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Gavin Guile is dying. Hed thought he had five years leftnow he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée 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 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-fiancée 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.


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Gavin Guile is dying. Hed thought he had five years leftnow he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée 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 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-fiancée 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.

30 review for The Blinding Knife

  1. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    Oops, I finished this last week but forgot to update! It was amazing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    Gavin Guile has said that he has seven great purposes to fulfill in his lifetime; one of those is to write a seven paragraphs spoiler-free review so that people will read The Blinding Knife and Im here to help him achieve that. The Blinding Knife, the second installment in Weekss Lightbringer series, successfully excelled over the previous book. On my first read, I remember that I chose The Blinding Knife as my favorite installment of the series; it seems like Im going to stand by this notion on Gavin Guile has said that he has seven great purposes to fulfill in his lifetime; one of those is to write a seven paragraphs spoiler-free review so that people will read The Blinding Knife and I’m here to help him achieve that. The Blinding Knife, the second installment in Weeks’s Lightbringer series, successfully excelled over the previous book. On my first read, I remember that I chose The Blinding Knife as my favorite installment of the series; it seems like I’m going to stand by this notion on my reread. There are many reasons to love The Blinding Knife; multi-layered intrigues in its politics, superb pacing, incredible character developments and intricate expansion to its world-building, to name a few. In the first book, there was quite a lot of pages—necessarily—spent towards the purpose of making sure the reader truly understands the mechanism behind the complex magic system; that info-dumpy section is gone now, everything flows naturally in The Blinding Knife because the concept and rules of the magic system has been established clearly in the previous book. Weeks took every foundation firmly planted in The Black Prism and gradually built upon them wonderfully here. Picture: The Blinding Knife by breath-art (Jian Guo) One of my favorite elements being introduced in The Blinding Knife would have to be the implementation of the military school story arc into Kip’s life. I know I’ve said this countless times throughout my reviews already, but I really have a soft spot for coming-of-age fantasy that uses magic/battle school trope; I simply can’t get enough of them. I honestly believe that magic/battle school trope is a terrific plot device that’s immensely suitable—not to mention also comfortable to read—to build a young character to maturity. Kip the Lip, Kip Almost, or Kip the Breaker; The Blinding Knife starts to carefully shift Kip into the central role of the series. Seriously, the character development—both physical and mental—that Kip had in this book during his Blackguards enlistment story arc was just awesome. I can’t help but found myself cheering for him so many times; he’s annoying, hilarious, and believable. Plus, we also get to see Kip building relationships with old and new characters which effectively heightened the quality of the series, not just in characterizations but also in world-building and plot complexities. “If you are not free to say no, your yes is meaningless.” Two characters—Andross Guile and Teia—interact with Kip a lot of in this book; these two characters ended up being two best characters highlighted in this book and more. Andross Guile is honestly one of the most intimidating characters I’ve ever read in fantasy; he has so much palpable power in his actions and words and it can be felt within all his appearances. Seeing Andross playing The Nine Kings (an in-world game inspired by Magic the Gathering) against Kip constantly was utterly entertaining. What made this duels even better was the fact that it was used to build both of their characters and also to shed light further into the history of the Lightbringer and the in-world game itself. Of course, this doesn’t mean that only Andross is the only Guile that’s worth highlighting; Gavin Guile and Karris’s relationship development was endearing and compelling. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that many events happened between these two, and I found the progression of their relationship a beauty to witness. “Love is not a whim. Love is not a flower that fades with a few fleeting years. Love is a choice wedded to action, my husband, and I choose you, and I will choose you every day for the rest of my life.” And then there’s Teia, there’s no way I would conclude this review without talking about Teia; in my opinion, she’s the best female character Weeks ever wrote. It’s not strictly because she has a harsh past and I wanted her to overcome it, or because she has personality that’s easy to root for and her relationship development with Kip and friends were great, but it was also because of her ability as a Paryl drafter that made this book exponentially fun to read. I think Weeks has done a great job of using Teia to expand the magic system of this series, every moment where Teia appeared captivated me and it made me crave for more usage of Paryl drafting. On the opposite spectrum of Teia, unfortunately, we have Liv, which annoyed the hell out of me. I won’t lie, I found her actions and behaviors more understandable now on my reread, but I seriously found myself annoyed by her decisions and self-righteousness. I actually wanted to read the Color Prince’s POV more than her; it would be interesting to see what goes on inside his head because he’s so devious and cunning with his words rather than being inside Liv’s as she tries to convince herself that all of her fatal actions are right. However, this could actually be the purpose of Liv’s character, to show how deadly the power of blind devotion and faith can bring, and on this Weeks nailed it precisely well. “Idealists mature badly. If they can't outgrow their idealism, they become hypocrites or blind.” In this seventh and final paragraph of this review, let me just put it simply that I loved The Blinding Knife more than The Black Prism; it is truly spectacular, contain no shortage of exhilarating twists and turns, and I consider The Blinding Knife to be the height of the series—the next book, The Broken Eye, comes very close to it—so far. It would be a challenging task for Weeks to top what he crafted here. The month of OctoBRENT continues; two books to reread and two weeks left until the final book of the series, The Burning White, is released to the world. I move forward with my adventure in the Seven Satrapies and I’m excited to eventually find out whether The Burning White or maybe my reread of The Broken Eye will top this one or not. You can order the book from: Book Depository (Free shipping) You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan

