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  • 03 July 2019
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Download The Poppy War 107 Cher 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 schoolFor 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. wooooooooow Lots to unpack here but overall I really respect the approach the author took

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Download The Poppy War 107 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 NK 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 NK Jemisin’s Inheritance TrilogyWhen 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. ARC provided by the publisher Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest reviewI 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 grimdarkmilitary fantasy debuts of all timeOnce 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 grimdarkmilitary 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 sheBefore I begin my long review I will clarify that I m an Asian and my review for this book will be affected by my experience growing up as one Then I need you to consider these two uestions1 Do you enjoy or are you okay with reading books with a lot of violence Because this book contains plenty of vividly brutal scenes The author doesn t pull any punches and the violence was handled splendidly not only for the purpose of showing the horror and tragedy of war but also to let these scenes become a huge part of characters developments2 If the answer to uestion one is an absolute yes I ll ask you this are you ready for this book to go into your favorites of all time shelf because there s an incredibly high chance that it WILL happen The Poppy War is a debut by RF Kuang and it s a coming of age grimdark military fantasy It s a book about empires drugs shamanism and gods and it s highly inspired by Second Sino Japanese War which is one of the darkest and bloodiest periods in Chinese history I grew up learning about this war and it gave me great satisfaction to read an epic fantasy book inspired by it one that was written exceptionally well too Considering the root of inspiration for the book it s obvious that there will be a lot of allusions to China and Japan I ll get into them later and that this will be a violent book This is not a YA book there are a lot of scenes that are definitely only appropriate for adults to read and there are tons of content warnings I ll list them at the end of my review in part III This is also not a happy go lucky story to read Also this is literally the first time I ve read a fantasy book written by a female author that doesn t feature ANY romance in it Thank God If there is a divine creator some ultimate moral authority then why do bad things happen to good people And why would this deity create people at all since people are such imperfect beings As a Chinese myself I have my own reasons for believing that The Poppy War is an Asian inspired coming of age grimdark military fantasy done absolutely right with finesse Part I roughly 40% of the book may lead you to think this will be strictly an epichigh fantasy with a complete focus on learning but this isn t really true Yes the story does start with our main character Fang Runin Rin learning tons of skills and forming friendships in a military academy called Sinegard However the storyline immediately took a different approach and became a complete grimdarkmilitary fantasy in Part II and III This won t be a situation like Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss where after two installments he s still in the University I love this series so much though Story structure wise this book actually reminds me a lot of Blood Song by Anthony Ryan another of my favorite debuts of all time where the first half revolves around the character in a battle school and the second half revolves around war and battles This book alone feels like a trilogy in itself due to the sheer amount of monumental events that take place Kuang did what a lot of authors try to do in the scope of a trilogy within the span of ONE book Kuang s prose was easy to read simple and most importantly VERY engaging Her writing never gets in the way of her story and it was truly compelling to readI need to give another reminder that part III in particular was filled with brutal scenes These scenes are written exceptionally well the author clearly shows the horrors of war and please do remember like I said before these scenes aren t just there for the sake of making the book darker The scenes are all there for the purpose of the story characters development and world building In fact this book just wouldn t hold the same powerful impact without these scenes The pacing was also brilliant There wasn t any chapter that bored me none whatsoever This is truly a story with a fine balance of heart emotion brutality and action scenes that were only possible because of how magnificently written the author wrote all the characters action seuences and world building 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 Rin has seriously become one of the best female heroines I ve ever had the chance to encounter She s a highly well developed character multi faceted and simply kickass Her rise from a mere peasant oppressed and hated by everyone because of the color of her dark skin and her low status to becoming what she has to be as the story progressed This was one of the most well written developments of a heroine or any character I ve ever read She makes brutally tough choices she rises to any challenge that comes her way and she never gives up She s fierce she s badass and she demonstrates that being a strong woman character doesn t only mean being physically powerful but mentally powerful as well Even though we see the story unfolds solely from Rin s perspective in third person narration the author does a fantastic job in making sure we re really inside Rin s head at all times At one point I actually forgot that I was reading the book in third person point of view as Rin s character and personality were so well explored that I felt like her story was being told in first person POV Besides that all the other supporting characters personalities were so well fleshed out because Part I was used VERY effectively to establish the characters introductions and world building making rooms for developments in the second half despite the story being in the middle of all the chaos There s always something new to discover on every page and no words are wastedNo military fantasy will ever reach greatness without intricate war tactics or extraordinary action scenes and this book simply scored wonderfully on both counts Every action seuence whether it s the martial arts battle or the magic system was vividly written The scale and scope of the action relentlessly escalate with each page turned The magic users in this book are called Shaman those who commune with the Gods to use their power and Kuang