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Publisher's Summary

The nail-biting continuation of the Lightbringer series from New York Times best seller Brent Weeks.

When does an empire fall?

The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four - and those are falling before the White King's armies.

Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison Gavin may not be alone.

Kip Guile will make a last desperate attempt to stop the White King's growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law, Andross Guile.

Meanwhile Teia's new talents will find a darker use - and the cost might be too much to bear. Together they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse.

©2016 Brent Weeks (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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good but not the worst of the 4 books

there's alot of cool insight to drafting and pretty cool plot twists , how ever unlike the other books kips story in this is less ... Dramatic ? the books really just one big set up for the fifth I guess.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Filler novel

Marked release date on calendar. Sad that this was a filler novel. No emotional victories small or large, just grinding, plodding, story. This book contains the depth and emotional weight of a single chapter from the other books in the series. Seems like the author wants to drag out the story of such a beautiful story arc. Beyond impressed with the series until now. May try one more but depends on how long until release.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Filler Book.

I have mostly enjoyed the lightbringer series up until now and was exciting to pick this up.

And I have to say after finishing this listen I'm left conflicted. It's not a complete filler book, and there's some interesting revelations.

However unfortunately those are few and far between. Everything relevant could easily have been summed up in a couple chapters.

Probably 80% consists of dialog between 2 or more characters, often with conflicting view points. It's literally chapter after chapter after chapter of this, people "squaring off" with talking back and forth.

So much so that I have the say the pacing really suffers, and remains mostly uninteresting, but I was never overly bored either.

Nothing is this book is griping, intense or all that exciting, it sort of just plods along chapter after chapter.

Hard one to recommend. But I will say if you desperately need something to listen to pass the time, and like the series, this will just be "ok"

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jakob K
  • WARRENSBURG, MO, US
  • 02-06-17

filler book

no real major plot development lots of walking in the woods. Hopefully 5 is better

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • Greater Atlanta, GA area
  • 10-29-16

Cut short at a climax. No relief

Feeling strung along. Was it not finished, or are they stringing us along to sate the hunger for revenue?

Excellent half of a book...

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • Winnipeg, MB Canada
  • 03-29-17

Doesn't signficantly advance the plot

I'm a Brent Weeks fan, and I enjoy the Lightbringer series. The series, in my opinion, is absolutely worth listening to.

That said, as far as the storyline goes, this is easily the weakest of the series so far. The plot is not significantly advanced by the events depicted herein, but it does offer up a great deal of character development for Gavin Guile, one of the two main characters. He is revealed to be a far more flawed character than perhaps the reader would have been willing to accept earlier in the series.

It is a long installment, and the events advance only a very short period in that time, but I did feel it was justified by the degree to which Gavin was changed in my perception.

I appreciated the commitment given to developing Gavin's character, but it was also a long wait for this installment, and now it seems an even longer wait for the next to appear.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This is a "could have been great" kind of Novel

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The characters fall apart. Gavin becomes a shell and is poorly written. Kip's story only becomes one of failed coitus (BLAH!). Teia is marginally interesting, but her dichotomy is hypocritical and barely at odds with itself. Liv might as well not be in the book (no one cares for Liv). The poor character development dooms this story.

What was most disappointing about Brent Weeks’s story?

Gavin / Dazen is a failed character. After falling in love with this character in the first two books, Brent sends Gavin into a second-rate character and his trials and tribulations are poorly thought out and petty in their delivery. Andross is a consummate arse and

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simon is one of my favorites. He always does an excellent job.

Do you think The Blood Mirror needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. Put Gavin to rest, spend him as you will, I don't care now.

Any additional comments?

No. I wish I had never found this series at this point. I loved the first two books, and hoped at the end of the third book that the forth would recover, but sadly it does not.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jake
  • United States
  • 08-02-18

I waited to long to listen.

I read a review earlier on this book that said it was boring and all filler. I want go find that review and down vote it. There are massive plot advancements and bomb shells in this book. Action is a bit lite but dialogue is always deep and excellent. I freaking love this series. Rock on Mr. Weeks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

this book was different than the others of the series. It gave so much insight to the characters and to the situation as a whole. The twists are very meaningful to you if you understand what they imply for the characters. excellent job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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doesn't get better. yes. finally at the end. <br />

hi I am on chapter 48 and still this book does not have my interest
I'm ready to give up. lol please tell me it gets better. not sure I should continue

3 of 4 people found this review helpful