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The Broken Eye: Book 3 of Lightbringer [Kindle Edition]

Brent Weeks
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The third explosive novel in the New York Times bestselling Lightbringer series.

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As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism - he can't use magic at all.

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

With over two million books in print, Brent Weeks has become one of the fastest selling new fantasy authors of all time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4692 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (26 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GFHG33A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow. 28 Aug 2014
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Wow. To start with this is the third book in the series, so don't read it first. I knew that this series had great potential when I read the first book, yet series often do with the first book and then peter out. I'm so glad that this isn't the case with Brent Weeks! This book is action packed, stuffed full of great characters and situations and is everything I look for in a fantasy series - believable, realistic characters in an unbelievable world. With this series Brent Weeks has propelled himself into my favourite, drop everything until you finish the book, fantasy authors. Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss and now Brent Weeks.
As I understand it, there is one more book in the series to complete it. I'm a little bit lost now, considering how long I'll have to wait before reading the final installment. But this is the sign of a great book, when I just can't wait for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and brilliant 28 Aug 2014
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really enjoyed the 3rd instalment of the lightbringer ... saga(?) and now excitedly awaiting the next book..could be a while! a good read none the less, although occasionally tricky to follow, particularly gunners Inner monologues..but perhaps that's intentional! definitely worth picking up, putting down May be harder!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books like this are why I read epic fantasy. 27 Aug 2014
By Peter Ahlstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Disclosure: I work for fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, and I met Brent a couple of times at conventions in various places around the US. After seeing Brent twice, in 2012 I decided to finally get around to reading a book of his.

When I read a book, I often prefer to go in pretty much blind. I hardly ever read the website description, the cover flap, or the back of the book, because I want to preserve as much of the surprise as possible. Of course, that makes it hard to know what to read in the first place.

But this may help: Since I work for Brandon and love his books, it's hard not to compare everything I read for pleasure to what I read for work. When I read the first Lightbringer book, The Black Prism, two years ago, it was the most entertaining book without the name Brandon Sanderson on the front cover that I had read in years—and in many ways it was very much like reading a book that had Brandon’s name on the front cover. I loved every minute.

If that’s enough of an endorsement for you, then you should go out and read The Black Prism now, and if you've already read that and The Blinding Knife, just drop everything and read The Broken Eye. But let me get the caveats out of the way:

Sexual content: There is some, a bit more blatant than in Brandon’s book Warbreaker (for comparison). I think there were two minor scenes in the first book, one or two in the second book. The third book has slightly less, yet it is an important plot point. There’s a scene where someone’s thought process in this area is explored, and it perfectly captured the emotional state inherent in such a situation. Very well done, Brent.
Language: There’s profanity. Not everywhere, but if as a reader you like to avoid certain words, you won’t avoid them in the third book. It feels like there’s a bit more profanity in this book than the previous two, but it’s hard to say. There are not any characters who are horribly foul-minded, which I appreciate.
Writing style: Brent does one thing with his writing in this series that takes some getting used to, and that’s not italicizing internal thoughts. That’s a writing trend that can work very well in first-person narrative, but it can be a bit jarring in third-person narrative where the thoughts switch to first-person as thoughts usually are. After a while my brain gets used to it while reading, but it’s a bit unusual so I’m letting you know ahead of time.

Now, just saying “read it if you like Brandon’s books!” might not be enough for you. Let me talk a little about why I like the Lightbringer series. (I hope this doesn’t get too disorganized.)

As I was reading The Broken Eye a couple of weeks ago, this conscious thought crossed my mind: Books like this are why I read epic fantasy. Strong male and female characters, well-defined magic, politics, fighting, cosmology, emotional entanglements, the works. There are times like in the middle of Brandon's book The Way of Kings where you really don’t know where everything is going, but you’re along for a great ride, and everything pulls together eventually. Lightbringer delivers.

Let me point out one thing in particular. Sometimes I read a book and the characters exist sort of in a vacuum, as if they sprang out of nothing. In real life, everyone has a family, and family members are often the source of conflict. In Lightbringer, fiction reflects reality, and all the important characters are connected in one way or another. There’s the two brothers Gavin and Dazen, who ripped apart seven nations in the war between them years ago. There’s Kip, Gavin’s bastard son who was raised never knowing his father. There’s Karris, who was supposed to marry Gavin years ago, but fell in love with Dazen, and is now a bodyguard who kicks butt. There’s Liv, whose father was a general for Dazen and then joined Gavin after the war, and who can’t understand why her father would switch sides like that. There’s the Color Prince leading a new rebellion, and the talented hothead Zymun, and both of them have connections to the other characters that are not immediately revealed. There’s Gavin’s father Andross, who is or seeks to be the power behind the throne. His interactions with his grandson Kip in the second book are a type of generational conflict I haven’t seen before, and it was highly refreshing.

The political system is also fascinating. The relationships between semiautonomous nations show a very fluid dynamic with a lot of shades of grey. It was pretty clear by the second book that there’s something seriously wrong with the society of the Chromeria, though it was also clear that the Color Prince’s proposed solutions had their own issues. Now in the third book we start to see some of the historical reasons for what’s wrong with this world, but we’re still scratching the surface. I’m really looking forward to finding out more as the series continues.

