Monday, November 10, 2014

TC Alumni Hank Offers Up Another Fantastic Review

The Broken Eye continues the spectacular Lightbringer series from the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife.

As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can 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.

Hank says:
"In this third installment, Weeks continues his imaginative Lightbringer tale about a world of magic governed by colors, each part of the spectrum having its own properties, and employed by "drafters," as they discover their affinity. Much of the book alternates between the story lines of Gavin Guile, once the powerful Black Prism, and his son Kip, who was just beginning to realize his abilities, when the events in The Blinding Knife resulted in a drastic reversal of fortune. Their threads, along with those of their allies and the occasional adversary, draw closer with the approach of Sun Day, a pivotal deadline in the magical and political affairs of the Seven Satrapies. The more overt (though far from straightforward) power struggles become complicated by the machinations of both Kip's half brother Zymun, a loose cannon, and the Order of the Broken Eye, a shadowy and subversive organization of assassins. The final 100 pages is non-stop excitement, with well-drawn fight scenes, confrontations, and a narrow escape that astonished me! The story will be continued in The Blood Mirror (coming out in 2016).

I would recommend this series, along with Weeks's previous Night Angel trilogy, to readers who are at a loss from Game of Thrones withdrawal. Some of the characters are capable of acts of startling cruelty you will not see coming, and even the likable ones struggle with moral dilemmas. Though The Broken Eye comes with about 50 pages of reference material at the back, there are nowhere near as many characters to try to keep track of--but seriously, isn't that kind of a relief?"

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