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The penultimate book in the Lightbringer series from New York Times bestseller Brent WeeksStripped 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 itAs the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew the fate of worlds will come down to one uestion Who is the Lightbringer?


10 thoughts on “The Blood Mirror

  1. says:

    Dayummmmmmmm


  2. says:

    A prelude novel to the—hopefully—incredible conclusionSince the start of this month I’ve been binge rereading Lightbringer from the beginning non stop and I’d say that my reread experience for the previous three books has been rewarding The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife were even better on reread; The Broken Eye or less on the same uality Unfortunately I have to say that rereading The Blood Mirror gave me an inferior reading experience compared to the first time I read it There were two glaring main issues that somehow weren’t noticeable on my first read one of them being that The Blood Mirror felt almost like a filler on this later and the other being Kip’s POV that was just utterly full of sexual innuendo and frustrationsPicture The Blood Mirror by breath art Jian Guo The Blood Mirror is the penultimate installment in the Lightbringer series but it would be better to call this a transitional novel; unlike the previous three books the main story progression in The Blood Mirror was close to none until the final uarter Before I get into the parts that didn’t work for me I’ll get into the one section that worked absolutely well for me Gavin’s storyline I don’t think it’s an exaggeration for me to say that you won’t be able to guess what’s coming in Gavin’s POV here especially if this is your first time reading this book The revelations changed the shape of the plot and it immediately put Lightbringer as one of the most well plotted high fantasy series out there Seriously I’m on my reread and I can vouch that the hints to the plot twists revealed in this book have existed since the beginning of the series Gavin’s POV was engaging mind blowing and it made me wish there was for me to read I honestly can’t wait to see how his story continues from here; so many monumental events have happened and I have no idea how it all will ends “Look at your mistakes long enough to learn from them then put them behind you” Sadly Gavin’s superb storyline aside I would have to say that the majority of the book was honestly a struggle for me to get through on this reread One of the greatest strengths of this series lies within its characters’ chemistry with each other in The Blood Mirror we have one main character interacts—mostly—only with ONE other main character throughout the whole book For example Gavin interacts only with Andross Teia interacts only with Karris and vice versa anddd we have Kip’s longevity dialogues and thoughts with libido In the previous three books we see every main characters’ relationship changed and develop wonderfully that characterizations and relationship developments just don’t happen here The majority of the book was spent on doing mundane things that don’t seem to progress the story whatsoever; Karris’s speeches and dialogues as she takes on her new role were often times several pages long But the worst part about this book was definitely Kip’s POV which consists of almost entirely libido frustrations juvenile sex jokes and many awful words to replace “penis” and “vagina” I never want to hear a penis being called a “gentleman’s oak” or “battering ram” and I never ever want to hear vagina being called a “Jade Gate” or “perfumed garden” againI totally understand that Weeks is trying to shed light on a sexual dysfunction called vaginismus but c’mon it doesn’t have to take the ENTIRETY of his POV to do it Not only romance in fantasy rarely worked for me but Kip’s romance development also goes against what has happened in the previous three books and his “I want to have sex I’m fat Wow she still likes me even though I’m fat I’m so lucky I want to have sex with her Oh no she can’t have sex even though she wanted to I’m unlucky But I want to have sex I understand Let’s not have sex Let’s have sex” only serve to seemingly regress the maturity that has gradually happened to him throughout the series I don’t know how it all will go from here on out; it seems like this libido frustration story arc is finished and I sincerely hope Kip will go back to being important again in the final book of the seriesAs you can probably guess I’m feeling super conflicted about this penultimate installment Without a doubt I would rate Gavin’s story with an easy 5 stars rating; the revelations were mindblowing and the magic system expansion was brilliant But I think I’ll have to settle with a 1 or 2 stars rating for the other POV On this reread I have to conclude that The Blood Mirror is the weakest book of the series for me but the last uarter and ending of the novel certainly made me super hyped for the final book of the series which comes out three days from now With this my binge reread of the Lightbringer series in the month of OctoBRENT is done and I look forward to reading The Burning WhiteYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  3. says:

