light purple stationary items, pens, Washi tape beside an iPhone with the screen showing The Burning God on audiobook

59. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Hey, coven! In this episode, we discussing The Burning God  by R.F. Kuang — the third and final book in The Poppy War series. Rin is working to take down a bunch of people, and change the way Nikara is run. But is she the best person to do that? Rin doesn’t think so!

Let’s just start with the content warnings for this episode and for the book. This is a book for adults. It is not YA book. Content warnings for war, violence, murder, starvation, drug use, cannibalism, and suicide. 

With that said, on to the show notes!

  • Recommend if you like..
  • when Kelly says “George RR Martin can fuck off into the sun,” they are referencing this incredible article which you should definitely read
  • We discuss the The Poppy War in episode 15 and The Dragon Republic in episode 43
  • “The Nine Curves River” – short story about Nezha and his little brother Mingja going to the grotto and the fallout (dragon eats bb, marks N).
  • Kuang’s new book, Babel, is due out in fall 2022. Here’s a blog post with more details and an even more in depth tiny letter. — teaser! “the only kind of dark academia story I want now is the sort that tears the academy, and all its whiteness, down to its roots.”
  • Highly recommend following R.F. Kuang on Twitter (@kuangrf) if you’re a tweep
  • Krystal Song’s review of the trilogy in LARB gave us a lot to think about. Check it out! 

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