Title: The Burning God
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: November 17th 2020
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?
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
As always I want to provide trigger and content warnings:
Cannibalism – Rape – Torture – Drug Abuse – War – Death – Violence – Human Experimentation – Genocide
Also there will be spoilers for the previous two books, The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic.
Happy release day to one of my favorite books of the year!!!!
When I saw I got approved for an ARC of this book I shed a few tears no joke. I had request the ARC a while ago and had lost hope that I would ever be accepted but then one fine Saturday morning, I got an email that I had received the ARC. I think I screamed. I then proceeded to spend the whole day reading.
Fang Runin or Rin has been a character I can’t help but love even though she has done many questionable things and made many questionable choices. Rin goes through so much in this book. She’s just been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust and now she’s hellbent on destroying him. I think Rin has the best character arc in this book. It really is a culmination of the past two books and the ending just leaves you emotionally torn and wanting more.
Rin and Nezha’s relationship throughout this book absolutely destroyed me. The whole will they kill each other or will they not? There are so many chef’s kiss quotes about Rin and Nezha in this book and I want to get them all tattooed on my body.
I also want to talk about Kitay and Rin. Another amazing relationship that made me tear up. Kitay and Rin’s devotion to one another was such an amazing aspect of the book. They make me want to cry on a daily basis.
Kuang’s worldbuilding is my absolute favorite. I think she did a wonderful job of blending history with fantastical elements. I was sucked into the world and found it very believable. There were many times where I related to the experience Rin was going through and could see myself in her. \This book is about Rin realizing a lot of things and it’s about her journey to becoming the person that Nikara needed. There were many times where I felt a deep stab of pain in my heart because I could tell what was coming for the ending and even though I didn’t want it to happen I knew it was coming.
I freaking love RF Kuang’s writing. It drew me right in and I couldn’t put the book down no matter how hard I tried. I basically read the whole thing in 6 hours with a few breaks in between. The pace of the writing was great. There was always something happening and I couldn’t help but keep reading.
This was an amazing ending to what has become one of my favorite series of all time. I’m going to look at these books on my shelves and fondly remember the pain Kuang put me through while I was reading. I think everyone should read this book and I don’t want to ever see any hate on it. I need to surround myself with good vibes only about The Poppy War. This book is definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Kuang has in store for us.