    The Blinding Knife delivers more flashes of magic and storytelling brilliance making for a solid second instalment in the Lightbringer Series. Gavins journey continues to surprise me. His actions have taken a darker turn as he has become more and more desperate to find a resolution to all his problems. And its not something I expected to see in a fantasy that is not grimdark. He is losing his touch and his power. As such he is becoming less rational and quicker to anger as he still struggles to The Blinding Knife delivers more flashes of magic and storytelling brilliance making for a solid second instalment in the Lightbringer Series. Gavin’s journey continues to surprise me. His actions have taken a darker turn as he has become more and more desperate to find a resolution to all his problems. And it’s not something I expected to see in a fantasy that is not grimdark. He is losing his touch and his power. As such he is becoming less rational and quicker to anger as he still struggles to uphold his many burdens. The world looks to him for salvation and leadership; the world looks to him to make things right. And up until now he has always been able to make the impossible real. It’s a hard pill to swallow and it’s going to take him to some darker places for sure. Interesting times ahead as his magic slips through his finger, everything special about him is gone. As before, the magic system is remarkably well crafted, and it continues to grow as more of the character’s capabilities are explored. I’ve never read anything quite like it. It’s such a simple idea but it feels complex. It’s by far one of the best I’ve ever seen in fantasy and I love the descriptions that come with it. They really bring this world to life in all its many colours. And we see much of it from the perspective of Kip, a trainee magic user who has not quite come to terms with his potential. His blind luck is starting to be replaced by skill even if he hasn't quite managed to grip his untapped potency. The villain of the series, the Colour Prince, is slowly emerging and increasing his power. I’m not entirely sure what his motives are at this point, and he remains somewhat of an enigma. I’d like to think he wants more than revenge, though time will tell what he is after. The reals bastard of the story though is Gavin’s father, Andross Guile. He has a Tywin Lannister type vibe as he works towards manipulating his family in order to serve his own ends and legacy. He keeps things interesting and will no doubt cause some real trouble before this story ends. I find myself rooting for him though because despite his lack of morality his tenacity is quite admirable. This isn’t a man who will go down easily. At times, though, it felt a little slow even for epic fantasy. The narrative has frequent splices of action, however the main plot only ever crawled forward. Certainly, it gave the characters time to grow, but at times it needed more urgency. If I wasn’t already invested in this story, I may have put this down permanently. And that would be a real shame because I do expect great things ahead. I look forward to seeing where this series goes to next. And I hope it starts to move forward quicker. My expectations are high for how this will all end. I can honestly say Brent Weeks is almost on par with Brandon Sanderson, almost. There’s so much potential here and the balance is almost perfect. I’m reading this as part of the #LightbringerSeriesReread as organised by Orbit UK. Be sure to follow the hashtag on twitter for more updates from myself and other readers. For now, though, I’m moving straight onto the third book, The Broken Eye. FBR | Twitter | Facebook | Insta | Academia

