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.
©2010 Brent Weeks (P)2010 Hachette Audio
Apparently I am not the only one that thinks this narrator should loose his job and never narrate a book again! It was beyond painful to get through this book. I am a fan of Brent Weeks and I think his books are good eventhough he still has some growing to do as a writer. They are interesting and keep you wanting to read. I hope I never have to suffer through a narrator this bad again.
The story doesn't lack originality, but the narrator may very well be the worst I've listened to (and I get at least two audiobooks a week). He literally ruined the entire book. It was hard to get into story, as I was frustrated with the reader the whole time. I can say with confidence I wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been stuck traveling with nothing else to listen to or occupy my time. I don't know if authors have any control over who narrates their books, but if so, I don't see how Brent Weeks could have allowed such a horrid reader to tarnish his reputation. After having listened to the Night Angel Trilogy I expected alot more, and I know I would have received it had it not been for the narrator. Please save this series by not allowing Cristofer Jean to read anymore of Brent Weeks' books aloud.
I like weeks, but the great plot and interesting world of this entry are nearly ruined by a jarring, Inappropriately placed surfer-stereotype accent on an otherwise eloquent character.
After listening to Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy and loving it; I couldn't wait to get ahold of the new book. While I haven't finished it yet, I find The Black Prism to be a good start to another possibly great series. The author does away with the rather tired magic in most fantasy novels and has created a very interesting psudo-science in Chromaturgy. I almost find that more interesting than the plot. All in all, its a solid start with the hope of more good things to come.
Book: Love the new series, plot twists, and appreciate how Brent Weeks has incorporated light and magic. Narrator: Overall, I liked the narrator enough not to deduct from my rating, but his Gavin voice was a bit grating. It reminded me of Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. (If you're too young to remember this, just add the word "DUDE!" to the end of a sentence and you'll get the idea.
Overall great book and I'm looking forward to Book 2.
Many other reviewers will walk you through the book and its many fine attributes. However, many were dismayed with the Narrator. I actually liked his voices very much and found myself smiling a lot.
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