did a terrific job researching Shamanism Coincidentally during my time reading this book I received an email from one of my favorite artists Noah Bradley on his new art piece for Magic the Gathering and somehow it completely fits some of the action scenes in this book Check out this picture below to give you an idea of how wildly the action scenes escalatedPicture Jaya s Immolating Inferno by Noah BradleyLastly I want to talk about the world building The history in the world of this book is filled with constant warfare and this is also where the Asian influences really prevailed There are TONS of Chinese and Asian influences in this book I m going to mention only a few of them here so you can experience the rest on your own The provinces in this book are named after the twelve Chinese Zodiacs The four cardinal mythological Gods are named exactly after the same Four Symbols of Chinese constellations creatures the White Tiger of the West Byakko the Black Tortoise of the North Genbu the Azure Dragon of the East Seiryu and the Vermilion Bird of the South Suzaku The creator of the military tactics book named Principles of War in the story is called Sunzi obviously named after the famous Sun Tzu and his Art of War I m a Buddhist I think this is the first time I mention my religion in a review and I m pretty sure that Kuang used the name Bodhidharma intentionally to harken to Buddhism In Buddhism Bodhi means enlightenment and dharma means cosmic law Considering the nature of Shamanism in this book this naming and its meaning is very appropriate Ki derives from iChi which means life force Federation of Mugen the name of the group of antagonists in this book in Japanese means InfiniteFantasyDream and they resembled the Japanese code of war where they are simply tools for the Emperor to use Just one look at the map and you ll also know that the world is based on China and Japan Then there s also talk of the legend of Monkey King from Journey to the WestBelieve me I m holding myself back here I m pretty sure I found almost all the Asian influences in this book and I could talk about them in detail but I want you to experience them for yourself too I spent four hours writing this review and it has been long enough already In fact this is actually my second longest review of all time I really wish I could talk about how amazing this book is but I have to make sure my review is spoiler free enough for readers to experience this debut with maximum results You simply have to read and experience this greatness for yourself The Poppy War is an astounding debut and one of the greatest starts to a series I ve ever read It s a shining treasure of fantasy literature history and culture RF Kuang is truly a new author to watch If this doesn t become a one hit wonder and she continues writing as her career I have absolutely no doubt that her name will be up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and NK Jemisin and maybe even better I m already waiting for the second book eagerly I don t even know how Kuang will top this debut it s a magnificently written debut that will stay in the heart of readers By this point in my reviewing career it shouldn t come as a surprise to my followers that I m uite stingy with giving a full five star rating but this book simply deserves a full five stars The Poppy War is a book truly worth every second of your time It s a profound blending of history into military fantasy It s a relentlessly tension packed book Rin will capture your heart embrace it The Poppy will make you high accept it The War will break you face it The Poppy War will most likely be included in your favorite books of all time list get it Come May buy and read this superlative page turner immediately This is the beginning for a new ueen of fantasy and you should consider yourself damn lucky to have the chance to witness it The uotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication Trigger Warnings Rape self harm drug abuse genital mutilations and many Basically you name it and there s a chance it s hereOfficial release date May 1st 2018 US and May 3rd 2018 UKYou can pre order the book HERE You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

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Download The Poppy War 107 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 surprisingBut surprises aren’t always goodBecause 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 tea. You think I torture my characters Pffft I am a rank amateur compared to RF Kuang Set in an alternate Asia and inspired by the Opium Wars and 19th Century colonialism in China The Poppy War is the story of Rin a small town orphan whose only chance to escape poverty and an oppressive arranged marriage is to score top marks on the government s exams and earn a place at Sinegard Academy where the Nikara Empire s best and brightest are trained for leadership Imagine a combination of West Point Oxford and Hogwarts and if that sounds intriguing it is Just don t get too attached to the place because Rin s training at Sinegard is only the beginning of our story Nikara think ing dynasty China a vast but disorganized empire with out of date technology and many warring internal factions is on the verge of war with its old nemesis the Mugen Federation think Imperialist Japan Rin and a few other ragtag misfits with an aptitude for shamanist magic may be the only secret weapon that can stop Mugen from completely destroying their homeland The problem is the type of magic Rin summons cannot easily be controlled It could drive her crazy take her over completely or you know possibly start Armageddon But other than that I m sure everything will be fineNot really Though the beginning of the book may read like the fantasy narrative we all know and love obscure girl goes through training to discover she is the Chosen One Kuang subverts that narrative and uickly turns our expectations upside down She shows us how sinister a training academy can be how it can be used for nefarious purposes and how easily the teacher student relationship can turn abusive and traumatizing Who are the good guys here Are there any Kuang gives us no easy answers but she lets us feel sympathy for our young protagonist Rin and her comrades The cruelty and horror of war are vividly described so be prepared for violence graphic and awful but entirely appropriate to the narrative The big uestion becomes what Rin will choose Is victory worth the price of her soul No one is spared in this book Everyone is beat up orphaned traumatized killed gravely injured driven insane dehumanized abused andor tortured I loved it I mean I didn t love the horrors described or the vast amount of suffering but the stakes were real the story was grimly compelling and the characters stayed with me long after I finished the book Highly recommended Now I am going to take a deep cleansing breath and prepare myself for painful enjoyment enjoyable pain in Kuang s two seuels