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The Burning White

Book Five of Lightbringer
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Lightbringer, Book 5
Length: 39 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

The Burning White is the epic conclusion to the Lightbringer series by New York Times best seller Brent Weeks - one of the most popular fantasy series of recent years.   

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?  

©2019 Brent Weeks (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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The best use of an audible credit there is.

The book is wonderful, beautifully written and spoken aloud. Stop doubting yourself, read this series.

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Huge. And yet a let-down.

My god it's big. In terms of value per minute it's great. But - and this is very much a personal perspective - it's profoundly frustrating as an end to previously great series. Disclaimer: I'm still 2 hours from the end and I'll delete this if the last two hours do the unexpected...! So far, though... The first half was great. More than half. But for severeal listening hours I've been close to quiiting, and would have if it hadn't been for years on prior investment in the characters. At this point it feels horribly Hollywood in finding ways to bring happy conclusions even to storylines that seemed doomed. By the end of the previous book, I was in awe of how a seemingly conventional fantasy had slid into horrifying, subtle tale with deep moral ambiguity etc. Now I think that was just a setup. This book goes pretty plainly into sanctimonious religion territory - making me think of nothing so much as the Narnia series. Don't get me wrong: it still has most of the elements that have made the series fun. It's mostly enjoyable, and if you've been on board for the whole series you're gonna finish, right? But it's very deus ex machina, and if you find religion unsatisfying, it will probably disappoint. If I was reading on dead trees, I'd say wait for the trade paperback over hardback.

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A satisfying ending to a truly amazing series

Do NOT start here - you must read the Lightbringer series from Book1, The Black Prism!!!
This was the most satisfying ending to a series that I've read in a very long time - perfect pacing, tight plotting, superb characterisation, and brings a tear to the eye.
IMHO this series is better than Mistborn from Brandon Sanderson, which was breathtaking, and is almost up there with The Kingkiller Chronicles from Patrick Rothfuss (high praise indeed).
I'm going to miss all these characters so much (at least until Brent pulls his finger out and writes series 2... hopefully).
Lest I forget, Simon Vance is one of the great narrators. So many voices.

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To much ex machina and religion

If you have watched game of thrones and got annoyed that they wanted to subvert expections, I don't think you'd be happy with this ending.
I suppose its my own fault for expecting a fantastical ending but the gods get way to involved in this book and without spoilers its hard to say why it left me quite angry that persons just get away with things they have done in the past and some people turn out useless.

Narrator was awesome and the story still has good moments but shame about the end.

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This book is Amazing

I have loved this series of books, a absolutely gem of a series, this is an amazing end to this story. Just so sad it’s over 😭. There is way to start again just hope Brent weeks does story a new story in this world 🌍

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Good Finish to the Series

I enjoyed the series as a whole with a few caveats. The last book was a good romp, with a few mcguffins and plot holes. However as a piece of entertainment it certainly delivers. I'd recommend it to any fantasy reader interested in well thought out magic systems and with a fast paced movie like plotting.

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Wonderful Final Book in Series

Brent Weeks has finished his excellent series with a wonderfully written book that tied up the series in a surprising and satisfying way. Narration by Simon Vance is top notch as always. Don't miss the final epilogue after the acknowledgements right at the very end of the recording.

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Bring the Light

Brent Weeks with this series has just become one of my all time favourites for scifi fantasy, simon Vance brings his awesome cast of characters to life in this epic thrilling saga , if magic warriors monsters demons gods battling and also assassin's slipping a cold knife in the back gets you going then dont hesitate read or listen to the Black prism once you start you wont put them down till the end , The burning White is a great end to the saga and is a awesome book in its self . I myself really hope Brent wrights the characters again loved them all .

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Don’t ruin the series by listening to this turgid rubbish

In the end I completed it because i had been so invested in the other books - I wish I’d just skipped this one and left the plot hanging.

Occasional flashes of the genius that made the first couple of books so great padded out with turgid exposition and awkward banter between the characters.

The religious angle takes more and more importance as the book progresses and becomes more and more incomprehensible.

The last few hours feel like a bizarre over the top finish. Not just tying up loose ends, but tying them up with a ribbon, bow, glitter and shiny wrapping.

I increased listening speed to 1.25x just to get through it and feel like I lost nothing.
Narrator was brilliant as ever.

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Was late to the party, but got to lisren to all 5.

I got to listen to all 5 and loved it.
Thks 4 them I didn't realise how invested I was in all the characters until the last book. I do listen to the end and thankyou for the gift. Its was great to get all stories finished. I
Am sure there is another trilogy waiting to be written.

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  • juan leon
  • 03-02-20

excellent!!!

The whole series is outstanding but the final book is a constant crescendo, the tension is insanely good and the deliver flawless. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Leszek
  • 07-02-20

Storytelling at its finest.

I'll keep it short and sweet: if you like engaging stories, fantasy or otherwise,
colourful characters to genuinely care about and laugh at their playful banter, unique and vivid world building, fast paced adventures and epic battles, then do yourself a favour and get more of Brent Week's writing into your life.
By far one of the most remarkable authours I had the pleasure of stumbling upon,
who's works give a sense of time well spent, leaving one all the richer for it.

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  • Niklas
  • 20-01-20

3/4 good 1/4 rushed

spoilers might be here

I think that in a whole, the series were great but the ending here was to rushed and the choice of everyone getting a happy everafter (other then Kroxor) is pleasing to some but tbh i think that if you write a story where a character og more are making the ultimate sacrifice, and then deny them that sacrifice is wrong

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  • Geir
  • 10-12-19

Superlative, too!

Listening to the after-word of this series was more entertaining than most of my listens for the past year; and it's been a damn good year!

I'm glad I got to experience it, I'm sad to see it go, I'm in love with this world and I wish I had selective amnesia.

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  • Stormcrow
  • 24-11-19

Give it a try you won't regret it

Thank you to Brent weeks for writing a gorgeous book on the complete opposite side of the spectrum as Tolkien. Now I can't stop thinking how fantastic it would be to hear Gandalf and Elron swearing when something doesn't go their way. I was overjoyed to read an epic story with such relatable characters.

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  • Atle
  • 17-11-19

Perfection

This last book in the series was amazing. Brilliant writing and wonderfull narration. It gave me everything I hoped for and more. I'm going to miss this world forever.

PS! Dont skip the last chapter, even if the author tells you to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-19

Brilliant

Loved the book and the series. Kept me riveted
From beginning to end. Would recommend it to anyone

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  • mark foran
  • 31-12-19

Wonderful

Simply the best narrator out there. Simon Vance does s fantastic job bringing these characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. 10 out of 10. Would read again