    So Much LoveHonestly ever since I started reading Brent Weeks I've been trying to capture the feel of his glorious writing in all the wrong places I keep picking up Epic Fantasies here and there and everywhere just trying to satisfy my fix And yet?Well let me be perfectly honest here Less than a handful have matched half of the sheer awesomeness in the Lightbringer series Many many are lucky to fill this one's cup even to a third or maybe a fourth of the way upLightbringer is just that goodThis fourth book keeps up the pressure in no uncertain ways It still continues to develop the magic system of forming light into solid shapes or burning gels or even just increasing intelligence but it dives deeper into soul casting and will casting as well I'm thrilled beyond belief Rule based magic systems are amazing but rule based systems that come with very well thought out internal pressures and corrections with uite this much depth of surprising reveals? It just blows me away Seriously This is one colorful tale The battles are bright as hell It's a creative masterpieceCharacters? Oh god I can't even begin I love everyone All the good the bad and all the myriad in between Yeah I'm looking at you Gavin Guile Andros But who is the one that just deserves love? Kip I don't care what anyone says He's always been the man in my eyes Any author who can take a mouthy fat kid and turn him into uite this much an underdog hero and eventually the hero of the realm with full marks has got to be brilliant Oh I guess I just said that Brent Weeks it brilliant didn't I?Well I'm not taking it back These twists and turns have got me in a real whirl I'm pretty much speechless in awe All this time we've always been asking Who is the real Lightbringer? The prophesy is so damn specific and open to interpretation all this time and yet circumstances keep colliding in utterly different ways to fulfill it I love how the books have been keeping me guessingBut now we know I'm so giddy Jeeze My only complaint is that someone needs to change the blurb on this book from Conclusion and do it pretty damn uick These stories are NOT done Oh maybe another complaint Don't make us wait so long for the next one


  4. says:

    I don’t know how Weeks consistently ratchets up the tension weirdness and world building with each novel but here we are at book number four THE BLOOD MIRROR and you shouldn’t be surprised by this point that it’s yet another big book of epic fantasy goodnessWeeks only gets better with time His characterization grows ever deeper His settings fully realized The magic strange and creative The pitfall with THE BLOOD MIRROR however is that it’s a transitional book We know there will be one book and he spends this entire book setting up the characters in preparation for the final push in the war between the Chromeria and the Color Prince–and of those enemies in the shadows But I don’t mind because everything Weeks writes has a purpose


  5. says:

    455Another buddy read with my fellow fantasy lovers at BBB♥ Death always finds a wayStop what gaps you may;Scream defiance that you liveLife leaks through the mortal sieve” So this was my most anticipated book of the year It's hard to find words to describe how I am feeling after this book I would love to incoherently fan girl over this book for hours but I decided to write a proper review for this book So here it goes exhales So this is very hard for me because I feel like I could combust or hyperventilate at any moment still three days after reading this I'm still edgy from how amazing it was but I felt a little disappointed and let down at the end It made me want to go onto my roof and just screamEverything that happened I did NOT see coming and by the end of the book my mind was actually blown So when I was first picked up The Blood Mirror I literally jumped around my house with joy this book is my baby and if I could sleep with it I would Yep that's how creepy I am But this book it gave me the FEELS BAD even looking at the cover I wanna burst into tears of joy and cuddle it cuddle the author and all the characters Ahem especially Gavin wink wink the last book left us at a huge cliffhanger so I was so wrapped when I finally got my precious insert golem voice I honestly tried to savor this book for as long as I could That lasted one weekend and the book was devoured I literally couldn't help myself this book was so exciting I could not put it down Okay now enough of my fan girl cheerleading everyone who knows me well knows that this is one of my favorite series ever and a treasure I hold close to my heart so this review will be word vomit But guess what ? It wasn't all rainbows kittens and puppy dogs Some parts in this book disappointed me and I mean really disappointed me That's why it doesn't get five stars Yes it was everything I expected but then it kinda wasn't I think Brent Weeks has taken a completely different direction with this book which annoys me all the other books were perfect but this one just wasn't It made me so angry that I hated it while loving it Haha sorry I don't make sense but whatever you were warned this review would be a mess some of the twists were just so fucked up that I felt really disappointed There was a lack of action in this book which also annoyed me heaps I found this book was just politics which bores me yawn This book made me cry with both joy and anger haha So pretty much an emotional rollercoaster So yes clearly this book was not perfect for me but I still loved it “If he was the Lightbringer he would shake the pillars of the earth At the Lightbringer’s coming the pious the desperate the poor the naïve the fools the idealistic the young—all those would flock not to the Lightbringer but to their hope of what the Lightbringer would do for them To those who had nothing he could be everything” Brent Weeks has his own writing style that I absolutely love I love how real his characters feel I also love the fact that he swears basically every second sentence and tends to make up his own words just like I do D this book was the best in the series for writing and character development everything was just so amazing and realistic I need to talk about the amount of sex scenes sexual references in this book it had me giggling like a 12 year old like seriously who calls a dick a horn or talks about the root going into the cave Holy shit there was so much sex talk and it surprised me I'm not used to reading sex scenes especially in fantasy books I feel like Brent Weeks was trying to make a statement that this is adult fantasy and he isn't afraid to write sex scenes or talk about sensitive issues that women around the world face and that issue being vaginismus which is basically when a women can't relax during sex due to her first time being abusive or rough or the female can just be born with it obviously it's a serious issue and shouldn't be laughed at even if the name is uite funny a lot of women live in fear of sex because they have this issue I can't believe a man wrote about it and made the issue real in his story I am so proud of Brent Weeks for taking a step for the ladies and talking about something that most women would feel embarrassed to even talk about with close girlfriends I'm proud of him for addressing these issues and solving them in his story well done mate Bravo I'm going to cry while I wait TWO FUCKING YEARS for book five


