The final book in The Poppy War trilogy gives us closure in regards to Rin’s story and the fate of Nikan. I am still not sure how I feel about this book.
The review might contain spoilers.
Fang Runin is left for dead after fighting tooth and claw for her people.
Her losses are insurmountable but she has not given up faith. She wants to help her people, especially those in the South and to rebuild the Empire she fought so hard for. She is faced with challenges and unexpected opportunities.
Rin keeps fighting for her people – she fights against the Dragon Republic, against the Hesperians who see Nikan as little more than animals, she fights those who feel threatened by shamanism.
What I liked about this book: This book definitely gave me trust issues with the amount of betrayals and plot twists there are within. I like that Rin finally started accepting the South and her people, she embraced who she was and stopped pretending to erase what was part of her.
I secretly loved that Rin gave everyone a big Fuck you at the end.
What I didn’t like about this book: I have given this book a 4.5/5 star rating even though there are many aspects of the book that I don’t like. Hear me out: this is the last book in the series and this book is very much anxiety inducing. It fills you with dread as Rin’s fate unravels and there were times when I felt very overwhelmed and just put down the book. This does not mean that it’s a bad book – quite the contrary. The writing, world-building and plot points are wonderful. I have a love-hate relationship with Rin and Nezha’s dynamic and the choices that Nezha made at the end. I hate how paranoid Rin had become by the end of this book but given all the betrayals and backstabbing that she suffered, I’d be paranoid too.
A quote: “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.”
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
What is the last book that ripped your heart out?