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The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks : Review

*Review may contain spoilers for book one, The Black Prism (my review of which can be found here)*

Gavin Guile has five years to live, five great purposes left and one huge problem.
He’s dying.

War is spreading across the land, engulfing satrapies, and with the Color Prince gaining strength every day. Gavin must protect his secret more than ever before and save his people from chaos, as well as prepare the Chromeria that many will not survive.

Karris must come to terms with a truth of epic proportions which could throw everything she knows into chaos — or be it’s salvation.

Kip, training to join the Blackguards must overcome circumstances and prejudice layered upon him for being the Prism’s bastard son. Surviving through assassination attempts and rigorous training, he must also battle against Andross Guile; his grandfather for the chance to prove who he is as a person, and save his friends.

Set shortly after the events of the Black Prism, The Blinding Knife continues the adventure with Gavin having thousands of refugees in need of a home after the aftermath of the Color Prince taking control of one of the nations formerly part of the Seven Satrapies,

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks is the best book I’ve read this year. Action packed, riveting and filled with secrets, Weeks continues a tale of epic proportions. The Blinding Knife builds upon the foundations that were set in the Black Prism — expanding on the government of the Chromeria and the expanses of magic. Delving as well into the darker side of power, and the price that must be paid.

Weeks’ does a good job with showing the character growth and the dynamics of relationships between the characters, as well as exploring their interactions in realistic circumstances, bringing them to life with the aid of the elegantly detailed descriptions. While not as centred around twists and surprises as The Black Prism was, it offers resolutions to some that were seen in the first book. The resolution of one of the main ones from Book 1 was a bit anti-climatic and somewhat of a let down, however it still read in a realistic manner.

Reader’s of Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy, and the Black Prism will not be disappointed by this latest instalment in The Lightbringer series which will leave you wanting for more.
Book 3 — The Blood Mirror is set to be released sometime in 2013.

 

Edited by RLovatt at 8:42PM EST 10/10/2012 — Added more content.

Most anticipated fantasy/sci-fi novels of 2012

2012 is just a couple of days away, and with the new year comes new books.. Here’s some great books to look forward to (in no particular order). I’m sure this list will be updated a bunch over the next few days, so keep on checking back — and please feel free to share what books you’re looking forward to, and they’ll be added to the list!

1) Wheel of Time book 14 – A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World (book 1) was published back in 1990. 22 years later, the series is finally coming to a close. With the Last Battle between good and evil approaching; and  the end of an age, Rand, Mat, Perrin and the rest of the world must unite under a common goal and put their own wars and differences aside to fight the Dark One and the Forsaken, along with their hoards of evil creatures.

A Memory of Light is set to be released in Autumn 2012.

2) The Grigori Legacy book 2 – Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

–  Sins of the Angels was the first book I reviewed on here (that review can be found here). With Sins of the Sons, Poitevin continues the adventures of homicide detective Alexander Jarvis. Armaggedon on Earth is fast approaching; and as Alex tries to protect those she cares about; the conflict that arises may push the world into the very chaos they’re trying to avoid.

Sins of the Sons is set to be released March 27th

3) The Lightbringer book 2 – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Sequel to the Black Prism (my review for which can be found here)… No summary or description is available yet, this will be edited/updated ASAP. — I’ve read some of the excerpt he’s made available though, and it’s sure to be awesome.

The Blinding Knife is set to be released September 1st

4) Dark Eden by Chris Beckett 

– On the sunless planet of Eden in an enclosed valley, a family of 500 live; their two ancestors had been marooned there over a century ago. Living with the hope of returning to Earth one day, John Redlantern defies the Family’s sacred traditions leads a group of followers across dark, frozen mountains in search of wider lands. With a cost of bloodshed, and division, the price may just be too high..

Dark Eden is set to be  released January 1st

5) House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

Two orphan sisters, sweet and innocent Karah, and Nemienne are in search for their fortunes. As they both start to settle into their new lives – Karah, secure in a glamorous Flower House, and Nemienne the apprentice to a mysterious magician – soon find themselves entangled in a plot threatening to upset their lives; and destroy their kingdom.

