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The Burning White

Lightbringer, Book 5
Written by: Brent Weeks
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Lightbringer, Book 5
Length: 39 hrs and 4 mins
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In the stunning conclusion to the epic, New York Times best-selling Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks, kingdoms clash as Kip must finally escape his family's shadow in order to protect the land and people he loves.

As the White King springs his great trap, and the Chromeria itself is threatened by treason and siege, Kip Guile and his companions will scramble to return for one impossible final stand.

In the darkest hour, will the Lightbringer come?

The long-awaited epic conclusion of Brent Weeks's New York Times best-selling Lightbringer series.

Lightbringer:
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

Night Angel:
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

The Night Angel Trilogy: 10th Anniversary Edition
Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

©2019 Brent Weeks (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Wow

This was the best book in the series, I was blown away, on pins and needles the entire time.

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Awsome Storytelling

Brent Weeks uses words the way Davinci uses paints. His character development displays an understanding of the human condition rarely displayed in novels. His weaving of this understanding with an exciting and wondrous storyline sets ones imagination on fire! And let's not forget the masterful performance of Simon Vance. His style of delivery brings the characters and situations to vivid life. I can't praise these artists enough! A standing ovation for this incredible series.

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simply amazing

For a book with so much weight and length, I couldn not put it down.

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Best audiobook ever!

A thrilling conclusion to an excellent series. Narration was simply superb and this book is my new favorite!

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Great finish!

An excellent finish to a great series! I really enjoyed every part of yours book, I'm so glad Brent decided to expand yours trilogy to 5 parts! Thanks for the excellent work of fiction, and truly immersive world and characters!

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Maybe the best

Maybe the best series, strongly recommend to everyone. The narrator is great. I couldn’t stop listening.

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Great finale to the Lightbringer series

Loved it. This was a perfect finale to the Lightbringer series. It is beautifully narrated by Simon Vance.

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Disappointing end to an amazing series

Brent Weeks crafted a beautiful magical universe and really great characters. The first 4 books were epic, thrilling and had detailed, entertaining plot. The small flaws in them didn't detract. Until book 5. There were details that we learned that helped us understand the whole story especially to understand what Andross had been up to all these decades of scheming. However, the plot and conclusion in The Burning White are just filled with deus ex machinas. The intricate and awesome magic system stopped having limitations and many characters ended up doing just ridiculous magical solutions. It got very religious and Gavin's change at the end wasn't satisfying. More frustrating than all of this was the numerous illogical choices and conversations. No way people stop in the middle of battle or during a major time-crunch to discuss theology and emotions. One time one of the Mighty said something like "we don't have much time but..." and then the whole Mighty team discussed something around logic/theology/emotions when they did not have time for it and no one would ever talk about things like that even after the battle.

Why did no one know the big secret Teia learned from Iron Fist after she came back for help at the end? Why did Karris stop Teia from chasing Cruxer to have a lengthy conversation to give her the weapon Kip made her? Karris could have tossed it to Teia as she ran and said "from Kip!" Like seriously! The weapons name could have been etched in it.

The book is stock full of moments like these where I couldn't believe how illogical character's reactions were to situations they have trained all their lives to handle.
The best writing throughout all 5 books is how Brent managed Kip and Andross' conversations and 9 king card games and their canniving against each other. That does impress me.
The Night Angel Trilogy was amazing and had an almost great ending. Light Bringer series was building up to be a masterpiece however this final book really does ruin it. It's not just a bit off the mark, it's completely different from the first 4 books. Characters used to strive and scheme and use their wit to succeed but now they can just power up and do something more amazing than earlier for no apparent reason. Except for Teia. Until the tooth solution, Teia's struggle and absolutely unexpected ingenuitive success was very entertaining. Then the deus ex machina of her tooth having poison in it... yeah uh huh why would she have ever thought it more likely to save her later than it was to kill her? Zero logic there. This book is more like fan fiction than what I would have expected from Brent. I used to recommend this series but now I cannot.

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good ending to a great series

one of my fave series. just felt a little rushed by the end unfortunately

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amazing. a new favorite series, and series finale.

it was incredible. I will recommend this reader and these books to anyone who will listen to me.

