The Poppy War

The Poppy War

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 When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a sh...

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Title:The Poppy War
Author:R.F. Kuang
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Poppy War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

The Poppy War Reviews

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    May 14, 2018
    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars I can't believe this is a debut. I can't believe the author is in her early twenties. I can't believe humanity's history with war and violence is so deeply disturbing. RTC. ...
  • Melanie
    Apr 09, 2018
    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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    May 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    May 31, 2018
    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 shopgirl...
  • Emily May
    May 15, 2018
    ?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 ? Adorab...
  • ✨    jamieson   ✨
    Aug 30, 2018
    I have become something wonderful, she thought. I have become something terrible. Was she now a goddess or a monster? Perhaps neither. Perhaps both. Ms Kuang sat down and penned the fantasy of the YEAR and I am out here giving her mad respect. Taking inspiration from her study...
  • Lily ☁️
    Jul 15, 2018
    ? 3 1/2 stars This book is not a standalone, but part of a trilogy!! (Be right back changing it to a series here, so other Goodreads users won?t be misled, like I was.) Also, I only just found out that the author of this book is twenty-one (21!!!) years old. I am shook & ...
  • jessica
    Sep 16, 2018
    ?this book will seriously mess you up.? - ancient chinese proverb lets get down to business. there is a lot to unpack with this book, so im going to use this review as a way to process my thoughts. to begin, the story is broken down into three parts. part one - this felt ver...
  • James Tivendale
    Apr 25, 2018
    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 ...
  • Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️
    Oct 20, 2018
    Low 3 Stars Boy, did it take me forever to finish this thing. I really wanted to love this book. One of my favorite reviewers adored it and sang it's praises, but it just didn't draw me in the way I thought it would. The last 150 pages or so got really good (thus why I rated ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Sep 15, 2018
    tw/ gore, genocide, graphic rape & assault/abuse/mutilation, drug use/addiction 4.5 stars? My review of this book is entirely contingent on the fact that I rarely read adult fantasy, so the density, length, and content of this book was out of my comfort zone. If you read this...
  • Paul O'Neill
    Jul 03, 2018
    EDIT-Upon reflection, downgrading to three stars Hmmm... this is such a hard book to review. I?m giving it a tentative [four] stars now but I may change my mind later. The only reason it?s getting an extra star is that the story acts as a pretty fantastic metaphor and has a mess...
  • Kaitlin
    Apr 26, 2018
    *I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* First up, trigger warnings for: - Rape - Self Harm - Substance abuse - Torture - Genocide - Racism Yes, this is one pretty daaaaark book! I am so pleased I requested this one because it tur...
  • Connor
    Jun 29, 2018
    My Video Review: https://youtu.be/6hlv4tFLNRI This novel started out so strong for me, and I can't believe how little I was enjoying it toward the end. This novel reads like two separate people wrote it. I loved the first 40 percent. I know people have compared The Poppy War to T...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jun 03, 2018
    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.) ...
  • Christina
    Jun 29, 2018
    "This is why we are strong. We draw our strength from centuries and centuries of unforgotten injustices. Our task-- our very reason for being-- is to make those deaths mean something. After us, there will be no Speer. Only a memory." Things I liked: ?The intertwining of the...
  • Emma
    Apr 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • R.F. Kuang
    Feb 24, 2018
    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'...
  • Lily
    Jun 22, 2018
    * 7/26/18 * UPDATED with Chinese cultural references * 4.5 stars The fact that this book exists amazes me. Rebecca Kuang is only 21-years old. She is a Marshall Scholar studying Chinese history at Cambridge. She has penned a military fantasy inspired by the Second Sino-Japane...
  • Hannah
    Apr 28, 2018
    That was seriously impressive; I knew I needed to read this as soon as I saw the brilliant cover. The book has also garnered a serious amount of buzz and as such I was beyond thrilled to have the chance to read this early. I was then a bit apprehensive when the first reviews came in an...
  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    Jul 09, 2018
    A really good book has a beginning, a middle, and then it absolutely ends you. The Poppy War is a really good book. The kind of book that makes you want to take part in some ritualistic bonfire?it doesn?t even have to be ritualistic as long as you get to yell and scream and dance a...
  • Dannii Elle
    Jul 05, 2018
    Listen to the hype. The hype does not lie. Rin is an impoverished orphan from the outer-edges of her realm. There is nothing particularly exemplary about her as an individual and nothing particularly note-worthy about her life in general, as sorrowful as her circumstances might be. ...
  • Acqua
    Jun 10, 2018
    2.5 stars. The Poppy War is a high fantasy book inspired by the Sino-Japanese wars. It's told from the point of view of Rin, a peasant from the Rooster Province who, through hard work and sleepless nights, managed to get into Sinegard, an elite military academy. I really wanted t...
  • Piera
    May 20, 2018
    This book was incredible and is a new favourite fantasy! *Would not recommend for young/sensitive readers - very graphic Review available on my channel - www.youtube.com/pieraforde ...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jun 23, 2018
    Although not listed as book 1 I hope this is a series. What a great opening statement. This book is a GrimDark and Historical Fiction blend that delivers on both an action and empathetic level. If you're expect YA because the characters are young you'll be very disappointed. This i...
  • Hamad
    Jul 14, 2018
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription BR with The Empress War doesn?t determine who?s right. War determines who remains.? ? The Poppy War, more like a war on tropes. Seriously people, this was an annihilation for all the tropes...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jul 03, 2018
    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 become huge...
  • Petrik
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    May 24, 2018
    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    May 14, 2018
    2.5? Loved it when I first read but the more time passes the more I recall many of the problems I overlooked what with all the excitement of finally reading it. First part was incredibly enjoyable. Second part is where everything went haywire. Too many inconsistencies with the...