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The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
Series: Lightbringer #3
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: August 20th 2015 by Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback, 866 pages
Find it here: Goodreads
Just when I think this series can’t get more interesting, it does. How? By the characters growing up.
Yes. I mean Kip. His growth over just three books blows me away. If you’ll remember from my review of the first book, Kip didn’t really appeal to me much, mostly because of his immaturity. That? Is starting to go away, because Kip is growing up as the story progresses, and the way his attitude is changing with that growth is fascinating to witness. I’m really enjoying the kind of character he’s changing into, and I hope to high hell that it doesn’t turn him into a bad guy by the end of the series, because the main character going rogue and evil is a trope I’m very much worn tired of seeing. (Not that I’m saying it’s swaying that way, but I’ve been burned before, so I’m holding out hope that it doesn’t happen in this series.)
However, I am absolutely banging my fists on the table and wondering where the hell Liv is! Where’s my annoying girl? I love her! I want more of her! I want to see what’s going to happen to her after the horror that was Gunner’s Apprentice (which, if you’ve read it, you know I’m being a little shit here) and see what’s going to happen to her!
Siiiigh. At least we have Teia. I love her a lot. I don’t love the whole thing going on with Teia, Tisis, and Kip, but, eh. They’re teenagers, shit’s about to pop up and make things difficult. As long as it’s not the main plot (and it very much isn’t) and there’s enough other side plots happening for me to kind of gloss over said plot I don’t like (and there is — LORD the amount of plot happening is wild), then I’m fine. Mostly. We’ll see if I change my tune in later books, but. For now. Totally fine. Totally.
I still don’t really care for Gavin much, though I think I’m supposed to for now. He’s absolutely grown on me a lot over the series, but I still just. Don’t really like him that much. The only thing interesting about him to me is what he adds to the plot in favor of other characters, which I don’t think was his intended role.
I’m also kind of wondering how Weeks is going to have enough plot for two more huge ass books, too? Like, a lot happened here, but it also feels like it’s supposed to be wrapping up soon. Like, soon as in within the next book, which can’t be the case, because there are two more left. Should I be expecting another wrench in the fire? Should I be worried?
(Ah, who am I kidding. I should always be worried. I’m cynical by nature, and I like this series a little too much not to be worried about a downfall. Guess we’ll see!)
Thanks for reading!