  6. says:

    The most anticipated fantasy book of 2016 is now released internationally and you may as well drop whatever you are reading and pick it upGavin Guile once Prism once Emperor and High Priest once the most powerful man alive has now lost both his power and his friends and lays imprisoned in his own unbreakable dungeon With Karris and Teia both called to fulfill their new roles one as the head of the Spectrum claiming the role of the White and the other as a spy among the Assassins of the Broken Eye Kip is now the only one able to defend the land against the powerful army of the White King If only he had an army of his own “I don’t remember that either I remember thinking he’d cheated But maybe there is no cheating there’s only success and a thousand flavors of failure”Brent Weeks never fails to surprise me Just when I thought that I knew not only the answer to every uestion but the solution to every problem as well a thousand revelations and plot twists spring from the depths of this so called story like chaos unraveled bringing every myth to light and every carefully arranged plan to dust You would have thought that in the 4th installment of a series the only progress would be that of the general plot arc That's not the case here Both the world building and the magic system are further expanded and the characters are developed beyond the boundaries of a fantasy worldBetween a solid prose and an excellent pace The Blood Mirror is the perfect continuation of the saga called Lightbringer and the appropriate precursor for the grand finale A hint for my non greek speaking friends Diakoptes translates to He who stops the light My money's on Gavin You can find of my reviews over at


  7. says:

    I thought this was a trilogySighWhy do I think everything is a trilogy?But on the bright sideTHERE'S GOING TO BE A FOURTH BOOK PEOPLE


  8. says:

    455 A buddy read with the greatest Fantasy Fanatics at BBB We need some Magic in our lives Just wanted to say that I wrote a big emotional review and GR ate it somehow and now I am upset and am sure my review will suck Having said that I need to let you all know how happy I am that this series exists in the Universe I fell in love with the Lightbringer World from the first book and the Magic System is one of the most interesting and implausibly plausible I have ever read about It is like science magic and will all mixed up in one and the price the wielders of the magic have to pay is very realistic as brutal and unfair as it may be Nothing comes without a cost and at times this could be the life of the magician itself Thus balance thinking planning and budgeting the use of the magic what is worth giving such big part of your life for and what is not seeing how those who are rich can use those who are poor or enslaved to do the magic for them and thus they pay with shortened lifespans while their masters get richer live longer and persevere becomes the way of life for those who can Draft Luxon The injustice in a society where such wondrous magic and possibilities exist the fact that slavery is so deeply rooted in the majority of the cultures of this world the way some humans are treated as human than others all of those are issues that Brent Weeks deals with but does in a way that is neither preachy nor intrusive It is just a fact of life for the world's inhabitants and each has to deal with their moral social or faith crisis in a way they see as right thus giving us a book full of characters with variation in values many thinking that they are the ones with best answers for the faith of all while not completely able to look at all sides at the fact that almost always there are those who end up as sacrifices for the comforts of others WOW If I read just what I have stated above I would think that this book is all about class politics and magician superiority It is not Those are just the background where the Guile Family has established itself and the expectations that come with being related to Andros Guile the tyrant supreme and one of the biggest bastards I have met in literature However he is not just a one dimensional villain and in this book Brent Weeks shows us that making us uestion even our pure dislike for him and his actions and decisions Don't do this to me Brent I would really like to just hate him and not be able to relate to that monster Because it shows that even we might become monsters if the conditions are just right Andros Guile Gavin Guile Kip Guile Zymun Guile they come by their blood honestly and have to deal with the complexity of being gifted with talents beyond those of 999% of the population as well as status and privilege that comes with the family name We now have two Guiles by marrige Karris and Tisis both becoming very worthy smart cunning and strong additions to the Dynasty As individuals every Guile is formidable as a group if they ever manage to find something to overcome their differences and unite them they would be unstoppable “But Teia had a superpower that no one had counted on she was completely paranoid She had thought she was being followed a hundred times since she’d started working for the Order so she’d figured out a thing or two One she was a paranoid mess Two she was pretty good at it” Until the end of book 3 we fell in love with Gavin Kip Teia Karris Iron Fist and the Mighty I have a feeling that Brent Weeks decided to turn everything on its head in book 4 and almost start a new There are characters whose actions we used to find noble and courageous now we are given to see them in a whole new light making us doubt the love and loyalty we had developed for them There are several revelations in this book which took my breath away and I wanted to scream cry uestioned WTF??? and even made me uestion if I was truly comprehending the plot and development of the story So many things we took for granted got turned around 180 degrees and a whole new picture began developing as the story progressed I am not about to even mention what and when and why because I think everyone should experience it for themselves but boy be ready for some heartbreak The best part of the book are the characters and their growth and development For some I am happy and bursting with pride for others I am confused and do not understand why I am being encouraged to like them while for couple of our hereto favorites I am very very worried about the direction they might be forced to take and the devastation it promises to bring I am not sure my heart would be able to take it “I don’t remember that either I remember thinking he’d cheated But maybe there is no cheating there’s only success and a thousand flavors of failure” “Thanks” Old me is a dick Guess that proves it is old me” As disorienting as those turns and twists made the story at times I totally appreciated it The shock and dismay made me engulf the book on two sittings and I did not even notice how long it was it felt like it just flew by It had all the trademark Brent Weeks battles fights politics and banter while keeping us on our toes at all times The way Karris Kip and Teia have grown to become some amazingly strong characters is the reason I personally loved this book the most They are all dealing with conflicting feelings and moral dilemmas which I can see everyone of us being stumped by and I cannot wait to see how they deal with them in the next book Or BOOKS maybe at least 3 how about that Mr Weeks???? I don't want to say goodbye to them yet please I recommend this series to EVERYONE You guys are not going to regret it I wish you all happy reading and may your horizons ever expand with the magic of books


