E-ARC, 560 Pages
Adult/ Grimdark/ Fantasy
By: R. F. Kuang
“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 already a master of the craft and she stepped up the game once again with The Burning God.
I remember reading The Poppy War before it was this known and it was one of my favorite books that year. I thought the book was excellent and I still remember some of the scenes vividly! The book then started getting more and more recognition which it totally deserves and made me happy the fandom is growing more! Then I read an ARC of The Dragon Republic and I was even more impressed by the improvement and the book became a favorite of mine too. Just when you think the series can’t get any better than that, I get an ARC of this book and holy shit! This is the best book in the series and is just on a level of its own when compared to the whole genre!
I always loved Kuang’s writing but her skills in this book were just flawless. Book 1 had a few minor problems which I can totally understand from a debut but with this book you could tell that Kuang is much more comfortable in her writing and that she learned the secrets of the business. It does not look like this was written by a 24 year old author but as someone who has been writing for 24 years!
“Hate was its own kind of fire and if you had nothing else, it kept you warm.”
The story in book 2 finished and made us all wait on our tiptoes for this book. The book continues the event after book 2 and the story is still a military/ epic fantasy at its core. The book deals with the same heavy objects it did in previous books like war, racism and violence! I was not surprised by the plot in this book but was surprised by how well it was executed. I am gonna be honest when I say I don’t know much about the history and wars that inspired this story but I could tell where the story is going! But this story is much more than just plot twists that I can see coming or not. It is an important story that carries a history of a nation within! All the respect for Kuang for making it exciting to read too! (I think I will disagree with some of the fans who think this should not be entertaining because books can be important, deep and yet entertaining).
Rin, Nizha and all the characters we love are in this book and they all grow and change in this book immensely! I remember my friend tweeting a while ago that characters growth should not always mean they improve but sometimes fall into anger and despair which quite describes some of the development happening in this book! There was one point regarding characters fate that I was not a big fan of because I thought it was rushed but other than that, I felt the characters were perfect! (I hate to think days about the ending before I could decide how I feel about it).
“And you should know by now that when you leave your enemies alive, wars don’t end.”
Summary: In short, this was one of the best trilogies ever! From the cover design to the last line in the trilogy! It is a very important story too so do yourself a favor and read it if you haven’t already!