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The Blood Mirror

(Lightbringer #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  41,378 ratings  ·  1,998 reviews
The fourth book in the blockbuster Lightbringer series from New York Times bestselling fantasy author Brent Weeks.

When does an empire fall?

The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King's armies.

Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken,
Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Orbit (first published November 16th 2015)
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy with heavy politics fan
A prelude novel to the—hopefully—incredible conclusion.

Since the start of this month, I’ve been binge rereading Lightbringer from the beginning non-stop, and I’d say that my reread experience for the previous three books has been rewarding. The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife were even better on reread; The Broken Eye more or less on the same quality. Unfortunately, I have to say that rereading The Blood Mirror gave me an inferior reading experience compared to the first time I read it. There
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The weakest so far in this series had it's fair share of highs, but one of the lowest of possible lows

This book was a very frustrating experience for me as a reader, as there was so much that I enjoyed about this book. Some of the reveals that were dropped in this book were exceedingly well done, and the patience that Brent Weeks had in not revealing these earlier in the serie
So Much Love.

Honestly, ever since I started reading Brent Weeks, I've been trying to capture the feel of his glorious writing in all the wrong places. I keep picking up Epic Fantasies here and there and everywhere just trying to satisfy my fix. And yet?

Well let me be perfectly honest here. Less than a handful have matched half of the sheer awesomeness in the Lightbringer series. Many many more are lucky to fill this one's cup even to a third, or maybe a fourth of the way up.

Lightbringer is just
Dana Ilie
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I don’t know how Weeks consistently ratchets up the tension, weirdness, and world-building with each novel, but here we are at book number four, THE BLOOD MIRROR, and you shouldn’t be surprised by this point that it’s yet another big book of epic fantasy goodness.
Weeks only gets better with time. His characterization grows ever deeper. His settings more fully realized. The magic more strange and creative. The pitfall with THE BLOOD MIRROR, however, is that it’s a transitional book. We know there
Luna. ✨
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Petros Triantafyllou
The most anticipated fantasy book of 2016 is now released internationally, and you may as well drop whatever you are reading and pick it up.

Gavin Guile, once Prism, once Emperor and High Priest, once the most powerful man alive, has now lost both his power and his friends and lays imprisoned in his own unbreakable dungeon. With Karris and Teia both called to fulfill their new roles (one as the head of the Spectrum, claiming the role of the White, and the other as a spy among the Assassins of the
Jessy (OCD Anonymous)
I thought this was a trilogy!!
Why do I think everything is a trilogy?
But on the bright side...
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I finally finished this mess of a book. Believe it or not, I was actually looking forward for it to end. It's such a mess. After reading a few reviews here, I finally get the sense of what's wrong with it. It has an unfinished feel to it. Half of the pages could have been deleted and the story would remain unchanged.

Kip's POV are the worst, and not because of his relationship with Tisis. Everything else about these POVs feels so off. Humans will-casting animals? Big bears going to war? Some
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, brent-weeks
*** 4.55 ***

A buddy read with the greatest Fantasy Fanatics at BB&B!!! We need some Magic in our lives!!!

Just wanted to say that I wrote a big, emotional review, and GR ate it somehow and now I am upset and am sure my review will suck....

Having said that, I need to let you all know how happy I am that this series exists in the Universe!!! I fell in love with the Lightbringer World from the first book and the Magic System is one of the most interesting and implausibly plausible I have ever read
Mike's Book Reviews
The book that "broke" this series for me. I thought the first 2 were some of the most original fantasy I had ever read. Then Weeks went for a twist so crazy even M. Night Shyamalan thought he overreached. I still haven't had the gumption to pick up the final book even thought I own it.

But it wasn't just the twist(s) in this. Taking characters that were set up well early in the series like Liv, Gavin, and Kerris and reducing their roles so much in the previous books just made this one seem exhaus
Kitty G Books
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
* I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for a review *

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS :) It's actually my most anticipated book for the end of this year and I kind of maybe did some begging to get a copy of this early from the publisher. I am super happy to say that all the begging and all the reading was SO worth it becuase this book lived up to and exceeded all of my expectations, and I for one am happy that there will be a 5th and final book as so much happens here that I feel
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

The first 2/3 of this book were pretty slow with some interesting moments but towards the end important things started to develop, some long-standing mysteries were revealed and the pace picked up noticeably. Even so however this book definitely felt like it was setting up the next book, especially as there was no real tying together of the main plots as occurred in the previous books. This book suffered from that lack of an exciting ending that advanced the plot and payed off different
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I can happily say that The Blood Mirror is a worthy penultimate entry into the fantastic Lightbringer world created by Brent Weeks. I loved this book. It made me question so much. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me rage and despair. It gave me hope and took it away. It shocked me and delighted me. It ended way too soon.

I do not deny it. I am easy to please. And fantasy….fantasy is my kryptonite. But I had HEAPS of fun reading this tale. It fell short of perfection, but it nev
There were a lot of good things about this book but in the end it was weighed down by too many words! The author keeps adding to his world with massive info dumps which may be okay on the written page (you can skim if you want) but do not come across well on audio.

