|| Book Review || The Burning God by R.F. Kuang ||

This is a finale that leaves no questions unanswered, no loose ends and absolutely no hearts unbroken. The writing style, the characters, the world, the history, the magic. Perfection.

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical, War

Age category: Young Adult, Adult

Release Date: November 26th 2020

Version Read: Hardback

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?


Days after finishing this and I am still reeling from the sheer devastation in this book.

Even that word is not strong enough but I will go with it anyway. I am devastated that I am finished with this series and I want more than anything to forget that I read it and then I could go back and read it all for the first time all over again.

The way the author has come along book by book is phenomenal. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved both previous books but The  Burning God is something else entirely. It is as near to perfect as I think I am ever likely to read.

It was so good that there are hardly the words to describe it.

Rin’s development throughout this series has been nothing short of fantastic. She is the most amazing, morally grey anti hero main character and as much as she made me angry a lot of the time I am really, really going to miss her.

This is a finale that leaves no questions unanswered, no loose ends and absolutely no hearts unbroken.

Like previous books it is absolutely jam packed full of gruesome action, graphic violence, war and of course shamanism! 

I genuinely feel like there is a void in my life that has never been left by a book before and I just don’t know if any book will ever make me feel the same way again and I really mean that with ever fibre of my being.

I have never in my life been able to say that I have a favourite book but that has ended now. There is no contest, this is the best series of books I have read in my life.

My heart is broken. I love Rin even though we had a very bumpy ride through the books. Her strength and love for her people and her country is astounding. Her power is incredible and I have loved every moment of this journey.

The writing style, the characters, the world, the history, the magic. Perfection.

What more is there to say? If you haven’t read this series, read it. You will not regret it (just don’t forget the bucket for those tears)!




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