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Ilie

    In many ways Brent Weeks The Blinding Knife is an exceptional sequel, transcending the former. The very world Weeks has created is enticing and is perhaps why this is such a strong story. Colour has a universal attractiveness, and a world where the ability to split light into colours and shape objects from it, is uniquely appealing. Perhaps the real strength here is that the magic system has such vast capabilities but its flaws are clearly defined so as to make it believable and more desirable In many ways Brent Weeks’ The Blinding Knife is an exceptional sequel, transcending the former. The very world Weeks has created is enticing and is perhaps why this is such a strong story. Colour has a universal attractiveness, and a world where the ability to split light into colours and shape objects from it, is uniquely appealing. Perhaps the real strength here is that the magic system has such vast capabilities but its flaws are clearly defined so as to make it believable and more desirable because of its delicate nature. The mark of a good fantasy is that it can surprise you, catch you off guard, really make you feel what the characters are feeling, and this one does with a good, solid kick to the gut. Several times. And each time it feels good. The twists, shocks and heart wrenching blows keep coming and by the end you will be begging for more. The next in the series simply cannot come soon enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    My first thought is to just say WOW! I loved it all. Gavin Guile is my newest favourite book hero and the way this book ended for him was devastating. I have to go straight into the next one to find out what happens to him. Apart from Gavin there are lots of good things in this book. The magic system is brilliant, the characters delightful, the story totally absorbing. The development of the character of Kip was probably the most important aspect of this book and it is obvious that he has great My first thought is to just say WOW! I loved it all. Gavin Guile is my newest favourite book hero and the way this book ended for him was devastating. I have to go straight into the next one to find out what happens to him. Apart from Gavin there are lots of good things in this book. The magic system is brilliant, the characters delightful, the story totally absorbing. The development of the character of Kip was probably the most important aspect of this book and it is obvious that he has great things in his future, once he accepts that he is not stupid. I liked Teia too and Karris and of course Iron Fist. I am listening to this series on audiobook and the narrator brings a lot to the table. His different voices for each character all work beautifully. I am going straight into book 3 even though I know there is still no sign of book 4 being published. Please Mr. Weeks - get busy!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    We all have limitations, and we all see our own needs first. This turned out better than I expected, I was dreading Livs POV, it was one of the reasons why it took me this long to read this, but it wasnt as bad as I thought. This book is slower than the first, not much happened in the whole book but it was still an enjoyable read. The whole book took place in just a few months. We have fewer revelations here, lots of battle scenes, politics, friendship, romance etc. The book is so diverse, the We all have limitations, and we all see our own needs first. This turned out better than I expected, I was dreading Liv’s POV, it was one of the reasons why it took me this long to read this, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. This book is slower than the first, not much happened in the whole book but it was still an enjoyable read. The whole book took place in just a few months. We have fewer revelations here, lots of battle scenes, politics, friendship, romance etc. The book is so diverse, the only book more diverse than this that I know is the Malazan series. World building and Writing There is improvement here compared to the first book, not much unnecessary descriptions of buildings that are not relevant, its more comprehensible than the first book. Even at that I still have a little problem understanding how some aspects of the magic works, I wish the author took more time to explain that. The writing is amazing, third person multiple POV, good dose of both internal monologue and dialogue, glad they didn’t overshadow each other. Characters I still can’t decide who I love more between Kip and Gavin, I like them for different reasons. Gavin Guile is one of the MC, he is not your regular protagonist, he has lots of skeletons in the closet. Despite that he is a good man, there is none of his decision that I don’t agree or understand his reason for doing it. His character development is great, I knew he won’t be boring, despite the way the first book ended but I never expected this, he is more badass than ever, now that is on a race against time. What he did at the ending, even though he said he won’t do it is heart breaking (view spoiler)[ He took a knife for Kip after he told Karris that if there was ever a choice between him and Kip he would choose himself, because the world needs him more, but he didn’t instead he did it, that is why he lost all his powers and nearly died, not to mention in captivity (hide spoiler)] Kip is more mature than before, but that didn’t happen till like 80% into the book. I get why he is insecure, being a bastard and Tyrean is not exactly a nice combination, not to mention being hated by lots of people, don’t even get me started on the people who wants him dead. But he pulled through all this, even Andross Guile congratulated him. “You’ve earned my respect, Kip. You’ve overcome adversity that would have crushed lesser men. You’ve surprised me. Not once, but several times. When I think of you, I’m disgusted and disappointed that my son could make… this. And yet, despite this blubber and this loud mouth and this utter lack of self-control, these Tyrean manners and…” He waved a hand, as if there was much more objectionable about Kip but that it was a tangent. “Despite it all, Kip, you consistently win.” His voice grew scratchy. “I have lost my wife and all my boys now, one way or another. Perhaps I am to blame for some shred of that. But you, Kip, you have proved you are a Guile. Karris White Oak my favourite female character, She is so badass and feminine, I love when female characters are both. Her love life took a turn for the better and I was elated. I just have to quote this. Love is not a whim. Love is not a flower that fades with a few fleeting years. Love is a choice wedded to action, my husband, and I chose you, and I will choose you every day for the rest of my life.” Teia is the newest character, another female and a classmate to Kip, her relationship with Kip is amazing, its unlike that of Liv, am so shipping them together. Cruxer is a Blackguard in training, he does not have a POV and was rarely in the book, still he is one of my favourite, he is so humble and kind, he is Ironfist in the making. Everyone loves him and he didn’t let that get to his head, he even likes Kip even though most people don’t, am hoping for more of him in the next book. Liv the idiot, she has more POV than I wanted, I basically skimmed through her part, even her dialogue is annoying, don’t even get me started on the internal monologue. This that go on in her stupid mind. She thought she was going to cry, and was furious with herself for it. She was a Danavis. She was brave and strong and she would not break down like a little girl. She was a woman, seventeen years old. Old enough to have children of her own. She would not break down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    **Update to review on second readthrough** I have to say, I still adore this series, I do think that the second one is better than the first but now being able to see all the foreshadowing of things to come and the set up I think that there is so much to be excited for and I look forward to continuing my reread of this series. I think this book really builds on the Gavin/Daizen conundrum and the intricacies of the politics start to show themselves a little. Gavin is forced to make some harsh **Update to review on second readthrough** I have to say, I still adore this series, I do think that the second one is better than the first but now being able to see all the foreshadowing of things to come and the set up I think that there is so much to be excited for and I look forward to continuing my reread of this series. I think this book really builds on the Gavin/Daizen conundrum and the intricacies of the politics start to show themselves a little. Gavin is forced to make some harsh choices and along the way he struggles with his own demons and problems too. I hate Liv and her naive way of looking at things, really she drives me mad. Kip continues to take all the beatings you could think of and remain cynical and silly and funny and positive all at once. I think you just have to root for him still. My rating remains a 5*s **Update to review on second readthrough** This book was SO much better than the first one. I did enjoy the first book in this series and I gave it a 4* rating, however considering that all the previous Brent Weeks books I have read have been instant 5* reads I was hoping that the first in the Lightbringer series would be too, but of course that wasn't quite the case. The biggest niggle or issue that I had with book 1 of this series was that I felt as though there was a lot of focus on explaining the magic and this meant that the characters and plot were not quite as awesome as I would have liked. This book blows the first one away with the complex but action-packed plot and the growth of the characters. I really loved learning about the different Chromeria politics and intricacies. We see a lot more of the political players and manoeuvres in this book than we got hints at in the first and Kip (the main character) is right in the centre of everything. We get to follow Kip as he tries to integrate into the Chromeria despite the challenges that his past brings, and we also follow him as he battles with becoming a Black Guard. I absolutely loved learning about Andross Guile and the game of Nine Kings. The scenes between Kip and Andross were a lot of fun and wonderfully constructed so that I was always intrigued as to what the outcome would be. The cards of Nine Kings and Nine Kings in general were all beautifully described and the game sounded awesome for sure! (maybe we'll see that sometime in the future, who knows). I loved how this game was a platform for betrayal and manipulation of our characters, and how there's a lot of crafty tricks that you can employ. Some of the other newer characters or characters I particularly enjoyed seeing more of include: Kip - the main character who is rather self-depreciating and fat, is a slightly irritating character at points of book 1. By book 2 he seems to know a lot more about what he wants to do with his life and how to get there so even when he fails he's trying, and that counts. He's a great character because he starts with a large weakness and slowly he learns the advantages of his body and mind and plays to these. He's certainly one of those who comes the furthest over the course of the book. Andross Guile - the secret and closeted Red Saitrap who keeps himself to himself but is pretty much pulling all of the strings. He's a manipulative genius with a lot of flair for fiery outbursts and crafty manoeuvres. I loved seeing the interactions he had and how he used Grimwoody for his evil purposes, and they made a creepy and nasty (but wonderful to read about) pair. Teia - is a wonderful new addition to the story and comes in the form of a slave. She is being kept by a pretty nasty woman, and she's being moved like a player in the game against the Guiles, however, when she soon befriends Kip and sees him training alongside her to become a Black Guard, well loyalties get tested and resolve is difficult. I found Teia and her struggles to be one of the best storylines and also one of the most intimidating. She's been through and goes though a lot in the book, but she's a great character with a lot of personality despite all that. Certainly another character whom I was watching and interested in! Gavin Guile - is the Prism for the Chromeria and he's a wonderful character with a lot of the plot in this book focussing on him also. He's certainly a little unpredictable and this makes him someone whom it's fun to follow as you're never truly certain just what may happen next. He's also got a lot on his plate and when unpredictable and scary things come into his plotline he faces them head-on and continues to do what he believes is the right thing. Liv - is a young girl now in an entirely different situation to that of the first book. She's separated from her earlier friends and family and is instead focused on the enemy. Her plot gives us glimpses at the 'other side', which was interesting, yet she is a character I didn't particularly care for and I think the only one who I am yet to grow fond of in any way. Karris and Ironfist were also both wonderful, although a little more minor, and I think they're both great characters in their own rights too! The plot itself is largely focused around the battle for power and control between gavin and The Chromeria against the Colour Prince. We get to see both sides, although Gavin and Kip's sides are the focus, and the constant battle is always prevalent in the plot lines. However this book has a whole lot more going on than the first in terms of multiple plotlines and various weavings of the story all coalescing together. There's a lot of smaller character plots which are highly interesting and these feed into the overall story. We also see an awful lot of magical expansion both in the form of our main characters learning more about their own abilities, and also in terms of learning about new weapons, ideas and colours we didn't know of before. A WHOLE LOT of stuff is always going on, and that does mean that you have to pay attention. However, this is great as it means Weeks is not assuming that his audience are dumb or can't follow it and he gives us lots to chew over and think on, with hints at what might be coming in book 3 interspersed too. Basically this book was wonderful and even though it took a while for me to read it all (due to uni work and the end of the year) whenever I did get a chance to read it I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to be over. I already own book 3 and fully plan on starting it sometime very soon :) I can't wait!! A wonderful 5*s!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petros Triantafyllou