  9. says:

    So I finally finished this mess of a book Believe it or not I was actually looking forward for it to end It's such a mess After reading a few reviews here I finally get the sense of what's wrong with it It has an unfinished feel to it Half of the pages could have been deleted and the story would remain unchangedKip's POV are the worst and not because of his relationship with Tisis Everything else about these POVs feels so off Humans will casting animals? Big bears going to war? Some pygmies that we never heard about before? They all seem to come out of nowhere The world building could have been interesting but it felt rushed and unbelievable And Kip is so out of character He was soooo boring I asked before and I'm asking again when did he become such a great leader of men? Such a great commander? It's so random And don't get me started on Karris' POVs They were the worst probably worse than Kip's She's such a boring predictable character Her actions ring so fake Why is nobody offended by the way she acts? Where is the Spectrum by the way? Why are they not restraining her the way they used to try to restrain Gavin? And why is Zymun present only once since he's the Prism Elect? We are told over and over again that he's horrible but we never see him do anything horrible It's like he's there only to make Karris look like an angel She's not She's not believable in her role as the White And what was that meeting with the White King? It was so random and brought literally nothing His appearance as described in the previous books was caused by hexes? That sounds so cheap I wish he were present He would surely help move the plot forwardTeia's POVs get a tiny bit better though she only seems to be flailing about in over her head with no idea how to get out She's not very believable either All her previous keen intelligence seems to have vanished She just reacts nowGavin's POVs were my favourite Some revelations were stunning others fell flat view spoilerI felt so utterly cheated when we learned that Dazen was never thrown in jail that he was killed at Sundered Rock Why bother writing his POVs in the first two books then? It makes no sense at all hide spoiler


  10. says:

    I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for a review I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS It's actually my most anticipated book for the end of this year and I kind of maybe did some begging to get a copy of this early from the publisher I am super happy to say that all the begging and all the reading was SO worth it becuase this book lived up to and exceeded all of my expectations and I for one am happy that there will be a 5th and final book as so much happens here that I feel it would have been sad to rush the ending into one volume This is book #4 in the series so if you don't know anything about the previous ones maybe check out one of my reviews for the earlier ones eg my 'The Black Prism' review If you have read those books already then I think you can expect of the same epic magic systems cruel crafty and creative characters and an even expanded world I just love the way that Weeks keeps opening up new tricks and surprises with each volume I always think I know what may happen and then BOOM something else new comes along and I am once shocked and excited to keep reading through to the endingIn this book we follow Kip Gavin Teia Karris Liv and of our old friends again as they continue to battle against the Colour Prince This character has caused the whole of the Chromeria many problems and we can see that there's a lot of new power shifts magic and mayhem starting to unfold as the final battle between them approaches I really like that even though we are building up to a big epic battle we're not focused on just that and we actually see our character continue to form and break bonds make and discover secrets and open up to us the reader I really appreciate feeling like I know characters and with these ones I do and I feel like I'm privy to many of their diabolical secrets and plans As always this book made me smile and had me stunned at various points through the plot and I loved that I really cannot wait to see what Weeks manages to pull off for the ending of the series and I know I will be doing some begging for that one too I gave this a 5s overall and I have reviewed it here in video form if you want to take a look