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  • The Story Adict
  • 2019-10-26

An Actual Review, after I got done listening to it

I ask forgiveness for the title, but I love how people are leaving reviews for this novel that's nearly two days long and reviewing the same day its released. So here if you want a review from someone that actually took the time to listen to the entire book before leaving a review.

So the beginning of the review, a note. This book does have quiet a bit of religious overtones. If you've listened to the rest of the series then this shouldn't surprise you, if you get twitchy at religious overtones you'll hate this book; if not you might still find it grating but we'll I enjoyed it greatly. I also had a slight dislike for how fantasy works only have 'dark gods' and silent 'light gods' and so I find an active battle between them rather refreshing.

A mini-review in case you don't want to read my entire review. First the answer to people that have followed the series up till now, this might just be the strongest entry in the series. Yes it is as good as Black Prism and Blood Mirror, if not better. Also, yes, Weeks pulls off his customary excellence story and perfectly balanced ending, if you've read his other series The Night Angel Trilogy you know what I mean though this one without the rushed Deus Machina. For everyone else, if you haven't started the series and don't mind a religious war with actual gods and faith in play and want fantasy of highest caliber you would love this series, it's worth it.

Now for the longer review.

The Prose: I could be short here and state that Brent Weeks is one of the greatest writers alive, I really could he's that good. So what does he do right in this book?

1. Well besides craft a story with no less than four characters that could be a protagonist in their own series yet together harmoniously into one, four divergent yet complete character and story arches that all intertwine into something fantastic in a way I've only seen Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrombie, and Steven Erikson do, did I mention not all the characters get along and each provides a different perception of each other? Yeah, Karas, Gavin, Kip, and yes Andros are complete and fleshed out with their own side characters, side characters that are interact so natural and humanly I often found myself smirking and laughing merely because a character did something that was so them.

2. That Weeks somehow blends the gritty dark realness of what is with, well, the hope and belief of what should be that the fantasy genre lives on and in such way that makes neither a lie. Meanwhile it ties the history and lore of not just a world but each distinct country and culture in such a way that it explains not only why things have happened the way they have but does so in a believable way and how each relates to the others. The world of the 9 satraps truly feels like a real world.

3. Half the complications of the book, and tensions, and subversions, exist because of characters acting within their own nature but also with the best information they have, given that the characters behave like people, each character has their secrets or things they want to keep hidden. This is one best aspects of the series since many of the tragedies, and fears happen because of people behaving like themselves. This is some game of thrones stuff, in other words there is a good amount of subversion here but in an organic non-forced way that feels believable.

4. Weeks is a master, ie all the things I typically grip about with lesser authors don't exist here. We are shown how characters feel, everything is properly described without getting to deep into description, the pacing is razor sharp, there are no damn real world politics here, there is no 'this happens because I say it does', the magic is explained with a system but is still magic, the men are manly and the women are womanly and neither put down or seen as lesser. Yeah none of my typical grips are here. Well there is one long diatribe that is a little too obviously the author speaking but given this is in an epilogue an only a few minutes I feel i can forgive it.

So the cons because I want to be fare and this isn't a perfect book.
1. As I wrote in my preface the biggest 'flaw' of the book is the amount 'God' plays a role in the series and the discussion of faith. If this sort of thing make you feel uncomfortable you will not like this book. Personally, I rather enjoyed the philosophy but I can understand other people not liking it.

2. While i liked the pacing there was on point around hour 20-30 that felt a little slow, the build taking a little too long, maybe. Again I enjoyed the tension and build up to the final battle of 5 books, all 20+ hours each but I can see how it might annoy some people.

3. This is the weakest flaw, but one that might annoy most. Andros gets a full back story here, he becomes a full protagonist. This feels unnecessary, I enjoyed it and it added depth and meaning to the tragedy and reason to his actions that we couldn't have guessed at. But this also extends the book by a good 5-10 hours.

4. There are multiple epilogues, I know people don't generally like this and complain. Well there are multiple, deal with it, or don't, again it doesn't both me, just trying to be impartial.

