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4.00006908462867 out of 54.00006908462867 out of 54.00006908462867 out of 54.00006908462867 out of 54.00006908462867 out of 5 4.00 (14,475 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Weeks Narrator: Cristofer Jean, Simon Vance Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lightbringer Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781607882527
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The first book in the blockbuster fantasy epic from New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks.


THE BLACK PRISM begins an action-packed tale of magic and adventure . . .

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. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

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.

Dive into this incredible, New York Times bestselling fantasy series with THE BLACK PRISM.

Lightbringer
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror


For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel
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Quotes & Awards

  • “I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, and non-stop action.”

    Terry Brooks

  • Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off. Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear
  • Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way. Publishers Weekly on The Black Prism
  • The Blinding Knife is a wonderful work of high fantasy with engaging characters facing the perfect antagonists, set in a creatively-wrought and increasingly chaotic world brimful of imaginative magic and interesting politics. Weeks holds fast to the traditions of his genre while adding a compelling new flavor. The Ranting Dragon
  • One of the best fantasies I've ever read. Staffer's Book Review on The Blinding Knife
  • “Weeks manages to ring new tunes on these old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serenity | 2/16/2014

    " I'll write a more extended review on this later. As for initial reactions: it's a little confusing. Some terms I didn't get until a good way through the book. ...There is a... name switch that appears frequently throughout, I can't say much more than that without spoiling things. Ultimately, I ended up rooting for the "bad guys", though at this point I am not completely certain if they ARE the bad guys. It was a long book, dragged in a couple places but pretty good. Not as good at the Night Angels Trilogy, though. Interesting and well thought out world/society. Favorite characters: Karris, Ironfist and "the prisoner". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant Garner | 2/3/2014

    " Fastic fast-paced book with great character development and a unique original story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/14/2014

    " Wow! Action packed to the end. Now I am off to find the next book in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flint | 1/13/2014

    " To say I was disappointed with this book after reading the Night Angel trilogy would be an understatement. The magic system was overly and needlessly complicated, the plot and characters not very engaging and the world teeny tiny. Typically you would expect an author to focus his attention on at least one particular aspect of his story, sometimes it can be the plot and sometimes it can be the characters or perhaps both. Weeks flits his attention between multiple povs, world building, magic system and anything else you can think of so there is nothing to anchor the reader into what they're reading. There isn't even what you would call a main character just to further prove my point. I'd rather he had stayed in the Night Angel world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orea | 1/2/2014

    " Weeks has turned into on of my favorite fantasy authors. I sepecially liked this book because he had a character named Orea! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yuki | 12/20/2013

    " Loved it all the way to the end hope their is a next I want to know what happens to he prism and kip can't wait until then ill just fantasize. To anyone that reads this u should so read this book it is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/15/2013

    " One of the better fantasy series I've read lately. I also enjoyed Brent Weeks Night Angel trilogy, but I think he is just getting better. This story has rich, complex characters, multi layered plot, and unique use of magic. What's not to like! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/12/2013

    " Interesting premise with the use of light as magic. Pretty quick read and kept my attention throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evil Moogle | 12/5/2013

    " Amazing book! Great read! Good plot, characters, Brent Weeks has an amazing imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Ellison | 9/7/2013

    " What a fantastic, refreshingly original take on the genre. Fantastic writing that captured my interest and connected me to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tolnik | 5/1/2013

    " It's another great book that Brent has written. Fascinating fiction book. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 4/18/2013

    " For the length of the book (623 or so pages) it was absolutely fantastic and well worth it. There is unmentionable twists and turns, and it is by far one of the most intriguing book I've read this year. I recommend it to those who like fantasy and "magic" I'll call it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 10/29/2012

    " In some ways this book reminds me of the Alexandre Dumas book! The Man in the Iron Mask. Weeks has thrown in some color magic and a fumbling, well intentioned, endearing hero. The twist in the story is what pulled me in. I can't wait to find out what happens to Kip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyd | 8/19/2012

    " this was a pretty good first-in-series book. It layed everything out and gave you some good action events. Characters aren't as strong as I'd like, but overall very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 8/13/2012

    " Great fantasy! Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nellyna | 7/13/2012

    " This book describes really interesting concept of world of magicians however it is written in such a way that it took me more than a month to finish it. It is not as captivating as it could be. So my only complain is writer style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stewart | 11/5/2011

    " Fantastical fantasy novel with a very creative magic system. Lovers of fantasy need to add this to their lists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 7/28/2011

    " Excellent book. The action doesn't falter and en passant the author manages to fill us in on the politics and intrigue without drifting into long asides of description or flashbacks. Can't wait for the sequel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 6/12/2011

    " Okay I guess? Super generic and cliché. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 6/7/2011

    " Another book from the marvelous mind of Brent Weeks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 5/15/2011

    " Brent Weeks is an amazing author and if you liked his Night Angel trilogy you'll love this one, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/9/2011

    " The start of what looks to be another wonderful series from Mr. Weeks. While I am greatly looking forward to the following books in the series, I'll also be glad when the main character grows up a bit more. He was written wonderfully for his age, but my goodness could he get on my nerves! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/9/2011

    " Absolutely awesome. Brent Weeks has this great way of presenting a mature fantasy novel without resorting to copying Tolkien lore. His representation of magic and the world around it is wonderful and innovative. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/2/2011

    " It was a bit hard to understand at first just because there were new concepts to grasp, but very very good book. I can't wait for the next ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 4/30/2011

    " Really enjoyed it can't wait for the second book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " Enjoyed this book a lot. Took a while to get into the story but was very interesting once the characters were developed. Want to read the author's other series which I have heard is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin | 4/15/2011

    " The book was phenomenal. It was suspenseful, action-packed, and intriguing. I can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 4/9/2011

    " Overall a good book but it is a little confusing if you don't pay attention. Brent comes back with another of his high octane works with an interesting plot and good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/9/2011

    " A great fantasy story that's fast-paced and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/6/2011

    " Not as good, in my opinion, as the Night Angel's trilogy but still quite good. The characters were a little hard to relate to at first and it seemed a bit clunky to start. However, the story of Gavin and his brother is quite interesting and there are some fantastic twists in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/5/2011

    " It took me a while to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. Now I have to wait for the next one. "

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About the Author
Author Brent Weeks

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy and the Lightbringer series, among others. He lives in Oregon with his wife. 

About the Narrators

Cristofer Jean is a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has performed at the Public Theater in New York, the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, and the Alice B. Theatre, among others. He studied at the Juilliard School, the University of Washington, and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.