The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
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The Black Prism

by Brent Weeks
Release date: August 17, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

David Gemmell Legend Award nominee 2010.

Power, strength and riches are his. But the cost is life itself.

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 preserve a fragile peace. Yet 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.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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An action-packed breeze of a read. Some wacky ideas a little poorly executed. The prose is pragmatic and confusing at times, as Weeks doesn't differentiate between regular text, thoughts and dialogue, whatsoever. The appearance of howitzers really annoys me, not the guns themselves, but the fact that he hasn't been able to come up with a better term for them, that fits the setting better. Also, the whole drafting/Chromeria-business sounds a little silly, if you ask me.
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