The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3) by Brent Weeks - Book Review

Write on: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 by  in Janelle's Reviews Read 3089


4.5/5 stars

From the blurb: As the old gods awaken, the Chromeria is in a race to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe, Gavin Guile. But Gavin's enslaved on a galley, and when he finally escapes, he finds himself in less than friendly hands. Without the ability to draft which has defined him . . .

Meanwhile, the Color Prince's army continues its inexorable advance, having swallowed two of the seven satrapies, they now invade the Blood Forest. Andross Guile, thinking his son Gavin lost, tasks his two grandsons with stopping the advance. Kip and his psychopathic half-brother Zymun will compete for the ultimate prize: who will become the next Prism.

Me talking to myself after finishing this book: "Okay, Janelle. Calm down. Take a deep breath." It's that good, guys. 

But first things first, before I fangirl for the rest of the review. Technically speaking, this book is Weeks best yet as far as sound writing, strong voice, and coherency of the plot. As each book has gone by, you can see the progression as Weeks' skill continues to grow and shine. The second book had weak points within the structure of the plot and story arc, but this book is nearly flawless. One minor complaint, and the reason I can't mark it as a 5 star: there is a point at the end where Kip and his friends must escape... something (no spoilers here)... and it was a little too convenient. Things just fell into place too easily, in my opinion. But other than that, I see no other flaws with this story.

The characters continue to shine. Kip, of course, remains my favorite. His arc keeps expanding and growing, and in this book in particular, we get a stronger sense of who he is growing into. The change in him is realistic, steady, and compelling. He often rises to the challenges facing him, yet there are times he fails, too, and it gives a sense that he is a real person, with real reactions to adversity. 

Gavin and Karris... well, I don't want to give a lot away, but their story is far from cookie-cutter. Both of their character arcs, like Kip, go places that are surprising yet realistic. And I'll just say this: it's brilliant. What Weeks has done with their story, with them both starting out in book one in VERY different places than where they end up in book three, is genius.

The pacing of the book is great. There is plenty of action, lots of humor, fantastic worldbuilding, and shocking surprises. The ending is just... what? See. No words. Just feeling. Someone send help. As the scope of what the author is accomplishing with this series starts to unfold, your jaw will drop. It's that good. Do yourself a favor and drop whatever you are reading now, and start reading this series. You can read my review for book one here, and my review for book two here


By day Janelle is a nurse, mother to two autistic sons, and writer. By night, she's immersed in other worlds. Reading fantasy is her happy place. And drinking wine. And eating tacos. 

Grab her flintlock fantasy series The Rodasia Chronicles, or her epic fantasy series The Steward Saga on Amazon.