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The Blood Mirror

(Lightbringer #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  22,555 ratings  ·  1,266 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, and trappe
Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Orbit
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy with heavy politics fan
So here it is, I finally catch up to the whole Lightbringer series. Before everyone started reading this book, even though this is the penultimate installment of the series, it's better for you to know first that this book serves pretty much as a transitional novel only for the last book in the series. This mean that there's really few actions and imo they're all underwhelming. Most of the content of this book is politics, plot progression and buildup for the final volume. As usual, like my prev ...more
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
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) Smith
I thought this was a trilogy!!
Why do I think everything is a trilogy?
But on the bright side...
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brent-weeks, fantasy
*** 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
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 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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a blast going through this book. There was some action yet it was fairly limited.
What was breathtaking was the delicate chess play to position all the right people in the right place for the last book of the series.
I read somewhere that this was to be considered a transition book - yet, I feel it is so much more than that. There are some new characters (and here is where my 4 rather than 5 stars rating is based - I am not sure whether Tisis is that good of a person and it really feels li
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing, fantasy
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.
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.

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I've often struggled with Brent Week's work. I like his ideas, but his execution at times c
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own, read_2018
The 4th book in the Lightbringer series doesn't do all that much to progress the series but it continues to envelope the reader in a shroud of luxin as the epic story builds towards its crescendo.

There are so many interesting concepts introduced / expanded upon in the Blood Mirror which really bring the Seven Satrapies to life. Without spoiling anything, the assassin angle gets plenty of page time as what it means to be a 'Sharp' is stealthily unraveled while aspects of a menacing new threat ar
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
Aug 29, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just read number 3. What do you mean with year 2016? Seriously?
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I predict that there's gonna be 7 books
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Mark Harrison
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Four. Big reveals but can say nothing as would spoil it for those still to enjoy it. There is an element of setting up the next chapter but I found it totally engrossing even though the twists are total head f**ks.
Kitvaria 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
Dustin Ell
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weeks is a game changer. Continuously blowing my mind. Especially by making us wait until 2016. It had better not be year end. I need more! More Wool! More lightbriner! Orholam please!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one book I am having a hard time rating. I wasn’t as absolutely engrossed in it as I was with the previous installment but some very important things happened. It seemed like a lull before the storm of what will be the next book, hopefully. I enjoyed reading it, but there are parts that weren’t my favorite.
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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

Other books in the series

Lightbringer (5 books)
  • The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
  • The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)
  • The Burning White (Lightbringer #5)
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