Review: The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

The Burning God (The Poppy War, #3)

Title: The Burning God

Author: R.F. Kuang

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Published: November 17, 2020

Pages: 640

Format: e-ARC via Edelweiss+ & Harper Voyager!! Thank you!


This series is one of the best fantasy series that I’ve ever read! I mean… one that I’ve actually finished. haha

“Ruin me, ruin us, and I’ll let you.”

This book took me a long time to read but not because it was bad. This is the type of book that you need to take your time with and let things sink in. I did find times that some things did drag a little bit but for the most part, the pacing of this book was really good. A lot is going on throughout this book and it takes you on a rollercoaster ride.

One of my absolute favorite things about this series is how the characters have such development in each book. Some of them for the better and some of them backslide a bit. One of my biggest issues with this book is Rin. I loved her and I will always love a part of her but she disappointed me a little bit with some of the choices she was making throughout this book. It’s the reason that I’ve taken half a star from this amazing conclusion. I think to put it simply, there were a lot of similarities with Daenerys’s character from Game of Thrones. Daenery’s story arc is one of the most disappointing to me. I was getting some of the same decision vibes and it disheartened me a little. I get it, this is brutal, this is war, things are crazy, decisions need to be made. I don’t want to give anything away but there’s one decision that felt like it was added to make the plot work but it didn’t quite work. It was fast and we needed a lot more explored in that area.

“Take what you want. I’ll hate you for it. But I’ll love you forever. I can’t help but love you.”

I love, love, love Kitay. He’s what makes this book work because, without him, Rin would be useless. I love how he became such a huge part of this story and his bond with Rin. He’s brilliant and I loved that he was able to see both sides. Sometimes there are good things in the bad.

This book is just as brutal as the previous, if not more. There are so many things that just make you want to cry, scream, and hide. There’s a lot of pain and will your favorite characters be safe? There’s no guarantee. Kuang has such a way with words that she can describe all these scenes and make you feel and see every little thing. People are starving and trying to get at you for scraps? You 100% feel like you are there and your heartbreaks.

I wasn’t exactly sure how Kuang was going to end this series but she did it in such a fitting way. I’ve had some time to think about it and I really love it. I don’t want to ruin anything but I cried like a baby. Keep tissues handy.

“You can’t do this for me,” he said. “I won’t let you.”

“It’s not for you. It’s not a favor. It’s the cruelest thing I could do.”

Overall, this was an absolutely satisfying ending to this series. It has had a lot of brutal moments but at the same time, I feel like there’s always hope. With each book, Kuang has improved her writing as a storyteller. Even though this series has wrecked me emotionally so many times, I have absolutely loved my time with it.

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