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Summary

The exciting end to the Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang's acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of 20th-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 realises 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 colonising 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?

©2020 R. F. Kuang (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Tedious and depressing

I had hoped this story would pick up but it is a relentlessly depressing as the first two books. Not sure why it has gotten such great reviews. A slog.

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Good but not great

I enjoyed but for me was probably the worst of the series, still a good book and worth a read

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A very satisfying conclusion to amazing trilogy!

The story and performance were top notch. highly recommended if you're into fantasy and also if you're not.

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Simply breathtaking.

This is high-fantasy at its best. Comparable to the historical fiction of R. R. Martin, and R. R. Tolkien. I jumped in on the last part, and though I missed a lot of the Lore that had been established in the first two novels, I was immediately gripped by the originality of the premise of mortals channeling gods.

Also, Emily Woo Zeller’s performance is vibrant, energetic, and sincere. I think we have the makings of another great pairing.

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A wild ride

I loved it. It could have been dragged out for more books, but this was the place to end. It felt right. Thank you for a life-changing series.

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very good

a fantastic yet melancholic triumph. i really enjoyed all of it. characters really make this shine

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Brilliant

Loved this series of books. Narrated so very well. Loved the characters, the strategy, the warfare. I adored the twists and turns. The world that came alive in my head and heart.... would thoroughly recommend

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Awesome series

Great series. Loved the action and strategy. R.F Kuang has studied history well. Awesome Fabian tactics and was a pretty decent ending. With possibilities for another book I think. Highly recommended!

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An incredible final book to an already amazing series.

Emily Woo Zeller does a fantastic job on narration as per usual.