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The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2)

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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 w
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Hardcover, 671 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Orbit
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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
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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
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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 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 p
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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
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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
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Kaitlin
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 characte
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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 Lightb ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I haven't yet...but once this series ties up (assuming it gets there and I'm around to see it) it may/they may be added to my favorites shelf.

Again I find myself waiting for "the next installment" of a series. I was hoping this would be a trilogy but in this one Mr. Weeks makes a comment about the "third book in the series" and we already have a forth book space under the series here with an expected publication date of 2016.

Mr Weeks....I'm 61 now I'm not sure how long God intends to let me hang
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Helen
It's February. Three-quarters of a year to go. I can hardly STAND it! But that's okay, because I've got a little list of what I'll do until then.

1. Reread The Black Prism. There's such a gap between these two books that I've completely forgotten almost everything about the first book.

2. Write an objective review of said book. In my last one, I came across like a total squee-ing fangirl. I should be ashamed of myself.

3. Admit to myself that I can't be objective. See, I always promise myself I w
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Andrew
I'll be honest, I didn't like Brent Weeks at first. I knew his Night Angel Trilogy as the 'ninja books' in the bookstore because of their cover art. It wasn't until I saw them appear on bestfantasybooks.com's Top 25 List that I decided to pick the first one up. I couldn't get into it. The pacing was rough, the characters were shallow, and the world was bland. If I hadn't made it to around page one hundred, I probably wouldn't have picked up a book by Weeks again. I'm glad I started enjoying The ...more
Penny
A brilliant continuation of the series. The Black Prism didn't end in a cliffhanger but I had to read the next in the series immediately because I enjoyed it so much and The Blinding Knife didn't disappoint. The plot thickens, twists twist, the magic and lore deepens, the typically predictable plot points seldom are and the characters grow. The line between good and bad stays somewhat blurry adding a depth of truth to this series that grabs me in a way I find hard to describe.

I can't recommend
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Jason
5 Stars

I devoured the Blinding Knife…This was an incredible book two that did not suffer from the middle mediocrity syndrome. This book takes place immediately after the end of the first book, The Black Prism. All of our amazing cast is back again and even a couple new POV’s too. The series takes a darker turn as the Color Prince makes his move with his army.


““They’ll hate you for me,” his father had told him. Then that lopsided, winsome Guile grin had struck. “But don’t worry, eventually they’l
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Willsauger
Overall, it's a generally good story.

Problem, for me, lies in the amateurish writing (not mistakes) but redundancies in place. Just stupid little things that could be left out could make this book much better.
I had the same difficulty with the last book. So I won't hope for a change with the next.

Story wise, it was rather good. Fair warning, you never sense a true 'antagonist', or a real 'goal' that the characters are seeking. Maybe people will refer this to 'the characters living out their live
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Monica
I equally enjoyed the first and second book in this series, and I cannot wait to read the sequel. Brent Weeks continues to put out riveting fast- paced fantasy, and at this point I can't imagine him ever letting his readers down. I had forgotten what a cliffhanger this novel ends on! I'm about to start reading The Broken Eye right away. If you liked the first book in the series, you will enjoy this one as well.
James 'Eagle'
Now...now that is how you write a follow up to a weak original. Awesome. Really bloody awesome. I'll be writing a full review for Fantasy Faction and will later re-post it here, so watch this space...

Right now I want to write something over-the-top in great big capital letters, something along the lines of: BRENT WEEKS IS BACK BABY!!!! But then I realise that he's since published another novel so that hyper statement is no longer valid.

BUT HE'S BACK IN MY BOOKS BABY!!!

You may assume with this b
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Jamie B
Another superb installment in this series, a series which is racing up along my list of favourites. The pacing of Weeks writing was perfect in this book. As such at no stage did I feel underwhelmed with any of the characters story lines and I was more than happy to continue with each of them when I found out which POV I would be reading from at the start of each chapter.The thing I found most fascinating about this book was Weeks's ability to finish most (~70% I would guess) of the chapters on s ...more
Dawn
Like with book one, I'm bumping this from 4 to 5 stars based on a recent re-read. I couldn't put this down. I would read it until my eyes hurt and I fell asleep with it on my lap, and then wake up and immediately start reading it again. Definitely getting added to my favorites shelf.

And now I finally get to read book three! Squee!
Eric Allen
Another great book in the Lightbringer series. Keep 'em coming Mr. Weeks. I absolutely love this series.
Leah Petersen
Insert string of profanities here over the fact that I've finished The Blinding Knife and there's no Lightbringer #3 yet. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!

