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The Burning White

(Lightbringer #5)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  23,812 ratings  ·  1,988 reviews
In this stunning conclusion to the epic New York Times bestselling Lightbringer series, kingdoms clash as Kip struggles to escape his family's shadow in order to protect the land and people he loves.

Gavin Guile, once the most powerful man the world had ever seen, has been laid low. He's lost his magic, and now he is on a suicide mission. Failure will condemn the woman he l
Hardcover, 992 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Orbit
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Maho01 I think it's going to be more complicated than what we're guessing. Mr. Weeks is one of the best fantasy writers alive and if the Night Angel Trilogy'…moreI think it's going to be more complicated than what we're guessing. Mr. Weeks is one of the best fantasy writers alive and if the Night Angel Trilogy's ending is anything to go by the ending isn't going to be anything we expect. And that was only a trilogy, an excellent trilogy, my favorite but a relatively small work. Honestly I'm just going to enjoy the ride and not second guess it. It's nice to read an author that gets his story off the normal railings but not in the cliché ways.(less)
Roger Brent Weeks just posted on Facebook that it's going to be released in Fall 2019.…moreBrent Weeks just posted on Facebook that it's going to be released in Fall 2019.(less)

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3.5/5 stars

Epic, engaging, well-written, and surprisingly full of theology.

Here we are, nine years since The Black Prism was first published, The Burning White—the fifth and final installment in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks—is finally out and with it, the Lightbringer pentalogy is officially over. This is one of my—along with many fantasy readers—most anticipated books of the year, to make sure that I’ll be a
Spencer Gillespie
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Josh Angel
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
(Full Spoilers) I had such high hopes for this series, but alas, at the 11th hour the series pivoted HARD to religious allegory where God solves all the problems, Dues Ex Machina rules the day, and the author is more interested in giving you a sermon than an ending that makes sense.

Spoilers to follow.

This series seems to follow in the footsteps of other popular Fantasy series with more overt religious themes (Mistborn, Narnia, etc), inserting parables to create a Christian allegory/Fantasy mash
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are few books, let alone series, that I would agree to re-read at the drop of a hat.

This is one of them.

I have so much fun, so much respect for the sheer audacity, the roaring plot-lines, the twists and the reveals, even the funny-ass quips, that I usually ignore or gloss over any ACTUAL problems I might have had with the writing. Or the original choice to make so many of our MCs so freakishly morally ambiguous. So full of glaring faults and so equally full of fantastic heroism.

When we fi
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was one of my favorite fantasy series. The Burning White was a terrible ending to that. 3/4s of the way through the book the Judeo Christian god shows up not only to preach, but to hand out Deus Ex Machina like it is candy from a 4th of July parade float.
Petros Triantafyllou
Aug 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
Expected publication: Fall 2019
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy

This series went from what I thought was going to be one of my very favorite series of all times, to something I'll never read again.

What a fucking letdown. The book was really slow going, and there's so much deux ex machina, so many bait and switch moments, so many "boss fights" that were basically nothing and worst of all too much thinly veiled christian bullshit. (view spoiler)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book gets weirdly religious all of a sudden. This being a fantasy series, you'd expect at least a creative take on religion, but nope - what you get here is a thinly-veiled sermon on Christian theology, with deus ex machina galore. Quite disappointing. ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment. I can't believe it. After waiting for so long for this book, I feel cheated. The three first books of this series were amazing. I re-read them and still get goosebumps even though I could quote entire parts by heart. The characters, the realistic magic system, the political machinations, everything combined to make an interesting and compelling story.

I think what I grew to dislike as I read the books was how complicated the plot line became. In the first book, the lines we
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a couple of days (I think it was over 900 pages!) but I am finished and I loved it. That is how you write a finale - all my questions were answered and all my favourite characters had a fair share of the action.

Of course it was Gavin/Dazen who I was really waiting for and his pages were more than I had hoped for. At last we got the real back story of his childhood and it was an eye opener. Andross also got a giant's share of the book which he spent being, well …..being Andross. His p
Deborah Obida
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
"Of all the things that die, hope is the most easily resurrected".

Unlike most fans of this series, I didn't wait for years for this book to be published for that I'm glad, I initially started reading this series last year, I savoured and rationed it till a few months ago when I finished the fourth book, even at that it felt like I've been waiting forever. I'm so glad the wait is over and even though I hate to say goodbye I adore the way the author ended this amazing series.

“What you love
Oct 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this series, until the last too books. Some much of this book is unnecessary, and the protracted ending is pointless. There was no true climax in this battle and the continued attempt at banter among Kip and his friends was painful. The biggest disappointment was the religious aspect; I did not foresee, or I would not have read these 5 books, that the god character in this book would be so important. Nothing annoys me more that the bait and switch. Started off as a series ab
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sff-faves
Wow, I completely powered through reading this story, and I know that so much happened in it that I already feel like I need to sit down and give it a re-read. This is a book I have been waiting on for YEARS and so my expectations were high and the story was at its climax even when this one began. I have to give credit to Mr Weeks for keeping me interested and making me read solidly for days, since this came out. I actually finished it a few days ago, but I needed a bit of time to try and proces ...more
Michael Sliter
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Finally, the end of a massive series that, in my opinion, started out as one of the very, very best ever written and went out with a whimper. I loved The Black Prism, so much so that it is probably one of my favorite books of all time. The sequel, Blinding Knife, continued to impress and still kept me turning the pages. But, around the Broken Eye, I started to lose a tiny bit of interested. Blood Mirror dragged, but I still hoped for an awesome conclusion. The Burning White, though, was not that ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-yet-released
"We see others not as they are but as we see. We see ourselves not as we are but as we see - and as we are seen, for we each cast our light on each other, too."

