31 thoughts on “The Burning White by Brent Weeks

  1. Soo… did you like it?? 😉
    A very enthusiastic review, Lashaan, which reminds me that I still haven’t read beyond book 1! 😀 I’m very happy to have you confirm that the whole series keeps its high standards throughout – your thoughts echo Bookstooge’s on the topic, and I guess I have no other choice but to order the second book 😉

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    1. Hahahah I couldn’t help myself! I needed to emphasize how much I enjoyed my time with this series. I do hope your time with the rest of the series will be just as positive. I can also understand taking breaks in between these huge bricks though! They can drain us quite quickly! 😀

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this so much. It’s been quite interesting to see you go through this series at a relatively quick pace (as opposed to as each book came out) and I must admit that it has primed the pumps for my re-read whenever that happens in the future.

    While Weeks’ theology is pretty explicitly Christian, I wondered if it was noticeable as such to people who don’t pay that much attention to such things. Would they just consider it world building and not realize the foundations it was actually built on?

    For whatever Weeks writes next, for my own selfish reasons I hope he keeps it to a trilogy. With an average of 2 years between books, a longer series will kill me to wait that long until it’s finished. 😀

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    1. I am already super excited to go through this again in the future. It was such a fantastic series that always had something amazing to offer as you progressed through it.

      I wonder as well how people perceive the religious foundation on which it seems to be built. I’ve noticed people despise the ending too simply because it was too easy for them but it just seemed like the right direction for what was built up in this series.

      I am completely with you. Now that I’ve finished the Lightbringer series, anything else by him would instantly be on my radar but if they aren’t released an acceptable interval, it’s going to be painful! No wonder you prefer waiting for the whole series for certain authors before diving into them hahaha

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      1. I just went and checked and I read the Black Prism back in ’10. So while I just finished The Burning White in ’19, it really does seem that it is almost time to add this series to my tbr. Aye yi yi, where does the time go!?!?

        I think the “easy” ending definitely falls under the purview of the theology of the series. God isn’t as hands off as everyone seems to think, and that definitely follows the tenets of Christianity 🙂

        The only problem I have with waiting is knowing that I’m not currently supporting the author. Sure, they get a bigger boost all at once from me, but I wonder about the time betweens…

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  3. Since I’ve had the first book of this series gathering virtual dust (it’s an ebook…) on my equally virtual shelf for quite some time now, and since I’ve come to trust your enthusiastic reviews, I know it’s time for me to pick that book up and finally start reading 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This isn’t the first time, and likely won’t be the last, that I apologize to you for quickly glossing over your review, just skimming enough to get the gist of it. I didn’t want to learn anything about the series I don’t already know so I can discover it as I continue reading. But I’m very happy to see it continued to satisfy all the way to the end. Though a bit different, I understand some of what kept you from finishing faster (beyond the door stopper size of the thing!). I grew up loving stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber. And so one year I bought the entire series of books and slowly began reading. But it would sometimes be years between books because I didn’t like the idea of there no longer being one of these stories to look forward to. Then I had a real epiphany. Wouldn’t it be even worse to die before getting the chance to enjoy them all? Since then I’ve been slowly reading through the series, granted still slowly, but not nearly as slowly, and hoping as you did that they continue to satisfy. And now I can confidently add to my list finishing this series, knowing it doesn’t let up! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha no problem at all! I appreciate that you still took the time to check this review out and to share your thoughts on it nonetheless! I do hope that your time with this series will be as fruitful as mine. I was a fan by what was built from the start and just couldn’t wait to follow these characters in their respective journeys full of growth, tragedies, and revelations! 😀
      Hey, I actually never heard of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. I just looked it up and it sounds like a lot of fun. 😮 There’s even a comic book adaptation of it with Mike Mignola as the illustrator on it! 😮 I’ll have to look into it too now that you seem to love that one as much as I love this Lightbringer series! 😀


  5. Great review Lashaan! Actually so great that I really want to read this series of books, and especially that I finally created a list of “recommendations” for books/movies/series/etc to check out next time I go to a library! 😀 Such an easy thing to do but you know procrastination… (I think? 😂) So now these books are on the first line of my list, how exciting is that? 😁

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    1. Hell yes!!!! I’m glad to hear Notion has got you organized! 😉 I really hope you have an amazing time with this series and that the first book and the whole magic system will have you drooling for me. 😀 I’m definitely excited to see what you’ll think of this series once you get around to it! 😛

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  6. Wow! Your absolute love of this makes me think I should finally try a Brent Weeks series. Every time I finish a book and look for something new I forget about him until I’ve started something. I’ll be sure to choose Weeks next time I’m on the hunt for a good new fantasy.

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    1. Brethren. You must give it a try. I’ll look forward to the day that you test this series out for yourself. Although it is one of my all-time favourite series now, I do believe that anyone who enjoys a good epic fantasy series will find this one irrefutably enjoyable! 😀

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  7. Woow amazing review, Lashaan!! 😍 I already knew I wanted to start this series and seeing that you liked the last book so much, convinces me even more! 🥰 I love and hate the feeling of knowing you’re going to finish a book or a series you’ve liked a lot, I had the same feeling with Lotr, be prepared 😛

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