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Guile by name and nature,
This review is from: The Blinding Knife: Book 2 of Lightbringer (Paperback)
Second volume in the 'Lightbringer' trilogy of fantasy novels. This runs for seven hundred and seven pages. It's divided into one hundred and fifteen chapters. Plus a character list, glossary and appendix at the back. With maps at the front.
It's perfect for those who like to get their teeth into big fantasy books.
Although it's not a jumping on point. So new readers should start with book one, The Black Prism: Book 1 of Lightbringer instead.
Those who have read it, read on.
Picking up from where that book left off, this carries on with the story. With Gavin [or should we say 'Gavin'] facing a whole host of problems as heads a refugee fleet away from the events at the end of book one.
But he has plans. Amongst them, a plan for his son Kip. Which involves the boy going into training. Hard schooldays await for him.
Meantime, the colour prince has plans. Karris has knowledge. And a certain prisoner is getting ever closer to freedom....
The narrative alternates between Gavin and Kip in the early chapters. The latter does take the bulk of it, with Gavin and the occasional chapter for those caught up in the reign of the colour prince. These all move things along very nicely but the Kip chapters are superb. Although they could be a clichéd story of an outcast learning and making friends and enemies along the way, they are superbly well written and very readable. Kip being a very likeable character. He may not be athletic and he may not be able to keep his mouth shut, but he's hugely sympathetic and you do find yourself rooting for him every step of the way.
Gradually, other storylines come in more, and Kip doesn't feature quite so much. This is all down to very judicious plotting as these other stories really then do start to grab as well. The relationship between Gavin and Karris does have some interesting and very believable developments that arise out of character rather than the needs of the plot. There is one moment that will make you gasp and really feel for those involved.
And one sub plot does come to a rather surprising conclusion.
Big set pieces dominate the final hundred or so pages. And it all ends on some very big cliffhangers that will leave you desperate to know what will happen next. So this book more than does its job.
An excellent read. Roll on book three.