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Book Review: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is dying.  Ruled by an alliance of the Seven Satrapies (one for each colour) and bound together by the belief in a god of light, it’s a government that is not dissimilar from the Holy Roman Empire. Like the Emperor and the Pope, the Satrapies are ostensibly ruled by the Prism and the White, a colour drafter of unequalled power and a religious head of state, respectively.  That being said, Gavin Guile is dying.  With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his deepest darkest secret, Gavin has more than enough problems to deal with.  Magic is running wildly and it threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies.  But if that isn’t enough to deal with, the old gods are being reborn and their army of colour wights are unstoppable…  Gavin’s only salvation may very well be the brother whose freedom and life he stole sixteen years ago, but the question is, will it be enough at the end of the day?

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks, which is the second book in The Lightbringer Series, will captivate audiences with imagination, creativity and magic.  This fantasy series will give readers something to think about long after they’ve finished the 625 page novel (character list and glossary aside), but don’t let that scare you off just yet.  The Blinding Knife may seem daunting at first, but considering that Brent Weeks uses short chapters to set the tone, it’s definitely balanced.  What’s more is that I can see why people are keen to name him a rising star in the genre.  Not only does Weeks find inspiration from one of the most creative (and mind-blowing) card games in existence A.K.A. Magic: The Gathering, but he uses science, technology and other modern concepts to give the story a little something extra.

I’ve not yet read the previous novel in the series, The Black Prism, but seeing as I love fantasy novels and I’m keen on sci-fi, I’m definitely going to get my hands on it as soon as I can.  The thing is, sometimes it’s difficult to find a series that truly gives you your money’s worth and I can honestly say that Magic: The Gathering lovers will find this an enticing addition to their library.  If you enjoyed the Magic: The Gathering books, you’re going to LOVE The Lightbringer Series and if you haven’t gotten so far as to play the game, read the books or try the PC game, then I suggest you get a move on (it’s really a cool game, great art, super reading material… I’m a nerd, shush it).  That being said, The Lightbringer Series isn’t just for those nerdy types, if you enjoy fantasy, you’re going to love this book.  This is also a great series for kids to get into – it’s not Harry Potter, but heck if you have a son and he’s into fantasy, you’d be a fool not to purchase it for him.   Frankly, I loved it and I can’t wait for the next one!

ISBN: 9781841499062
Format: Trade paperback (UK)
Recommended Price: R245.00
Published: October 1, 2012

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One Response to Book Review: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

  1. Anon2112 on November 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    if you have a son and he’s into fantasy, you’d be a fool not to purchase it for him.” 

    Maybe if your son was in his mid to late teens. I would not give that book to a preteen or child. A little heavy on the gore/sex/language for them. Great book for twenty-somethings though. 

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