    I accidentally deleted this review. I will write it again in the near future, but until then, long story short, it was the "worse" installment of the series, and yet, it was still awesome. It was the least awesome. Does that make sense? You can find more of my reviews over at http://BookNest.eu/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 4.55 *** A buddy read with Eon and Sarah at BB&B. Another very adventurous, exciting and enjoyable read! It is the second in the series, so it does have some more set-up and transitional passages, but we got to know more about those who have surrendered to their colors, about how terrifyingly insane the Color Prince is, and how much of a curse the blessing of drafting magic could be even for the best of people... Gavin is loosing the Colors, which is the sign that a Prism is dying and the *** 4.55 *** A buddy read with Eon and Sarah at BB&B. Another very adventurous, exciting and enjoyable read! It is the second in the series, so it does have some more set-up and transitional passages, but we got to know more about those who have surrendered to their colors, about how terrifyingly insane the Color Prince is, and how much of a curse the blessing of drafting magic could be even for the best of people... Gavin is loosing the Colors, which is the sign that a Prism is dying and the magic of the colors he is loosing has started acting out of control all over the world. People, drafters, animals and even nature itself are acting out of the typical patterns and all existence is out of balance.... The Old Gods are waking up and Gavin, along with Kip and the Black Guard are fighting for the survival of Chromaria - the world, the system and the religion... Even while many of them are suffering a crisis of faith. The existing system is crippled and something needs to change, but overthrowing it would be even more disastrous for the fragile peace than any deficiencies it has at present... Some of the people who should have been most helpful to the Prism have been seduced by the freedom the rebellion promises, and I spend many a pages screaming at them for being such wilfully blind idiots!!! Gavin is great, Kip is hilarious, Tiya is a firecracker, and Kerris is who I would want to be if I was 20 years younger:-) Andrews the Red scares the hell out of me, to a degree where I am much more terrified for our guys when they have a short meeting with him than when they go to war and battles... Scary old school tyrant!!! I continue loving this series, the world building, the magical structure and the characters, despite them not being as multilayered as they could be. I never give up hope that the series would even get better:-) I can not wait to jump into the next book and see where BW is going to take us!!! Also, many thanks to my buddies - buddy reads make fun books even more fun and I would recommend it to all who have the time to get into a book club or reading group! It enhances the already wonderful experience!!! I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find joy in the pages of a good book!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Conor

    This was an expansive story with lots of different plot arc intertwining and some cool world-building in the best tradition of epic fantasy. At times it verged into being overly pulpy but it was still a load of fun. Kip's coming of age story was awesome, Teai (Taei? It's Something weird like that and I can't be arsed checking) was a cool character and her sections added an interesting dimension to the book (with cool spy stuff and a new dimension to the world's magic system), Liv's parts This was an expansive story with lots of different plot arc intertwining and some cool world-building in the best tradition of epic fantasy. At times it verged into being overly pulpy but it was still a load of fun. Kip's coming of age story was awesome, Teai (Taei? It's Something weird like that and I can't be arsed checking) was a cool character and her sections added an interesting dimension to the book (with cool spy stuff and a new dimension to the world's magic system), Liv's parts provided a really unique and well-executed insight into the rise of the main protagonist of the series, although Liv herself was a dumbass. Gavin's parts were pretty uneventful for the first half or so but suddenly became intense and compelling about halfway through, with some really shocking stuff happening. This was overall a massive improvement on the first book and I'm really interested to see where the series goes from here. This book had several different plotlines all of which were important to developing the world and plot. For me the most interesting of these was Kip's coming of age story. While Kip could be annoying at times (that whining tho) he was a very unique fantasy protagonist who had a beautifully handled coming-of-age arc. While the "young person coming of age and developing cool powers/abilities" has been popular in fantasy for decades now (and is the bread and butter of the YA genre) I don't think I've ever seen it done better than here. Kip's character growth, the way he learns about the world and involves himself in plots and challenges and the characters surrounding him (especially Andross Guile who was a menacing and formidable villain with some great dialogue. If this is ever adapted the role was made for Charles Dance. The only actor with the cool, menacing authority to play Tywin Lannister and the bad guy from the Ali G movie who dressed like a ladyboy and did an erotic dance in the final scene. No really (skip to 1:50): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-mK1... )). The only similar stories I would rate alongside Kip's would be Blood Song and Jon's parts in GoT (which would probably still be my favourite if only by a narrow margin). Liv's parts were also very interesting and well-done, even if Liv herself was a dumbass. Through Liv we had the opportunity to get an in depth look at the Color Prince, his motivations (at least according to him), his schemes, his oration and his military strategy. This made him a far more fleshed out and well developed villain than can be found in most fantasy and made the threat posed by his movement all the more real. While Liv's parts weren't as frequent as the other POVs they were effective in reminding the reader of the slowly but irresistibly encroaching danger of the Color Prince and thus creating suspense by driving home what the good guys were up against. The first half of Gavin's arc was probably the weakest in the book however his return to the Chromeria was followed by shocking violence and suspenseful intrigue. 2 of Gavin's actions were particularly unexpected from a fantasy hero not written by Joe Abercrombie and combined with his loss of power made Gavin a more vulnerable (and so compelling) hero than he was in the first book where he seemed to be something of a Gary Stu. Teia's (I looked it up) parts were overall an interesting and worthwhile addition to the story. Her weird powers expanded the magical world-buiding and more importantly her sections had some cool political maneuvering and cloak and dagger stuff while the hints about the secrets lurking beneath the surface that were tied up with her powers were also interesting. Overall this was a really enjoyable read with everything you want out of fantasy: a strong cast of likeable characters, unique and original world-building and good pacing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    The intrigue and entertainment level went up a notch or two in this second installment of Lightbringer series. The first book was really good, but this one was really DAMN good. I'm not real big on books with a lot of politics involved. This one seemed to have just the right amount for my tastes. It all mixes so well with the type of governing system used. The characters involved play off of each other so well, and get others mixed up in the plots and schemes. Very well done! "Freedom isn't the The intrigue and entertainment level went up a notch or two in this second installment of Lightbringer series. The first book was really good, but this one was really DAMN good. I'm not real big on books with a lot of politics involved. This one seemed to have just the right amount for my tastes. It all mixes so well with the type of governing system used. The characters involved play off of each other so well, and get others mixed up in the plots and schemes. Very well done! "Freedom isn't the highest good. Power is. For without power, your freedom can be taken." The magic was a lot more interesting to me in this installment. Probably because it took me most of book 1 to figure it out. But we won't go there. I enjoy how the magic system works and the physical laws tied to it and the effects on the magic user. Interesting stuff! All the hints of magic lost ages ago. I have a feeling things are going to get really interesting going forward where magic is involved. Oh, and lets not forget the characters. Almost every POV was interesting. They are all involved in their own lives, and troubles, and worries. The sections of the book when you get a sole version of a specific character and when they are interacting with other characters meshes the story together really well. There are some slow spots throughout the book, but not many and they don't last long. "Evil is simple and empty. Evil has no mysterious depths. We stare into a dark hole and fill it with out fears, but it is only a hole." The end of this book was done brilliantly. Almost all of the POV's ended in cliffhangers. If I had to wait for the next book I would probably have been pissed, but I don't so I'm not. I have been told books 3 & 4 are even better than this one. I'm already about halfway through book 3 and I am very pleased so far. If your a fantasy lover, you have to get your hands on this series. It is one of the best I have read in a while. "They made this system. They made so that we can't change it from within. They made it so we must kill to break it. If we be monsters, we're monsters made in their image." Actual Rating: 4.5 stars ****

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)

