A Review of Brent Weeks' Lightbringer Series.

A great series with horrific ending.

D: Significant issues for me.

The magic system is unique, the characters great, and the progression from village boy to Blackguard member fantastic. So when the series ends with deus-ex-machina I was incredibly disappointed.

This review will have some light spoilers.

The first three books of this series were amazing. Watching Kip, our main character, be bought from his destroyed village to the Chromeria, train with the Blackguard, develop his chromaturgy fantastic. Watching Gavin* build the Brightwater Wall in the face of the oncoming army of the Color Prince, gripping. Koios White Oak and her growth out of the Blackguard, superb.

The world-building was unique, deep enough to engage, but simple enough to grasp quickly.

The political and military upheaval of the Color Prince serves as the central conflict to the story, and a prophecy lurking in the background implies Kip is the Lightbringer.

Boy, I was hyped to see how he’d grow into his powers and command and crush the Color Prince and his wights.

And then Orholam comes along. Orholam is god, for a drop of context.

And ultimately his intervention in the last book invalidates the development of all our favourite characters, and waving a hand to resurrect characters seems to, I don’t know, literally remove the consequences of their choices.

Now, this isn’t to say I hate all divine intervention. Plenty of series have deities as a character, playing people like chess pieces against each other. But Orholam is an absent god, mythology rather than a character, and so his appearance simply feels unwelcome.

I think this is one of the series I am most salty over because I enjoyed the first half so very, very much.

If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, it’s not as bad as that, don’t worry, but the bitter taste in my mouth is still there nonetheless.

The Lightbringer series is a difficult one to recommend or not. On one hand, I want everyone to read the first two books for sure. But how could you stop there, after two great books, even knowing the iceberg ahead that’s coming to deus-ex your enjoyment away?