If you ignore that some of the good things were
* Gavin escaped at last!!! Not that it is a complete escape but at least he is out and about and can maybe contribute to the story. His scenes in the prison were good too.
* Kip is beginni
TS Chan
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, series-dnf
Finally finished! This could have been good if I can only care about the characters more. Honestly, I did start liking the main characters in The Blinding Knife but the fairly poor showing of The Broken Eye did nothing to solidify my then growing investment. Gavin Guile was probably the only one which I still have a decent interest in but his arc dragged and had a lot of what I personally find to be plot devices to shock the reader and provide avenues to lengthen the narrative. One of the revela ...more
Deborah Obida
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
“Look at your mistakes long enough to learn from them, then put them behind you.”

This started exactly where the previous book ended, Kip and the Mighty are on the run, Teia is at the Chromeria, Karris is now the new White and Gavin is still suffering. Not much happened plotwise, but the revelations in this was mind blowing, I'm still processing some of the things that was revealed about Gavin, like how is that even possible, I finally know what the title of book one 'The Black Prism' means.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On my re-read I can simply confirm that this is a transition book and I cannot wait to see where this story leads!
Sure, there are quite significant revelations (Gavin just is so cool!) and women kick ass in this book.
Yet, it covers about one year and it is not too detailed (compared to the books before).
I am just so ready for The Burning White - I just cannot wait! Expectations are high and I am hoping disappointment will not be a word I use to describe the last installment!

I had a blast going
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
A Fantastic first buddy read with the fantastic Eon, Luna and Choko at BB&B !!

I LOVED this book!!! Honestly, for me, it's the best volume of the series so far. Brent Weeks crafted a beautiful piece of Fantasy here. This book was not exactly action-packed or fast-paced and yet a lot of awesome and shocking stuff happened! The story unraveled smoothly but I was hooked from cover to cover. The Blood Mirror focused mostly on character's development and growth and on world expanding, laying the scen
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I never thought I would see the day I would rate a Weeks book a 3, but I don't feel this book deserved more. Nothing really happened. I read 600 pages where people were obviously being moved into position for the final book. However did it really need 600 pages? Yes, Weeks excels at the shock reveal. There were 3 of these throughout the book that clearly stick in my head, yet I guess they don't have the impact they would have once. (view spoiler) ...more
So this series has apparently gone from 4 books (was it supposed to be 3 at the start? idk.) to 5. I have some mixed feelings about that. On one hand I'm really enjoying this series so far. It's fun and fast paced with lots of cool, interesting characters, well-developed plots, intriguing mysteries and some of the most unique world-building I've seen in fantasy. On the other hand I'm really not a big fan of fantasy author's honey-dicking their readers by announcing a series' will be x books in l ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to admit it but I'm more than a little disappointed with THE BLOOD MIRROR. It was a decent book and honestly I enjoyed being back in the Seven Satrapies but it just didn't meet the mark. I now understand how women who have sex but not orgasms feel.

The biggest problem with this book is that it was abrupt. Things just happened quickly and without remorse. This didn't have to be a bad thing but it makes me feel like I'm left with just the bones of the story. The previous books felt more full
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, amazing
This book isn't out yet and you have this book 5 stars?
Yes. Zero fucks given. Save me the hassle of giving 5 stars when it is out.

I so love being right. Five stars for you Mr. Weeks. Take a bow.
Arthur Zhang
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful disappointment.

The Blood Mirror does a lot right and continues to build up the excellent world of the Lightbringer series, with a dose of action as well. But it only really functions to set up the next, and final book. Lots of lore, hints, and subplots are dropped and created but not much actually happens. Think Winter's Heart from The Wheel of Time series. It's a perfectly competent book, but a bit of a letdown, especially compared to the absurd heights that the third book achieved.
Eric Allen
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book should have been called Lightbringer 4: When Plot Twists Attack!!!

Holy crap the plot twists. Literally everything you know from previous books is WRONG. EVERYTHING.

This book was so good, and I like that, after three hugely epic, action packed climaxes in the previous three books, this one's climax was a more quiet, emotional one. There's nothing that says the climax of a book has to be hugely epic battles and duels. Sometimes quiet emotion is just as fulfilling in a story. The
Kitty G Books
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the re-read of this was fantastic as well, it's all making me just want the final book to see how Weeks will manage to tie everything together. He opens up so many things in this story, such as will over animals, a new set of leaders, new confidence and problems for our characters and more twists again. I find myself constantly in awe of the storytelling and the way Weeks can weave threads together when people are all doing their own thing in the world now. I think that the finale will be ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I predict that there's gonna be 7 books ...more
Executive Summary: I enjoyed this one more than The Broken Eye, despite a slow start. Not quite as good as The Blinding Knife though. Still, I can't wait for the final book.

Audiobook: Simon Vance is fantastic as always, though he can be quiet/hard to hear at times. He does a variety of voices that make the audio a must for me though, and I'm always more inclined to listen to any book he reads.

Full Review
I've often struggled with Brent Week's work. I like his ideas, but his execution at times
Julia Sarene
This one was really hard to get into for me (and that pun was not intended), as it seems the first part is about wanting to have sex, trying to have sex, failing at sex, thinking about having sex, ... - you get the picture. After the first 15% it got better, and I enjoyed the story just as much as I did with the three books before. All the characters do grow and while the plot doesn't progress a lot, I was engaged and entertained throughout the book. The last part was all sex again - but with th ...more
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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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