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The Burning God

By R. F. Kuang
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Publisher Description

The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. 

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. 

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it? 

297 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“hate that this took me almost a year to finish.. quick thoughts: • so dark.. so so dark • this was probably the most annoying Rin has been in the entire series.. it was just so frustrating to see her refuse to learn from past betrayals & mistakes and remain so naïve. • i feel like the plot points became so repetitive as this series went on and it was tedious to read • Venka, Chaghan, Nezha, Kitay, and kinda Daji <333 • the lore didn’t get *quite* as much as of a focus as i wanted it to, but it was definitely there. i enjoyed getting to see a few new powers and spending some time with the Trifecta • i still would loooove to see this on tv. with like 10 seasons so that the plot of the first two books doesn’t move so dang fast • i listened to Absolutely by Dijon while writing this and i kept zoning out to the music and have now forgotten what else i wanted to say 3.5, very generously rounded up”
Morally ambiguousConciseAction-packedTragicDark settingMagical settingMade me cryPoliticalThought-provokingCharacters kept making same mistakes
Loudly Crying Face“this hurt in the best way”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAction-packedHeartbreaking
Expressionless Face“So much death and suffering and loss only to end up conceding to the enemy anyway. The only good character in the whole series was Kitay. Nezha had bad moments but was still working for the good of the people. Rin was selfish and childish and, by the end, crazy. I don’t like her but I guess the story needed to be told from a historical point of view that’s never told. She’s not the hero and she won’t be remembered for anything good. I still don’t know how I feel about this series.”
Creative settingImmersive setting
Slightly Smiling Face
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingAddictiveDark settingRealistic settingDarkHeartbreakingRomanticSexual assaultViolence
Loudly Crying Face
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingDark settingMagical settingDarkViolence

About R. F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang is the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Sinophone literature, and Asian American literature.

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