The Black Prism*
by Brent Weeks
5/5 Starry Eyes
First, a quick summary from Goodreads:
"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.The Black Prism is based around a fifteen-year-old, tubby Kip. After watching his home town burned to the ground by a supposed "King Garadul" (sadface), Kip was the next on this Kings list - until the Prism saves him. Not only is the Prism Kips new hero, but he is also his biological father, and in saving Kip, Gavin - the Prism - has invited a war between Garadul and himself.
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 had amazing flow between past and present. I was never bombarded with too much or too little information at any time. Weeks always knew the perfect amount to give without confusing the reader.
And the twists! The incredible plot twist! They were so amazing. I never saw any of them coming, and when they did my jaw was literally hanging open.
I really loved Kip in this book. Although he may have seemed like a bit of a cry baby, I really admired his ability to pull through all of his tough times, his ability to adapt and his ability to persevere. I also quite enjoyed his sense of humour. :)
Gavin was also a great character, always worried that he'd mess up one thing or another, giving him a tight chest, which made him an extremely believable and relate-able character. But I can't believe the ending! And I can't wait till the next book comes out!
If you loved the Night Angel trilogy, you are sure to love Weeks' new Lightbringer trilogy as well. :) Funnier than his first series, I'm sure it's a novel everyone will enjoy.
*This amazing book just so happens to be an adult novel. :)