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The White Song

Chronicles of the Black Gate, Book 5
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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The hour of reckoning is at hand. The skies darken with the forces of the enemy while the hopes of the armies of the light dwindle to but a candle flame. Morals, compunctions, oaths - all must be set aside, every sacrifice made, every advantage and ally sought if there is to be any chance for survival.

Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The White Song is the final installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series. Grab your copy today!

©2017 Phil Tucker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Holy Epicness!

What a way to close such an epic series!

As always, Noah Michael Levine gives us a brilliant performance with a great selection of character voices and masterful control of tempo and vocal inflections. He's just a few strange pronunciations away from a 5-star performance.

It isn't often I come across a book that can have me clapping and cheering. Even less so a book that can carry me from the depths of tearful sorrow to that applause and running the gamut of everything in between.

Yet this book has managed it.

We suffer great losses, we experience amazing triumphs, and always the threat of catastrophic failure looms.

Through everything, Tharok remains my favorite character. For me, he's the most interesting one with the best arc and the most complexity. And I love, love, love the power that has awakened in him.

Asho is probably a close second. Despite everything he's been through, in spite of all the horrors he's endured, he maintains a grip on that cast iron will of his and refuses to let his convictions diminish.

I'm so happy to see that Audsley redeems himself (at least in my eyes) and does some truly awesome, epic things here at the end of all things.

What more can I say without spoilers?

Sacrifices are made, beliefs are challenged and in some cases compromised. Some of the unlikliest of alliances come together and the world will never be the same.

As with previous entries, I'm frustrated by all the little things at the prose level that make the book just unwieldy enough that I can't give it a 5-star rating. The story is almost good enough for the poor grammar to not drop it into 4-star territory, but not quite.

Now, the ending itself.

It's hard to imagine a more epic way to end such an epic series!

As always, Phil Tucker gives us an escalating array of climaxes and a series of epic battles that bring us so close to disaster so many times as we make our way to the final battle at the very end.

I do find myself wishing there was just a bit more to the wrapup after the final climax to really give a better idea of where things stand and where the world is going, but apart from that I have no complaints whatsoever.

I've said this many times, but I feel it bears repeating. If you're looking for something like A Song of Ice and Fire but that's actually complete, this is your series!

If you like your epic fantasy more on the Grimdark side with magic that is terrifying and a world that feels dark and real, you don't want to pass these books up.

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loved it

Loved the story and how it played out.
Also rly liked the depth of the characters

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Flawed humanity

I would rate the scope of this series on par with game of thrones and wheel of time. Hopefully without a spoiler i would like to say at first I wanted to rail at the end of the book because humans still acted like flawed humans and not near enough credit was given or lives changed as they deserved but again, I think I like the ironic dare I say poetry of reality triumphing over fantasy. Now that line is really deep! You know, reality embedded in a fantasy novel. And you will have to have read the books to get the poetry reference. Lol. Narration was spot on, I don't think anyone else would have done the book justice. The narrator made each character come alive. I almost gave the book 5 stars, yes it did have minor flaws but I don't think I have yet to rate a book 5 stars.

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Excellent Epic

Close to as good as Wheel Of Time, A Game Of Throans and Stormlight Archive.

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Awesome

Just an awesome book. You must read them in sequence so you can really understand and bond with the characters.

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Good but not Perfect

Exciting but a few too many lose ends if this book ends the series. I would have liked another chapter or two... or one more book.

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Wish there was more.

Overall I enjoyed the series, but I really wish there was more explanations. Sometimes it seems the characters do some crazy things that I thought there were going to be explanations for, or that the more of the history and other things are explained. Also the epilogue was a little infuriating since it did not say much about what is happened to the characters afterward. Instead it is just something like "man we got a lot of work to do" kind of thing. It was odd since everyone throughout this book has been talking about what they would do if they finally defeated their enemies. Then you get an epilogue that just asks the same question. Worth the read, but probably not a reread.

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  • 02-05-18

Great series

Must read or listen The this set. It was nicely done.
I enjoyed every book and wish there were more.

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enjoyed the series

Very enjoyable audio. This is a new author to me and look forward to reading or listening to more of his books.

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Could not finish it

The writing was so bad that it seemed like a camp movie. The use of poorly chosen adjectives and verbs literally had me groaning out loud. What happened to the editors? Cannot recommend this book.
The series and story line started out with a lot of promise but unfortunately went downhill from there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

Keeps u listening

I'm so pleased there yet another book after this one as there still more to know and find out