Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

While I don't take requests for book reviews due to time constraints, I do listen to audio books a lot and review them on Goodreads and Amazon. So, I guess it's time I started opening those up on here for fellow readers.

For the last couple months I've been enjoying a new author I discovered, Brent Weeks. I started with his Lightbringer series, but now that I've caught up to him, I will most certainly check out his other works and the spin-off book Gunner's Apprentice. Having just finished book 3 in the Lightbringer series, I've included my review below. However, first I should include my review of book 1, so here it is:

Book 1: The Black Prism 
After discovering Brent Weeks's books on Hoopla, I couldn't help but read/listen to them. The description was intriguing. I didn't quite know what the colors involved, nor the Prism, but I'm glad I chose the series. It's wonderful. The characters have depth, the world is wide and intriguing, and the cultures make the entire thing so realistic, as much as fantasy can be. It is very reminiscent of Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

I must say that there was one thing that grated on me throughout the novel though. As a writer and editor, the overuse of passive voice was just too much. That was the only reason for the 4 star rating instead of 5.  I highly recommend Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series to anyone who loves fantasy.

Books 2 and 3: The Blinding Knife & The Broken Eye

I must say, Brent Weeks didn't skimp on books 2 or 3. They were great, and I certainly didn't see the twist ending in book 3 coming. Man! And I certainly appreciate the correction of the passive voice that was so evident in book 1. If you are a fan of magical fantasy worlds like Robin Hobb's work or George R.R. Martin, take a look at Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series. It's well worth it. Five stars across the board!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of book 1 in Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series ASAP. It's well worth the read. It's available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and most other book retailers.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances