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The Broken Eye (Lightbringer) Hardcover – August 26, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 640 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Lightbringer Series

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"Brent Weeks has a style and immediacy of detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into his story. He doesn't allow you to look away."―Robin Hobb

"The Lightbringer series is great fun. Nobody does break-neck pacing and amazingly-executed plot twists like Brent Weeks."―Brian McClellan, author of Promise of Blood

"The Blinding Knife was even better than the The Black Prism (and that's saying something!)"―B&N.com on The Blinding Knife

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

"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 epic fantasies I've ever read."―Staffer's Book Review on The Blinding Knife

"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

"...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

"One of the best Fantasy books of 2012!"―A Dribble of Ink on The Blinding Knife

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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 daughters. Find out more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.
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  • Series: Lightbringer (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1st edition (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316079928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316079921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (640 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a huge Brent Weeks fan. Read all of his books and read the first two in this series twice each. I own first editions of all the books in this series. The only authors I anticipate a new book from more are Martin, Rothfuss, and Sanderson. I was shocked to realize that I liked The Blinding Knife more than I liked its Sanderson book-two counterpart, Words of Radiance (although I could argue either way). In fact, although I buy the vast majority of my ebooks from Amazon, I bought this one from ibooks, because their new releases are available a few hours before Amazon makes them available (I think it's because Apple uses Midnight Eastern and Amazon uses Midnight Pacific).

All of that said, this book was somewhat of a letdown. It suffers from the middle-child syndrome the second book avoided. My best guess is that Weeks had three-and-a-half great books for this series and decided (or the publisher decided) to stretch it to four, rather than cut it to three. Broken Eye has more exposition, more navel-gazing, and less action than either book one or book two. Also, of the big questions we were left with at the end of The Blinding Knife, virtually all remain unanswered, or are answered unsatisfactorily. Fortunately, despite all this, Liv manages little screen time. Her motivations are pretty murky, she's a little boring, and I'm still kind of confused on what, exactly, superviolet is good for aside from writing coded messages. The Color Prince gets talked about a lot, but his perspective is virtually absent from this book--another reason I think this is one part of a two-part finale.

As usual, Kip is at his best when he's spouting off to a superior. The dialogue is effortlessly written, and the humor is above average as expected. I enjoyed reading The Broken Eye.
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As others have said, this book is a filler and a very long setup for the next/last book. I finished it and felt like someone had stolen the rest of the book. It ends just as it feels like it should be starting. You really could shorten this book to a ten page synopsis of the things that happened and move on without missing anything. After pre purchasing this book and waiting for almost eight months, I do feel taken advantage of. It reads ok and what action there is, is good. Overall, a cash cow roll out.
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“The Broken Eye” is the third installment in Brent Weeks “Lightbringer” series. This book picks up after the events of “The Blinding Knife” and continues the story. I have read some of the other reviews of the book and there are several that talk about this one being nothing more than a “filler” book and is a disappointment. I couldn’t disagree more. With this book, I feel Weeks has elevated the overall story quite a bit. I think this is the best of the three books. Weeks’ talent as an author and as a storyteller have never been in question, but with “The Broken Eye”, he has given us a depth of scale that I don’t know that I’ve read from him before. There are several twists and turns in this book that are so darn good that it’ll leave you with a huge smile on your face because you know that Weeks pulled one right by you. The ending is a cliffhanger and waiting for the next book is going to be torture.
I’ve made comments in other book reviews that I believe Brandon Sanderson is the best in the genre, but with each release from Weeks, he continues to make sure his name is still in that conversation. This third book is fantastic. Extremely well done. A+
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I like this book the best so far of the three. That said I realize there will be some disagreement on that. This book explores the depth and character progression much more than the other books do and that is where I see some have felt it short changed on more "action" orientated aspects of the two previous books. I wouldn't argue that but the detail and scope of what we learn and how it effects the characters is much greater in detail. I love that kind of writing if done right and here it is. If you really enjoy that kind of stuff too then you'll love it. If not still enjoyable but not as much as the first two.
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I was so excited for this book. I stayed up late, read at work and I finished it feeling... underwhelmed. Weeks took characters that you had invested in and ruined them. Is this a filler novel? Yes. Is it necessary for the story progression? Perhaps. I like finishing a book and being left with the feeling that you can't wait for the conclusion. I just don't care anymore and that is perhaps the worst feeling ever after reading a novel.
Obviously, if I write why I was left this way then I will be ruining it for others and I don't want to be that person, but I will say don't be surprised if you are left uncaring about this series afterwards.
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By CB on August 28, 2014
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As a third book in a great series this is a must read book. That said... it is a filler novel. There are a few revelations and some character building but I was surprised at how little actually happens. This lack of major events combined with the excessive use of other viewpoints in lesser importance characters kept me from enjoying this novel as much as the previous ones. I finished it last night with a neutral "eh" You'll have to read it though so make the best of it and lower your expectations going in.

Beware... in the Ebook version the book ends at around 93 percent as there is the same huge appendix of world and magic info that was in the previous books.
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