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The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer (4)) (edição 2016)

por Brent Weeks (Autor)

Séries: Lightbringer (4)

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"The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King's armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone. Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King's growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile. Meanwhile, Teia's new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear. Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse"--… (mais)
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Título:The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer (4))
Autores:Brent Weeks (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2016), 704 pages
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This is the fourth book of the Lightbringer series, and, while not as fast paced as the previous books, it marches inexorably and steadily towards the final book. It sets the stage beautifully and does a good job of keeping you turning the pages.

Karris’s roll was finally fleshed out for me. While she seemed one-note in the other books, in this one she really came into her own as a strong, female leader.

You can take your pick of villains. The Color Prince and Liv are still predictable and a bit boring. But Andross and Zymun and especially The Order more than make up for that. The Chromeria and the world as a whole have never had so many adversaries as they do going into the last book.

Kip and his Mighty are still corny verging on cringey. Their banter reads like an after school sitcom. Thankfully this is more than made up for with Tisis and Kip’s relationship. She quickly rose to one of my favorite characters. Likewise, Kip seems to have fully matured. No longer a whiny, slightly annoying child. His story is fun to read and he becomes a relatable protagonist.

But Gavin! My heart still belongs to Gavin and I found myself reading his chapters with bated breath. Will anything ever go good for him?

Speaking of characters my heart belongs to, Teia carries the weight of the plot, in my opinion and I love everything about her. Relatably human and yet still hero, I found myself angry with her, sad with her, and proud of her in her victories. She’s a beautifully written and complex female character, something hard to find in epic fantasy novels. (I’m looking at you, Wheel of Time and even LOtR.)

Also, I feel Gunner deserves a note. His chapters brought quite a bit of amusement throughout the series.

This book sets the stage for the final installment very well and I was eager to go on to the next book and find out the fate of the world and all the characters I’d grown to love (or hate).

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  Rachie_Rae | Aug 29, 2021 |
Look at your mistakes long enough to learn from them, then put them behind you.

On one hand, [b:The Blood Mirror|29467232|The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)|Brent Weeks|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1458662967s/29467232.jpg|24509684] takes the storyline of the previous books and turns it up even more.

Kip's and Tisis' storyline I really enjoyed. Kip is really coming of age and turning into a leader. He's a nice mix of Gavin and Andross and has a whole cast of wonderful supporting characters. One really strange feeling bit: there's quite a lot of subplot dedicated to the fact that Kip and Tisis can't have sexual intercourse. It's a real condition which can wreck havoc on people's relationships, but it just feels very strange. More like Weeks learned about the condition and wanted to fit it in rather than it naturally fitting in the story. I'm not sure what to say other than that.

Gavin's storyline... is crazy. It epitomizes the idea of an unreliable narrator, while at the same time giving us a lot more world building. And when he finally gets out of his cells.... Man. I'm really rooting for him, but I have no idea how that can ever turn into a happy ever after.

Speaking of which, Karris is a badass. She gets another serious upgrade and we get to see a whole new political side to her, while still fitting in her warrior training, even if she's going to have some issues if she keeps pushing as she does.

Liv? I already disliked Liv in previous books. Nothing changes here.

Teia? She's... I liked her a lot more. Now she's stuck between a rock and a hard place and really not changing for the better. She's got some serious issues to work through.

Holy crap though. The twists.

On top of that, the world has gotten quite a bit bigger. We learn just how there were two Prisms at the same time and what it means to be a Black Prism. We see more characters raised as gods, along with a whole cadre of extra dimensional beings with some interesting rules¹. We're finally getting answers to all manner of questions... which makes it all the more frustrating that this is the last currently published book in the series. I want to know more!

Major huge twist 1: Original Gavin died at Sundered Rock. He was never locked in the prison Usurper Gavin built and Gavin-the-latter did not actually kill him when he escaped. I actually called this one (something just never felt right about that), but holy crap to see how that all played out...

Major huge twist 2: Andross is actually Kip's dad. So Kip is actually yet another of the Guile siblings. Did not see that one coming. Not sure what to think of that. Oy.

Overall, if you've made it this far, you're going to read this book and hopefully enjoy it. If you haven't read the series... why are you starting here? :) It's a solid book and I really want to see the next one. That's what I get for starting a series in progress...

This wasn’t shit creek. This wasn’t no paddle. This was shit ocean. This was I can’t even see land.

¹ They can appear in any time or place throughout history, but they can only be in each specific time or place once. So if they appear in a town square somewhere, they won't be able to visit that same town square again. If they appear on New Years of the Year of the Fruitbat, they won't be able to do so again. It's a fascinating way to limit omnipotence and make super powerful beings think about how to user their power. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
This book didn't move like the others, the action wasn't nearly as interesting or exciting, and it feels like it could have been compressed into a book less than half as long without significant losses.

I still read it quickly, Weeks is a good author and the book flows. But I waited until now to read it right before I could go on to book 5 next week, and very glad I did. This one just didn't have nearly enough forward motion in it. A lot of what you discover is backwards motion (things you thought were true that aren't) and side pieces - sex is a real challenge for some people. There was a personal experience there, read the author's note at the end, I get it is important. But while it developed a relationship somewhat, the time spent there wasn't worth while for what it added to the story. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
The action picks up in this one as several of the plot lines in this series start to come together. I liked the action and plot in this one better than previous books, as there was less endless political maneuvering and more activity on the part of almost every character. Weeks has created a complex setting and there is a lot of good detail in the book about situations and characters, this series continues to surprise me with the quality of each book. ( )
  Karlstar | May 25, 2021 |
Definitely 4.5, to be honest, 4.75. If not for a bit of pacing drag in the middle, this would be 5 stars.

This is a series that has constantly kept me guessing and has surprised me with every reveal. The character work is excellent and the stories are engrossing.

I hope the last book comes out soon! ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
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"The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King's armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone. Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King's growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile. Meanwhile, Teia's new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear. Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse"--

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