The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 3 in the The Poppy War series.

This trilogy is so strong and each book just gets better. There is no glamorization of war. It's brutal, hard, violent and it's all about endurance and strategy. Doubt enters as does suspicion, and Rin, our ultimate flawed heroine is riddled with all of the above. Rin encapsulates everything that leaders go through, during wartime and it's not pretty. Moral decisions and lines shifts. But, the underlying love and loyalty that Rin shares with her former classmates is always there, despite all the hate, doubt and suspicion. What's especially brilliant with this trilogy is that it seamlessly incorporates Chinese history and mythology and spins it in a realistic yet new direction.

TLDR: READ THIS be prepared to have your heart pound furiously and then have it ripped out of your body.

— Audrey H.


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? 

About the Author

R.F. Kuang studies modern Chinese history. She has a BA from Georgetown University and is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship. The Poppy War is her debut novel.

Praise For…

"Bringing her complex Poppy War trilogy to a poignant conclusion, Kuang shines a searing light on the devastating price and valiant sacrifices that warfare requires of all involved."
Booklist (starred review)

"An incredible end to this epic trilogy. Mixing historical parallels of Chinese history, the themes of war, politics, and colonialism are balanced with terrific, flawed characters and amazing worldbuilding."
Library Journal (starred review)

"A dark and devastating conclusion that transcends its roots in historical fact to examine brutal truths."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It feels nostalgic, wistful even … The Burning God is the best-written book of the trilogy … This place and this protagonist are singular in fantasy literature."
— Book Marks

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062662620
ISBN-10: 0062662627
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 640
Language: English
Series: The Poppy War

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