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The Black Prism: Lightbringer Trilogy Book One | [Brent Weeks]

The Black Prism: Lightbringer Trilogy Book One

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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Publisher's Summary

The start of a brand new trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows.

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)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Galaxie new zealand 11-14-14
    Galaxie new zealand 11-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story ruined by robotic narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes- if Simon Vance was reading it!


    What other book might you compare The Black Prism to and why?

    Brent Weeks reminds me of Branfon Sanderson


    What didn’t you like about Cristofer Jean’s performance?

    You may as well have the kindle robot read aloud. Worst ever voice. No inflection. Terrible timing. It was like listening to someone read it when they don't actually understand English. The syntax, timing, and colour was missing. Just awful.


    Could you see The Black Prism being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably a bit complicated for the screen plot wise but I could see Charlie Hannum as Gavin/Dazen


    Any additional comments?

    Great story which I have read 3 times and will never listen to again from this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Leeton, Australia 09-11-14
    Hannah Leeton, Australia 09-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the print book...audio not so much."
    What did you like best about The Black Prism? What did you like least?

    I truly enjoyed this book in print and was looking forward to a good listen. The narration is definitely not one of Audible's best efforts and I was relieved to see Simon Vance will be narrating the next two books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chris south africa 05-12-15
    chris south africa 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story but very stilted delivery ruins it"

    Good story but very stilted delivery ruins it
    The narration sounds as if it was designed for children and reminds me of the Simpsons😝

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh ALFRETON, United Kingdom 03-23-15
    Josh ALFRETON, United Kingdom 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wooden."

    Good story, etc. Unfortunately, I felt like I was being addressed by a plank of wood. Poorly performed.

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    James 01-20-15
    James 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected gem"

    This was the first novel of Brent Weeks I had read and I loved it. The magic concept and epic scale of the story had me from the beginning, I bought it as an audiobook to listen to on a nine hour road trip and couldn't stop listening till it had finished. It is not just the usual fantasy story of a young person finding their power to save a world that is falling but a full cast of equally important characters that you quickly come to care about and root for. I have listened to it twice now and I am hanging out for the final instalments in the light ringer series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    no 09-25-14
    no 09-25-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "A colourful extravaganza!"

    The Black Prism by Brent Weeks is full of colourful magic, that sends people crazy when used too often, and turns them into colourwights. Gavin Guile is the prism the rarest of all magic users as he is able to use all colours of the spectrum. Kip is Gavin' s natural son. A brilliant narration by Christofer Jean.

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    Jessica 09-14-14
    Jessica 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story, Poor Naration"
    Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

    I will listen to it again, I'm sure. This is a wonderful story full of vibrant, realistic characters and some of the best world building I've ever seen. That said with this performance, vibrant characters feel wooden and charismatic, subtle leaders feel like bullies. The reading takes away from the wonderful story. If your tossing up between the audio book and the book, take the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gavin Guile forever, thought in this reading the performances of female characters where much more vibrant, so possible one of the women.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cristofer Jean’s performances?

    No. At times I had to physically check I hadn't somehow switched to the robot voice reading from my e-book. He did however provide nice expression with the female characters. The men either felt like wood blocks, robots, or their voice and their character where so misaligned that they ended up feeling off.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Book, or if you can stand it listen to the audio book. The story is wonderful, and even with the horrible narration I'm sure to listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 04-29-14
    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 04-29-14 Member Since 2007

    I need some C8H10N4O2

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    "Brilliant!"

    This is my second time reading this, and it is just brilliant. Really refreshing take on magic and all its forms. But what I love most about it is the characters! I highly recommend this as a great listen and highly enjoyable book too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
    Seaford, United Kingdom
    2/28/13
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    "Bland narration"

    After 3 hours I found it hard to warm to the narrator. There were attempts at characterisation, but I found little in the way of intonation or drama.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Wrong narrator - spoils the book"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I struggled to get through this book because I just couldn't take the narrator seriously. I found the book mildly interesting, but didn't have anything else to read so stuck through it. When I saw the sequel was read by someone else, I thought I would give it another go and I am so glad that I did! Suddenly the characters I knew from the Black Prism came to life and I found myself thoroughly engrossed and enjoying the story immensely.
    If you don't get on with the narrator and feel the story and characters are bland, stick through it and try the second novel, read by Simon Vance - it really is a fantastic.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    11/24/12
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    "Poor Performance"

    Brent Weeks tells an entertaining story in an original setting, unfortunately flawed by poor characterisation, plot holes and occasionally jagged prose. These problems are made all the more jarring by a wooden performance from Cristofer Jean. This poor reading makes what would otherwise be a simple but largely enjoyable book into one well below average.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    11/5/14
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    "Enjoyable book, not ground breaking"

    There are a number of reasons to enjoy this book, and to hate it.

