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Brent Weeks is an American award-winning author of fantasy novels.

He is best known for writing the Lightbringer Series, which was New York Times bestseller, and the Night Angel Trilogy.

Born in Whitefish, Montana, Brent’s life changed for the better at the age of twelve when Edgar Allan Poe introduced him to the power of literature that transcends time, death, and loneliness, while fate entwined his path with that of a girl named Kristi Barnes.

Although the girl turned him down and his novel was an epic fail, he went on to attend Hillsdale College and wrote bestselling novels many moons later.

Since then–skipping the boring parts–Brent has written eight best-selling novels with the Night Angel Trilogy and the Lightbringer Series,

The recipient of multiple industry awards, including a Gemmell Legend Award and a Reddit Stabby Award for Fantasy, Brent now boasts of selling a few million copies of his books.

He is also married to Kristi, the same girl who turned him down, and together they live in Oregon with their two daughters.

Brent is agented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

More about Brent Weeks

Genre: Fantasy / SF

United States

Website: https://www.brentweeks.com/

Graphic Novels

  1. The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel (2014)

Lightbringer

  1. The Black Prism (2010)
  2. The Blinding Knife (2012)
  3. The Broken Eye (2014)
  4. The Blood Mirror (2016)
  5. The Burning White (2019)

Night Angel

  1. Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (2011)
  2. The Way of Shadows (2008)
  3. Shadow's Edge (2008)
  4. Beyond the Shadows (2008)

The Kylar Chronicles

  1. Night Angel Nemesis (2023)
The Kylar Chronicles

Detailed book overview

Graphic Novels

The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

From the gutters of the Warrens to the opulent court at Khalidor, Brent Weeks's epic fantasy THE WAY OF SHADOWS unfolds on the page of this graphic novel adaptation as seen through the eyes of seasoned illustrator Andy MacDonald!

For the orphan Azoth, there are precious few avenues out of the life of a guild rat in the back alleys of the Warrens. There are no rewards without risks, and there are few greater risks than apprenticing yourself to the city's most accomplished assassin, Durzo Blint.

Reborn as Kylar Stern, the young man must learn to navigate the intrigues of politics and the intricacies of magic, but does he have both the killer instinct and the raw talent to survive the cutthroat life he's chosen?

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316212984
Publisher: Yen Press

Lightbringer

The Black Prism

In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in history must choose between his kingdom and his son.

Guile is the Prism. 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.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0316246279
Publisher: Orbit
The Blinding Knife

Gavin Guile is dying.

He'd thought he had five years left -- now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiance who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. 

All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0316068147
Publisher: Orbit
The Broken Eye

As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world.

As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism -- he can't use magic at all.

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316058964
Publisher: Orbit
The Blood Mirror

Gavin Guile is missing, leaving Kip and his allies to face the White King's horde.

When does an empire fall?

The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King's armies.

Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone.

Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King's growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile.

Meanwhile, Teia's new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear.

Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0316251327
Publisher: Orbit
The Burning White

Kingdoms clash as Kip struggles to escape his family's shadow in order to protect the land and people he loves.

Gavin Guile, once the most powerful man the world had ever seen, has been laid low. He's lost his magic, and now he is on a suicide mission. Failure will condemn the woman he loves. Success will condemn his entire empire.

As the White King springs his great traps and the Chromeria itself is threatened by treason and siege, Kip Guile must gather his forces, rally his allies, and scramble to return for one impossible final stand.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0316251297
Publisher: Orbit

Night Angel

Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

Gaelan Starfire is a farmer, happy to be a husband and a father; a careful, quiet, simple man. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity, and all too often he's become a hero, his very names passing into legend: Acaelus Thorne, Yric the Black, Hrothan Steelbender, Tal Drakkan, Rebus Nimble.

But when Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan-and-crimelord Gwinvere Kirena, what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B004RQTXDI
Publisher: Orbit
The Way of Shadows

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art -- and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly -- and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics -- and cultivate a flair for death.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0316528160
Publisher: Orbit
Shadow's Edge

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession.

But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0316528269
Publisher: Orbit
Beyond the Shadows

Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance -- a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom.

In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him.

Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends -- and perhaps his enemies -- he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0316528368
Publisher: Orbit

The Kylar Chronicles

Night Angel Nemesis

After the war that cost him so much, Kylar Stern is broken and alone. He's determined not to kill again, but an impending amnesty will pardon the one murderer he can't let walk free. He promises himself this is the last time. One last hit to tie up the loose ends of his old, lost life.

But Kylar's best--and maybe only--friend, the High King Logan Gyre, needs him. To protect a fragile peace, Logan’s new kingdom, and the king’s twin sons, he needs Kylar to secure a powerful magical artifact that was unearthed during the war.

With rumors that a ka'kari may be found, adversaries both old and new are on the hunt. And if Kylar has learned anything, it’s that ancient magics are better left in the hands of those he can trust.

If he does the job right, he won’t need to kill at all. This isn’t an assassination—it’s a heist.

But some jobs are too hard for an easy conscience, and some enemies are so powerful the only answer lies in the shadows.

Author: Brent Weeks
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B3X6B6Z2
Publisher: Orbit