The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Brent Weeks

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Genre: Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

“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 wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.”

I’m going to skip my usual break down of writing, magic, world, ect… and just jump right into my thoughts. Since the build up of the world and magic were in the first book, and the writing has stayed the same.

I liked this one better than the first. You get to see a lot of the inner workings and politics of the Chromeria while Kip goes to school! Yep, there’s magic school in this book. I am a sucker for any book that has a type of magical school. What a nerd. Plus it’s hilarious to watch Kip go head to head with Andross (his grandfather). But then less hilarious later on…

Gavin and Karris’ chemistry is off the charts. That’s all I’ll say about that! Ha!

I love that we are starting to dig deeper into each character and watching this crazy world unfold. I half like and half don’t like Liv’s POV. She’s lawful evil. But I find it interesting her reasoning she uses for being bad (Although she thinks she’s the good guy).

Honeslty, Kip is my favorite POV. He’s really funny and smart. I found myself hoping the next chapter would always be his. I’m loving watching the characters get stronger (or weaker) in their magic and in their ways.

Oh yeah, Iron Fist is still my favorite!!! Listen here, Weeks, I will revolt and throw tomatoes at you if you kill him ever! Also, that cliff hanger!!!!

Has anyone read this series?! Please someone talk with me about it if you have! I have so many theories!!

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Brent Weeks

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: August 25, 2010

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Adventure Rating: 4 Stars

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“Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Gavin Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Gavin Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.”

First Thoughts. Pretty awesome actually. So this book came HIGHLY recommended by my husband who went 27 years without reading. This is his first year where he actually wanted to read books. I was shocked! But I dutifully started this fantasy series that he so loves. And y’all, I am so glad I did! It’s been since 2014, I think, that I have read an adult fantasy. Horrible since it’s my favorite genre. IT WAS SO GOOD! What a breath of fresh air! I had so much readers anxiety during this adventure. I had so many burning questions and theories! Some were answered and some have still not been and it’s driving me nuts.

Plot/ Story. A pretty fast paced story for a first book. There was a lot of traveling, a lot of action, and a lot of intrigue! Plus learning about the Color System of magic was SO COOL!! What a neat concept! Depending on what color you can draft, you can make different things and the color can change your mood. The downside is, the more you draft, the quicker you die. Most only live to be 36-40. Only the Prism can draft all of the colors and has to keep a balance in the world. 

Characters. To start, I ship Gavin and Karris so hard!!! Please just be happy together! Anyways, Kip is adorable and witty and charming. He is Gavin’s overweight son that may or not be more powerful? I don’t know yet! I really like the different POV the book takes you through. Karris is one of my favorites because she’s super feisty and great fun to read about.  My favorite character though is hands down Iron Fist!!!! He’s one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read about! He’s go secrets, he’s powerful, and he’s got that upstanding honor thing going without being boring. 

Final Thoughts. I highly recommend. It’s SO much fun to read and the writing is phenomenal. I don’t understand how I’ve never heard of this book before my husband told me about it. I feel like this series has a following, just no one I know! I’ve already wasted no time to start book 2!