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The Burning White

Book Five of Lightbringer
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Black Prism, Book 5
Length: 39 hrs and 3 mins
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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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Best damb audiobook ever

I've listened to about 250 different Audiobooks now, and this is my favorite. Just listen to it already.

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Worth the wait, loved it!

Just love this book and series! I, so want to spoil the heck out of it but I won't. Go forth and read about Kip the mighty Turtle-Bear!

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Fantastic finale to an amazing fantasy series

Great performance from Simon Vance. Great story. Satisfying conclusions for some characters, heartbreaking outcomes for others. This series will stay in my mind for years to come.

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Amazing

Amazing. Closed the series off perfectly. muchly enjoyed every book and highly recommend that you read

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Awsome, Excellent Ending

The Narrator was awsome, the Ending was awsome. From start to finish this book was engaging and I couldn't stop listening.

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The roller-coaster is over.

A fitting end to a great book series. Twists and turns with a wonderful resolution.

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Wow.. doesn't get better than this

Writing is spellbinding as is the brilliant audio performance. If I could give 6 stars I would!

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Simon Vance is an excellent storyteller!

Simon really brought the story to life with fantastic voice characterisation and excellent storytelling. Very enjoyable books from Brent Weeks made all the better by this narrator.

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Disappointing ending

Now finishing the series I've realised that books 1-3 were excellent. Book 4 seemed lost and not much really happened, and this book 5 seemed very rushed. Narrator was excellent. But the story wasn't my favourite ending (couple chapters out of 155 and the plot is all done). Well worth the read since the journey through the books was great. Disappointing ending however

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Loved it

Had me hooked from start to finish. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Definitely recommend. You won’t regret it.

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  • juan leon
  • 03-02-2020

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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  • Maria
  • 15-10-2020

Solid end to the series!

Readers of the other books in the series will find this book a satisfying conclusion, with a potential for more to come.

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  • Michael
  • 09-09-2020

Great read. Light but funny and moving.

There are more sub plots in this than GOT. Many sided and moving. But a lighter look at serious topics as well. The characters and the character descriptions are excellent. Great read. And a great performance from the performer.

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  • Alexander W. Szenczy
  • 11-08-2020

An excellent end to a great series.

Brent Weeks has fully completed the Lightbringer Saga and it was totally worth it. This series is worth it and he is easily on of the fantasy greats alongside Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson and Tolkien.

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  • Hermann
  • 09-06-2020

Amazing book

This was amazing listen and I hope in the future I will be able to visit this world again! Thanks for an amazing adventure Brent

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  • Leszek
  • 07-02-2020

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
  • 20-01-2020

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
  • 10-12-2019

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
  • 24-11-2019

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
  • 17-11-2019

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
  • 01-11-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2019

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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  • Louise
  • 27-12-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-2019

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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  • Mr. Thomas J. Ryder
  • 29-06-2020

an exceptional close to an excellent series

not many books bring me to tears, this is one. and thank you for the end, I love a good acknowledgement

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  • Chris Symonds
  • 12-04-2020

So much wasted potential.....

