The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series #1)

The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series #1)

by Brent Weeks


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In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in history must choose between his kingdom and his son in the first book in the epic NYT bestselling Lightbringer series.

Guile is the Prism. 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.

If you loved the action and adventure of the Night Angel trilogy, you will devour this incredible epic fantasy series by Brent Weeks.

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

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316246279
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Series: Lightbringer Series , #1
Pages: 678
Sales rank: 8,142
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.90(d)

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. 489 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 29 days ago
A totally new twist on magic and how it could work, rather than, bam he has magic, and it was locally thought out and put to use in such a subtle way as to keep you riveted I spent two days reading the last 2 books.
Anonymous 6 months ago
When an author can make you love and hate, root for and against, the same character across the pages of his series and END the series in a completely satisfying way, even if a favorite character is lost... Well I want more! And that is Brent Weeks!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't been able to really dive into a fantasy series since I read Harry Potter when I was a kid. This is like that but for a more grown up crowd. I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st book and have already purchased the second.
RobinLythgoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find myself waffling over whether I really like this book or not¿ The familial political intrigue was wonderfully dark and twisted. The magic system was interesting and vivid ¿ until it started to feel cartoony (though my opinion may have been influenced by illness). It became unnecessarily complicated and was all-too-often bogged down in long-winded lectures and technical details about how it functions. I kept visualizing everything in brightly colored plastic. The emphasis seemed to be on the magic rather than the characters, and the three viewpoint characters (Kip, Gavin/Dazen Guile, and Karris) share an unfortunate tendency toward the same flavor of sarcasm in their 'self talk', which I found made them less and less individual and/or believable ¿ or even likable. 15 y.o. Kip is raised in a backwater village but says and does things more suitable to someone better educated and older (unless he's whining about things, which also happens a lot). Gavin seems to try (very hard) to be likable and good, but he is also extremely arrogant. I like the idea of him, but he doesn't seem to fulfill the potential. Karris's character suffers for the slow uncovering of her relationship with the Guile brothers, leaving her feeling, at best, unfinished.The writing style tended toward the awkward and repetitious. The story itself is engaging, but not enough to make me want to pick up the second in the series.And¿ if there was any reference to a "Black Prism" anywhere, I missed it. I'm still wondering what the title has to do with the book.
jeff123321 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Its magic system is imaginative and unique. The world created was good also. I wish a little more work went into the characters though. But a really good book.
majkia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kip is running for his life. His entire village is being razed to the ground and his friends are dying around him. He's backed into a corner when he suddenly discovers he can draft green. He wins free and runs for it.Meanwhile we meet the Prism. The most powerful drafter of color magic (all the colors) in the world, and leader of the Chromeria, the college for drafters. He's got his problems too. The fellow razing Kip's town has declared himself King and is beginning a rebellion, not only of the people, but of the magic drafters from that land as well.The Black Prism is a beautifully crafted novel. The characters are all complex and deeply drawn, each with flaws and failures, each conflicted and insecure deep down. Even the bad guys are complex and interesting. The magic is imaginative and creative, wtih magical workers 'drafting' colors of magic each with its own properties and limitations.I cared deeply about the characters, laughed and worried and cheered. Highly recommended! Can't wait for the next book!
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one. Some of the dialogue was awkward or too silly, and the magic system was a little hard for me to imagine at times. But I liked the world building and the characters. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Kip. He is a clumsy, always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, overweight teenager, but I found him endearing and hope his character gets a chance to grow in this series. I also enjoyed Gavin's scheming and plotting character, and I wonder how he will handle the circumstances the author left him at the end of this book.The plot surprised me in a few places, and I love being surprised, so another positive for me. As I said the magic system was a little hard to imagine at times, but I still thought it very creative and refreshing. So I am giving it a solid 4 stars and look forward to the next book in this series.
stefferoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Brent Weeks novel and I have to say it wasn't really what I expected. The Black Prism wasn't a bad book by any means, but there were still several things about it that kept me from getting into it completely.First of all, the magic system. Based on chromaturgy, it's one of the more interesting and unique magic systems I've ever encountered in fantasy novels. The people who can harness light, called drafters, can create a substance from it called luxin which can take on different colors of their spectrum. Each color has unique properties, like blue is hard and strong, green is flexible and springy, orange is slick and slippery etc, so drafters can create many different things out of luxin.As unique as this system is, it was also very difficult for me to visualize. I can't help but picture these luxin constructions as pieces of plastic, transparent and looking quite tacky in this world. When I read about the tall buildings made of luxin in the Chromeria city and the characters walking around in it, all I could think about was those colorful plastic hamster cages you can buy at petstores with all those tubes you can add to it to make it a funhouse. It's not the book, it's me. But that kinda ruined the effect it was going for, to say the least.I also didn't really like the way Weeks jumped from point-of-view to point-of-view at the beginning of the novel. I'm normally okay with authors switching between characters, but he did it in a distracting way, sometimes cutting off chapters right in the middle of a scene in a way that doesn't really make sense to me. To illustrate how I felt, it was like watching someone start to take a jump, then having the scene change mid-jump to follow the actions of another character, only to return after a while to the original character to watch them land. It didn't happen to me so much near the end, but usually pacing at the beginning of a novel is critical for me, and so that took a bit away from my initial enjoyment.What ultimately kept me from being being truly absorbed into the story, however, was the difficult time I had trying to connect to the characters. For one, I just don't understand Kip at all. I know he's supposed to be an awkward boy, given his life and what happens to him in the novel, but I felt uncomfortable about him on a whole other level. His awkwardness felt forced and superficial; one moment he's scared and meek, and another he's full of sass and sarcasm. I get how that whole saying-the-wrong-thing-at-the-wrong-time is supposed to work for him, but unfortunately that always seems to come at the most inopportune times in the novel in a way I don't think was intended. Several times I felt myself getting really into the action and events of the book, only to have that atmosphere completely shattered by something totally inappropriate Kip says to try to be funny...and fails.The other characters are a little bit better, even though I noticed Weeks has a habit of making everyone "grin" a lot -- a habit I've notice from several other authors, which can get really maddening. I like Gavin and am intrigued by what his big secret will mean for his character and his future. Liv was another character that I wish had had more depth, but by the end of the novel she had chosen a path I didn't expect so I'm looking forward to see how things turn out for her. Kariss has some secrets herself, and I'm interested in where those will lead.