The Broken Eye is the third novel in Brent Weeks‘ The Lightbringer series and came out on the 26th of August. I powered through this one in a day and a night. It was part of a birthday present for myself I’d put together. (I also bought Esslemont‘s Assail and Dark Angel s1)
Gavin Guile, The Prism, is enslaved on a ship, with his powers gone, believed dead by most at the Chromeria. Kip is trying to not to get entangled in intrigue and possible conspiracies. Teia discovers powers she didn’t know she had and finds herself at the middle of a secret order of assassins. The Colour Prince is on the move and he’s making his most loyal allies into gods, for him to control. The war isn’t going well for the Chromeria and people are rushing to find their Prism, not knowing that he hasn’t got his powers any more. He can’t save anyone, least of all himself.
Man, I’m still reeling from everything that has happened in this book. It picks up right where the second book stopped, and it’s not looking good. Not for Gavin, not for Kip, not for Karris, not for the Chromeria and certainly not for the world.
It was strange seeing Gavin, who was always such active person, become a reactive person. You feel for him whenever he laments his fate and you want him to be saved – or better yet, save himself. But things just go from bad to worse. There’s a point in the novel, where I was feverishly wishing for him to basically massacre a large group of people, just so he could save himself. Sure, that doesn’t sound so good, but when you hit that moment in the book, you’ll be wishing for it too.
Andross Guile, that crazy old bastard, is playing so many games, I wonder if he can keep up with it all without writing it all down. He’s so surprising in this books: he shows some genuine concern, he shows compassion and is sometimes even actually amused by Kip. Kip the Lip. Kip the bastard grandson he so despises. It’s easy to hate Andross Guile, but at the same time I have this grudging respect for him. Because he plays everyone. He’s so in control. Well, except for one notable part at the end of the book, but he’s forgiven for that. Because it made the White and Karris look bad ass.
Karris….I like her, I’ve always liked her. But she was a bit bitter in this one. Her inner most thoughts about Marrisa threw me off a little, and she was a bit selfish at times. But overall she was pretty kick-ass. (Even in a dress XD) There was one instance where she totally lost my affections though, and that involved Kip. I know she didn’t mean to hurt him, and what she said wasn’t actually about him, but she crossed a line there. Especially when you know what Kip has gone through, how much he used to – and still kinda – loathes himself…. That was uncool.
We spent some more time with the Blackguard squad, Teia becomes an even more important character in her own right, the Lightbringer mystery is still a mystery, Liv still sucks and Ironfist and Tremblefist are awesome. Their sister is not. She’s the epitome of bat-shit crazy and I’m so glad Karris made her look like the fool she was. It was fun to get up close and personal with a few more members of Kip’s squad, because they are now people in their own right.
Kip. Dear, dear, Kip. My, how you’ve grown. He’s still Kip the Lip, but he’s become more mature, more capable, more like a leader. Kip’s going places, y’all. I don’t know if I’m ready to believe he’s the Lightbringer like his squad does, but he’s certainly a major player. I do feel that in the end, it seemed like he’s was going along with his grandfather’s plan, so I was pleasantly surprised when he deviated from it.