The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It feels like a long time coming for the third book in the Poppy War trilogy, but that's only because I've been eagerly awaiting it.
Now that it has finally come my way, I'm all BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD excited for it, and it absolutely delivers. The war between the technological and sociologically advanced enemy and the more numerous but poverty-stricken allies is a clear reference to our modern world.
Who do we root for?
Ah, well, that's the real question, is it not? The first book is like a backwater student advancing her own career in a modern institution, while the second one is the full eruption of one's morals versus one's training, and the third is an all-out war that demands the utter sacrifice of... everything... and the real question is... are we good for it?
I'm not answering that question.
The fact is, there's a lot of great nuance in this novel. Great plot, great war strategy, and great moral conflict.
The emotions? It's solid here. The conflict? Epic. Gods versus technology, you know. And when they get to the point where all seems lost, well, it's that time when the novel gets really great. :)
Am I a fan of the full trilogy? Absolutely. Is it full to the brim with burning volcano flames of rage and vengeance? You bet. Does it come with tons of reversals and ginormous fantastic reversal-reversals?
Read it. :) It's awesome. :)
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