Rating: 4 stars
Series: Lightbringer #1
Normally straight up fantasies are not my thing, but this turned out to be really good. The beginning was slow moving. A considerable amount of time was spent focusing on the world building. The magic was unique and complex, so a lengthy explanation was necessary. After a while it felt like Weeks was beating the dead horse with all of the explanations. Part of the reason the beginning was slow was because all of the characters were being introduced, and it took a little while before attachments were made to them.
Around 45% I was hooked. There was a lot of action. The characters histories were being revealed, and it made them easier to relate to. Particularly with Karris her past made her likable. Before that was known, she was cold without any apparent good reason for it. At first Kip was somewhat annoying because he was such a bumbling idiot. He began to find his inner strength and sense of self preservation, which made him more appealing. A few people were keeping secrets. The impact of those secrets won’t be known for a while.
The premise of this story is based on a huge secret of Gavin’s. It is intriguing, and I’m really curious to see what will happen because of all of his lies. It is hard to believe that more people haven’t figured out his secret. To do what he has done and do it well is extremely difficult and complicated. It’s impossible to pull off flawlessly. I’m willing to let the implausibility of Gavin’s actions go just because it has created a great story.