Friday, August 27, 2010

The Black Prism: By Brent Weeks



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.


With a startlingly original spin on abilities and powers Brent Weeks’ The Black Prism is clearly a must read for fantasy fans.

The Black Prism is an excellent book that will have readers captivated within the first few pages. The story revolves around the Guile family and the war, deceit, intrigue that accompany this powerful family. Without revealing any secrets within the book, the Guiles are the current ruling family of the land. They are known for their deceit and trickery almost as much as they are known for their involvement in causing a civil war that killed millions and split the country in two over which brother should take over as president, or Prism. This is the background for the book and as the story continues the details become clearer and the deceit more intricate.

The Black Prism is unlike any book I’ve read in a long time. It is primarily a family political novel with magic and adventure thrown in for good measure. And yet it is so much more than that. Because of Weeks’ fantastic writing style each battle is elaborate and gruesome, the details flawless, and the magic sensational. And it’s with these amazing details and elaborate action that coupled with the intricate family politics of the book that make The Black Prism amazing.

All in all the best way I can describe this book is by saying that I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late reading it, and started reading it immediately when I woke up. Basically for the period of time that I was reading The Black Prism I was comatose to the rest of the world. But it was worth it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and one of the first ones that I’ve been anticipating and excited for that hasn’t let me down. Truly a great book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

10 out of 10


Publisher: Orbit

Published: August 25, 2010

Price: $25.99

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