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  • The Black Prism

  • Lightbringer Trilogy Book One
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the print book...audio not so much.

  • By Hannah on 09-11-14

Really Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Listened straight through. really good world building. a lot of intrigue and good amount of kingdom politics that is fascinating. The characters all have distinct personalities and relationships that have a good flavors to the ears. The characters arent stupid and arent superficial parodies and stereotypes that u know already. The superpower color structure is organized and u can easily understand the system But u will not understand it fully in the first half only at the end do u get all the knowledge to get a proper handle on how it works. It doesn't interrupt the story or prevent u from enjoying it.


I'm pleasantly surprised by how good the book is and how it flows.

  • The Book of Life

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Livianna on 02-09-16

Pretty good but not always logically consistent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I loved the power dynamic and social fabric created in this trilogy. It created good world building, and character development. The characters all had distinct personalities and the world most of the time had logical reactions based of the defined personalities of the characters.

The only flaw in the book is the female lead who doesn't really use her power much until the very end. It made the appeal and intrigue her mysterious powers kind of ineffectual. I lost interest because of how little she used it even in dire situations.

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  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,922

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Whovian on 08-31-18

So much potential wasted..

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Oh my god I hate the progression in this book. The main character is a girl with the power of light which is unique to only her but she is so painfully stupid she totally ruins this book for me.

She is a train operative but her automatic instinct is to use her power which reveals her identity when she is supposedly trying to keep a low profile.

So many parts of this book are molded to fit the storyline but the writer doesn't seem to have a seamless way to bring it together without making all the characters look naive, ignorant idiots.

I pray the second book is better than this first one because the world building and intrigue that is developed in this world is really interesting

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