By: Brent Weeks
I’ve been waiting to read this book for some time. I bought it right away when it came out, but it seemed to always slip behind some review copy or another. I finally found a gap in the list, and threw it in. And then I devoured it. Seriously.
The Blinding Knife is the second book in the Lightbringer trilogy. It’s set in an incredibly thought out and well crafted world where the magic is turning light into a physical manifestation called Luxin. The first book, The Black Prism was primarily about Gavin Guile, the Prism (can draft all colors and is the head of the government). The second book, at first seems to be mostly about Gavin, but ends up, in my opinion, being far more about the supporting characters than it is about Gavin. Although, Gavin still plays a very large part, of course.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t read The Black Prism for a while, or maybe it’s just true, but The Blinding Knife is much better. It’s better written, the plot lines are more intricate and finely woven, and the world seems so much deeper. I found it interesting that the first book spend so much time building the world, and the character of Gavin, while this book seems, in many places, to start unfolding all of it while simultaneously bringing it down around Gavin’s ears.
On the whole, The Blinding Knife is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Brent Weeks is a fantasy novelist on part with the likes of Pat Rothfuss, and I’m having a hard time deciding, after the first two books, which of their series’ are the better. (Kvothe fans will likely skewer me for that last sentence.) Both series’ are bound to be considered epic classics, and should be on the lists of anyone who considers themselves a fan of fantasy literature.