When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldnt believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rins guardians, who believed theyd finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.But surprises arent always good.Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly poweran aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much aliveand that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .Rins shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late....
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The Poppy War Reviews
THE POPPY WAR is my book, so I'm obviously a bit biased. I wrote it over three months during the winter of 2015, signed with an agent in February 2016, and sold the book to Harper Voyager during my birthday weekend in May 2016. It's been nearly two years since then, so I'm terribly excited for it to finally go out in the world!
I'm going to use this space to tell you a little about THE POPPY WAR in case you're wondering whether you might enjoy reading it. This book is not a romance sto ...more
The story here was complex and nicely paced. I really liked the multilayered and nuanced characters; they were probably my favourite part. I'm quite impressed this is a debut novel and look forward to what Kuang does next.
This starts as a martial training school book but rapidly evolves into a bloody war story replete with atrocities of every kind. As such, I'm not sure that categorizing this as a YA book is entirely appropriate, even though the main characters are young adults. It's more accura ...more
OH MY GOD!
All I have to say about this book is that it is simply STUNNING!
For a debut fantasy novel this work is beautiful,. The writing, the world building, the characters, the pace..... everything is just perfection and I think that if you're in love with fantasy like I am then this is THE must read book of the year.
What are you waiting for...... go get a copy and get reading my friend, you will not regret it!
Early in May I started seeing a lot of buzz surrounding a book called The Poppy War, a debut novel by a young female writer named R.F. Kuang that was military fantasy for adults and was inspired by the atrocities of the 1937 Rape of Nianjing. Then I started hearing a furore from the community because some reviewers had placed it in the YA category forcing the writer herself to come out and in no uncertain terms declare it was absolutely not intended for the YA market. They could have helped them ...more
Trigger warnings: violence, war, drug use, genocide, torture, human experimentation, death of a friend.
THIS BOOK. HOLY SHIT.
I'm sure you guys know by now that epic fantasy books really aren't my jam. But all the hype around this made me intrigued enough to read the sample, and the sample hooked me from the very beginning, so obviously I read it. And I loved basically every single second of it.
The first chunk of the story is very outsider-goes-to-magical-boarding-school-and-struggles-t ...more
Okay, so I LOVED this. Absolutely loved it.
The first half of the book feels reminiscent of lots of school-based fantasy books, if a TOUCH darker (we see some classism, racism, colorism, etc. in ways that are significantly more prominent than other books that use this same structure). We follow Rin, a compelling protagonist that falls just shy of being a Mary Sue in much the way Kvothe does in The Name of the Wind--if you had issues with Kvothe, then Rin is probably not for you. I LOVE THEM BOTH ...more
I received an advanced reader copy of The Poppy War from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank R. F. Kuang and Harper Voyager for this opportunity.
Rin is a war orphan who works at her foster parents' shop and their main income is created by dealing drugs. Only just into her teenage years, Rin is offered a proposal to marry and bear children for an unattractive gentleman three times her age who has no redeeming qualities. She decides she needs to escape this prese ...more
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/03/...
Sometimes I find it difficult to write a review for a book that I loved wholeheartedly, mainly because of all the emotions I’m feeling and it’s as if every single one of them is vying to burst forth from me all at the same time. The Poppy War is one of those books. There’s so much I want to say about it, like why it’s so awesome, why it spoke so strongly to me, and why you should drop everything and read it at once. Really ...more