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Product Details

  • Series: Lightbringer (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031607991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316079914
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off."—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear

"The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks was even better than The Black Prism (and that's saying something!)"—B&N.com

"One of the best epic fantasies I've ever read."—Staffer's Book Review on The Blinding Knife

"The Blinding Knife is a wonderful work of high fantasy with engaging characters facing the perfect antagonists, set in a creatively-wrought and increasingly chaotic world brimful of imaginative magic and interesting politics. Weeks holds fast to the traditions of his genre while adding a compelling new flavor."—The Ranting Dragon

"One of the best Fantasy books of 2012."—A Dribble of Ink on The Blinding Knife

"...A solid, entertaining yarn."—The Onion A.V. Club on The Black Prism

"Weeks has written an epic fantasy unlike any of its contemporaries. It is a truly visionary and original work, and has set the bar high for others in its subgenre."—graspingforthewind.com

"Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way."—Publishers Weekly on The Black Prism

About the Author

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He wrote on bar napkins and lesson plans before landing his dream job years and thousands of pages later. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi, and their daughter. Find out more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.

More About the Author

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

Customer Reviews

Kept me turning pages until the very end.
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I find the characters well written and the world of the book fascinating and well developed.
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I don't even know how I can say enough good things about this book.
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120 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Brent Weeks has a blurb on Terry Brooks' UK edition of Dark Legacy of Shannara: Bloodfire Quest. I'm sure that's a surreal moment for Weeks who was aided by a blurb from Brooks on his debut novel, Way of Shadows:

`I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work' -- Terry Brooks on The Way of Shadows

On the back of that blurb and a brilliant marketing strategy from Orbit, Weeks' first trilogy was a huge hit (I'm sure it had something to do with it being good too). Since then, Weeks has been considered a rising star in the genre, further cemented by The Black Prism debuting at #23 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Despite Weeks' commercial success, I wasn't quite ready to coronate him one of the heirs apparent to the epic fantasists of the 1980's and 90's. I felt that, while a tremendous creator, he hadn't yet come into his own as a storyteller. After finishing The Blinding Knife, his follow-up to Black Prism and the second installment in the Lightbringer series, I don't hesitate to grant him that status. His newest novel is a tremendous achievement and a logical next step for him as a writer.

In the Lightbringer series, Weeks breathes life into a world that takes its cultural roots from the Mediterranean. Ruled by an alliance of the Seven Satrapies (one for each color) and bound together by the belief in a god of light, it's a government 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 color drafter of unequaled power and a religious head of state, respectively.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sleepless on September 11, 2012
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Its now 6:50 am. I've been reading since 11 pm. I sadly have to put the book down to go to work, otherwise I'd still be reading. Yes, I stayed up all night reading. And yes, it was completely worth it. About 3/4 of the book read so far (i read really fast) and have not been disappointed yet. Can't wait for work to be over to finish reading. I'd recommend anyone who wants to start reading this book to start early on a morning where you dont have anything planned. You'll be busy for a while
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Helle Sebens on September 17, 2012
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I had a really hard time deciding whether to give this book four or five stars. In comparison to many other books I have read, this is a five star book. I loved it, I love most of the characters, I love the world, I love so much about it. But I didn't like it quite as much as I liked The Black Prism or The Night Angel trilogy so I'm giving it four stars in comparison to his other work. Still, I think everyone should immediately run out and purchase this book if they haven't already.

First, if you haven't read the first book, I don't want to spoil the ending of it for you, so please stop reading this review now. The Blinding Knife starts with Gavin Guile reconciling himself to the loss of his blue drafting ability. He also is worrying about the fate of all the Garriston refugees and trying to figure out what to do with Kip. He decides to have Kip join the Blackguard while he helps the refugees set up a new settlement. Kip goes back to the Chromeria and starts his training. I really enjoyed this whole part of the book. I liked seeing Kip handle situations on his own, without Gavin's help, and I liked seeing him learn about himself while he learns how to fight and use his drafting abilities. This book really advances Kip and it is exciting to get glimpses of how awesome Kip will be in the future books.

Not that Kip isn't awesome in this book because he really was. I loved the scenes between Kip and Andross Guile because he has every reason to be terrified of him but he holds his ground amazingly well. And anytime Kip calls himself a "turtle-bear" I chortled happily to myself, excited to see him surprise people with his ability to take and give damage. Kip is a great character who keeps getting better.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jakk on September 11, 2012
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Just got through with the book, and all I can say is WOW! For people who thought That Weeks would run out of twists for his characters and dark moments you would be very, very, wrong. The book is rife with them, and always at the most opportune times, when you feel the most safe and you think things will end well,(at least for a little while) Weeks will throw in a twist from left field that you don't see coming, but at the same time when you look back you always think you should have seen it coming.

The characters are not left alone either, all of them progress and grow throughout the book, facing challenges both outward and inward that sometimes shake their beliefs to the very bone.

So to be brief, If you are not sure if you want to buy the book, or if it will hold up to Black Prism, all I can say that it stay true to its predecessor and expands upon it in ways that I didn't expect, but I did thoroughly enjoy. So buy it! Buy it now! Its worth it.

--Side Note- Such a cliffhanger!!!!!!! I cannot wait till book 3. :)
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