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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.

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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