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The Blinding Knife

(Lightbringer #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  73,608 ratings  ·  2,490 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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gavin Guile has said that he has seven great purposes to fulfill in his lifetime; one of those is to write a seven paragraphs spoiler-free review so that people will read The Blinding Knife and I’m here to help him achieve that.

The Blinding Knife, the second installment in Weeks’s Lightbringer series, successfully excelled over the previous book. On my first read, I remember that I chose The Blinding Knife as my favorite installment of the series; it seems like I’m going to stand by this notion
Sean Barrs
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
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
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,
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 magic
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
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The intrigue and entertainment level went up a notch or two in this second installment of Lightbringer series. The first book was really good, but this one was really DAMN good.

I'm not real big on books with a lot of politics involved. This one seemed to have just the right amount for my tastes. It all mixes so well with the type of governing system used. The characters involved play off of each other so well, and get others mixed up in the plots and schemes. Very well done!

"Freedom isn
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Reread October 2019 - loved it just as much the second time around!

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 boo
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After establishing the magic system and how things generally work in this world in the first book, this book concentrated a lot more on plotting, intrigues and the main conflicts and immediately was so much more enjoyable. Most characters had a special and interesting role, there were unexpected twists and only a few parts I thought were a bit boring (view spoiler)

Similar to first book, the second one as well ended strong with s

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 h
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
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
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mark Halse
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2019 Update:

Fuck this book. It's too great to exist. Gollie.

Original Review:

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
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm going out on a limb here by saying that I'm a fanboy. The limb of my respect is very strong and thick, so even Kip can climb out far above the colorful land below and never need to worry about breaking the tree.

Kip was always the underdog, and who doesn't love the underdog? His story is by far the strongest in the books, and it doesn't take a genius to see he's being set up for so many more great things. One shouldn't refer to the title of the series. The fun is seeing exactly how he arrives
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
3.5 Stars
Spoiler-Free Series Review Video:

This second book was gripping, yet I honestly feel conflicted about it. I really loved some aspects of the novel, while other aspects really bothered me. After hating Kip in the first book, he actually became my favourite character in this second. I always love reading about school settings in fantasy so I really enjoyed the sections about his black guard training. I also loved the scenes involving the card games with his gra
Merphy Napier
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-stars, fantasy, adult
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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. Although I enjoyed the first book, I enjoyed this one much more. I’m not sure if it was because I was less tired and distracted while reading it, or if it was because of the story itself. Maybe a bit of both.

First of all, for anybody who was annoyed by the first book because, among other things, the author is completely obsessed with breasts and also likes to put his female characters in weird and unlikely situations, that hasn’t chang
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
J.M. Storin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
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
Ashley Daviau
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best word to describe this book is genius. Because it is truly and utterly mind blowing how great this book is! I’m glad it’s been awhile since I’ve read it because I felt like I was reading it for the first time and being blown away all over again. The world that Weeks has created with this series is beyond stunning, it’s absolute perfection. This book is intense and had my heart pounding from stop to finish, so much was happening with so much riding on it and it was such a thrilling ride!
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In a small-town Montana school at age 12, Brent Weeks met the two great loves of his life. Edgar Allan Poe introduced him to the power of literature to transcend time and death and loneliness. Fate introduced him to The Girl, Kristi Barnes. He began his pursuit of each immediately.

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