The Poppy War



The Poppy War Free Author R.F Kuang Viagraonl1ne.us A Best Of May Science Fiction And Fantasy Pick By , Barnes And Noble, Audible, The Verge, SyFy Wire, And Kirkus I Have No Doubt This Will End Up Being The Best Fantasy Debut Of The Year I Have Absolutely No Doubt That Kuang S Name Will Be Up There With The Likes Of Robin Hobb And N.K Jemisin BooknestA Brilliantly Imaginative Talent Makes Her Exciting Debut With This Epic Historical Military Fantasy, Inspired By The Bloody History Of China S Twentieth Century And Filled With Treachery And Magic, In The Tradition Of Ken Liu S Grace Of Kings And N.K Jemisin S Inheritance Trilogy.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 Couldn T Believe A War Orphan From Rooster Province Could Pass Without Cheating To Rin S Guardians, Who Believed They D 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 Surprising.But Surprises Aren T 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 Power An 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 Alive And That Mastering Control Over Those Powers Could Mean 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.Rin S Shamanic Powers May Be The Only Way To Save Her People But As She Finds Out 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.The Poppy War

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[Epub] ❧ The Poppy War By R.F. Kuang – Firstchance10k.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 544 pages
  • The Poppy War
  • R.F. Kuang
  • 26 September 2018
  • 9780062662583

10 thoughts on “The Poppy War

  1. says:

    A really good book has a beginning, a middle, and then it absolutely ends you The Poppy War is a really good book I wish my pupils were at least heart shaped so I could accurately demonstrate my passion but if I ever die suddenly and don t have time to say anything profound, just know that my real last words will always be about how much I love this book So, what s this book about The Poppy War is a historical military fantasy grounded in the bloody history of China s 20th century in which Rin a dark skinned war orphan from the rural south has fixed her heart on passing the Empire wide placement test and attending the most prestigious military academy in Nikan, as a desperate lunge at the hope of escaping the gruesome inevitability of an arranged marriage.A year at Sinegard of her rival classmates all heirs of the Warlords and the wealthy and privileged telling her to cease the folly of imagining herself their equal only gave Rin s determination a savage edge, and soon Rin learns, with the aid of her seemingly insane and much disdained teacher, that she possesses a lethal aptitude for the nearly mythical art of shamanism.But the chain of wonders and horrors hadn t ended with her discovery the Nikans had lived with the certainty that sooner or later the Federation of Mugan would come and blood would flow, and when they did, Rin finds herself assigned to a company of the Cike oddball misfits with shamanic powers fighting for her ...

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    But I warn you, little warrior The price of power is pain Holy hell, what did I just read A fantasy military school A rich world based on modern Chinese history Shamans and gods Detailed characterization leading to unforgettable characters Adorable, opium smoking mentorsThat s a basic list, but this book is all of that and SO MUCH MORE I know 100% that The Poppy War will be one of my best reads of 2018.Isn t it just so great when you find one of those books that completely drags you in, makes you fall in love with the characters, and demands that you sit on the edge of your seat for every horrific, nail biting moment of it This is one of those books for me And I must issue a serious content warning this book explores some very dark themes Proceed with caution or not at all if you are particularly sensitive to scenes of war, drug use and addiction, genocide, racism, sexism, ableism, self harm, torture, and rape off page but extremely horrific.Because, despite the fairly innocuous first 200 pages, the title speaks the truth this is a book about war All of its horrors and atrocities It is not sugar coated, and it is often graphic The poppy aspect refers to opium, which is a big part of this book It is a fantasy, but the book draws inspiration from the Second Sino Japanese War and the Rape of Nanking.It begins with one of my favourite things a downtrodden orphan atten...

  3. says:

    Hands down Best Fantasy of 2018 This was such an amazing read and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy The books will be insta buys for me War, school, magic, no freaking romance This book kept me on my toes.I have no doubt this series will be...

  4. says:

    Hi, there 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 story This is not a YA fantasy school story sorry I love those too Yes, there s a school, and we learn some things at the school, but please don t let that description deceive you as we leave that setting quite quickly This is, as I ve always conceived it, a war story It draws heavily on the Second Sino Japanese war which if you know anything about Asia was one of the darkest and bloodiest moments in Chinese history It grapples with the Rape of Nanjing It deals heavily with opium and drug use Opium was a source of Chinese weakness This book asks what would have happened if opium were instead a source of shamanic power This book is primarily about military strategy, collapsing empires, mad gods, and the human ability to make awful, ruthless decisions It s about how dictators are made To be entirely frank, if you re turned off by violence, I might pick up a different book But If you liked Avatar the Las...

