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The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  14,115 ratings  ·  862 reviews
As the old gods awaken, the Chromeria is in a race to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe, Gavin Guile. But Gavin's enslaved on a galley, and when he finally escapes, he finds himself in less than friendly hands. Without the ability to draft which has defined him . . .

Meanwhile, the Color Prince's army continues its inexorable advance, hav
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Published August 26th 2014 by Orbit
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Samantha Savage
Honestly how am I supposed to wait a whole year for this book to come out! I just spent all of this past year waiting for Blinding Knife to come out! You know Brent weeks has to be a great author for everyone to be desperate to get his books.


It did take awhile for me to really get into this book but I did around page 200. However that may be because it has been a really long time since I have read the last book and may have forgotten some of t
Yep... I might have to re-read the previous two books to try to remember what happened on them. I should have waited for the series to finish first but Nooooo I could not help reading more of Brent Weeks' books after the Night Angel series
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Peter Ahlstrom
Assistant Peter Recommends: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Hello there! Brandon Sanderson's assistant Peter here. This is the start of a sporadic feature on Brandon's blog where I recommend something to you. (This was originally posted on Brandon's blog, but I'm also posting it here on GoodReads.) But don't worry, this probably won't happen very often. I am also going to recommend something else to you next week, but then who knows when the next time might be? Not I. Since you never can tell when
Is this a little bit of filler? Yes. After the conclusion of this novel, I can't wait for the 4th and final installment to close out the story lines of these characters Week's has made me learn to love/hate/love to hate. Much of what we were left with in the Blinding Knife does not get resolved here.

With that said, Brent Week's "filler" is still top-notch and a joy to read.

The war with the Color Prince seems to float in the background. It is still being waged, but there are no battles or chapte
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Things are definitely picking up in this third book of the Lightbringer series…but is it going to be enough?

Obviously, if you’ve made it this far, you’d probably have a good grasp on what’s been happening by this point. Gavin Guile, the Prism who stole his brother’s identity is lost to the open seas, captured and enslaved by pirates with his color sight – and thus his ability to draft – gone. As rescue missions mount, hi
Jared W
Urgh... Middle book syndrome! I love this world very much and the characters even more. I enjoy politics and battles and magic a lot and can subsist for a long time on just the micro elements of good stories. But this? Nothing happened. The book ended with many of the main characters a mere step from where they began--Gavin from captured to captured; Kip from fleeing to fleeing, Betrayers continue to betray, and there are a few "oh, snap!" moments here, but they're a little bit expected (looking ...more
had the time only for maybe 100 pages and it is just vintage Brent Weeks so far; almost impossible to put down (only literally dropping it when my eyes unwittingly closed from tiredness at 1am made me stop reading) so I need to have a good time chunk to read it end to end

follows Gavin, Kip, Teia and somewhat less Karis for now

finished the novel and now i am rereading it as usually the first read became quite a breathless one from some point on, where I just turned the pages to see what happens
James 'Eagle'
Well, 'The Broken Eye' is a smart, fun, exciting entry into the Lightbringer series. Weeks did a very sensible thing by maintaining the same vibe found in 'The Blinding Knife'. The politicking and conspiracies in the Chromeria have always been a strong point of this series and making this the novels main focus was a sensible choice. Due to this, the novel does tend to majorly revolve around Kip and Teia whit the rest of the cast being demoted to merely supporting persons and some characters (for ...more

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1. Read myths with the eyes of wonder: the myths are transparent to their universal meaning, their meaning transparent to its mysterious source.
2. Read myths in the present tense: Eternity is now.
3. Read myths in the first person plural: the Gods and Goddesses of ancient mythology still live within you.
4. Any myth worth its salt exerts a powerful magnetism. Notice the images and stories that you are drawn to and repelled by. Investigate
So I'm feeling elated that I finished, sad that it's over and we have at least a year to wait for the next one.

Lots of excellent character development in this book, Brent is pushing his characters to be their best (and worst) as the war with the Colour Prince advances adn as they search (somewhat half heartedly) for their missing Prism. Gavin/Dazen gets the raw end of everything bad in this book, so as much as I'd like his fate be to happier, it's realistic, especially with such a horrible, vin
Obaid Haroon
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Hate waiting.
After setting down the latest installment in the lightbringer series I can't help but feel disappointed. The book was just really messy, adding a slew of new perspectives that were immediately cast off. There was lots happening in this book, there were a ton of paralel stories running side by side but the thing is most of them were never resolved. The past couple Lightbringer books have done something like this: slow buildup with seemingly unrelated events, revelations where the links between th ...more
Eon (Windrunner)
Oops, accidentally deleted from my shelves.

Dont feel like typing out my review again. This book rocked. The end.
Executive Summary: I bit of a step back from The Blinding Knife, but still a much better book than The Black Prism. 3.5 Stars rounded up.

Audio book: Simon Vance is awesome. Another excellent job. I'm so glad this series switched to him as the narrator.

