Published: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Orbit Books
Series: Lightbringer #5
Pages: 992 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
The nail-biting conclusion to the Lightbringer series!
Stripped of both magical and political power, the people he once ruled told he’s dead, and now imprisoned in his own magical dungeon, former Emperor Gavin Guile has no prospect of escape. But the world faces a calamity greater than the Seven Satrapies has ever seen… and only he can save it.
As the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew, the fate of worlds will come down to one question: Who is the Lightbringer?
I don’t even know where to begin with this review and as such, it might be shorter than I would normally give a 5 star read. It was just SO much to take in and so many plot threads wound up perfectly. If you didn’t already know, The Burning White is the last book in the Lightbringer series and has been much anticipated by basically the entire fantasy community. This was a brilliant series and I’m so pleased with the outcome and the quality of this book.
The characters remain some of my favorite in fantasy. Kip Guile went from being a fat, scared little boy to a formidable and cunning warrior, not to mention the fact that he might be the Lightrbringer of prophecy. Gavin has surely had some of the most drastic ups and downs in this series and I loved his character growth. His POV was really brilliant and quite touching this time around and it was interesting to see him face down his past and even Orholom himself. The MAIN characters might have been the Guile men, but the ladies in this series really held their own. Tia, Karris, and Tysis were all powerful, intelligent women who were just as unstoppable as their male counterparts and while they were supportive, they didn’t take a back seat.
At this point, if you’ve read the series you know how amazing all five books are. This was an awesome finale with lots of action, peril, and the inevitable heartbreak. The ending was excellent and it had multiple epilogues that were ENTIRELY NECESSARY. I really don’t want to discuss plot at all – I won’t risk spoiling anything!
Overall, The Burning White was exactly what I hoped for. If you’re on the fence about starting the series for any reason, allow me to give you a list of why you should check it out:
- UNIQUE MAGIC – BASED ON LIGHT
- PLOT TWISTS LIKE YOU’VE ONLY DREAMED OF
- LOVABLE AND HATEABLE CHARACTERS
- THE AUDIOBOOK HAS AN AWESOME NARRATOR
- CRAZED VILLAINS
- LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENTS
*This list is not complete, merely a reasonable selection of reasons you should check out the Lightbringer series. Also, the covers are way cool.