    Reread October 2019 - loved it just as much the second time around! Ho-LY SHIT! I expected some of the things at the end, but a whole lot of stuff happened in the last four chapters or so, so like the last 20 pages, and I'm not okay. I don't have the next book, but I need it NOW! Usually, the second book isn't just as good. This one? It's better. Also, I've been mostly listening to the audiobooks for this series just because of time constraints, and I love the narrator. I need to get the next Reread October 2019 - loved it just as much the second time around! Ho-LY SHIT! I expected some of the things at the end, but a whole lot of stuff happened in the last four chapters or so, so like the last 20 pages, and I'm not okay. I don't have the next book, but I need it NOW! Usually, the second book isn't just as good. This one? It's better. Also, I've been mostly listening to the audiobooks for this series just because of time constraints, and I love the narrator. I need to get the next book right now. I don't know what to expect. I'm still in shock about some of the things.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Solseit

    https://solseit.wordpress.com/2019/08... The second time just confirms how incredibly good this book and the series is; how innovative and how well outlined the overall story and each character's storyline is. Just impressive. - - - - - This was such an amazing ride. It has it all as during the first one - only maybe it was even a it better because I already know the characters! The excitement following the end of the book is really overwhelming and I actually ended up hoping for the best for each https://solseit.wordpress.com/2019/08... The second time just confirms how incredibly good this book and the series is; how innovative and how well outlined the overall story and each character's storyline is. Just impressive. - - - - - This was such an amazing ride. It has it all as during the first one - only maybe it was even a it better because I already know the characters! The excitement following the end of the book is really overwhelming and I actually ended up hoping for the best for each of the characters I love! This is such a great book! I cannot stop recommending this series, it is such an impressive work of art - I am at a loss for words to better convey this concept. Yet this is a great book, not only for the characters, not only for the writing, not only for the pace but especially because of the magic system, in my opinion. The world building and magic system are just at another level. I have not read anything so well constructed in a very long time. It is so precise, the details match with each other. It is just an amazing read - the writing is good and the pace is just the right one at all times! Also, the audiobook is really good! It kept me company during my commute to work and back and I guess this is the reason it took me so long to finish. I just loved the company this book kept me! Kip is by far my favorite of all. His new nickname is amazing and I really enjoy every single line he speaks and thinks. Funny, humble, strong, powerful and talented. The perfect character for his role. Also, I cannot wait to see how the new relationship he is embarking in will work! Aliviana lost all the respect I had for her - especially for the sacrifice she made at the end of the first book. I really hope she regains her senses. Gavin is a great Prism. I constantly picture him as Michael Fassbender somehow. And he is hot. And I am so happy for the romantic element in there that is finally going in the right direction! Andross - I hoped for a very long time he would be the grandpa Kip deserves. Clever and cunning person. Karris is just great. Strong, powerful, (secretly but not so secretly) in love with a man she cannot have. She is just an extremely important pillar. I cannot wait to see more of her resolution and strength in the next books! Iron Fist is the best of all. I really smiled at all the times he was part of the book. He is an amazing character with a very dark past yet he made the most out of it. Great fighter, perfect boss, the caring for his people is just coming across so clearly. It is a character that cannot be loved. Finally - and I could continue forever, I have something for each of them really but I want to draw a line - Teia. I loved her, she is such an amazing and talented person, a perfect companion to the Black Guards and to the main characters. I have the impression she might be more relevant in the next book but who knows! Have you read it? If not, what are you waiting for! Book 4 of the Lightbringer will be out shortly, start reading because if you love fantasy and/or magic, this is the book for you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sven

    The Blinding Knife is a book with three major plot threads and I had pretty different feelings about each of them. The largest is Kip's, the second largest is Gavin's, and the third is a significantly smaller one featuring the character Liv. Kip's Story (4.5 Star) I really enjoyed this part and I think it easily makes the book worth reading by itself. Kip came across to me as much more interesting and likable in this book than he did in the first book (The Black Prism). Though toward the end the The Blinding Knife is a book with three major plot threads and I had pretty different feelings about each of them. The largest is Kip's, the second largest is Gavin's, and the third is a significantly smaller one featuring the character Liv. Kip's Story (4.5 Star) I really enjoyed this part and I think it easily makes the book worth reading by itself. Kip came across to me as much more interesting and likable in this book than he did in the first book (The Black Prism). Though toward the end the focus shifts away from him in favor of Gavin's thread to the degree that it left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied. Gavin's Story (2 Star) This was very much like Gavin's thread in the Black Prism. So if you liked that, you should like this; I did not. Personally, I found his character spectacularly unlikable. He reminded me of Iron Man's Tony Stark without an ounce of charisma, a bad temper, half the intelligence, and a lot more self-indulgent mental monologues about his libido. Simply put, he's an ass. Not someone I found myself wanting to root for, which was a problem for me due to how so much of his story was relying on him coming across as more of a sympathetic figure. Liv's Story (1 Star) I found this whole plot thread to be extremely weak. It felt like it was there more to flesh out the world that it was to tell any kind of story. If it was meant to make Liv more interesting it did not do the job for me. It's never good when you see a character's name on the first page of a chapter and say to yourself "Damn, not again.". ----------------------------------------------------------- In the end, I have to give it 3 Stars because the non-Kip centric parts just didn't hold my interest very well. However, I feel like that rating is deceptive because the direction this book takes regarding Kip's character, as well as the build-up of plot and better supporting characters around him, has me eager to read the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    3.5⭐ Right, so, a few unpopular opinions ahead so lets get to it. The biggest of which being that there was a little TOO MUCH of Kip and TOO LITTLE of Gavin and Karris for my liking. I understand why that was and Kips part in this series (at least I think I do) but doesnt mean I liked it. For the most part, I couldnt stand him. Yes, he goes through some good character development and comes out of his shadow (in a way) and all that jaz. And there were times that I found myself rooting for him but 3.5⭐️ Right, so, a few unpopular opinions ahead so let’s get to it. The biggest of which being that there was a little TOO MUCH of Kip and TOO LITTLE of Gavin and Karris for my liking. I understand why that was and Kip’s part in this series (at least I think I do) but doesn’t mean I liked it. For the most part, I couldn’t stand him. Yes, he goes through some good character development and comes out of his ‘shadow’ (in a way) and all that jaz. And there were times that I found myself rooting for him but he came off as a self-centred brat and very arrogant at times. I just found him irritating. One of my favourite character types is the underdog who goes through shit, conquers his/her fears and finally shines against all odds. Love it. Give me anything like that and I’ll devour it. But I felt none of that connection with Kip. Maybe the next one? However! Nothing compares to the disdain I felt for Liv. Idiot, know-it-all Liv. I hated her right from the beginning in book one and Blinding Knife only made me... want to snap her neck off. Everything she did, everything she said boiled my blood and I hated every decision she made. Oh how she irked me. She was just so damn UNLIKABLE. And pointless. Also, something that infuriated TF out of me was how, whenever we’re introduced to a female, the first thing we’re made to know (as well, the first thing the men describe) is her physical appearance above all else. And this is literally with EVERY FEMALE CHARACTER. I seriously don’t understand why. 🤦‍♀️ As if that’s all she’s good for and brings to the table. Her looks. All in all, I did love the book, though it way seem otherwise. I loved every bit of Karris and Gavin’s chapters and there definitely could’ve been more. Wow, did not mean to make it this long at all!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mikheil

