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The Burning White

Lightbringer, Book 5
Written by: Brent Weeks
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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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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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Wow

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

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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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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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Best book

This is one of the best books out there. It is so good. The whole series is incredible..
Also, Simon Vance is an incredible narrator.

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Loved it

Great story - well read - one of the best fantasy series I have ever read/listed to

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Fun

Simon Vance is amazing, as always. Not my favorite of the Lightbringer Series, but still a wonderful story.

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Worth the wait

I loved Night Angel and now I love this even more! It is a joy to see how greatly the author's voice and story telling has grown from one series to another.

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I greatly enjoyed this book!

This book was a fantastic finale to an incredible series. It was a step above the other books in this series and I have to say it was the best finale I have ever 'read' in a book. I look forward immensely to the next books Brent writes. If youve already read the other books in this series then you already know getting this book is a no brainer but just in case you dont. I have to say that in this book the stakes are higher, the events are bigger, and the characters become even more loveable. Worth a listen!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ronald Citlau
  • 2019-10-30

This is a review of the whole series

After reading all the books, I can say that this is one of the best fantasy series in quite a long time. It is a true Exploration of humanity of a variety of characters coming to grips with their own humanity, their darkness and light, and the relationships around them that are just as complicated as they are.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nic
  • 2019-10-30

best

Again I am amazed at how good Brent Weeks is at this writing thing. THANKS!

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  • Leah Charboneau
  • 2019-10-26

Incredible

I am devastated that this series is over. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a story more. Thank you to Brent Weeks and Simon Vance!

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  • Ryan
  • 2019-11-07

too Bible Thumper-y for my tastes

I enjoyed the complexity. The characters were in depth and entertaining, but the "God is great and knows all and is perfect." just doesn't work for me in a fantasy novel. I realise this is just my personal tastes. I definitely think the Bible belongs firmly in the fantasy section after all, it's just not my flavor of fantasy, so the doubling down on the preachy aspects of the series definitely left the ending unsatisfying for me. I'd love to rate it higher, it's not that it's badly written, it just doesn't resonate with me. perhaps it will with others.

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