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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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Awesome

Loving this series, so creative and great characters. Fantastic voice work. Can't wait for the next one

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Book 2 way better than book 1

I was probably going to not continue the series as I didn’t really like the magic and wasn’t sure about getting behind a fat little red haired kid BUT it was great. Book one is probably all about world building but book 2 is where it comes to life. I really look forward to the rest of the series now. Also, the performance was great! An easy voice to listen to.

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omg soo good!!!

best book ive listened to in a long time. i thought some other books were awesome but this was amazing.

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story 10/10
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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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  • 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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  • Sarazeen Saif Ahana
  • 04-04-2021

A worthy sequel

Brent Weeks is an artist of the written word, and I will FIGHT for him. That being said, after the rollercoaster ride that was “The Black Prism”, my expectations were sky-high for Book 2. It would be wrong to say that my hopes were not fulfilled, but this book certainly moved slower in comparison. The characters continue to be compelling, and I simply LOVED the good balance between dark and light, good and evil, male and female. However, the book does slow down in the middle, and I found myself grumbling a little before picking it back up. That is NOT, however, anything against the book itself; it’s an extremely well-written story that I sincerely enjoyed, but when you compare it to the breakneck pace of “The Black Prism”, you can see where it slowed.

I have heard some people say that they found the book “sexist”, and I have to say that I respectfully disagree. Women here are not the “strong women” stereotype now unfortunately common (especially in YA Fantasy), but they were not Madonnas, either. They fight, they mess up, they laugh, and they fight some more. And they sure as heck know how to deal with Gavin the Gadha. Yes, he’s a donkey. Yes, I love him. Yes, I know I have issues.

The book ends in the most brutal way possible, with one of the most infuriating, compelling cliffhangers I’ve had the pleasure of reading in quite a while. I’m taking a star off for the pacing near the middle, but it’s a minor flaw in the second installment of a gorgeous story. Weeks is amazing, and definitely deserves more exposure.

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  • Jorgen
  • 06-07-2019

The plot is so thicc😏

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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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  • Paul
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-2021

Great Stuff

I've really enjoyed the whole series of Brent Weeks books. They are clever and engaging!

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  • Calbertsen
  • 22-03-2021

Marvelous

narrator was 10/10. on to the next one ! loved every minute of it.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-2021

Fantastic Series

Easily in the top 3 of any book series I’ve read in terms of fighting/combat and use of magic in such.
Story is absolutely great, and both surprises and for fills your anticipation. Character development is good but leaves a little to be desired sometimes.

Only big con is female characters feels a bit left out in terms of development and the general fleshing out.

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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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