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    ARC provided by the publisher Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year No no, scratch that understatement Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you a review for The Poppy War, a book that will go down as one of the best grimdark military fantasy debuts of all time.Once in a while, there comes a book that you just know will be a fantastic book just from the premise or the cover this was one of those books for me I ve been eyeing this book ever since I stumbled upon the gorgeous attention grabbing cover by Jung Shan Seriously, check out her artworks They re incredible Reading that the book is highly inspired by Second Sino Japanese War also the Rape of Nanking please look this up if you don t know about it so you ll have an idea of how dark the book will get sparked my interest even However, although I had a good feeling about this debut, I certainly didn t expect it to be THIS incredible In fact, I ll go so far as to say that this is literally THE best grimdark military fantasy debut I ve ever read even better than The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie or Beyond Redemption by Michael R Fletcher, and this author only turns 21 years old this year How awesomely talented is she Before I begin my long review, I will clarify that I m an Asian and my review for this book will be aff...

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    The Nikara believed in strictly defined social roles, a rigid hierarchy that all were locked into at birth Everything had its own place under heaven Princelings became Warlords, cadets became soldiers, and orphan shopgirls from Tikany should be content with remaining orphan shopgirls from Tikany Well, fuck the heavenly order of things. Epic Spectacular Breathtaking This is the one of the best books I have ever read in my adult life I literally could not put it down I m gushing, I know, but it is THAT GOOD Holy shit this book is brutal The author is an expert on military strategy and I believe it If you guys have a weak stomach, this is not for you, but holy shit this is good.Really.Oh, and no romance Just girl power asskickery UNF.I don t want to compare this to Harry Potter because it is so dissimilar, but the premise is a familiar one that will draw comparison, however unlikely A downtrodden orphan doomed to a miserable life until an opportunity opened up that brings them to an school designated for the special Unlike Harry Potter, the spot at this school is EARNED, through merit, not through mere chance of birth And the risks ar...

  7. says:

    I m not going to lie, I struggled with this one Right up to about 45% in I was wondering how the hell anyone was giving this 5 stars not only was it not grimdark, it was borderline YA, and a rather blatant rip off of The Name of the Wind, including super clever, good at EVERYTHING main character who gets a place at top university college and proceeds to be trained confused challenged by quirky professor lore master who is the only one who believes in can do a specific type of magic etc etc One of the first bits of magic he shows her is even how he can bend the air to his will Hmmm It s all school antics, with particular OTTness when one rude comment on the day of induction escalates a chance meeting into two characters becoming immediate mortal enemies On top of that she nukes her womb because she has her first period interesting choice for a female author perhaps, to make us useful only when we re neutered I m not entirely knocking this part of the book, it was the good bit.Then you get book 2 and the violence action levels go up a bit as the war hits and the school yard is left in the past But Rin is hard ...

  8. says:

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. But I warn you, little warrior The price of power is pain First and foremost, please go read one of my best friends in this entire world s review Petrik s review is not only amazing, he is also an ownvoices Chinese reviewer Next, I just want to warn you guys that this is a very dark book that is heavily inspired by the Nanking Massacre Please use caution and know that this book has major trigger and content warnings for war themes, drug use, substance addiction, self harm, racism, misogyny, genocide, bullying, abandonment, abuse, animal death, animal cruelty, brutal torture, brutal killing, brutal rape off screen, but still maybe the worst I ve ever read , mutilation, very graphic depictions of how children and adults died, experimentations on people against their will Again, this is a very dark book that carries some very dark themes Please use caution War doesn t determine who s right War determines who remains The Poppy War is a fantastic debut that I feel so very privileged to have received an ARC of This is the first book in an ownvoices Asian ...

  9. says:

    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 presented and projected future and her only means of doing this is to study for the Keju an examination where the top 50 students in the country that pass the test can train at the military educational establishment set in the empire s capital Surprising everyone apart from herself she is successful and then whisked away by her tutor to the city and this is where Rin s adventure really starts Although the college sections are similar in design and structure to those depicted within novels such as The Name of the Wind and The Wizard of Earthsea, The Poppy War has a lot in common with Anthony Ryan s Blood Song This is a dark, brutal, gruesome and occasionally uncomfortable book to exper...

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    The Poppy War is not a book to be missed by fantasy fans and especially those who like it infused with copious amounts of blood, darkness and misery This isn t some fluffy little tale about teenage romance and personal discovery although it may seem that way in the beginning This is a book about reality Now that s an odd thing to say isn t it Reality We re talking about fantasy here But do let me explain This is a book about the realities of war War isn t pretty War isn t about heroics and grand deeds War is about men pissing themselves and running away in fear War is about control War is about men trying to murder each other it s about soldiers brutalising their enemies and terrorising the innocent War is about rape, raping of the land and of the defenceless None of us will ever be ready for it It is so very unsurprising that Rin turns into a cold hearted bitch by the end Children ceased to be children when you put a sword in their hands When you taught them to fight a war, then you armed them and put them on the front lines, they were not children any They were soldiers Her student days are over before they really began She only just begins to taste her power a rage filled magic fuelled by drugs before she is enlisted and forced to defend her training academy from invaders Her master taught her to control her power, and trained her only to understand it He never wanted her to use it, though when backed into a c...

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