Before starting The Burning White I had a feeling this was going to be a phenomenal conclusion or a huge disappointment. Unfortunately, it was the latter. The first half of this book was so drawn out that I considered DNF'ing it a couple of times. But, I stuck it out and managed to complete it in just under 2 weeks. It usually
Wow!!! What a surprise!! Thank you. I don't want it to end. Hopping for a 6th and more besides.
So... no more books now...
I held of reading this as long as í cound, knowing there is no more Gavin after this.
I love every minute i spent in this World.

Im eagerly waiting for your next work, no doubt it will be even more ridiculously fantastic.
Ali Juhdi
Oct 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Lightbringer is (or at least I thought it was) a great series.
But it seems like Mr. Weeks was inspired by the producers of the final season of Game of Thrones and decided to completely destroy his own great work.

In the previous books, people interacted and had meaningful conversations about life, the universe, morality, God, and the meaning of good governance.

In "The Burning White"... things happen... I guess.

>>>>>Spoilers ahead<<<<<<<<

It is clear that Brent visualized the ending of Andros
Dana Ilie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book was the best finale I coud dream of.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Long story. Too bad it's not really for me. 4 of 10 stars ...more
Mark Halse
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-priority
Beyond fucking good. I would like all fantasy authors to read this book to learn how a finale is done. It's almost a new fantasy trope for a fantasy author to create an amazing series and then botch the finale. Most get wrapped up in their own nonsense so deeply that their final book ends up being a Jerk off session.

Mr. Weeks on the other hand delivers in spades. After the THE BLOOD MIRROR I've been worried that THE BURNING WHITE would be more of the same and though this book starts off that way
Wick Welker
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fun if not very flawed conclusion to a high fantasy series.

You will not find a masterpiece with the Lightbringer series. It falls short with nearly every book. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun. Weeks does many things well throughout these books and manages to end with something that is enjoyable despite being audaciously flippant with his prose and conclusion.

First with the good: the world building is exquisite. The Seven Satrapies is incredibly well fleshed out. The people, cultures,
Ashley Daviau
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was both excited and terrified to read this big beast of a book. Excited because I’ve been invested in this series for so long and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. Terrified because I’ve become so invested in this series and these characters and I want nothing but good for my precious babies. I’m glad to say that it was everything I could have hoped for and more as an ending to what’s become one of my all time favourite series. It had it all; it made me laugh and sob and want to throw ...more
Dean Ryan Martin
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2020 Reading-Challenge is completed with THE BURNING WHITE - the finale book in Lightbringer Pentalogy. "We know ourselves by how we see ourselves mirrored in others' eyes. So, when a man lies habitually, he distorts the mirror he holds up to the world (Chapter 120, page 725)."

Author's Writing Style: 5 STARS. Yay - This finale is thick but an entertaining one. There are 11 recap pages of Books 1 to 4, 152 short chapters, 3 epilogues and glossary. Overall, there are more than 960 pages. Flashback
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the fifth and final book in the Lightbringer series. The title is The Burning White but a good alternate title would have been The Enthusiastic Pep Talks. More on that later. I mostly enjoyed this entire series. It has a few issues, but nothing that bothered me too much. I was pretty happy with this last book, and the ending was mostly satisfying.

Before I go on to write about my own thoughts, if anybody read this and didn’t see the hidden Postlude after the author’s acknowledgments, or
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I kinda feel like this book went back in time and punched teenage me in the face. I was thoroughly obsessed with The Black Prism and The Broken Eye at 15: it was my first taste of "edgy" fantasy, my first peek at how a well-built magic system with clear limits enhances worldbuilding. I loved the flawed characters, found family and politicking. I loved watching the characters grow, and I loved watching Weeks set up plot threads and hints that I was sure would pay off later.


I know I'm not say
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
What a frustrating ending. Not frustrating in the sense that nothing was wrapped up because all of the loose ends were tied, characters rewarded, bad guys defeated (sort of) and story concluded. Frustrating in the sense that Weeks went well off the rails in the writing department and seems to no longer be listening to an editor.

For those of you who have read the previous 4 books, nothing I say here should dissuade you from reading this and almost certainly nothing anyone says will prevent you fr
Dan Rossin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Adah Udechukwu
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Burning White was as awesome as I thought it would be. The novel was long, it was really long but it made sense
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
There were a few things here and there that didn't quite fit but I'm not going to quibble.
Loved it

9 years ago I started this series and what an ending.
It had it all and was a fitting end to a monster series in both scale and actual size
So glad it went to 5 books as it wouldn't have felt finished otherwise.

Great world building.
Very vivid.
Drags you in and never lets you go.

Great characters.
So so many characters but loved them all
And some that were all of those things at
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In a small-town Montana school at age 12, Brent Weeks met the two great loves of his life. Edgar Allan Poe introduced him to the power of literature to transcend time and death and loneliness. Fate introduced him to The Girl, Kristi Barnes. He began his pursuit of each immediately.

The novel was a failure. The Girl shot him down.

Since then–skipping the boring parts–Brent has written eight best-sell

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