    excellent

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edward Keller

    Kung-Fu Panda With Gore There are five reasons for which I would have ranked the novel lower than it deserves, were I a member of the despicable tribe of reviewers who allow personal biases - and even the extent to which they approve or not of the characters behavior to distort appreciation of mastery and technique. But, since when Zarathustra sprach, he sprach about me I am immune to those petty un-Vulcan emotions. Reasons I would have hated the book were I not Homo Superior: 1. I dont dig plots Kung-Fu Panda With Gore There are five reasons for which I would have ranked the novel lower than it deserves, were I a member of the despicable tribe of reviewers who allow personal biases - and even the extent to which they approve or not of the character’s behavior – to distort appreciation of mastery and technique. But, since when Zarathustra sprach, he sprach about me – I am immune to those petty un-Vulcan emotions. Reasons I would have hated the book were I not Homo Superior: 1. I don’t dig plots about wizard kids in wizard schools with wizard bullies, friends, and love interests. Blah. 2. I don’t dig plots about tough but just drill sergeants making a bunch of trainees manlier and brotherlier and toughier and justier. 3. I don’t dig plot twists based on everyone being everyone else’s long lost son/daughter/uncle/lawyer/butler/grandfather 4. I don’t dig books where all important adult male characters are Magnificent Bastards™. 5. I don’t dig plot rhythms which mirror those of a TV serial. I prefer movie-derivative rhythms if they have to be derivative of something. Well, now that this is out of the way, I can proceed to say that the book itself is a Magnificent Bastard™ child of a number of classics I also grew up on. There’s nothing wrong with that: we live in a postmodern society where original genre ideas last glimmered briefly somewhere around 1970, but have been in decline since 1940. The question is do you combine the pre-existing components masterfully, and do you use quality source material. Mr. Weeks has done admirably on both counts. The sea battles are wonderfully reminiscent of Wagner’s Kane adventures. The smaller sea incidents, where Gavin whooshes across the sea massacring wights, are a mirror image of Le Guin’s Ged doing the same with a number of dragons. There’s even an evil twin – a real flesh and blood one, not a shadow one – whom Gavin has locked in an absurdly complex system of interconnected prison cells which are a welcome reminder of Philip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers classic, and the identical shenanigans the immortals there were up to. Oh, Kickaha… ...The hero worship is 100% David Gemmell, and in a good way, like David Gerrold is 100% Heinlein lecturing libertarian worship in a good way. Big issues are tackled in the book, like slavery and prejudice, and one of the crowd of villains – The Color Prince – is your typical Acid Guru, who brainwashes young idealists like Liv into accepting his psychedelic Marxism that denies petty bourgeoisie morals: [She blinked, aware of some change in the atmosphere, a freer brush of the wind than a closed tent should allow. The Color Prince stood outlined against the morning light in front of the open tent flap. He held up a finger so she didn’t speak and wake Zymun. He motioned that she was to come with him. A wave of shame went through her. She felt like a whore, caught by her father with a boy she didn’t even love. The feelings crested, and she quickly drafted superviolet. It was like the first puff of ratweed in the morning, except the luxin made her think more clearly. The feelings were the vestiges of small-town religiosity. Besides, the Color Prince believed in freedom, free choices. She was young. She could do whatever she wanted. There was no need to feel shame here.] …with its Mensonite overtones of having to torture and kill a gazillion of people so that Helter Skelter and true freedom will finally arrive. The prose style and character descriptions and behavior are very much a mix of Ender’s Game and Baen-style military fiction of the likes of David Drake, David Weber, Eric Flint, Timothy Zahn (especially him, in moments it was totally Blackcollar/Cobra stuff but with magic instead of cybernetic enhancements) and co. In other words, Mr. Weeks has applied the lessons of battle sci-fi and alternative history to contemporary fantasy, and appears to have done so very much to his advantage. And the titular Kung-Fu panda: Fat Inept Kid with a Heart of Gold – Kip (who is everyone’s son, uncle, and master simultaneously), is charmingly pulled off, and one actually roots for him all the way. Bravo to Mr. Weeks for a spectacular genre success, and one hopes that this is just the beginning of a long evolution of the author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    awesome stuff so far about 100 pages in - had to reread Black prism and greatly enjoyed it again on the 4th or 5th read; great news that there will be four books in the series as the author needs another 1000+ pages to finish it I finished the novel staying again way too late and turning the pages too fast towards the end to see what happens and I plan to start a reread later in the day to enjoy the book at leisure. A few points (review on publication which means either Sept 11 or when i see it in awesome stuff so far about 100 pages in - had to reread Black prism and greatly enjoyed it again on the 4th or 5th read; great news that there will be four books in the series as the author needs another 1000+ pages to finish it I finished the novel staying again way too late and turning the pages too fast towards the end to see what happens and I plan to start a reread later in the day to enjoy the book at leisure. A few points (review on publication which means either Sept 11 or when i see it in stores if early out) and will try to have no real spoilers: - slightly different structure as Kip takes center stage, though Gavin appears a lot of course; I liked how the "official" opposing side was handled using Liv's pov too - great ending at a tbc place with one major reveal and one twist (the reveal is something which I remember speculating a little in Black prism and thinking, no, cannot be, but still this is Brent Weeks so yes it could; gotta look at those lines there and read them now ...) - major universe expansion, geographical, magical and "theological" as there are new colors, old and new gods and new countries which may become important later - major character expansion with cool stuff like Seers, Mirrors, prophecy cards and "history cards" that are sort like recording video of our time, though of course you need magic to access them - twists, turns, lots of great moments, tragedy and triumph, narrative pull Like with Black Prism the major shortcoming of the novel is that it ended as i would have loved 600 pages more again (the book stands at ~630 pages of text, plus character list, plus glossary and the map in front is useful too) And the title, well Blinding Knife indeed... Overall, just great stuff, exuberant epic fantasy that I could read thousands of pages and a top 10 sff of mine for the year now rereading it and Black prism sort of together and hunting for clues especially in the light of the ending FBC Rv: http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Savage

