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|Length: 993 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
―Publishers Weekly on The Blood Mirror
"The Blinding Knife was even better than the The Black Prism (and that's saying something!)"―B&N.com 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 on The Blinding Knife
- Publication date : October 22, 2019
- File size : 7070 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 993 pages
- Publisher : Orbit (October 22, 2019)
- ASIN : B07L2VT8QB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0316251291
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- The character jumping is confusion. Often Brent Weeks fails to resolve the immediate concern at the end of a chapter. He then jumps to a new character. Finally a few chapters later he jumps back. Here they will pretend a resolution occurred without directly explaining what happened. Twice I actually had to go back because I was certain somehow my kindle skipped a chapter.
- Characters often act out of character. Half of "The Mighty" feel like the same character. The ones that stick out are two dimensional.
- There are an incredible number of plotholes which they explain away with characters not remembering or being insane.
- The magic system went from hard magic to extremely soft. They basically just start making up new things that can be done.
- The book ends with the Jeudo Christian god showing up and Deus Ex Machina-ing the plot. The Christian god then goes on to info dump/worldbuild in ways that make the world less interesting. He also has magical abilities that don't fit with the world, and they leave completely unexplained.
I have never been this disappointed with a book.
This book is everything I was hoping for in a conclusion. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat. I pretty much took just a catnap during the past 24 hours to finish this book because I didn't want to put it down.
You'll see the encounters you are probably expecting, but the character arcs have nice unexpected twists and really delve into some great emotional stuff as each one comes to terms with who they are and what they want. They also have some pretty epic highs and lows throughout the story. I was really happy with how it all ended.
The best part was that each main character was given what I felt was pretty equal time in the overall story. I didn't feel like anyone got shorted and when the point of view changed, I was eager to read it instead of feeling sullen like I was a bit in the last book. I feel like this is a much stronger book than the previous one and it's my new favorite.
Update: I have reached the ending and while I finally got through it I find myself wishing the story of Kip would continue. With that said the author closes things pretty well. The only one that was a little off putting is actually Kips.
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Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this series - warts and all. It does have warts and there are choices in this book in particular which struck me as odd. Keeping to this book, the pacing is a little uneven here with a lot of set up. I get the necessity, and thank the Book Gods, that Mr. Weeks decided not to go Robert Jordan on us and give us a book of set-up alone (though my wrists would have been thankful), but I wonder if there was another more creative way of overcoming it.
My biggest problem is one of plotting actually. Basically, all the theology and religions make a huge comeback. It’s like Mr. Weeks’ wanted to remind us that for all our hubris and control, sometimes theology hits back - hard. (view spoiler)
So I would give the book a 4 stars in the end for sticking the landing and taking the series to the exciting conclusion. Then I am going to cheat and add the extra star for the wonderful characters. I loved all their arc (except for Gavin who I found equal parts smug and wonderful). Mr. Weeks even made me love Teia who has been my least favourite. There wasn’t any character who didn’t make me tear up at some point of the books. And for that I give it a slightly conflicted 5 stars.
A last note on the physical book itself. I am amazed at who did the type setting and how they managed to fit this all into 990 odd pages. It was very dense but still readable. Based on the internet, this book is twice as long as The Black Prism and a few thousand words shorter than The Way of Kings but it doesn't look it. Good job there!