Title: The Blinding Light
Author: Brent Weeks
Published: September 2012, Orbit Books
Blurb: Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left—now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies.
Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
Trigger Warnings: Abusive parent, blood/gore, bullying, fat shaming, death, depression, loss of a loved one, slavery, violence, verbal abuse, war, cult
Diversity Rep: Multi-cultural characters, multi-religious
So, guess who loved The Blinding Light just as much as they did the first time?
*points very dramatically at herself*
Like, I love a lot of writers, right? I can appreciate an amazing story, a well-written tale. When I fall in love with a book, I’ll definitely scream to the rooftops about it and let everyone else know exactly how I feel and hope I can convince them to read it, too. I grow attached to characters easily and it’s not too hard to please or impress me.
But Weeks? This story?
Holy shit. It’s just on another level.
It’s hard for me to talk about these books without writing massive spoilers. It’s also hard to pinpoint exactly what happened within this novel, as I am already over 200 pages into reading The Broken Eye and it’s all blending together as one story (as it should) during my Lightbringer series reread.
But I can say that Kip is an absolute gem and I would die for him. Teia deserves so much better and I would fight for her. Karris is everything to me. Gavin is incredible. Ironfist I still have a soft spot for and the White is just amazing. I can appreciate Andross Guile as much as I can also hate him (but fuck Grinwoody all to hell). And I really, really enjoyed seeing Kip grow and being there with him during his time during the Blackguard training, trials and tryouts.
Also, I forgot how much happened and there are so many little details and scenes and moments that just completely shocked me and moved me and impressed me. The way Weeks is able to navigate and interweave multiple plotlines between chapters is legendary. This novel also had the scene that I hated so much, I almost stopped rereading it because I didn’t want to experience it again, because I just want these two characters and their relationship to work SO BADLY and this scene just…GAH. (And it sucked just as much to read it the second time, thanks for asking.)
But that ending?
Holy FUCK, did I forget about that ending and just how much it hurts.
And how much The Broken Eye hurts.
Everything hurts and yet I am so happy.
*blinks, because what a weird juxtaposition that is*
I just…I love these books so much. I love these characters. I love this world and how amazing of a writer and storyteller Brent Weeks is. I’m so grateful to be able to read it and so excited that I only have two books left before I can finally experience The Burning White for the first time.
And with that, I’m gonna go back to reading, if you don’t mind. 🙂