**SPOILERS** Adequate ending to a brilliant series, but with a few drawbacks, like shoehorning in Christian imagery everywhere! It's somewhat expected in most fantasy with a messianic figure that there would be a little; you see it in many other series but not often so on-the-nose. Things like one character saying to god (who is himself a character) that he feels like he's been dead for 3 days, while another dies in a crucifixion pose, lowered down while his wife and mother weep, only to be later resurrected. While we're on the subject of the machinations of God, how about a machine given to one character to get from one side of the world to the other just in time to save everyone that is literally called 'the machina' (I see what you did there Brent, but it's not as clever as you think). There was so much potential for the end of this series. What about the everdark Gates? I expected the angari to make an appearance but no sign of them. That chekov's gun just stayed there on the table unused. Liv was very underused, but not as much as the white king who pretty much disappears for the duration of the book. All of the political machinations fall by the wayside and Andros ends up underused (in the present) as a result. Ironfist is similarly underused, being used as a looming threat until he appears and then disappears again. Zyman lost all characterisation and just became evil for the sake of it, backed up by Arum who again becomes evil just for the sake of it. So much was ignored so that there was space for half explained mythology. I'd have been OK if there was more space dedicated to the history and metaphysics tbh, but not all in this book! If you're going to have the main battle be a literal battle between heaven and hell played out by humans, then at least start explaining it more in earlier books. All we have for backstory of the immortals before this book is the scene in the great library in book 3. That could have been the start of something explored properly in book 4 (instead of so much time dedicated to kip and tysis' bedroom difficulties) but instead it was ignored right up until it became one of the most important things in the story out of nowhere. What confused me in all the scenes they appear in though is the light guard. They are described as thugs over and over again, but this characterisation does not explain at all why, during a frikkin battle, they would a) watch their leader break the halo, a thing everyone in their society knows leads to madness, b) watch that same leader drag someone off the main weapon of the city while it is being used to lead the defence and c) leave that weapon completely unused and undefended. It brought me out of the story every time the light guard did anything because they were treated just as an extension of Zymans madness and Arum's bitterness, not as actual characters like the black guard often were. Like seriously, their city is fighting against an army of Wights and they'll follow a Wight while he undermines the defence of the city? And no one says anything? In a story centered around redemption? But of course if they didn't just follow their orders then the named characters would not have something to overcome. At least give some justification like a clandestine agreement with the Order or the white king. The epilogues really annoyed me though. Everyone just seems OK with Dazen using his own name, as if there hadn't been a frikkin war to stop Dazen in the first place. Like "you're Dazen now and not Gavin? No worries, let's have a party." This was most apparent with Kip (no scene where he realises that his father is actually his uncle, just pov where he refers to him as both Dazen and his father without any of the cognitive dissonance that would bring) and with Ironfist just calling Dazen by his real name as if he's always known. It's like Dazen has realised that he is actually a good man, so everyone is now OK with him without needing to go through their own processes. All in all, this book was just meh, and for a series as good as the Lightbringer was it is supremely disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-2020

A superb ending

An incredible story from an author with limitless imagination and craft. Thank Brent (should you happen to read this)

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  • Rob E
  • 28-01-2020

Brilliant end to a great tale

Perfect ending for one of my favourite authors, a wonderful, powerful story crafted over the past 8+ years. Please read you won’t regret it

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  • Jonathon Bradbury
  • 07-01-2020

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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  • Luke Beckett
  • 03-01-2020

Helped me consider deeper thoughts from this series

This was a great ending to this series, with the same exciting plot, and well-realised, developed characters that make Brent Weeks as good as any other fantasy writer I read new fantasy books by. But what sets this series apart from me was a deeper theme that this series has been exploring, and this book really helped me to see and think through. That’s what stuck with me and made this a great series, not just a good, exciting page-turner. Three of the main characters are men who want to be famous. Actually, they already are famous, but they want to be legendary. I’ve been thinking about their three different reasons for seeking fame. Gavin wants to become a legend, because he’s worried he’s a bad person. He’s so scared he’s actually broken or evil, that he puts his effort into being good. He wants to be a legend that will ultimately prove whether he is bad or good, so he’ll know once and for all. Andros is absolutely certain he’s clever and important. He wants to be the most important person in history - legendary - because he’s so worried that other people won’t fully realise and acknowledge how clever and important he feels he is. Kip wants to be famous because he’s been worried he isn’t good enough for his whole life. He’s been told he’s inept and criticised, but he’s also started to believe that and tell it to himself. He wants to be famous so that there’ll be a seemingly objective measure that actually he really does matter and really is good for something. He wants the world to notice him and validate is worth, because he thinks a big, famous life will mean no one can take away that validation. The end of this story, where they all chase status and power, and realise things about themselves, was such a fantastic exploration of why we seek recognition. I identify with Kip a lot, and for me it’s great art when someone else’s creation helps you understand a little more about yourself... but Brent Weeks’ great skill is that he really can help you see and understand what drives each person. Weeks has a wonderfully sharp, insightful eye for what makes people tick. In this epic story about light and dark, armies, prophecies, gods and emperors, it’s the insight into these three men that sets this book apart and for me feels so relevant and important in the age and society I live in and why so many of us are encouraged to seek fame and fortune.

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