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THE BLINDING KNIFE
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This decent effort makes attempts at innovation but still feels derivative of previous epic fantasies, and science fiction works like Ender’s Game. Additionally, new readers will find it difficult to follow the plot, as The Blinding Knife is the second in the Lightbringer series. It begins in media res, provides little background information and ends on a cliffhanger. The manner in which several plot threads are abruptly truncated — even though the novel is quite lengthy — is a major liability.
As his powers fade ahead of schedule and his life dwindles with them, High Luxlord Prism Gavin Guile is forced to accelerate his plans to protect his realm from the Colour Prince — and the prince’s motley gang of fanatical supporters and impressed hostages. Young Kip, embraced as Gavin’s bastard, is consigned to the unfamiliar cutthroat politics of the capital and to the brutal training that comes with Blackguard membership. Father and son’s disparate paths are aimed at the same goal: a confrontation with evil in a hostile sea. (ORBIT, Sep., 688 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: James Davis Nicoll
Published: September 2012