House of Shadows is set to be released July 10th

6)  Crusade book 3 – Vanquished by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

–  War has come between the Cursed Ones and humanity. With humans laying down their fight; bedazzled by the glamorous vampires, the Cursed Ones have come to rule the night. Only small groups of humans (and the occasional werewolf, and witch) are fighting back. Jenn and the rest of the Hunters must band together and become stronger than ever to fight back — while Antonio and Heather must fight a battle of their own; a battle which may destroy them and the one they love and care about the most. (No summary has actually been released about Vanquished.)

Vanquished is set to be released August 28th

7) The Shadow Saga book 5 –  Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children–the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten–a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders–the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony. – From Amazon

Shadows in Flight is set to be released January 17th

8) The Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Set 100 years after The High Druid of Shannara trilogy; people of the Four Lands have become distrusting of magic after the failure of the Third Council. However, when a druid stumbles upon information on the lost elfstones of faerie, the Ard Rhys of Paranor must decide to undertake this mission to acquire them.

Others–
Demon Cycle book 3 – The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

– I can’t find an official release date, but I believe it’s supposed to be published late 2012 (September-ish), though there have been some sites reporting February 2013. Either way; it should be a great read.

Humanity is fighting back. Although the night still belongs to the demons that arise as the sun sets, new wards and weapons are giving those willing to fight in the darkness a chance to retaliate against their core-spawned enemies.

But, as humanity is about to learn, not all monsters are confined to the dark.

Civil war ravages the north and south, battles fought between those who should be working together. It is up to Arlen – the Painted Man – and Jardir – the self-proclaimed Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer – to put aside their differences and bring their people to terms if they are to have any chance of saving their civilisation from demon-rule.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter  – June 26th
-There really isn’t a description or anything else available for this yet, except for a release date.. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Dark Vegeance vol. 2 – Winter and Spring by Jeff Mariotte – May 1st
– While in most senses I’ve already read this (Witch Season Vol. 2 – Winter and Spring), I do enjoy a good re-read, and when it’s a book that has been edited and had some changes made.. Well, the reread can be all the more enjoyable. Especially, since you get to try and remember and see what has been changed.
Winter – Kerry, no longer the trusting person she used to be, is back on her own searching for the witch Season to avenge Daniel. Now armed with magic and knowledge; she must figure out who she can trust.
Spring – The only one who can end the war; one who has discovered more than she could ever imagine, Kerry is faced with a task that will irrevocably change her life, and the lives of her friends, forever.
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Am I missing any? What books are you looking forward to? Leave a comment!


The Black Prism by Brent Weeks : Review

Colour. Emotions. Light. Magic.

In a world where colour is the foundation of all magic, The Prism – Gavin Guile rules over all seven satraps as a religious and political figure and as the only one who can split light and draft the entire spectrum of colours. Gavin – knowing he has five years left to live and five great purposes set for himself – hopes to use his power to do something for the greater good.

When Gavin discovers he has an illegitimate son, Kip, in a northern satrapy called Tyrea. However, the Tyreans have their own agendas; agendas which include wiping out every living person in the village of Rekton – Kip’s village. Gavin Guile must save Kip from the grips of a rebellious Governor – a man who seeks to overthrow the government of the Chromeria and the Prism.

Kip: a fat boy living in a small village; the bastard child of a drunk, finds himself thrown into a world of magic and warfare. A dangerous yet wonderful world – one which may very well mean his death, and the death of those he loves and respects.

The Black Prism is a wonderful read, it stands alone wonderfully; but also serves to set the stage for the rest of the series. It’s one of those books that’ll grab you and refuse to let go; drawing readers in from the first page of the first chapter to the last page of 95th chapter (yes, there’s a lot.) Brent did a wonderful job with the world building; great, colourful cities with intricate designs and culture. Magic which can be envisioned easily, and with the dire consequences to those that use it too much, it keeps it from being too extravagant.

Previous fans of Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy won’t be disappointed by this new series. With compelling characters, loads of plot twists, battles, secrets and lies, The Black Prism is an excellent read and there’s never a dull moment. Brent Weeks‘ The Black Prism is the first book in the Lightbringer trilogy – book two is set to be released Fall 2012 (which is going to be a painful wait.)


Brent’s website: http://www.brentweeks.com/

Follow Brent on Twitter: @brentweeks


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