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The Burning God

(The Poppy War #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  13,063 ratings  ·  3,325 reviews
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 allie
Hardcover, UK Edition, 640 pages
Published November 26th 2020 by Harper Voyager (first published November 17th 2020)
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Katrina Honestly? No. This is a series that I have kept up with (and absolutely love with every fiber of my being). It is a trilogy. Reading the last book fir…moreHonestly? No. This is a series that I have kept up with (and absolutely love with every fiber of my being). It is a trilogy. Reading the last book first will ruin any surprises that the previous book has set up. Not to mention, it will have less emotional impact, character development, and likely will not make much sense to just jump into the final book. It would be like watching Return of the King without seeing The Fellowship of the Ring or the Two Towers. I'm sure you COULD do it but you will miss out on what makes the trilogy so great. I highly recommend you read The Poppy War and the Dragon Republic first before starting on your ARC. I know you said you want to review it as soon as possible, but I feel it's going to be difficult to properly and fairly review the final book without the context of the first or second. (less)

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Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grimdark/Asian-inspired fantasy
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ARC provided by the publisher—Harper Voyager—in exchange for an honest review.

Bursting with violence, devastation, death, and profound emotions. The Burning God is by far the best book R.F. Kuang has written in her career so far.

“Here’s a prophecy for you, she’d said. One will die. One will rule. And one will sleep for eternity.”

My claim might sound like hyperbole to you, but I can’t help it, I’m genuinely astounded

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1.) The Poppy War ★★★★
2.) The Dragon Republic ★★★★★
2.) The Drowning Faith ★★★★★

"Rin had spent so long hating how she felt when she burned, hating her fire and her god. Not anymore."

The Poppy War trilogy is truly once in a lifetime and this conclusion was honestly a work of art all itself. This series is a military epic fantasy that is ownvoices and inspired from the authors family history and the stories she learned from them. Heavy themes o
R.F. Kuang
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I worked harder than I ever have before to pull off the ending. I'm heartbroken to say goodbye. I'm so proud of how far I've come in my storytelling abilities–I really do believe TBG is the best thing I've ever written, and I hope you think so too. I can't wait to share this book with you all in November. <3 ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was amazing.

Too often, I find the last book in a series is the weakest. Not enough answers, too short... I'm happy to announce with this one you finally get a good ending to an Adult Fantasy series!

I loved the world building, the magic system, the morally grey main character...

If you haven't read The Poppy War series you need to!
chai ♡
I love how the early reviews for this book range from "this was such a great book!" to "I'm but a shriveled husk of my former self. I will never meet happiness again. All therapy bills must be forwarded to R.F. Kuang."

Can't wait.
Joel Rochester
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i don't think i'll ever recover from this.
this was perfect. this was so fucking perfect.
oh fuck i'm crying again
This book broke me.

I’m not sure how I can possibly encompass all the emotions this made me feel. All I can do is try.

The Burning God felt like coming home. Not that it was wholesome or sweet or comfortable—definitely not. But it felt like coming home in that it was absolutely everything I could want in a book. After all this time spent searching, I have finally found another series that I can whole-heartedly love and recommend.

After the events of The Dragon Republic, Rin joins the Southern Co
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4.5 stars

To any reader anxious about this epic finale, or intrigued enough to pick up book 1 for the first time: Good luck.

The Burning God is the thrilling conclusion to the Poppy War trilogy, and when I say thrilling, I truly mean it. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I read it, so scared for what was going to happen yet unwilling to put the book down and have to wait another second. It was an exhilarating feeling to be engrossed in thi
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: about-poc, sff, arcs
R.F. Kuang fuck you and I mean that sincerely

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Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It’s so much harder to stay alive. That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to live. It means you’re brave.

It's difficult for me to write a review for a book I enjoyed enough to like it but didn't love it as much as I thought I would. It's worse when that book was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. It's even worse when I stayed up until 4 AM finishing it only to then realize I would have preferred the beauty of sleep.

Look, 3 stars for me means the book was good. It wasn't pe
Muhtasin Oyshik
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Burning God (The Poppy War,#3) by R.F. Kuang

A phenomenal and a tear-jerking conclusion of the series with more action-packed. The way Kuang reconciled Chinese mythology and fact history of Sino-Japanese War in the whole series was enthralling. Amazing character crafting as any may feel the characters' emotion, guilt, anxiety, triumph, rage. Besides dealing with humanity, eagerness to achieve power and the horrible aftermath of the war made the story so realistic. Profoundly unpredictable, th
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fuck this.
I knew there was no fixing things but seriously?
*breathes in a bag*
I’m not really happy with that ending but it probably makes sense in the grand scheme of things 😬

Rare photo of Rin talking to Kitay in this book:

I have been dreading to write this review because I’m still conflicted about my feelings on this book. On one side I really liked it, on the other I was disappointed. I’ll try to put my jumbled thoughts in an order than makes sense.

It pains me to say this, but I was bored at
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“One will die. One will rule. And one will sleep for eternity.”

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WOW! JUST WOW! I don’t know where to start this review with because whatever I say, I don’t think it would do this book just. Kuang is a prodigy and I am pretty sure she will be one of the hugest names in fantasy in the years to come! How can someone my age write something this excellent like she has been writing books for decades. Kuang is al
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘i am the force of creation. i am the end and the beginning. the world is a painting and i hold the brush. i am a god.’

rin has bled across the gradient from morally grey to the most vicious black.

i knew the conclusion to this series would be unforgiving. it takes even the strongest characters and breaks them. it takes their hope for a better world and extinguishes it. and as i found myself reaching the final chapters, realising how this story would unfold in its ending, i couldnt help but t
✨ A ✨
If Rebecca Kuang's intention was to give us all trust issues then she definitely accomplished that.

