By Brent Weeks
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| ISBN-10: 0316068144
| ISBN-13: 9780316068147
| Publisher: Orbit (August 27, 2013)
| Source: Goodreads/Review Requested
| Cover Artwork: Design by Lauren Panepinto
| Cover illustration by Silas Manhood
| Cover figure by Shirley Green
| Paperback: 704 pages
| Rating: 5 Stars
The Story. Gavin Guile is running out of time as crisis after crisis throw up roadblocks in his path. Meanwhile Kip, Karris and Liv, to name a few, all must face their own dilemmas, forcing them to make difficult choices while overcoming a lifetime of often mistaken beliefs. But will those choices prove to be the right choice or will they plunge their world into uncontrolled chaos. Only time will tell and like I said, time is running out.
My Thoughts. Sometimes I wish I had the education to analyze exactly why books like this are so much better than awesome. I mean I know what I like, what I love and what just wows me. What I can't always explain is why certain books take over my life, make me forget to eat, and make it hard to sleep because I keep going over scenes in my head. It is actually easier to review a merely good book, or one that is great but not perfect. However when a book simply blows me away I don't even know how to start explaining why. It feels like trying to explain a rainbow to someone who has never seen one.
This is one of those books.
This story has so much going for it. Meticulous worldbuilding, a detailed and unique magic system, sympathetic characters, twists and turns to keep you guessing, moral dilemmas which make you wonder what choice you would make, political power plays behind the scenes, hidden agendas, divided loyalties and the list goes on. Brent Weeks quite frankly scares me alittle. I imagine he gets up every morning and over breakfast thinks of nothing but "what horrible, nasty, cruel, demented thing can I do to my characters today" and then he goes and does it. Then for lunch he figures out how to get them out of today's dilemma in the most surprising, backhanded, conniving, sneaky but heroic way possible, then he does that too. I don't even want to know what he thinks about during dinner....
Let me sum things up for you. Ever rode a roller-coaster? Well experiencing this story is exactly like that... only better. You don't get queasy and it lasts a whole lot longer.
What didn't I like? The cliffhanger, omg. In addition to finding horrible, nasty, cruel, demented things to do to his characters, Brent Weeks knows exactly how to torture his readers too. I want to know what happens and I want to know yesterday! Mean man, mean, mean man. I'd rather run out of chocolate.
A note on the magic system. In the back of this book is a priceless character list, glossary and appendix. I highly suggest reading the appendix or aleast referring to it at need. The intricacies of the magic system are fully explained there and will greatly enhance your understanding of the hows and whys involved. Now my copy of book one did not have this and I really wish it had. Things that I did not understand in book one are so much clearer now. If you are lucky enough to have both books, but haven't started reading them yet, I'd keep book two close at hand so you can take advantage of this valuable resource.
(Special Note: The author tells me that while the character list, glossary, and appendix are all new, they will be included in book 1 henceforth.)
Conclusion. I thought book one was awesome, now I wish I knew a word for better than awesome. I am not sure if I liked this one better than book one or if it is simply the freshest in my mind but either way, both books are the best I've read all year. If you love epic fantasy which explores deep issues while blurring the line between good and evil, right and wrong, love and hate, this is a series you'll definitely want in your library.
Also See My Review of: The Black Prism (Lightbringer: Book 1)
Amazon Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer: Book 2) by Brent Weeks - Reviewed by Mulluane - on October 08, 2013 - Rating: of 5 Stars