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The Blinding Knife

(Lightbringer #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  61,717 ratings  ·  2,047 reviews
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
Hardcover, 671 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Orbit (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oops, I finished this last week but forgot to update!

It was amazing.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. With 7 days of reading to finish the book, I'll do my spoiler-free review within 7 paragraphs.

2. The Blinding Knife
The second book in the Lightbringer series is better compared to its prequel, The Black Prism. While in the previous book I had problems with the first 200 pages as it is created more like a bad essay on the magic system with very few progress on the stories, that problem is now gone completely. By now the characters and magic system are already established and Brent Weeks's writ
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brandon Sanderson fans.
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
Dana Ilie
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
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 t
Deborah Obida
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
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, th
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-sff-faves
**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 choic
Petros Triantafyllou
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 provide ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 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 m
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

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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
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Edward Keller
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
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 ...more
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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it

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 hi
Samantha Savage
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
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 getti
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
Merphy Napier
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, adult, two-stars
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
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 progr
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A super fun BB&B reread with Choko & Sarah that just reminded me that this one deserves all the coloured stars!
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-own
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!
Mark Halse
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
James 'Eagle'
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing 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.


You may assume with this b
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
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I had similar issues with The Blinding Knife as I did with the first novel. There's a great story here, with a creative and inventive magic system, but the writing is subpar. A lot of the humor, violence, and romance has a very juvenile feel to it. At one point, during the climax of the book, there is a sentence to the effect of "fat kids really know about momentum" that was totally off putting.

This brings me back to the author's obsession of the main character, Kip, being fat and slow. I am now
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I though this had 750 pages. I was prepared for 750 pages. Not 709... WHAT IS THAT CLIFFHANGER DOING HERE. I didn't think the book would end at that, and then I turn the page and see Acknowledgement... ahhhh

Well. I have this 5 stars because the characters are fucking amazing and half of them has made it to my "favorite characters of all time list". Plus the writing is on point. And the plot is fast paced and you never know what's about to happen.

The only think that bothers me with these books a
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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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