This could be the end of their story or the beginning of a glorious chapter.

This book had a different feel to it. Knowing that it is the last installment and that the fate of Nikan is in such peril fills the reader with undeniable dread. You don’t know who to trust. Walking on tiptoes, peaking around corners waiting for the next hit to your heart.

I’m going to be honest here and tell you that I
Well, this rating is awkward.

I consider myself hollow, annoyed, irritable and meh. These are not emotions you want to be feeling when reading a book and completing a series. Especially a series I initially loved.

This review will be all over the place, just like this book was.

If you want to be that annoying person telling me I’m wrong for not having enjoyed this book and then proceeds to write an essay outlining why I’m wrong, please go ahead. Let’s get a discussion going and tell me what the a
Lia Carstairs
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for some fun, fun times!
Guys, this was the happiest book ever!! Happy ending! Happy characters! Happy everything! Kuang couldn't have written it better! Everyone's happy, safe... I dont know why people are saying this is heartbreaking? If anything, it's heartwarming!

My heart totally didn't feel like it was being ripped out of my chest and thrown into a shredder! I totally did not go to sleep crying and wake up again crying! I totally don't feel like I need someone to pay for my therapy bills!

No, not at all.

I'm comp
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Kuang is a ruthless Queen. Are you expecting closure? *evil laugh*

There are too many things to discuss and I am emotionally unstable.

You know what, I feel like I've said all I need to say for this series in my The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic reviews. Read those if you feel so inclined and still need a push to read this series or the other reviews because I need... err.. space.

— overall thoughts: 4.5 —

admittedly, I had some problematic parts with the build up in the middle, but I am easily
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better conclusion to this phenomenal series. Yes this was ruthless, and yes, it messes with your emotional stability, but this was so profound and intelligently crafted. It manages to take you by surprise right until the very end.

There was betrayal and vengeance, brutality and gruesomeness, angst and violence, and what not! Kuang does not fail to amaze with this finale. Can’t help but feel sad this is over, since I’d actually come to love so many of the char
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

“And if southerners were dirt like all the legends said, then they would crush their enemies with the overwhelming force of the earth until they could only dream of breathing. They would bury them with their bodies. They would drown them in their blood.”

This book is a tragedy in three acts and has left me thoroughly shattered. I kind of just want to quote the entirety of this book because I’m not quite sure how to do justice to how perfectly R.F. Kuang weaves all of these topics of
Jesse bowtiesandbooks
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well. I will never be whole again.

That’s all I have to say.

4.5 stars
~ 4.5 stars ~

Buddy read with Yeganeh! I lost all my happiness to this book, but at least I didn't do it alone. 😭 Here is her amazing REVIEW.


"War didn't end, not so cleanly—it just kept building up in little hurts that piled on one another until they exploded afresh into raw new wounds."

I don't know what to say about this book. I'm a wreck. I feel like part of my soul has been sucked out of me, and I am no longer a functioning being. After finishing this
✨    jay   ✨

Jonathan O'Neill
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
The Burning God - 3 ⭐

The Dragon Republic - 3 ⭐

The Poppy War - 4 ⭐

* 27/2/21 - Rating updated from 3.5 to 3 *

As I suspected, a bit of time to dwell on the many flaws in this final entry has clarified my feelings on this one despite the positive influence this book has had on my reading selection over the past few months. While the transparency of Kuang’s real-world inspirations had the tendency to regularly pull me out of the fantastical setting, it also rekindled my long-forgotten interest in
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, author-is-nice
I don’t even know what to say. In a series that has consistently knocked the wind out of me, I know I shouldn’t be surprised that its grand finale has left me an empty void of emotion, but I’m in complete shock right now. Rebecca Kuang you utterly brilliant bastard, I hate how much I love you and your work.

This has been the year where so many of my favorite series have ended. The Daevabad Trilogy, The Arc of Scythe and now The Poppy War. But unlike some other authors, Kuang refuses to give her r
krista ☽✧
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
“It doesn’t go away. It never will. But when it hurts, lean into it. It’s so much harder to stay alive. That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to live. It means you’re brave.”

“War didn't end, not so cleanly — it just kept building up in little hurts that piled on one another until they exploded afresh into raw new wounds.”

“Maybe no one was truly a beast. Maybe that was just how murder became possible. You took away someone’s humanity, and then you killed them.”

4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

this revie
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
hello if anyone needs me, I will be at the local cemetery, digging my own grave and weeping forevermore

(you can read my full review at the bottom of my series recap here)


successfully forced kelsea to abandon her other books and buddy read this one with me, ayyyyy
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

“You don’t fix hurts by pretending they never happened. You treat them like infected wounds. You dig deep with a burning knife and gouge out the rotten flesh and then, maybe, you have a chance to heal.”

I've been scared of reading The Burning God since Kuang revealed that Rin is based off Dictator Mao. He was an awful person who did awful things, and I’m not going to bother justifying his actions. Rin, for all her monstrous actions, I could still sort of root for, because I understan
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Never have I read a series as well executed as this one. There is no weak link, every book was without a doubt a 5*.
As this is the conclusion to the series I obviously can’t talk about the plot but I promise you, it is fantastic. The world building is exceptional and the characters even more so.

It was very difficult to say goodbye to these characters and to this series but The Burning God was really the perfect ending to such a wonderful series.

Props to the author, R.F. Kuang, her talent lea
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
“What you have to do is shroud yourself in myth. Your enemies' deaths become part of your legend. Eventually, you become so far removed from reality that right and wrong don’t apply to you. Your identity becomes part and parcel of the idea of the nation itself.”

The Burning God closes a chapter in R.F. Kuang’s life and has definitely sealed the Poppy War Series as one of my favourite fantasy series. This final volume addresses the aftermath of Rin’s decision to fight back against the Republic
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