After listening to The Blinding Knife, book 2 of Brent Weeks’ epic Lightbringer saga, I decided to jump right into book 3. Honestly, with the cliffhanger ending of book 2, I really had no choice–I had to find out what was going to happen.
Overall, I don’t think The Broken Eye was quite as strong as The Blinding Knife, but it was still very enjoyable. The overall plot didn’t really move forward all that much. The events of The Blinding Knife required some amount of regrouping and rebuilding on both sides of the conflict and The Broken Eye was set during that period. What that meant was a lot of setup and a focus on the main characters and plots surrounding the Chromeria. But what it also meant was very little focus on the conflict with the Color Prince.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I liked the novel and I enjoyed spending more time with the characters (because they are pretty awesome across the board), but I was a little disappointed that the battle with the Color Prince was so downplayed. I’m also not sure how I feel about Gavin’s storyline. Gavin’s story was interesting and engaging enough in its own right, but it was so separate from everything else–it’s almost like Weeks was looking for a way to sideline Gavin for a while without killing him.
That said, the ending was outstanding. Weeks did an amazing job setting the stage for book 4 and ensuring that his ravenous readers would stick around to read it. Personally, I’m really glad that it’s coming out next month so I won’t have to wait long to dig in!