The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
(Lightbringer)

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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.
 

About Brent Weeks

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Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. Find more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.
 
Published August 25, 2010 by Orbit. 678 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With this complicated fantasy about family politics, bestseller Weeks (The Way of Shadows) moves into familiar territory. An unloved, orphaned boy is the offspring of someone important; twins assume e

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Publishers Weekly

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With this complicated fantasy about family politics, bestseller Weeks (The Way of Shadows) moves into familiar territory.

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Examiner

Magic is based on the spectrum of light, with practitioners often wedded to using a single color, with each color having various characteristics and influences on the wielders--red being fiery and impulsive, while blue shields and is more logical, for instance.

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The author of the bestselling Night Angel trilogy launches a new fantasy series that purports to not follow clichés, but does anyway.

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In chapter one of The Black Prism, the new epic fantasy from bestselling Night Angel trilogy author Brent Weeks, 15-year-old protagonist Kip is teased about feeling like he’s “destined for something greater.” It’s a slight push against the fourth wall, one in which Weeks winks at readers and impl...

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The Bookbag

And what a story it is – ranging from the high life of the Prism himself, to a young boy struggling to survive in Tyrea, the dangerous, backstabbing life of a young, poor drafter – the magicians of the Chromeria – Weeks’ story explores all facets of his world in a twisting, turning way that weave...

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Fantasy Book Review

I had never read the previous trilogy and had committed the cardinal sin of buying a book simply because I liked the cover, but that momentary whim has repaid me with interest!

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SF Signal

Not familiar with the Black Prism world at all, but the magic system sounds a lot like the Green Lantern colored light spectrum after they formalized that all the colors of the rainbow have a Ring Corps associated with them.

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Geeks of Doom

Gavin’s enemies take advantage of this, and they try to bring him down with good old fashioned feminine wiles in the form of Liv Danavis, who has her own problems — she has to take the same tests as Kip, and feels the pressures of being a general’s daughter.

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Boomtron

But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

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Fantasy Book Critic

I can't wait to read this book...

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The Speculative Scotsman

... The Black Prism is volume one of Lightbringer, the new trilogy from Brent Weeks, a "mesmerizing" new voice in fantasy (according to Terry ...

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The British Fantasy Society

There’s plenty of action and layers and layers of intrigue that kept me turning pages, eager to find out what happened next – and I don’t think it’ll give too much away to reveal that as the first in a trilogy it ends on a series of cliff-hangers.

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King of the Nerds!!!

Drafters, as the magic users in the world are called, absorb one or more hues of light via the use of colored lenses (if none of their associated colors are present) or ambient light (if it is prominent in a color the drafter can draft).

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Speculative Book Reviews

... The Black Prism by Brent Weeks Publishing information: Hardback; 629 pages. Publisher: Orbit; 26 August 2010. ISBN 10: 184149903X

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The Mad hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review

@aaron - Yup, I have had the new FINAL cover up since the beginning of March here.

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Once Upon A Time

It added an exceptional layer of depth to the narrative from that point on, it had so many consequences on all you knew — thought you knew — it was somewhat mind blowing.

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The Mad hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review

Love the way he works it into his world yet still keep it under magic as a world changer.Some authors do a good job of creating a fantasy story with hints or minor use of magic, leaving it more mysterious.

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