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I was a bit reluctant to continue this series after Black Prism. I just found Kip so incredibly unlikable. Thankfully his character has evolved and I'm finally starting to come around on him. It's only taken 3 books. >.<

I found t
Sirius Seyven
First thought after finishing, Tries to be witty in dialogues, but fails most of the time.
Great twist at the end, leaving the readers in cold water. Now who are the good guys? bad guys? not sure anymore.
But at the end, i thought what was the point of the book. Nothing happened, at the end of chapter 97, series plotwise was in same place as it was in end of book 2. Did not do much in character development either, except Andross. Seems he is more powerful than Orloham himself or is he the Orholam
Sara Hemenway
Feb 16, 2015 Sara Hemenway marked it as priority-to-read
This book did a lot of things right and one small thing wrong, making this book feel a little slower at times...though admittedly, the craziness of work may have also contributed to that problem. At the end of the day, I still really enjoyed the bulk of the book, but it had potential to be a 5-star story.

The Broken Eye picks up literally where The Blinding Knife left off, though since that was a small bit of a cliffhanger, I won't mention it here. Where the two previous books took place mostly a
Feb 17, 2015 Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I was massively disappointed with this book and even the strong finish couldn't drag it back to 3 stars. I am going to keep this review brief because there isn't much to say to be honest. It is a book of side stories and info about the main characters with almost zero plot forwarding until the last few chapters. All of what was read in this book could have and more importantly should have, been added to the
Jordi Balcells
4,5/5 Brent Weeks destaca en molonio, en comedia y en acción. Ahora bien, el molonio, también conocido como la ley 0 de Sanderson, a veces hace que la trama y el sistema de magia se resientan. Los sistemas de magia de Sanderson, al menos los pocos que he visto hasta ahora, no tienen fisura alguna: son unos principios básicos que se cumplen a la perfección, por mucho que se compliquen. Aquí hay principios básicos que funcionan bastante bien… hasta que se mezclan con otros sistemas de magia que fu ...more
I am so pleased to have finished this epic read at long last, brilliant though it is. To be totally honest I got a little bored and confused by the constant intrigue and plot twists. My favourite character Gavin Guile only popped up from time to time, this book mostly concerns Kip and Teia.

"I am of you," said Kip."I am Guile as much as you are. True, I have a scrap of decency, but only a scrap. How do you think you can treat a Guile with such disregard and get away with it? Because I am you. I'm
Holy schnikes.

Admittedly, this was a little slow for the first half or so. Still really really good, but slow nonetheless. But the last 1/3 or 1/4? Insert random expletives here. Amazeballs.

I just Love this series. I Love Brent Weeks. Way of Shadows was a solidly Good series. Lightbringer? It rocks my fricken world.

It's a perfectly executed coming of age story, which are my Favorite kind of stories. Kip is a perfectly executed unlikely hero; his growth is perfectly paced and he's constantly sur
Jamie B
It's almost a difficult task to write this review as I am still angry, excited and even a little scared having just finished the book. What an incredible addition to the series this was. The pacing to this third book was a lot different to that of the two which preceded it, and that was evident from the offset and throughout. Much more worldbuilding, character/relationship building and backstory, where as in the previous books it seemed to be much more action-packed and story driven. For most of ...more
The best thing about reading Brent Weeks' books is that each is consistently better than the last one. The novel seems more polished, the characters more complex, the world building more intriguing and the book more hard to put down.

I could spend a lot of time praising the world building and the magic system of the book, which are fantastic. Drafting is one of the coolest magic I've read. I could tell how satisfying the plot development is or how the pacing is great and makes the book hard to pu
Joel Pearson

It's not much of a secret that Brent Weeks is one of my favorite authors and favorite people. I mean, afterall, he usually remembers my name when he sees me. Part of what makes Brent great is a constant and consistent improvement in his writing from book to book. He's a masterful storyteller, with great characters, plot twists and extremely creative environments and magic systems. But one thing he's done that many authors do not is continue to improve himself - the quality of his writing, th
Waited a long time for this to come out. Unfortunately, the smaller gripes I had about the previous two books seem exponentiated in this book. At his best, Weeks has an exciting style with epic setpiece scenes that are easy to visualize, and the magic system in this series may well be my favorite of all time (even moreso than Sanderson's metal-swallowing Mistborners). Would that I could draft luxin! Truly ingenious.

Some amazing characters, and some not-so-amazing ones. Teia and Murder Sharp cont
Angela Groves
AHHHHHH! This book was worth the wait! It answered so many questions from the previous book, and then went ahead and left me with a whole bunch more! Now I have to wait again =[. If you are a fantasy fan and you haven't read anything by Brent Weeks, what have you been doing? The Lightbringer series has everything from the light hearted warm moments, to the darkest despair moments and everything in between. The characters are wonderful and deep. They grow throughout the series, and you love them ...more
Got the book two weeks early and devoured it.

The Night Angel Trilogy had me convinced that Brent Weeks could do no wrong, yet I remember I wasn't sold after reading the Black Prism all those years ago. Fortunately, the Lightbringer series got its hooks in me with the Blinding Knife. But that was two years ago and I had forgotten some of the smaller plot details of the series, but the memories quickly came flooding back as I swept through chapter after chapter of the Broken Eye. And oh boy, was
Rick marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2015
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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 Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)
  • 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 Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)

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“We are the stories we tell about ourselves. But when those stories are lies, we are the most surprised of all.” 12 likes
“Don’t judge a man by what he says his ideals are, judge him by what he does. Look at what the Color Prince has done. They’re wrong, Teia. They’re liars and murderers. It doesn’t mean everything we do is right. It doesn’t mean our house doesn’t need a thorough cleaning. I just don’t think we need to burn it to the ground to do it.” 7 likes
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