Review: The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks

RATING: 8/10

SYNOPSIS

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?

REVIEW

Re-read Blood Mirror via Libro.fm (thanks to Libro.fm and Hachette audio for the audio listening copy) and I still stand by my previous review . This is still the least favorite installment to me in the Lightbringer series. I just can’t stand Kip’s relationship with Tisis and all the sexual innuendos in this book. Their relationship to me is basically like a newly-wed couple trying very hard to have sex, that’s all. The author apparently intends to introduce us to a sexual dysfunction condition called vaginismus via Tisis characterization (as reflected in the Author’s Note for this book). But I think spending almost half of the plot-lines of the book to introduce this condition is way too much.

Nevertheless, we were also introduced to a whole lot of new developments/concepts in this book: will-casting, soul-casting, the Pygmies, drafting black, the truth behind the events of Sundered Rock and the major revelation on Kip’s real father. Teia is still hands down my favorite character in this series. Her struggle as a double agent (working for the new White, Karris White Oak as well as the Order of the Broken Eye) is so well done in this installment. Another character that I enjoyed reading is Andross Guile. He is such a morally grey character and at times I wonder whether his scheming is for the benefit of the Satrapy or for his own personal gain.

Overall, it’s a 8/10 star read to me and I really can’t connect with some parts of the book. Now, I’m going to pick up Book 5 ASAP!

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