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The Blinding Knife

Lightbringer, Book Two
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Black Prism, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (528 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he's got less than one. With 50,000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin's got problems on every side.

As he loses control of his magic, all magic is running wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn. Their army of color wights is unstoppable, and the only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

©2012 Brent Weeks (P)2012 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

“Epic fantasy at its best . . . I was hooked in from the first page and couldn't put it down, even at the last. It is, quite frankly, superb.” ( Sci-Fi London)
“Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Weeks has written an epic fantasy unlike any of its contemporaries. It is a truly visionary and original work, and has set the bar high for others in its subgenre.” (graspingforthewind.com)

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Excellent!

Whilst The Black Prism did and admirable job of setting the scene The Blinding Knife really opens this series up. A well structured story with excellent character development delivers a gripping narrative. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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I am sooo glad they chose a new narrator!

Yep great book and great narrating! The story really gets going in this second book great to listen to I'm glad that I stuck out the first book that the other awful narrator.

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A strong sequel

This is a strong second book in the series with a great performance. The story is a little slow, and there are still clearly some big ‘reveals’ to come in the future books about the nature of the world, but the character development is strong and the relationships and inner worlds of each character are believable enough (if a bit corny/stereotypical at times) to make it an enjoyable listen.

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Colourful Tale

Brent Weeks never fails to disappoint, and this book keeps you entranced from start to finish. Beautifully read by Simon Vance.

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dayyum son

dayyum son that was lit, 8/10 worth every word. I could not put it down and many questions to be answered in the next one i hope.

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Awesome

Gripping story Narrator does great voices The only con is the pronunciation on a few of the words are cringe worthy.

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literally shaking with anticipation

wow i love this book. i couldn't stop! i really enjoyed the first book but this one is even better, with the characters developing nicely and the plot getting very intricate.

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super

loving this series have the next one already downloaded, what will happen next definitely worth a listen

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great story greater ending

brent week continue to show us he is the master of suprise ending with one of the greatest cliff hanger / reveal i have ever read

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Excellent

Best book ever!!!
this book is awesome so much happens, Hopefully next book is just as good.

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  • Galaxie
  • 14-11-2014

Great story great narration

What made the experience of listening to The Blinding Knife the most enjoyable?

Simon was a magnificent narrator and the story is compelling

What other book might you compare The Blinding Knife to and why?

Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings- great heroes

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Gavin!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great plot and characters so well performed

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  • James
  • 27-09-2014

Spectacular story, great listen.

The second novel in the Lightbringer trilogy, The Blinding Knife is a spectacular read and a great listen. Simon Vance does a great job with the narration, and Brent Weeks' writing just keeps getting better with every book he writes. This time Kip is in Black Guard training, Liv is working with the Colour Prince, Gavin/Dazen reveals his secret to Karris and Andross Guile starts his manipulations of Kip. Readers of Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett and George R. R. Martin will love Brent Weeks.

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  • Jorgen
  • 06-07-2019

The plot is so thicc😏

(minor spoilers) all the stories intertvine even more, and you can see an underlying chatulu-esk plotline brewing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2018

so thrilling!

the story is gripping and the narrator is entertainig. It was hard to stop listening

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  • Patrick
  • 04-02-2018

Excitement...

Loving the series, lots of twists and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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  • ved
  • 13-09-2016

awesome ...

everything about the production is top notch ... a must listen for every fantasy lover .... beautiful setup and character building. one can relate to characters and you won't realise how soon it ended ... craving for more.

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  • K. A. Wolstenholme
  • 22-06-2015

Good performance Mr Vance

Having read the book myself it was great to hear it read by another. Wonderful.

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  • Bruno
  • 05-05-2014

Utterly Entertaining

Would you consider the audio edition of The Blinding Knife to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition, but the audio book production is fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are what makes the is book. I love them all to bits even the bad guys are great. I can't wait for the next instalment in the series!

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  • Trev
  • 12-05-2020

the best magic system period

onto book 3!!!! my favourite series I've read this universe is just something I want to be a part of

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  • asrielrising
  • 27-08-2019

another masterpiece

Brent weeks has become a master of his genre, grounded magic, believable and relatable characters with their own drives and ambitions, a well woven story with intermingling threads compel you to keep reading / listening.

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  • Simone
  • 06-10-2020

Great listen!

Loved reading this as an e-book! It’s just as good as an audio book!

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  • themightyjoshwaa
  • 23-07-2020

Best magician series you can read

The best series you can read, read excellently, I can't believe how good they are.

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  • jwma1
  • 08-07-2020

Blinding book! 😉

Seriously excellent book. I am far too invested in this series. the characterisation is great and the story is intriguing and carries you along at a fair clip. In addition the voice acting is excellent. The actors pronunciation and enunciation is spot on and the characters are easy to distinguish from tone alone. 10/10

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  • Jem
  • 25-06-2020

Brilliant

This series is fantastic, I’ve had to go for extra long walks to listen! Great narration too.

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  • Paul Lemon
  • 14-01-2020

Wow!

Volume 2 of The Lightbringer series is better than volume one. I have been listening every waking moment since Sunday. What a story. I can’t say any more as I now have to download the kindle version of book 3 as I am out of Audible credits. Poo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-2019

Beautifully read

Would defiantly recommend this series of books if you are new to reading. This book is beautifully read and is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Uther
  • 15-10-2019

brilliant book

well read and good character development through out can't wait to listen to the 3rd book

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  • Imran Rajah
  • 18-08-2019

Brent Weeks is spectacular once again

I found this book to be even more engaging than the first - it's wonderful seeing the changes in kip as the story progresses.