Book: “The Blinding Knife”
Author: Brent Weeks
Series: Lightbringer Series Book #2
671 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2012
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.
The Blinding Knife
Gavin Guile is a character I really liked in the first book. His fate is interesting and things get even more convoluted in the sequel. Gavin is about to lose his powers. If until recently he thought he had time to accomplish all the great goals he set for himself, everything falls apart after the battle for Garriston. The Colored Prince is proving to be a serious opponent and is advancing quickly. The divided colors of the spectrum, representing the seven satrapies, just manage to overcome their differences and unite to stop the demon invasion. And as the world of balance is robbed of its prisms, the old gods raise their heads.
The Colored Prince
Behind the mask of this mysterious enemy of Chromeria is an old acquaintance of Gavin. And while this revelation shocks me, there are other things I find interesting about this character. There is something to the general philosophy of the war he has started. Although he’s initially presented to us as a fanatic and a murderer, and still is, his cause is given attention in The Blinding Knife. The Colored Prince fascinates with his strategic thinking and the revelations he makes about the rotten system of Chromeria.
The Bastard of the Prism
Brent Weeks continues to expand the image of the hunky Kip. The bastard single-mindedly and doggedly pursues his goal of pleasing Gavin. More and more, the character of Kip develops into a worthy son for his father. Brent Weeks not only highlights his physical fitness, but also shows us what a lively spirit the scrappy boy has. His strength of character is shown when his beloved grandfather gets in his way and tries to make his life difficult in every way possible. Andross Guile is a ruthless, manipulative old man who very skillfully gets everything he wants. The clash between the two is very interesting and the ending will leave you speechless. But you won’t find out until the end of the book, when a literally terrifying amount happens in just a few pages.
Love isn’t a flower that fades after a few fleeting years. Love is a choice, a benchan for action, my man, and I’ve chosen you and will choose you every day for the rest of my life.
Gavin and Karris – The Blinding Knife
If you found the ill-fated love between these two interesting in Black Prism, then I can make you happy that things come to a head in The Blinding Knife. But if you think you’re reading “happily ever after,” that’s not the author’s style. Another reason I like him so much. Brent Weeks doesn’t like happy endings. When we get to the end of the book and things supposedly come to an end, that’s exactly when it becomes clear that there will be a next book. And on top of that, the plot is even more convoluted.
Brent Weeks’ writing style is unique. If you’re not a fan of mildly vulgar language, you may not like it. There is a lot of dark humor and language that isn’t appropriate for teens, the publisher should give this book a 13+, but oooo everything else the author has in store for us is totally worth it. The Blinding Knife contains a mix of fighting and bloodshed, and yes, the book is quite bloody. You’ll encounter a lot of intrigue, betrayal, and twists. I won’t even mention the ending of the book, which dashed my hopes. If you already thought it was terrible that Gavin died, just wait until you read what Brent Weeks has in store for him.