brent Weeks

The first book in the blockbuster fantasy epic from New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks.

THE BLACK PRISM begins an action-packed tale of magic and adventure . . .

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. Yet 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.
Dive into this incredible, New York Times bestselling fantasy series with THE BLACK PRISM.

The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:
Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316087544
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 08/25/2010
Series: Lightbringer Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 8,570
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He wrote on bar napkins and lesson plans before landing his dream job years and thousands of pages later. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi, and their daughters. Find out more about the author at or on twitter @brentweeks.

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The Black Prism 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 474 reviews.
Ruthven More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect evidence that Brent weeks is an ever improving master of his trade. The Black Prism, the opening novel for the Light Bringer series, might just be Weeks' finest work yet. This looks to be even better than the Night Angel Trilogy (which is possibly the greatest modern fantasy series out there). Weeks creates a unique and imaginative world. His characters will be loved or hated, but never forgotten. His plot is a roller coaster full of twists, turns, and shocking revelations. This is a book you will not want to miss. ps: If you have not read the Night Angel trilogy, GO READ IT NOW!!!
hungryturnip More than 1 year ago
Ok first off, this is a good book, original and compelling. Really the only reason why I don't give this five starts is that I just finished reading the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, which I absolutely loved. Because this book is slower and the action less frequent, it seemed pretty slow at first, and even debated not finishing. But the pace picked up toward the latter quarter of the book, and when I finished it I decided I liked it. I think this may be the first in a multi-book series, and Weeks spent a lot of time setting up the world in this book, hence my reaction of it being slow at first. I do recommend reading this, but not after reading a fast-paced action series like I did.
Threasa Bronson More than 1 year ago
I was a little apprehensive about this one as it sounded a little to mystical for my tastes but it had the perfect balance between lore and action. Also if you've read other books by Weeks then you know what to expect. In my case that was getting into one charcters story line then having it switch on me. Endlessly frustrating at the beginning but the story it weaves by doing it is more than worth it.
Ludwigvan1952 More than 1 year ago
I read the Night Angel books and enjoyed them (apart from a touch of preachiness which I am gladly finding missing in this book). Mr Weeks goes from strength to strength in this new milieu he has created. The world is well thought-out and the plot twists are quite satisfying and dismaying at the same time. I find myself fully involved with the characters and the story. As a very long-time fantasy reader (I read the Lord of the Rings in 1970 as a college student), I think Mr. Weeks has drilled into the source of all good fantasy fiction writing and I am looking forward to reading his work for years to come.
DarlingAMES More than 1 year ago
I picked this up b/c i loved the night angel trilogy and though i will admit it took a couple of pages to get into all the rainbow colors and understand this new world it was well worth it.. the characters are great and a great story is coming through. I can't wait for the next one.
TDA More than 1 year ago
Original concept and character development that ropes you in emotionally while still keeping you guessing on who to root for and against. PGDeFreese
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me awile to get into it at the start. But thats probably because i was reading a lot of others at the time. But once it hooked me i couldnt set it down without having to pick it up and read more. Again Weeks has brought me something i will be reading for a very long time
Dlbtexas More than 1 year ago
Didn't want to put the book down. Interesting concept and in-depth characters. I thoroughly enjoy reading The fascinating worlds that Brent Weeks create.
Frederick-Charles More than 1 year ago
karris More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing read. Definitly worth the read.
nmbsurfer11 More than 1 year ago
Story was great, but a little complicated ecspecialy figuring out what colors were what and really enjoyed the twist at the end
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the world Weeks has created in Black Prism. This book is pure fantasy and the saga (part of a trilogy) looks to be exquisite. The magic used in this realm is based on light and color. It is quite unique and different. I was a little confused at first, but quickly figured out how this power was used. I like the way Weeks was a little vague leaving plenty of room for surprises and tweaks. The plot is brilliant and the battles are epic. The book is over 600 pages long, but don't let that scare you. It is seamlessly written and captivating; a gripping story that will leave you begging for more. Weeks characters were complex and I felt engaged and connected with them. Our young protagonist Kip is fifteen and the bastard child of Gavin Guile, the Prism. He is a chubby, quick to temper, loyal, winey, courageous and loveable hero. I was entranced by so many of the characters in this book especially, Gavin, Dazen, Liv, Kallis, Corvan, Ironfist and the White. The political games and the way Weeks describes this world and its history brought the pages to life. Just when I thought I knew the direction the story was going and who was who, Weeks turned everything inside out. It made me crazy, it made me mad and I want more. There were a few sub-plots which made the story more fascinating. While this is the first in a trilogy, I wasn't able to find even the hint of a release date. Mr. Weeks.I do not like waiting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this man Brent weeks can do no wrong he exploded his great night angel trilogy in the world and became known now he enters into the writing world the black prism that has amazing characters, great story,a bit of romance and to top it off great magic system with the color spectrum.i look forward to the next. if its anywhere near as good as this one then it official Brent weeks is the man
Matt Brown More than 1 year ago
Usually, i'll read a book or series and be done with it, but Weeks's style manages to reel me back in to reread (Especially Shadow's Edge [if you hant ead the Night Angel tril, do it!]), and this one was no exception! A little slow to start, but well dveloped characters and a world and plot to boot! Also, i found this view of magic to be refreshing and intriguing and was continually drawn to keep reading when I should have slept. I can't wait for book 2 to come out x.x
Eric Nuckolls More than 1 year ago
Once again Brent Weeks has done it. He's managed to keep me up all night reading his book and all i can say is thank you. If you havent read his Night Angel trilogy, stop right now and go pick it up or download it. Seriously right now! Brent weeks is my now my favorite author i will forever read anything he writes, he's that damn good! Everything from the plot, to the battles, to the romance, to the double crosses, to the humor, i mean everything is so good it's hard to believe it's one person writing so many different things so incredibly well. Read this book, you will enjoy it i promise. Give Brent Weeks a few pages and he'll give you a helluva ride! And why are you still reading this go read the Night Angel trilogy and then pre-order Perfect Shadow!
Anjel_Without_Wyngz More than 1 year ago
I loved the Night Angel Trilogy and now I'm sure I'll love the lightbringer series. My main problem with black prism is that the series protagonist "Kip" suffers from what i call WBS (Whiny Female canine Syndrome). Some people find Kip relatable, I on the other hand find that Kip's constant second guessing and detestably low self esteem to be annoying. I also found the fact that kip was fat and out of shape of particular irritance; call me old fashioned but i think hero's should be at least in some semblance of physical health. All the other characters i throughly enjoyed reading. All in all its a great book the only drawback is the aforementioned problems with the protagonist.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Leaves you guessing at times to who the real villian is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading but am picky about the series i read. This one was slow to really explain the type of magic used but once I grasped it I loved the whole story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes a good look at his other clan members. Decides which one to talk to. Shadow cant decide. He decides to go and train by himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Help result 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was Blue
wakincade More than 1 year ago
After discovering Brent Weeks's books on Hoopla, I couldn't help but read/listen to them. The description was intriguing. I didn't quite know what the colors involved, nor the Prism, but I'm glad I chose the series. It's wonderful. The characters have depth, the world is wide and intriguing, and the cultures make the entire thing so realistic, as much as fantasy can be. It is very reminiscent of Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Badly written, poorly characterized, and a mediocre plot
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic, in depth story with twists and turns; it is not a fast read.