    I am really excited to see how this great series continues. Finally the release date is coming up soon. I really love the new book cover, the colours are amazing and that is great considering how colour is sooo important when it comes to this series. Yes!!! I finally have this book after waiting a year. I am about half way done it and I love it! I finally finished this book! I was not disapointed at all! This is an amazing fantasy novel and it is one of Brent Week's best novel yet! This is one of I am really excited to see how this great series continues. Finally the release date is coming up soon. I really love the new book cover, the colours are amazing and that is great considering how colour is sooo important when it comes to this series. Yes!!! I finally have this book after waiting a year. I am about half way done it and I love it! I finally finished this book! I was not disapointed at all! This is an amazing fantasy novel and it is one of Brent Week's best novel yet! This is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read and I recommend this book for all fantasy lovers this book will not disapoint!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars Spoiler-Free Series Review Video: https://youtu.be/OosD4rbJJEs This second book was gripping, yet I honestly feel conflicted about it. I really loved some aspects of the novel, while other aspects really bothered me. After hating Kip in the first book, he actually became my favourite character in this second. I always love reading about school settings in fantasy so I really enjoyed the sections about his black guard training. I also loved the scenes involving the card games with his 3.5 Stars Spoiler-Free Series Review Video: https://youtu.be/OosD4rbJJEs This second book was gripping, yet I honestly feel conflicted about it. I really loved some aspects of the novel, while other aspects really bothered me. After hating Kip in the first book, he actually became my favourite character in this second. I always love reading about school settings in fantasy so I really enjoyed the sections about his black guard training. I also loved the scenes involving the card games with his grandfather, who became my second favourite character. We learned more about the hard magic system, which continued to be one of the coolest aspects of this series. Finally, I found that the overall narrative moved along at a good pace and I was very interested to see where the story was headed. However, I struggled with the other characters and their motivations. I typically enjoy unlikeable characters, but Gavin just felt inconsistently unlikable. I just couldn’t decide whether the author thought we were suppose to like him or not. Likewise, I found all the female characters to be frustratingly flat. It seemed like every woman was infatuated with every sexist man in the book. Finally, I was very bothered by the frequent use of body shaming language to describe the overweight characters. It just felt unnecessary to the story. I’m going to continue with this series because I’ve heard that there are twists in the later books that might re-frame the events of these earlier books. Hopefully, the next book clarifies some the reasoning behind Brent Weeks’ narrative choices.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Executive Summary: A vast improvement over The Black Prism. It still has all the same flaws of the that book, but in far less quantity. Audio book: I read rather than listened to the first book in this series. The fact that Simon Vance was the narrator helped push me over the edge on continuing this series after being rather underwhelmed by the first book. As expected, he does an excellent job with a great variety of voices and inflections that just make the story come alive. If you do audio books Executive Summary: A vast improvement over The Black Prism. It still has all the same flaws of the that book, but in far less quantity. Audio book: I read rather than listened to the first book in this series. The fact that Simon Vance was the narrator helped push me over the edge on continuing this series after being rather underwhelmed by the first book. As expected, he does an excellent job with a great variety of voices and inflections that just make the story come alive. If you do audio books and want to read this book, I highly recommend going this route. Full Review I'm hard pressed to say why I like this book so much better than The Black Prism. It contains all the same elements that drove me nuts in the first book: Cartoonish villains, juvenile wish fulfillment, and stupid and obnoxious characters; albeit in lesser quantities. I think it's a combination of things. I love the magic school trope, and we get a lot of that here, at least to some degree. We also get more of Iron Fist who was probably the only character from the first book I liked the entire time. There is the addition of Teia, who I like a lot despite sharing some of the same annoying characteristics of Karris. However, she's got more of an excuse. You also finally get a lot more explanation of the magic that I found lacking in the first book. There is still a hand waving, but I found myself no longer caring as much. Kip is still obnoxious though. I think this book would be a lot better with a different protagonist. I like the idea of doing a parody of the chosen one trope, and I think it works well for this series. I just wish he did it different somehow. I did find myself much more tolerant of Kip by the end of the book however, but far from liking him. Gavin and Karris are both mostly enjoyable, though some of their parts were pretty eye rolling. Andross Guile makes for an interesting antagonist at times, but is over the top in his actions far too often. At least he's less of a cartoon character than some of the other antagonists. I think that this series is going to be relegated to "guilty pleasure". I don't find it to be a book that can be held up as excellent as some might, but it is a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to the next book much more than I was looking forward to this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Halse

    2019 Update: Fuck this book. It's too great to exist. Gollie. Original Review: THE BLINDING KNIFE reaps the rewards of THE BLACK PRISM's blood, sweat and tears. With all the tedious staging firmly in the past, this book starts with a bang and keeps banging until the finale which concludes with a bang. For a book fueled by politics and religion it really packs a punch. THE BLINDING KNIFE veers directly into urban fantasy while not losing any of its high fantasy pizazz. The story centers mostly on The 2019 Update: Fuck this book. It's too great to exist. Gollie. Original Review: THE BLINDING KNIFE reaps the rewards of THE BLACK PRISM's blood, sweat and tears. With all the tedious staging firmly in the past, this book starts with a bang and keeps banging until the finale which concludes with a bang. For a book fueled by politics and religion it really packs a punch. THE BLINDING KNIFE veers directly into urban fantasy while not losing any of its high fantasy pizazz. The story centers mostly on The Chromeria, the school for drafters located in the urban center known as the Jaspers. We follow the king of smart asses, Kip Guile as he struggles to find his place in a family and the Black Guard. Through this plot line we get to know Kip's hateful grandfather Andross Guile better which greatly improves the story. Andross is the evil prick that this world needed to truly set it off. We also meet some of Kip's contemporaries which is both interesting and fun. Meanwhile we follow Kip's uncle/father, Gavin as he rallies a war against the insidious Color Prince who is attempting to resurect the old gods to topple the current powers that be at the Chromeria. And Gavin has to do so quickly because he is living on borrowed time... THE BLINDING KNIFE is a great book and is a model of what non-Sanderson modern fantasy should be. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mili

    3.5 stars Although I liked the continuation of the story this book didnt lure me in as much as The Black Prism. I like the first part of the book ( skimmed through the card games ugh ) and the second part read rather bland. Im not sure how to explain why, I guess I found tbe content boring? I enjoyed reading about ironfirst and Kip and his training to become a blackguard. Getting to know Teia and Cruxer. Janus Borig added a mystery that introduced this eerie vibe. The locked up Gavin plot was 3.5 stars Although I liked the continuation of the story this book didnt lure me in as much as The Black Prism. I like the first part of the book ( skimmed through the card games ugh ) and the second part read rather bland. Im not sure how to explain why, I guess I found tbe content boring? I enjoyed reading about ironfirst and Kip and his training to become a blackguard. Getting to know Teia and Cruxer. Janus Borig added a mystery that introduced this eerie vibe. The locked up Gavin plot was getting tense and the sudden twist blew me away and left me missing something..... I wasnt really feeling the Color Prince plot along with Liv. -whispers- I found it boring <_< The ending had a strong cliffhanger, I was sooo glad for that I needed it to still feel enthousiastic for the next part, I reallly want to finish this series. The overal story is awesome! So definitely not bad but not as good as the introduction in my opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    I want to be clear that I'm in the minority here. Most people seem to love this book - so just take this as my opinion (obvs) but I still encourage people to check it out themselves if you're interested! Here's my spoiler review https://youtu.be/CfQYMRyhYnU

