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The Black Prism

Posted by spragujs on September 7, 2010

I “got to” finish The Black Prism, Book 1 in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series last Thursday.  (Read the first three chapters here.)  I’d have posted about it earlier, but work and the holiday weekend kinda got in the way.  To start, here’s the blurb for the book:

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.

This book was great.  Plain and simple.  I haven’t had such a hard time putting down a book in quite some time!  Even with the chapters switching POV’s, I tended to want to keep reading to try and get back to the character I’d just finished reading about, and oh, these chapters aren’t that long, it won’t take me long to get back to so-and-so, and oh yeah, I wanted to know what happened with this character anyway…  Etc.  Etc.  😉  There go a couple hours of what should have been sleep time for me.

The twists and turns were, like other reviewers have mentioned, unexpected which was awesome.  I was bummed when one character was swayed by the bad guy, as that one was not unexpected.  But I do expect it will make for interesting storylines in the future.  

Kip wasn’t my favorite character necessarily, but he’s the first character I’ve read who I believed had a problem with his mouth running off before his brain could stop it.  Cracked me up!

Anyway, I was left with surprisingly few questions about what had occurred in this book.  None that weren’t obvious, “Oh, they’ll be answered in future books” questions.  Or, if there were some, they would be back story questions, not ones about the events that occurred in the timeline of this book.

I do feel the need to explain my “got to” in my first sentence.  I got to finish the book, as I loved it and was very glad to get to read it, however, I don’t feel so privileged to have to wait for I don’t know how long to read the next one!  😉  And one last spoilery question after the break (but again something that will hopefully be answered in future books):

How in the heck will Gavin get his blue back?!  Lucky for him his prisoner’s now captured in green!   Hmm, having thought of that, will he have to get new servants each time he needs to drop a new color of food down and he’s off doing things?  Maybe I have more questions than I thought after all.  Woo hoo!  😀

One Response to “The Black Prism”

  1. […] starting Weeks’ first installment of  The Lightbringer series, The Black Prism which I hear was amazing!) and I’m glad to have done […]

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