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KayKay #CRB6 Review #34 The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

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This is the third book in the Lightbringer series.  I had hopes this would be the final book, but it seems there is at least one more in the series.  It felt like a build up for the (hopefully final) fourth book.  The first book established the characters.  The second book had them at a loss, so I thought the third book would see them triumph.  Not so, they seemed to be even worse off at the end of this book (especially the Prism).  I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

Gavin- has been captured by Gunner and is working as a slave rowing a pirate ship.  He is then captured by enemies who cut off two of his fingers and blind one of his eyes before he is rescued by Karris and Ironfist.  After returning to the Chromeria he is captured by his father and put into the same cell his brother was in.  However, he doesn’t have any drafting so very little chance of escape.  I hope that he reconciles with Orholam and regains his power and becomes Prism again.

Kip- Starts off captured by Zymun, but he escapes and after almost starving, he finally gets back to Chromeria to continue his studies and let everyone know that his father is alive.  He finds the deck of cards that Janus had made, and he absorbs them all- and is transported to a library beyond time where he has an interaction with Abaddon, an immortal and gets his cloak (which he gives to Teia) He ends up being exiled by his grandfather (and their agreement) and marries Tisis.

Andross- He had been a red wight, but after being stabbed by the blinding knife, he returns to health.  He makes himself Promachos and places his grandson Zymon as the Prism-elect

Karris- Finally married Gavin in the last book after he has told her everything.  She is trained by the white and becomes the white at the end of this book.

What did I think about this book?

I really wished there was more movement in the overall story arch.  However, Kip has finally started to come into his own, he has thinned out, he is starting to control his comments.  He has his squad of friends around him.

Final Thoughts…

Looking forward to the fourth book, but I hope it’s the conclusion…

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KayKay #CRB6 Review #33 The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

 

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In preparation for The Broken Eye (the third book in the Lightbringer series) I wanted to re-read The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife.  This series takes place in a world where some people (‘drafters’) have the ability to make colors solid.  After some major losses in the first book, things don’t go well for our heroes in this book.  Needless to say I love this series (as I rarely read books twice), I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

After a devastating loss at Garriston, the Prism starts to realize that he is losing colors, starting with blue.  He loses his ability to see or draft blue.  It seems he was stabbed by The Blinding Knife in the battle- which leaves no scars.

In this story Kip comes face to face with his grandfather (and master manipulator) – Andross Guile (the Red).  They begin to play a game called Nine Kings, at stakes that are high for Kip- including having his friends kicked out of the blackguard training and sent home.  When the stakes become whether he will own his friend (a slave) Teia, or whether his grandfather will own it, Kip got a set of cards from Janus Borig.  Janus makes all the original cards, which have crystals on them.  When you touch the crystals, you are immersed into the character on the cards background.

There is another battle with the Color Prince, who is trying to bring back the old gods.  They are able to stop the Green god from being born, but they do not recover the seed which would prevent this from happening again.  After the battle there is a confrontation with Andross, his slave Grimwoody, Kip and Gavin.  Gavin ends up stabbed with the blinding knife and falls overboard, and Kip follows.  They both end up captured by pirates, and after being stabbed Gavin is now no longer able to draft.  Kip has been thrown aside by the pirates and captured by his evil step brother- Zymun (son of Karris and the real Dazen).

What did I think about this book?

The first time I read this, I really enjoyed it.  The second time, I felt it dragged a bit.  I feel like it’s one very long coming of age story for Kip.  Although not as annoying as this type of character would normally be, he still is very awkward.

This seems like a low point in the story, hopefully the third book will see some improvement Gavin and Kips situation.  At this point, it seems like the Color Prince will be winning.

I also felt it was weird that after all the build up in the first book with the real Gavin being in the prison and escaping the Blue, Green and Yellow cells, that Dazen comes down and shoots him.  It felt like a missed opportunity.

Final Thoughts…

Looking forward to the third book…

KayKay #CRB6 Review #32 The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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In preparation for The Broken Eye (the third book in the Lightbringer series) I wanted to re-read The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife.  This series takes place in a world where some people (‘drafters’) have the ability to make colors solid.  In addition to the unique magic system, there is also a lot of political strategy and surprise twists.  Needless to say I love this series (as I rarely read books twice), I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

The government is run by The Prism (who can split light and draft every color), The White, The Black and a council representative of each color.  This book is mostly told from the view point of the Prism (Gavin), and his illegitimate son- Kip.  This book takes place in the aftermath of the False Prisms War, where two brothers- Gavin and Dazen both fought to be Prism.  Dazen wins by killing his brother- or so everyone thinks.  He really injures him them keeps in him in a prison under his rooms.  He also assumes Gavin’s identity, since Dazen winning will cause more damage.  This causes the real Dazen some problems with his true love Karris, who was set to marry Gavin.  When they find out that Gavin had an illegitimate son (Kip), Dazen has to claim him as his own.  Because he was conceived when Karris was engaged to Gavin, this causes some problems.

While the Prism is trying to make the right decisions for the country (despite a lot of political strategy- mainly led by his father- Andrew Guiles), his son Kip comes to the Chromeria and begins his education.  Kip is a fat kid who has been bullied all his life, and has now been recognized as the son of one of the most powerful people in the world.  In addition to school to study drafting, Kip also is in competition to join the Blackguards- a unique group protecting the Prism and the White.

This book ends with a devastating defeat for the Prism against the Color Prince in Garriston.  The Prism had drafted a huge wall to help guard the city, but was unable to finish it in time.  We do start to see that Kip also has the ability to draft several colors and seems to be very powerful, although awkward and unconfident.

What did I think about this book?

This story could have been very confusing with Gavin really being Dazen, but always thinking of himself as Gavin.  It also has a new complex magic system.  But it is written really well, so it is never overwhelming.

I also enjoyed the way that war is presented, as if there are no good choices, just the best of the worth, and the hard decisions that have to be made.

The twist with Dazen taking Gavin’s spot was the plot twist that really hooked me.

Although Kip will probably be the star of this series, the Prism is my favorite character.

Favorite Lines?

“When you don’t know what to do, do what’s right and do what’s in front of you.  But not necessarily what’s in front of you.”

Final Thoughts…

Looking forward to the second book…