Published: 22 October 2019
Series: The Lightbringer Book 5
Format Read: Audible
Duration: 39h 3 mins
Blurp: (Taken from GoodReads)
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 loves. Success will condemn his entire empire.
As the White King springs his great traps and the Chromeria itself is threatened by treason and siege, Kip Guile must gather his forces, rally his allies, and scramble to return for one impossible final stand.
The long-awaited epic conclusion of Brent Weeks’s New York Times bestselling Lightbringer series.
Lucky for me this series was already completed by the time I picked up the first book, so my wait was not all that long. I reviewed book four at the start of last month and started this series close to the end of 2019. Some how I thought it would be both clever and cunning if I put up a post by the end of a week where I did not post anything. Weeks being the author’s surname and his book also leading up to the events that transpire or conspire to take place on an upcoming event called SUNday. To be honest this all sounded better in my head… Like all the Lightbringer books I have reviewed so far I had the same starting sentence along the lines of “I have no idea how I am going to review this novel. This particular review for the novel that draws the Lightbringer series to a complete stop and man, what a trip I have been taken on. All my questions where answered, there were no thoughts of this novel just ending and setting things up for another series, or a sequel, apart from maybe that last bit that happens after the novel’s thank you and author notes. With the person I felt the strongest of connections for.
By saying I do not know how to review this novel, I will try and highlight some plus points much like the I did with the other reviews. Starting with Kip, our main character that is not our only main character. Kip has grown up since the whiney fat kid from book one. Even though there are a lot of fat shaming going on throughout the series and happens by the fat guy talking down to himself on many occasions, he pulled through and might just have become one of my top epic fantasy characters that I could relate to and feel akward about as well as elated when things went the right way. Kip, as I have said on all the other is not just some “fated” child that gets to see a bad thing then awakens some form of super power and amazes everyone with it. He gets pulled through the ringer on many fronts and has to battle his way through it all with little or no guidance at all. Funny how I kept thinking how Kip in Dutch is the word used for chicken, Kip was no chicken and even the times he did really not feel up for a fight or mental battle, he did not shy away from it. Brent nearly made me piss through my eyes in one of the last few chapters regarding Kip’s fate, but I am glad things happened the way they had. Kip earns the respect from those that call him friend and leader even if he does not particularly feel leaderly or that he is half the man the people make him out to be. Kip could be as real as you and me in every regard and it takes a special kind of author to pull out something like that in character building.
It takes a master in doing not so with only one character, but all of the people involved in this novel. There is a lot going on with Kip’s father figure Gavin Guile the guy has his fare share of tortures and unpleasant things he goes through and, OH, those reveals and curve balls I got with his story line was not expected nor was it not appreciated. Gavin was another person I was rooting for even while I had certain reservations in earlier novels with him regarding proclaiming his love to his future wife, but also thinking about his room slave in the most inappropriate of times. I am really glad that it happened less and less as the series moved forward. Gavin redeems himself in so many ways and I cannot help but like the guy. One can almost say I was beGuiled? (insert cricket sounds here)
There is the question about Kip’s grandfather and Gavin’s dad that I am still hard pressed to answer truthfully. The guy is a massive turd, but he has all the right reasons to be like that. Damn I wish I could have smacked the man more than a few times. The curve balls with him close to the the middle and end of this novel was a real kick in the balls for me. I had no other option than to respectfully dislike him while understanding dawned on his “long game”. The guy had perseverance that much is fact.
As much male characters that were amazing Brent Weeks also wrote great female counter parts. Females that were both vulnerable yet persevered and got to kick major ass when they got the chance. The wife of Kip waging battles in court rooms as well as on the battle maps. Gavin’s wife, from being a Blackgaurd that only knows fighting to being appointed the White and being commanded not to fight at all anymore. How she pulled all that of is beyond amazing. Lastly, my very own favorite Thea, oh man, how hard her life was and all her trials and tribulations between unmasking the Order of the Broken Eye. Of how she grew from a slip of a girl into a slip of a girl with a talent for killing all who threatened her all for the sake of keeping her father alive. I was rooting for her from the very beginning when she was first introduced and I hope my wife can forgive me for saying I might have had a little soft spot for some one else for a while. While there are many more amazing women in this series, Brent also did not shy away from writing actual bodily functions that go along with what it is to be a woman. I have cringed and been educated on so many new subjects that I will respect women a whole lot more than I have did before. Brent also did this not only to educate those ignorant to these things but to also make people aware that some of this stuff are actual things. He did so at his own expense and my respect for him as an author has grown a lot more after putting this series down. I will be looking at his other work in the future that much is for sure.
Brent also created a world that is very much a believable place. As well as sculpt a myriad variety of plot points around different subject matter that is closer to our own planet than what I would like to believe. Politics, Religion, Family dysfunction, slavery, the act of justifying evil deeds with pure intent at hart, the abuse of power, sex, drugs rock and roll (oke that last part was a bit of ad lib, but you get my point right?). Brent covered it all and dealt with these subjects in such an understandable way that even my small brain could relate too. I know it might sound very petty or naïeve, but this series is what I would have liked to achieve were I ever inclined to pick up my writing utensils again. Even if I could only write three chapters the way this guy wrote I would die a happy man. Not that I will be dying a sad man any time soon.
The Burning White was a great ending novel to a great series. The narrator that has read all of these novels to me through the Audible app did an amazing job of bringing each character to life. I would easily recommend anyone that would be interested in starting this series. I started this book a week and a half ago while at work and being allowed to work while reading is an absolute pleasure for me at the moment. Work by the is going well. It is not rocket science and I work with the idea in mind that I am bringing joy to many a child over the whole of Europe. Kinda a two flies with one stone deal for me at the moment. While the Lightbringer might not be for every one it surely sits high on my favorite list for now and I guess for a whole while it will be there. I have told Milou many times over that this series is getting a solid 5 out of 5 from me and it was all depending on how the last book ended. The Burning White alone already has a 5 out of 5 from me on GoodReads so there you go. More than that I can not think of anything else to say apart from maybe reading Bookstooge‘s review as the man surely had a great many things to say on the matter. He was also one of the reasons I picked this up, that and the fact that Milou had the first novel on our shared bookshelf already and the cover looked cool. All covers in this series are pretty neat, specially the Orbit covers at least. That is all from me today guys and gals. Hope you were not kept long away from getting to do other things you wanted. Saying I do not know what to write and going on this tangent I just did does make me happy of how far I have come on the subject of writing reviews.
Have a great day everyone