I suppose that sums up well enough what I thought of this second installment of Brent Weeks' Lightbringer series. I did nothing for two days until I had finished it. The characters are so sharp and strong, even the ones who aren't. Unlike certain other big fantasy authors right now *cough*Abraham*cough* whose main characters are spiraling
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Ranting Dragon
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If you’re familiar with my reviews, you probably suspect that epic fantasy is my favorite genre. I call myself a Wheel of Time fanboy; I travel fifty miles to get Brandon Sanderson’s newest books on their release day, and I love me some Peter V. Brett. Give me traditional fantasy and I’m a happy man. And though I prefer the more original epics of the aforementioned authors, I’ll even enjoy the kind of epic fantasy that’s filled with all the overused tropes
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Zurlo Enrico
I have to admit that i'm disappointed. I had high expectation for this book but i found myself bored most of the time and i had trouble finishing it. In my opinion the only interesting thing were the relationships between characters, especially Karris and Dazen. Their love was really well portrayed.

Bad things (some SPOILERS):



1)Kip isn't likeable at all. I can't reconcile him mouthing off people one second and acting all shy and insecure the next moment. Even when he shows his superior ability in
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Jeffrey
While not as good as the Black Prism, which was one of the top 5 fantasy novels of 2010, the Blinding Knife, Weeks followup (and the 2nd book in this planned 4 book series) was an exciting and fun read.

In the past, I might have tried to re-read the 600+ page Black Prism before tackling this volume, but I try not to re-read such huge works because its just too time consuming nowadays, and so my recall of the first book was not as good, which was somewhat of a hinderance because there is not real
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Chris
Another great, imaginative book. Only thing I don't like about it is when authors leave stories unfinished because there'll be another book in a year or two. Give me a longer book, not a cliff-hanger.

It smacks of the Back to the Future part 2 movie or is akin to a TV series past its prime hoping to keep viewers "hooked." I like books that end and sequels to pick up with another story like Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. I don't like one story taking 3 or 5 books to finish like A Game of Thr
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Alex Ristea
I love Weeks's writing style.

The way he interjects a characters thoughts right into the prose, we really get the sense that we're actually in the head of each character in their POV chapters.

And he's just a hilarious writer. He's obviously having a fun time, and I did as well. Take this for example:

[As Gavin steps onto the ships's deck]
It was a wonder that the sailors didn't burst into applause.
The sailors burst into applause.
Son of a bitch.


The writing is clever, the action fast, and the charact
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Ashley
Seriously, this is my new series obsession.

I loved everything about this book. The intense fight scenes, the brilliant displays of color magic, the relationships between the characters, Gavin Guile (oh maaaaaan my newest book boyfriend), everything about this book was fabulous.

First and foremost, I have to say, the struggles of Gavin Guile were by far my favorite part. The will they/won't they between him and Karris were absolutely flawless, I am so obsessed with them. I love Karris so much - sh
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Kira
4 1/2 stars. Gavin Guile is losing his powers. This is happening at a particularly bad time in his life. He is trying to prevent the seven satrapies from going to war. The Color Prince continually causes him problems. The old gods are reemerging, and they’re not easy to stop. On top of all of that, he has various family and relationship issues to deal with. Lastly, he is keeping a few big secrets from a lot of people.

This was much better than The Black Prism. The writing was more cohesive. The s
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Alyssa
About a year ago, I went to my local library and picked up my first Brent Weeks book. I read the Night Angel trilogy and thought it was really good. And then, about two months ago, I finally read The Black Prism and decided. Brent Weeks is one of my favorite authors. It was one of those books I just couldn't put down and kept daydreaming about even after I finished it. I was doubly excited to see The Blinding Knife was coming out soon and I didn't have long to wait. And I was not disappointed. B ...more
Jonathan
A superior novel to the first for certain, The Blinding Knife develops and improves the characters, world and ideas of the first book to an extent that is fully worthwhile. However, the ultimate payoff is not yet seen in this novel and there are the odd rough patches where the glimmer of storytelling magic fades a little. For all of that, if you want an epic fantasy novel with solid characters, a tormented main protagonist and magic galore then this is something you must read.

In this novel we ha
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Julian
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Kylie
Fantastic Book. It was so good in fact, that I have been unable to motivate myself to do anything except read this book for the past two days. The book's entrancing power took over my soul for that time. I, too was a Blackguard- in the background watching Kip the Turtle-Bear defy all odds. As most second books do, The Blinding Knife brought closure to many tense plot points from book one (including the love story thank god). But as you can also always expect from second books, shit of the most e ...more
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Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lightbringer (4 books)
  • The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)
  • The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2) Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) The Night Angel Trilogy (Night Angel, #1-3)

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