Two things to note about this episode: First, talking about a book like this without any spoilers has challenges, but those can be overcome. And second, turns out we’re not necessarily capable of overcoming said challenges. Oh well, it’s still fun to celebrate Weeks Week and the release of The Burning White. It’s the culmination of the Lightbringer series, which we’re in the middle of reviewing with full spoilers, but we thought we’d break in during release week of this one to give you a few thoughts and help you GET HYYYPE. Craig and Ryan discuss the book’s length, how much the author can come to the forefront before it gets distracting, and whether this was where the series should have ended.

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  1. HankMorgan Coolidge

    I liked it. Wasn’t really my style with the overt religion (more because of what one religious figure does – it felt cheap…one might even call it a dues ex machina), but it cemented the series in the “yeah, it’s a good series” tier for me. I will continue to recommend it to my friends that aren’t extremely atheistic, but I probably won’t ever re-read the series.

    I feel like the religious stuff will make this series VERY polarizing in the broader community.

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    • October 27, 2019, at 7:09 PM PST
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  2. Craig Hanks Contributor

    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    I feel like the religious stuff will make this series VERY polarizing in the broader community.

    I agree completely. We’re already seeing that division happen on Discord, Reddit, Facebook, etc. as people begin to finish (odd phrase, that) the book a week later.

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    • October 27, 2019, at 9:43 PM PST
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  3. HankMorgan Coolidge

    Craig Hanks (View Comment):

    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    I feel like the religious stuff will make this series VERY polarizing in the broader community.

    I agree completely. We’re already seeing that division happen on Discord, Reddit, Facebook, etc. as people begin to finish (odd phrase, that) the book a week later.

    I don’t engage in that stuff too much, I mostly just talk books with friends/coworkers, but that doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    It also set up for a sort of meta-universe akin to The Cosmere. Are there threads of that running through his Nightangel series?

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    • October 29, 2019, at 7:14 PM PST
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  4. Craig Hanks Contributor

    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    Craig Hanks (View Comment):

    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    I feel like the religious stuff will make this series VERY polarizing in the broader community.

    I agree completely. We’re already seeing that division happen on Discord, Reddit, Facebook, etc. as people begin to finish (odd phrase, that) the book a week later.

    I don’t engage in that stuff too much, I mostly just talk books with friends/coworkers, but that doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    It also set up for a sort of meta-universe akin to The Cosmere. Are there threads of that running through his Nightangel series?

    Not that I can detect. But he could easily retcon something with Nightangel based around the Thousand Worlds concept in Lightbringer.

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    • November 3, 2019, at 10:56 PM PST
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