Published: 16 November 2015
Series: The Lightbringer #4
Format Read: Audible
Duration: 20 h 30 m
Stripped of both magical and political power, the people he once ruled told he’s dead, and now imprisoned in his own magical dungeon, former Emperor Gavin Guile has no prospect of escape. But the world faces a calamity greater than the Seven Satrapies has ever seen… and only he can save it.
As the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew, the fate of worlds will come down to one question: Who is the Lightbringer?
Blood Mirror being book four in the five part Lightbringer series was nothing short of everything I wanted it to be. I have been taken on a journey with so many plot points and characters and political intrigue that I just cannot imagine what the initial conclusion will be in the final installment. This being a hefty 700 odd pages and it being an audio book, I can not bring myself that I can remember Everything that has happened, but the initial story has surely caught my attention. Around the 16 hour mark I was assaulted by so many curve balls an new revelations that I cannot bring myself to going into it in depth, nor discuss it without giving out spoilers galore. I would much rather tell people what I thought about it all going through the book and as certain things happened in the hope of not spoiling it for people that still want to pick up this series. If you have thought about maybe adding this to your TBRs let me be an advocate and say “Please do”. If political fantasy gives you a kick, with well fleshed out characters (well fleshed, being both a pun and not), as well as good story telling ( good being the understatement of the century), then The Lightbringer series is is definitely for you.
Now, apart of doing a raving 5 star review for the brilliance that was Blood Mirror, I would like to focus on some things that might put people off from taking up this series. Not to put the book in a bad light, but to try make sense of it myself and justify if it was a good idea that it was included in the book. I think that is maybe a good way of letting you, the reader make up your own mind up for picking up the series.
There is a lot of cursing that happens in this book, not just from name calling, but also really colorful phrases that I did not particularly have problems with. I love the cusses that were uttered and the new forms of cursing that one will probably not find anywhere else in other books as some of the phrases bare it’s origins from the book’s lore itself. The one in particular was the use of the world’s god’s nether regions in more than one occasion. “Balls” might have just moved up in my own cursing vocabulary thanks to this book…
Sex: (Discussions, the Act there of and Awkward Jokes around it all)
Yeah, a lot of sex jokes in this one, but if you have survived the first three books, you should be oke with it by now as it kinda becomes the glue that holds one of the main protagonists war band together. Talking about the main protagonist, he also married someone by the end of book 3 and as it is a custom to consummate the marriage within the first week he has a lot of problems dealing with aspect as not only has he now grown into a man, but also has to deal with all types of any heterosexual men’s problems, learning to get to know one’s spouse and the moods and emotions that might entail. There are no graphic or, “too graphic” descriptions of the act itself, so if you are not too squeamish with that kind of stuff, you are all good. There was a specific plot line that was also part of this scenario that I was baffled me up until the end of the book where the author wrote a note about it to make me learn that it actually is a real thing that many women have even in our day and age, so I appreciated that when it happened. Also, if you survived the first three books you’ll be oke as Weeks has enlightened me on many types of bodily functions I am not too well clued up on. While I am not too big on love stories in my books, I did not mind what was going down in this novel. The one main character has grown into adult hood and deals with it all as best as he can.
Not a lot of romance in this one, which was great but even the parts whee our main guy was still figuring out if he was in love with the total stranger he married or still crushing on his slave girl did not put me off one bit. There is another character still looking for her husband that went missing amidst the end scenes of book three and to read her longing just to know if the man was still alive felt both pretty real and true. Not so much romance, but actual love between wife and husband can be done right when done reight. Weeks did a good job of handling this theme. Lightbringer is not your conventional boy on a farm gets thrown through the ringer, sees a pretty girly and decides to fight for her, no matter if the odds are highly disadvantageous to his well being. Although our little farm boy does get put through a lot in all the books. But he adapts and he conquers things by learning from previous mistakes. He is not just good because magic, no, he funnily enough gets his head cracked on more than one occasion and knows how not to fall in the same trap twice. If romance in books are not your thing, you can rest assured that what is contained in books 1-4 so far is anything far more than some puppy love Y.A crap that I have run across in other high fantasy novels in my time.
The Use and Misuse of Slaves:
Unfortunately this is a thing that has gone on from book one so I was accustomed to it already. In some cases it was hard to read about in other cases it was less so. While I am no advocate that will ever have positive to say regarding the keeping or holding of slaves, just bare in mind that this is a thing within the Lightbringer series. There was a revelation regarding one in particular that was both eye opening as to many plots and things that I was wondering what the point was, when it happened, my jaw was particularly agape at the level of dedication a person was willing to exert even for a fictional character. Really hit me hard there. I want to put the treatment of certain prisoners here as well as I do not feel like making another heading for it. There is one prisoner in particular that is dealt such a heavy hand that I thought he was going to die pretty early on in the book which would have been a shame as the series kinda started with him. And being treated like shit by one’s own parent? That sat pretty bad with me, but then again another revelation came to the fore that I now do not know if I am hating on a character that I am maybe mistakenly doing, I blame Week’s deft hand at curve balling me for that. Damn this book is good at doing that.
The Magic System:
While I have stated that being a selective colorblind person I had a bit of a hard time understanding the different classes and uses of the “luxen” that is used. While it is explained in previous books and touches here and there on different colors having different properties and also depending on what kind of “drafter” you are also plays a big part in the series, but if you try not to concentrate on that too much you’ll be just like me, possibly dishing out 5 stars…
Blood Mirror has a lot of Characters to keep track of:
This much is true, many of them have been coming from the first book, nearly all of them have changed into different people since the first book, but I am loving the hell out if all. For nearly each “good” person there is an antagonist or they are battling the one they think is evil, only to find out that the head of the one actually stands in front of a many headed Hydra. The characters are all interesting to read about. There are some idiots and vile people in here as well, but again, if you made it through the first three books, you’ll be surprised at some of the revelations that are lightly touched upon here.
While there are no “set” conclusions within Blood Mirror, I am a little afraid that Weeks might be killing of many people in the opening chapters of the last book that I have grown attached too. I hope I am wrong, but that is just me. This book, along with the 3 before it, has the feeling of being one big set up for Endgame-esq breakdowns and beatdowns. I am exited for it all, won’t lie about that.
My final thoughts on Blood Mirror are all positive. As I have hinted all throughout this fart that is not so much a review but just a way of putting my own thoughts in digital form, this was a definite 5 star read for me and GoodReads now knows that as well. If what I have written above does not convince someone to pick up this series, I usrge you to go look for other people’s reviews of this novel/series. I might be at odds with a lot of them, but the fact that Weeks was a prosaic genius with what he has crafted here can not be disputed. If you want to though, be my guest and let me know in the comments. I have had a lot of fun writing this review and I hope that the conclusion novel will be equally great as this one was.
Have a great day.