Now, a note about the structure of this series. When I read the first book, The Black Prism, it felt revolutionary to me, fresh and new and exciting. The second book The Blinding Knife continued the story, though it felt less revolutionary, but instead was evolutionary. The characters and the exploration of the magic system bumped to the next notch, but did not immediately astound me. I came to realize that’s just fine. I can’t expect every book two to be as eye-opening as every book one. Nor is this a trilogy where everything will be wrapped up by the third book. (I think it’s slated to be only four books, even if I want more…) Book one set the stage, and future books let everything play out. Some books are great standalones, one-and-done, but some stories are meant to take up multiple books where you still can’t wait for more.

The Broken Eye continues the trend started by the second book. There are some “oh my goodness” moments where you have to begin to reinterpret many things that have gone before, but for the most part you’re with characters you love while they get closer to their goals or make well-meaning mistakes that screw up their lives even more than they were before.

Something else I should shoehorn into this post just because Brandon is a huge Magic: The Gathering fan is that starting in the second book there’s a familiar-seeming card game that plays an important role. That seems like a risky move on the author’s part, but he really pulls it off.

For those who enjoyed the first two books and want to be reassured about the third book, here’s what’s going on with the characters.

Gavin: Always an interesting character to read about, in this book he becomes more of a reactive character than an active one, which changes what it’s like to be in his point of view. But he still has that Gavin attitude, and still shows why I want to root for him despite his flaws.

Karris: Really comes into her own in this book. She’s had a lot of the spotlight before of course, but here she takes on the role that will carry her through the next books. She has to face down some consequences from her past, and make hard choices. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Teia: Continues her awesomeness from the second book. It’s with Teia that we see the most exploration of a new side of the magic system, so there’s a lot of sense of wonder there. Her role is also one of the most dangerous, which had me on the edge of my seat.

The White: One of my favorite characters in this book. That’s all I want to say about her, really. Just go experience what she does.

Kip: It’s with Kip’s storyline that we also see an expansion of the cosmological aspects of the book. There’s a point somewhere after the 2/3 mark of the book where something happens that…well, it’s one of those “oh my goodness” moments I mentioned above. The sparring with his grandfather develops in interesting ways, and he also comes into his own as a leader. His interactions with former rivals in Blackguard training show a lot of growth. His emotional progress is fascinating on many levels, and it’s a testament to Brent Weeks’s character-building skills that Kip ends up in quite a different place from where he was at the start of the series, but every incremental change is completely natural. His insights into other characters also show a lot of maturity, and a certain scene where he talks about Ironfist and his brother Tremblefist was masterfully written.

Liv: After taking a major role in the second book, we see much less of Liv this time around. What she does is still important, but it’s mostly setup for the next book. I loved her in the previous book so her reduced role here was a bit of a disappointment, but she’s clearly pivotal to what will happen going forward. And what we do get of her is good stuff.

Something else that you should not expect in this book is another huge battle. The battles of this book are on a more intimate scale, but they’re no less important than what happened at the end of the second book. Yet these intimate conflicts also let you glimpse the grander war that’s been going on behind the scenes for centuries, of which a rebellion like the Color Prince’s is merely an outer symptom.

Ultimately, it’s hard for me to say anything more useful than what I said above: Books like this are why I read epic fantasy. Go read and enjoy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 27 Aug 2014
By Miriam - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read and enjoyed The Black Prism and the Blinding Knife: stop reading this review and start reading the book! It has absolutely all of the awesomeness, the stakes, the machinations, the twists, and everything else that made the first two books so great. A lot of the characters have changed over the events in the Blinding Knife, so don't go into this book expecting things to continue as they have been; some characters have grown, while others have been diminished. It is the way of things. If you had sketched the plotlines of some of the characters in this book for me before I read it, I would have said there was no way it could match the fun of the previous installments, but it absolutely does, and it pulled me along at a breakneck pace throughout. This is a true Brent Weeks book: it's not *super* deep, but it poses a lot of tough choices for it's characters, and the characters can't escape the consequences of their actions just by waving their hands. Things happened in this book that genuinely upset me, but through it all I remained completely invested in the characters and their goals. And of course, I was turning the pages to find out what secrets lie at the heart of the Chromeria and its people. Several questions from the first two books are answered, but plenty more remain as or even more inscrutable as ever. I can't wait for the last book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Filler novel. 28 Aug 2014
By CB - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened? 28 Aug 2014
By K. Hutchens - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard time putting it down. Recommended. 27 Aug 2014
By Oug - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My first thought upon finishing The Broken Eye: "How long until the next book is released?"

I know, rationally, that this book became available less than 24 hours, but that cannot curb my desires for more of the story (and the interesting world it takes place in).

Specifics

The Good:
Length - The length is spot on. It is not too brief nor too long. Each section had a reason to exist within the flow of the book, yet I was not left wishing more more explanation on any single topic.
Editing - Nothing of note missed that I saw (meaning it was done well)
Characters - Complex and properly motivated
Plot - Balanced complexity, intrigue, and engagement
Nine Kings (Card Game) - Handled better than in The Blinding Knife (likely because TBK had to set the groundwork)

The Bad (minor issues)
Long Winded - scenes, lists, or flashbacks are drawn out to emphasize significance... sometimes drawn out too long
Perspective arrangement - often switches characters following a cliffhanger. This breaks my immersion each time the scene changes abruptly and after building to a crescendo without the subsequent resolution to the chapter. Cliffhanger-chapter-endings are good, but they were too frequent.

I would definitely recommend buying The Broken Eye and continuing the Lightbringer series.
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