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The Broken Eye

(Lightbringer #3)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  52,360 ratings  ·  2,264 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
Kindle Edition, 846 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Orbit (first published August 2014)
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high fantasy fans
4.5/5 stars

The Broken Eye is an installment filled with an intense focus on secrecy, revelations, politics, and world-building.

The Broken Eye is the third—and the second largest—book in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks; it’s quite crazy to think that this is the third book already and yet I still found myself constantly surprised by the revelations, plot twists, and developments. I’ve mentioned this before, there aren’t many high-fantasy series with a plotting level that reached what Weeks
Petros Triantafyllou
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Broken Eye is an excellent continuation of a wonderful series, fully worthing your attention.

“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.”

The characters are better developed than in the previous installment,
Dana Ilie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The meticulously crafted world of Weeks is expanding, opening up and it feels like it's been energized in The Broken Eye. The solid and original but sometimes obvious magic system shows no limit. It's now simply in the details, in the doctrine of the Chromaturgy and the way it's been twisted that the magic of the author's intricate creation really shine. ...more
S.C.  Savage
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Well at this point I must admit that I think Brent Weeks should have stuck to making this a trilogy. I loved the first book and enjoyed the second even more but this one was only average. There was far too much padding and even the action scenes went on and on until they became tedious.
Just a few moments ago I looked at the blurb for book 4 and discover that Gavin spends most or even all of the next book in yet another prison situation. Come on Mr Weeks - here you have one of the best book heroe
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Deborah Obida
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fantasy
“In this life, we are not garments which may be washed and worn again, Karris. We are candles, giving light and heat until we are consumed."

I can't believe this, after all my fears this is my favourite in the series. Somehow the author made my worst plot twist my favourite in the series. I barely even notice that Gavin is in captivity. The book changed course, now Kip is the main character, he has more POV than even Gavin. Karris, Teia, Zymum, Liv and Ironfist still has POV though. But the l
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fun read with likeable characters, interesting plot and a really unique and well-developed world. This one wasn't quite as good as the last one (mostly due to the fact that the plot meandered a bit in comparison) but it was still really enjoyable and I'm really excited for the final installment.

Gavin's sections in this one were probably the weak-link. The "hero suffering in captivity" plot-line is one that I often find to be pretty dull and it took up pretty much all of Gavin's arc in t
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fantasy lover!
Shelves: to-read-on-shelf

The second time around just confirms the stellar review of the first time around. I am amazed at how good this series really is. There is so much content, the world building builds upon itself every time in an incredibly powerful and convincing way each book; the characters are just well defined and developed - the women in this story are authentic to me, they are genuinely powerful women (the White, Karris, Teia) with their weaknesses and they know what t
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
How can people rate a book that has yet to be written?
Peter Ahlstrom
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5+ ***

The BB&B BR with Eon & Sarah is still going strong!

When I love a book or series this much, I tend to suck at reviewing it! After all, what can I start talking about first? And how can I say anything without giving it away?? And how can I do it any justice???

As You see, this will be another one of those where I have lost all sense of objectivity and have become all emotion and fangirling... Maybe it is a good way to tell you - i love this book and series, and the only way I know how t
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
The BB&B BR with Choko & Sarah is still going strong!

Five Prismatic stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Broken Eye is the third book in The Lightbringer series so expect spoilers below guys.

I warned you right? SPOILERS.

Ok, ok. Tagging it.

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Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Broken Eye is the third book in the Lightbringer series and the best so far by my standards. Brent Weeks has toned down the pace slightly in this installment. There is still plenty of action and excitement. But this seemed to be set up as more of a chess match, or even better, like a game of Nine Kings if you are familiar with this series.

I said in my review of the previous book that I wasn't big on books with a lot of politics. The politics in this series just seems to appeal to me though.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I loved the re-read of this one just as much as the previous two and I have already started book 4. Can't wait for the final one to come out as I forgot so many of the plot twists and the crazy amazing-ness which I now remember. I have to admit that I really think Weeks outdoes himself in this one and the next with the mind-bending magic and plot twists, they just keep on coming and I feel like I never know what may happen next, and yet he does tie things up well too!

Overall, fantastic agai
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Still a great read. Has some issues, but nothing major.
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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far the best book in the series with a lot of shit going on....all the time!! Never a dull moment
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I don't think this rating will come as a surprise to anyone who was following my updates.
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
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This is a book which I have been meaning to get to for quite a while (since the ending of the second was rather explosive) and I am so glad that I finally got the chance whilst doing an illustration project. It was the perfect time for me to read (or rather listen as I have the audiobook) and enjoy the story because it was fast and exuberant, fun and shocking all at once and it keep the creativity and determination flowing. This is the continuation of the story from books #1 and #2 but honestly, ...more
Mark Halse
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell! This is what a book should be! Twists, turns, defeat and triumph, this is easily the best book in the series thus far.

No critiques. This book rocks. If you haven't started this series by now, drop everything you're reading and pick it up!

TS Chan
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-dnf
2.5 stars
Another divergent rating from a lot of my buddies on Goodreads. And I'm rounding it up simply because there were some great moments in this book, which as whole just felt like it dragged on and on and on and on..

It's been awhile since I've felt so divided on a book before. These characters are good and I really liked them back in book two, but The Broken Eye seemed to have stretched out the character development on the downward trajectory as far as I was concerned. I thought that I am
Jared Saltz
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Michael Pang
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that might have flaws and problems, but it makes it up with action, adventure and development of characters and world. This was a very well paced book and new plot twists were thrown at me often enough for me to disregard imperfections and/or boring bits. What more, the characters have obviously evolved and the scene is set so well. I love all the right characters, hate all the bad guys and am unsure about all the ones I should be unsure.

I think this is the best book
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it again on the re-read
Man this one was rough (in a good way). This entire book was like that part of the Rocky movie where he just gets the shit beat out of him and everything is awful. I could barely put this one down even though at times I didn't want to turn the page because such horrible things were happening. Kip continues to be awesome, Andross Guile continues to be an asshole (even when at times I almost start warming up to him), Gavin is still a favorite although (view spoiler)
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
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
By far the best so far in the series. So much going on. Character development, world building, plot twists,conflict internal and political and the last 100 pages or so blew me away big time!
Very strong 5 stars for the Broken Eye:)
Lady Luna. ✨
That ending has killed me :'(, thanks Brent weeks for stomping on my heart. RTC if I ever stopped crying ...more
Mark Medina
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

A really good instalment in the series. I like the way the books started off slowly, seemingly simple, yet layer after layer is added bit by bit. More of the seven satrapies is revealed, along with more back story on Gavin and others. Still plenty to keep you guessing. The plot has definitely thickened, with some unexpected twists along the way. I will now read book 4.
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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.

The novel was a failure. The Girl shot him down.

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Lightbringer (5 books)
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