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Sven

    This second book in the Lightbringer series is even better than the first. The magic system is really delved into and explored some more. The world building is expanded as we learn more of the history and religion of the Seven Satrapies. The political intrigue is really ramped up with so many twists and turns that had me glued to the kindle screen. There is also quite a few mysteries left for the reader to discover and speculate on what exactly is the Blinding Knife? Who and what is The This second book in the Lightbringer series is even better than the first. The magic system is really delved into and explored some more. The world building is expanded as we learn more of the history and religion of the Seven Satrapies. The political intrigue is really ramped up with so many twists and turns that had me glued to the kindle screen. There is also quite a few mysteries left for the reader to discover and speculate on – what exactly is the Blinding Knife? Who and what is The Lightbringer? What is the Colour Prince’s final goal? One of the cool additions in this book is the introduction of the game of Nine Kings. The game was inspired by the trading card game “Magic The Gathering.” But beyond the game the cards tell a history and if you can get your hands on an original drawn by a “Mirror,” a drafter is able to see through the eyes of the person represented and learn truths that would otherwise be hidden. There is also a “Black Deck” which tells heresies though in fact a Mirror cannot draw a lie. It reminds me a little of The Deck of Dragons in Steven Erikson’s Malazan series –the two are used totally differently but the similarity is in that both are magical and can be read to discover truth. The story picks up right where we left off with the fall of Garristan where the Colour Prince has struck his first blow to wrest power from The Seven Satrapies. While Gavin Guile, the Prism, arranges for the evacuation and resettlement of Garriston’s people, Kip is sent back to the Chromeria where he undergoes training to qualify for entry into the Blackguard under the supervision of Ironfist himself. During this period we learn more about drafting and how the magic system works as Kip and other POV characters in the school develop and learn how to apply their abilities. But the Chromeria is not a safe place for a bastard son of Gavin Guile. Kip is soon to discover that there are powerful forces arrayed against the Prism, and they are prepared to use and hurt the son to gain advantage over his father – not least of these being Ambross Guile, Kip’s grandfather and arguably the most powerful man in the Chromeria. Meanwhile the Colour Prince continues to consolidate his victories and moves to extend his rebellion. Full scale war is inevitable. But there is an even greater danger that threatens to engulf the world in chaos. (view spoiler)[The Prism is dying. He can no longer see the full spectrum. And a Prism who can’t see the full spectrum can’t balance the light in the world. (hide spoiler)] And when the spectrum goes out of balance, the Banes begin to form. Godlike beings of immense destructive power begin to be birthed – and nobody is safe as the whole realm perches on the brink of destruction. Again, deceptively complex, with some brilliantly crafted jaw dropping moments. I Can’t wait till the next book is written. 5 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kitvaria Sarene

    Oops - looks like I forgot to put a review up for some of the books I read... Ok - here goes. While I already enjoyed "Black Prism" a lot - this one I liked even better! In book one Kip was quite an annoyance to me - and if I didn't read as much YA as I do, I don't know if I would have ended up loving the book as much as I did. Thankfully I read a lot of YA and therefore have a rather well tolerance for whiny teengers built up. ;) So - this book was way better in my eyes, as all the characters Oops - looks like I forgot to put a review up for some of the books I read... Ok - here goes. While I already enjoyed "Black Prism" a lot - this one I liked even better! In book one Kip was quite an annoyance to me - and if I didn't read as much YA as I do, I don't know if I would have ended up loving the book as much as I did. Thankfully I read a lot of YA and therefore have a rather well tolerance for whiny teengers built up. ;) So - this book was way better in my eyes, as all the characters progressed to have way more depth. Also all the little twists strewn to this story start to come up - and oh how it turned my head at times! They start slowly in book one and build up all the way through the series. So you'll get to see more of that in this installment. Also now we have a lot of the learning curve of worldbuilding and magic system behind us, it felt like the plot picked up pace a lot! We still learn new nuances to the magic all the time, but in smaller bits and pieces, so it fits neatly into the story. If you haven't guessed yet - I am a big fan of the series and can wholeheartedly recommend it - especially to fans of Sandersons books. While I am usually not one to say "If you liked this, than you'll love that!" because every author and series is different, the tone of the stories felt really alike similar to me. Not the plot, but just the way I felt while reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    A super fun BB&B reread with Choko & Sarah that just reminded me that this one deserves all the coloured stars!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    The best word to describe this book is genius. Because it is truly and utterly mind blowing how great this book is! Im glad its been awhile since Ive read it because I felt like I was reading it for the first time and being blown away all over again. The world that Weeks has created with this series is beyond stunning, its absolute perfection. This book is intense and had my heart pounding from stop to finish, so much was happening with so much riding on it and it was such a thrilling ride! The best word to describe this book is genius. Because it is truly and utterly mind blowing how great this book is! I’m glad it’s been awhile since I’ve read it because I felt like I was reading it for the first time and being blown away all over again. The world that Weeks has created with this series is beyond stunning, it’s absolute perfection. This book is intense and had my heart pounding from stop to finish, so much was happening with so much riding on it and it was such a thrilling ride!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    Enjoyed it, but did think it a bit slow at times. Kip is certainly growing on me and I hate Liv with a passion right now. Will start the next book immediately!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Just as good the 2nd time around _____ I fucking loved it. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. It's been such a long time since I've really loved a new book/series. This one picks up immediately after the end of Book 1 and is just nonstop action the entire time, but what makes it great is that I love the characters and it's more than just action and war. It's characters that I really enjoy getting to know - Kip, Gavin, Karris, Ironfist, Teia - even the secondary characters are great - Just as good the 2nd time around _____ I fucking loved it. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. It's been such a long time since I've really loved a new book/series. This one picks up immediately after the end of Book 1 and is just nonstop action the entire time, but what makes it great is that I love the characters and it's more than just action and war. It's characters that I really enjoy getting to know - Kip, Gavin, Karris, Ironfist, Teia - even the secondary characters are great - Danavan, the lady that makes the cards, Andross Guile, The White, Marissa. I love that parts of the book were LOL funny, parts were so sweet, parts were so full of impending doom I almost didn't want to turn the page. I love that there were still a few surprises that I didn't see coming like (view spoiler)[ I thought for sure the real Gavin would escape. Was shocked when Dazen killed him. I also was really shocked about Andross Guile at the end. (hide spoiler)] if you read fantasy and haven't read this series, GO READ IT!

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