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The Burning God

By R. F. Kuang
The Burning God by R. F. Kuang digital book - Fable

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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? 


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Loudly Crying Face“Ouch. Just...ouch... This series was an absolutely wild ride from start to finish. A very brutal, very wild ride. If you ever want to feel what a slow, brutal, beautiful descent into madness feels like, this is it. It's a rare series that can take a child from a backwater village and turn her into everything from hero to monster without making her entirely unlikable along the way. Not only was the progression of each character's story believable (and painful as hell) but Kuang makes you FEEL for them as they make mistake after explicable mistake in pursuit of what they believe to be a better world (also the magic system, holy crap the magic system!). This series is a stunning reminder that villains are often the heroes of their own stories and that war has no real victors in the end, only survivors and aftermaths. 10/10, do recommend, but maybe read a palate cleanser in between each book because these are not light fare.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingSexual assaultViolence
Loudly Crying Face“Stared into the void for 20 minutes trying to come up with something to say, but no words will ever fully convey how much this series devastated me. I am still tearing up thinking about it .... I feel like nothing is worth reading anymore. I hated and loved this so much that it physically pains me to think about it. I don't want to ever read this again. 5 stars.”
Expressionless Face“Honestly have to say I was so disappointed with this book. I tried so hard to like this book, but the beginning was so hard to get into and the end was so abrupt and I really feel like it was lacking. I’m not upset that they didn’t win the war, I’m upset at the fact that Rin did not grow or change or learn AT ALL in this book. Rin would do the same thing over and over and over again expecting different results and being surprised when her plans did not work. She was always surprised when people betrayed her and she would always attack out of anger instead of thinking clearly. And also how did she think raising the Trifecta would help. It was literally like how she and Altman woke up Feylen, which was a horrible idea. And then poof there goes the Trifecta! Such a bad idea but again not surprised because she did the same thing over and over and she was so gullible, she never learned from her past mistakes. Long review, but I was so frustrated with this book throughout the whole read and I’m very upset the series ended this way. 😞”
Unengaging charactersUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Thumbs Up“Churned through this series, and this was definitely my fave of the 3. If you’re looking for a fascinating female lead and something to infuriate you as much as it holds your attention and captivates you, I can’t recommend this more, but the series is a real kick in the behind. Kuang doesn’t pull punches, the analogies (if you even want to call them that?) are plain and searing, the characters are deeply complex. Rin will stay with me for a long time.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveImmersive settingDarkRacismViolence
Loudly Crying Face“i don’t think i will never recover from this series. the way the relationships culminated in the conclusion of the book was both incredibly beautiful and incredibly devastating …. no joy but it was life changing. if you have any interest in this series please look into trigger warnings”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveViolence

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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