The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Lightbringer #1

Normally straight up fantasies are not my thing, but this turned out to be really good. The beginning was slow moving. A considerable amount of time was spent focusing on the world building. The magic was unique and complex, so a lengthy explanation was necessary. After a while it felt like Weeks was beating the dead horse with all of the explanations. Part of the reason the beginning was slow was because all of the characters were being introduced, and it took a little while before attachments were made to them.

Around 45% I was hooked. There was a lot of action. The characters histories were being revealed, and it made them easier to relate to. Particularly with Karris her past made her likable. Before that was known, she was cold without any apparent good reason for it. At first Kip was somewhat annoying because he was such a bumbling idiot. He began to find his inner strength and sense of self preservation, which made him more appealing. A few people were keeping secrets. The impact of those secrets won’t be known for a while.

The premise of this story is based on a huge secret of Gavin’s. It is intriguing, and I’m really curious to see what will happen because of all of his lies. It is hard to believe that more people haven’t figured out his secret. To do what he has done and do it well is extremely difficult and complicated. It’s impossible to pull off flawlessly. I’m willing to let the implausibility of Gavin’s actions go just because it has created a great story.

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3 thoughts on “The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

  1. How Gavin pulls off the deceit is actually touched on a few times, I think. Sounds pretty much like what I thought of it. I didn’t like Kip at first either, but then I started liking him BECAUSE of how much of a screw up he is, hah. On a bright note, the second book is leaps and bounds better than this was. It became downright impossible to put down at times. But now I’m currently on the third, and it’s ALOT slower :/ No wonder Weeks decided he needed a 4th book to wrap things up, even with The Broken Eye weighing in at 800 pages.

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    1. I’m 3/4 of the way through The Blinding Knife now. A lot more has been explained about Gavin’s deception, so it makes more sense. I like Kip more the more I read about him. His mistakes make him relatable since no one is perfect especially when they are young.

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      1. That’s something I like about Weeks. He does an incredible job of really meshing the entire series together. Everytime it seems like something doesn’t make sense, it’s mostly because he has a revelation planned later. I just finished The Broken Eye, and without spoilers I can tell you Gavin fooled way less people than anyone imagined. Great stuff. The Broken Eye may be the best book of the three so far; completely unlike either TBP or TBK.

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