    What's to enjoy?
    The magic system is pretty clever. I like it that people have varying levels of ability. Some can use only 1 colour, some 2, other more. Not all colours have to be joined together from the spectrum etc. I like that the colours have their own attributes - which can effect a persons personality.
    I also like a couple of the characters. Karris comes off as a strong middle aged woman (i would guess here age would be around 40) - strong personality as well as strong of body. I grew to like Kip a little more. I like the fact that he is fairly hopeless and lacks self confidence.
    The story was good, if a little unoriginal - bad leader attacks city, good leader defends city. You know where you are going to end up - its just how we are going to get there.

    What's not to enjoy?
    Some of the characters are annoying or flat. Gavin is super powerful - to the point of being a God. While i could accept that he is amazing at casting - it would have been nice if he was flawed in other ways. But alas, he is also an excellent politician, tactician, orator, good looking with a quick mind. Maybe he will change in following books.
    The Bad guys were a little too bad. I am a king and want to bring down the world because i am pissed - yeah, twiddle that tash with maniacal laugh.
    The magic system (yeah, I know its a positive). Some of the stuff that can be done is massive. With a little thought and organisation the world should really have been a utopia. Within a couple of days a wall (we do not know exactly how long it is) is constructed from magic with cool features such as adjustable roofs, touch sensitive windows and seal protectors. Wow, 4 days from start to finish.
    Short chapters. While this was great at the end of the book (getting the battle from different perspectives in a few pages), it was annoying at the beginning - you are taken from one part of the work to another a little too fast.

    I read a few reviews before I started that the narration was pretty poor. I wouldn't go that far. The narrator did vary his voice for different characters and seemed to deliver the light hearted moments well. It wasn't brilliant either - he seemed a little too fast and his natural pitch a little annoying.

    All in all,I enjoyed the book, and will read the rest of the series. There just wasn't the spark there to make me feel it should deserve more than a 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I 8 Binners
    Market rasen, Lincoln United Kingdom
    10/3/14
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    "Narrator sounds like a stoned drunkard"

    Good book but the narrator was just wrong for the book, he would have been better suited for Zombie books.

    It might be worth getting it redone Brent for people that are new to your series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Leamington Spa
    4/14/15
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    "Disappointing story not a great audio"
    Would you try another book written by Brent Weeks or narrated by Cristofer Jean?

    First, I didn't get much past chapter three. Brent weeks is fond of overblown poetic description that I find intrusive. His characterization is 2 dimensional and as a result wasn't grabbed by the plot or by the plight of the characters.

    Cristofer Jean as a narrator doesn't work for me either. He puts to much personality into the narration.

    My main problem with both story and narration is that too many distractions in prose and voice got in the way of me becoming lost in the adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O. Okonkwo
    2/8/15
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    "Good story terrible narrated"

    Lots of interesting ideas in this book but narration made me cringe and really grated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breen
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    1/14/15
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    "really enjoyed this book"

    unique world with a unique spin on majic and polotics, I think this series is gonna be fun

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph K A Asante
    1/5/15
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    "Slow to get going, and ingenious magic system"

    At first, the magic system took a bit of getting used to, because it is unlike anything I have come across before.

    The narration was okay, but I was puzzled that the Prism was made to sound like he was a bit thick.

    The story was a bit slow to get going, but was pretty good once it did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    12/11/14
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    "Average book poorly read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brent Weeks? Why or why not?

    yes


    Did Cristofer Jean do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    not at all


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    this time the hero is wingey


    Any additional comments?

    the book seems like it is ok not a great read the concept of it though seems very interesting. the whole problem with this book is how it is narrated which is increasingly poor. I had already downloaded the following book or i would have returned this before i finished it. The next books are worth putting up with this one for though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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