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The Black Prism | [Brent Weeks]

The Black Prism

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.
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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.

©2010 Brent Weeks (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Matt GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-16-10
    Matt GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Ouchhhh!"

    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.

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    Porter Gulfport, MS, United States 10-13-10
    Porter Gulfport, MS, United States 10-13-10
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    "Terrible narration"

    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.

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    Kristoffer Fountain Valley, CA, United States 09-28-10
    Kristoffer Fountain Valley, CA, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid book, ghastly narration."

    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.

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    09-24-10
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    "A good start"

    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.

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    Brian tulsa, OK, United States 09-08-10
    Brian tulsa, OK, United States 09-08-10
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    "Great new series"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Parr 09-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good book"

    A very well written story line with a very good narrator. i look forward to more books in this series!

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    KHensley Charlotte, NC 02-08-11
    KHensley Charlotte, NC 02-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I liked the narrator"

    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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