Gavin 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 their 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 question but also the solution to every problem, a thousand more revelations and plot twists spring from the depths of this so called story (more 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 world.
*A hint for my non-greek-speaking friends. Diakoptes translates to "He who stops the light". My money's on Gavin :)