The wrap up; this is one of the greatest fantasy series ever written. yes this book and this series is worth buying, just that simple. This is possibly the best book I've read so far this year, and I've read over a hundred.

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  • woodrow james keith
  • 2019-11-04

underwhelming ending to an over wise great series.

Most of the book felt like a chore to listen to. The book had flashes of greatness but only flashes. Way too much Deus Ex Machina, and very little justice was served to characters that deserved it. Simon Vamce was great as always.

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  • Jason
  • 2019-11-01

GoT Season 8 all over again

First, mad props to Simon Vance. He did an amazing job with every book in the series!!

Now, as for the substance... Meh... A lot of it was useless and could have been cut. Other parts were extraordinarily silly and unbelievable even for a fantasy series.

I wasn't wild about how all the characters wrapped up. I'm not someone who needs every character to have a happy ending, But at the same time, there seemed to be extremely heavy handed unfairness with no clear reason as to why. The best of the Guile family got crapped on while the other two came out on top as kings... It really was a massive disappointment. I don't want to go into specifics and spoil it for anyone so apologies for being vague. I actually started out giving this book 3 stars for the story, but as I write this I realize how much I truly disappointed I was and knocked it down to 2-stars.

This felt a lot like GoT season 8 to me. It was a long time to wait just to get a fart to the face.

I would still recommend the series, but it would come with some strong qualifiers about the ending.

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  • Christopher Allen
  • 2019-10-23

Absolutely Amazing

I have been nervously anticipating this finale for some time now, worried that I would get my heart broken on yet another fantasy series that falls on its proverbial sword at the finish line. This is not that. This is amazing. Brent’ storytelling, his plot development, and ability to move his readers with emotion gets better with every book. Simon Vance was incredible. Kip was wonderful. Dazen didn’t dissapoint. Karis, inspired. Andros, genius. If you haven’t heard the awesome writing for Gunner brought life by Simon Vance, you’re missing out. Thanks Brent!

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  • Jack
  • 2019-12-22

A disappointing end

As always, the narration was amazing! My issue is...!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!





....with the ending. Characters who sacrificed them selves and should have been dead, were instead passed out. God became involved with a literal Deus Ex Machina, and everything was perfect at the end. This lead to the cheapening of everything that came before, the character's sacrifices and heroics.

To top it off, the 'Grinch' had his heart grow two sizes seemingly out of nowhere.

I was hoping for something much different, and was left disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-03

Ending ruined the serires and author for me

Up until hour 34 of this book Brent Weeks was one of my top 5 authors, I would would have given this book 5 stars after this book. I will not waste my time with this author again. I would go into more detail but don't want to spoil the book for anyone.

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  • Rikki
  • 2019-10-31

Loved it!

Another winner! Worth the wait, only problem is that I want more, I will miss these characters and this world. Thanks Brent

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  • J. Wilson
  • 2019-12-05

Just too much

Too much filler. There is hour upon hour of monologue and unfortunately only some of it actually add to the story. Some of it fill in some of the gaps from earlier books but way too little.
Having said that I was plodding through that, hating to quit. The problem is that there is just so many scenes that are twisted at the authors whim and finally my willingness to put up with this got broken by the whole Ironfist vs Krucsa(?) scene. It was just so twisted and nobody heard gun shots...really?
Sorry I am giving up and really don’t care how this ends anymore.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2019-10-31

Pretty damn good

I liked almost everything about this book. A few things left hanging but otherwise great.

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  • Heather
  • 2019-10-31

True closure

It's rare for an epic fantasy connoisseur to feel closure at a series finale. While the format of Burning White is incongruous to its predecessors, it works... well... better than any other beloved story finale I've read, to be honest. I love a happy ending, only when it's earned, and these characters *definitely* got more than I'd expected. I hope this is a harbinger of future epics from Weeks, and serves as a reader-fulfilling model for fantasy authors for many years to come. Thank you, Mr. Weeks, AND Mr. Vance, for bringing this treacherous, fabulous, mysterious, and wholly endearing world into my life.

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