Gavin Guile is dying.
He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.
©2012 Brent Weeks (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Book 2 of the black prism series is great. it continues with the story nicely allowing you to see how each character develops as it moves. it makes you want to know what will happen next.
Now as for the reader, Simon Vance is a VAST improvement than the reader for book 1, Cristofer Jean. Simon made listening to the book a great pleasure. he made the characters identifiable, unlike Jean whom made Kip sound like a whinny brat and Gavin sound like Keanu Reeves.
I do like like this book and can't wait for the next. I hope that Simon Vance will stay as the reader for book 3
Simon Vance really brought this story to life for me. I found myself caring about the characters, and grasping the concept of the magic system better, and even understanding the political nuances better than I had when listening to book #1.
Even better, I'm left frothing at the mouth for the next installment of the series! As long as Vance is still narrating!
And I really hope that they manage to re-record book #1 with Vance as the narrator!
The development of complex characters and so much better then the first book. Reminds be a lot of the night angel series.
Yes if they have read the first book, but it ki nda bothers me that two action scenes are cut short.
Fix the recording to add in the missing content in chapter 90 and 92
Great 2nd Book in this series. The narrator of this book was considerably better then the narrator of the first book in this series, I am glad they changed narrators. Unfortunately this recording is missing a large section of chapter 90 and 92 which hopefully will be fixed very soon. I had to go to the bookstore and read chapters 90 and 92 to fill in the huge hole in the story that was created by the lack of information in this recording. Can't wait For the third book to come out.
Picky about books and narration. Favorite genre by far is fantasy.
If this narrator reread book one I would buy the book again just to have a matching set. I'm getting through the book because I love the author but book one was just horrible to listen to. I like the series enough to listen to them again I'm the future but it will be hard to get though book one again if a new version isn't made. This reader is soooooo much better.
Couldn't put this down and I'm feeling a bit traumatized knowing the next book isn't due until next year! I really liked the first book but this one added a depth to both setting and characters that brought it to the next level. Again we have familiar fantasy tropes and characters but Weeks weaves them into a fantastic story.
The narrator is light years better than the one from the first book. I hope Simon Vance continues to narrate the rest of the series.
There is, sadly, one crucial skip in the audio that leaves you wondering how a crucial fight ended, but I hope Audible fixes that soon. Great ongoing development of interesting characters. Plot constantly moves forward with a great mix of surprises. Brent Weeks is really stepping up!
I liked the Black Prism but the narrator was absolutely atrocious. The characters all sounded like, A the same person, B a total monotone, or C, whiny little idiots. There was nearly no differentiation between male and female characters and it was almost impossible to listen, to the point where I couldn't finish and went and bought the hard copy because I liked the story. The Blinding Knife, is as good, I think, as the Black Prism, and the narrator is astronomically better. Really a joy to listen to. I would definitely recommend this.
As so many have commented, the narrator of the first book needs to be replaced. Simon Vance makes this series wonderful. Truly an enjoyable listen. Story progresses well. Keeps a lighthearted sense of humor. Highly recommended. Author and publisher would be wise to get the first book reread!
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