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Rebecca F. Kuang Ends THE POPPY WAR Fantasy Trilogy With A Blaze

Author photo of Rebecca F. Kuang
Kobi C. Felton
Rebecca F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang started writing her first novel, The Poppy War, when she was just 19 years old. Now, the final installment in the author’s dark military fantasy series, The Burning God, comes out today.

This hour we talk with Kuang, who will also be starting a PhD program at Yale University in East Asian Languages and Literature. She has pursued an extensive academic career in modern Chinese studies—while also writing Nebula and Locus award-nominated fantasy novels.

Kuang’s stories weave the fantastic with her deep knowledge of twentieth century Chinese history.

Have you been reading The Poppy War trilogy?

Read an excerpt from The Burning God:

Excerpted from The Burning God, copyright © 2020 by R.F. Kuang.



  • Rebecca F. Kuang - who writes as R.F. Kuang, is the author of The Poppy War series. The final book of the trilogy, The Burning God, comes out November 17th. Kuang is also an incoming PhD student at Yale University in East Asian Languages and Literature.

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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