The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) – Brent Weeks

Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out my reviews! The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, and The Broken Eye.

the blood mirror

five stars black

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 704
Release Date: October 25, 2016

Stripped of both magical and political power, the people he once ruled told he’s dead, and now imprisoned in his own magical dungeon, former Emperor Gavin Guile has no prospect of escape. But the world faces a calamity greater than the Seven Satrapies has ever seen… and only he can save it.
As the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew, the fate of worlds will come down to one question: Who is the Lightbringer?

Where The Broken Eye is plot twist after plot twist, The Blood Mirror is character twist after character twist.

The Blood Mirror slows down the pace and settles into the character in a much more intimate way than its predecessors. If I had to choose a character that is the focal point of The Blood Mirror it would be Gavin. His chapters are incredible and a master class on dialogue and patience. As I mentioned in previous reviews, Andross’ chapters with Kip and Gavin are easily some of the best moments throughout the series. Readers finally get to see Gavin and Andross spar and it’s everything.

Teia’s development continues to intrigue me to no end. She’s become a capable Blackguard developing skills that may irrevocably change her. As with the previous novel, the situations Teia encounters are intense and the way she handles them sets her apart from almost all the characters.

Kip’s chapters were my least favorite. The battles are fun and action packed and The Mighty are a great gang, however I found the other chapters to be more engaging and compelling. I’m not the biggest fan of Kip and Tisis as a couple since I like Teia much more, though I do appreciate what Weeks is trying to accomplish with their relationship. The biggest issue I had with his chapters’ stems from the introduction of will-casting animals and the Pygmies. The information is delivered too quickly. Had there been more time for the world building to breathe and settle the chapters would have received more praise than criticism.

Overall, The Blood Mirror is brings character twists you won’t see coming while setting up an incredible finale that will be The Burning White.

Also, August is too far away! 😦

 

Have you read The Blood Mirror? What did you think?

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