The Poppy War review ☆ 3

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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 The Poppy Kindle 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 surpris. “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 2018Isn'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 horrificBecause 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 NankingIt begins with one of my favourite things a downtrodden orphan attends a fantasy boarding school However Rin doesn't get to attend her school by being chosen or special She works her ass off studying for the Keju test which allows her to go to the prestigious Sinegard the best military school in the country I absolutely love the message this book sends about the merits of hard work and perseverance over genetics and natural specialness Nothing is handed to Rin on a plateThis first part is much lighter than the rest of the book but I enjoyed it immensely And there are still many challenges to be faced in these early chapters Rin must go up against school bullies and racist teachers who don't want a backwater war orphan in their classes But she also encounters friendship and delightfully uirky teachers who like to get high on opium And secrets Secrets like that of the shamans who can conjure gods and use their powers but those are just a myth rightBut there's trouble brewing outside the school's walls War is coming and Rin and her classmates will be put to the test again and again If she went with him she would help him to unleash monsters Monsters worse than the chimei Monsters worse than anything in the Emperor's Menagerie because these monsters were not beasts mindless things that could be leashed and controlled but warriors Shamans The gods walking in humans with no regard for the mortal world This is where things get very dark The strong world building and carefully crafted characters set us up to care even when the action really kicks in and lives are threatened It is the very opposite of the mindless action scenes I have been complaining about recently in fantasy novels I cared so deeply about the characters that the action scenes were extremely tense and terrifyingI feel like my heart was pounding for the majority of this fantastic story I can hardly recall the last time I was this engrossed in a book and I am so so glad there will be books to come It's just a perfect blend of action memorable characters vividly imagined setting and a look at humanity at its very worst There's no romance but there is a wonderful enemies to friends relationship that I can't wait to read aboutI am so very excited about this series and seeing where the author takes us nextBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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The Poppy WarIngBut 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 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 schoolFor while the N. Hi thereTHE 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 uite uickly 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 Last Airbender but always wished it were a little darker and fucked up you might like this I think everyone writes unconsciously or not from the sources they loved and this book ended up being my creative smorgasbord of ATLA Ender's Game The Grace of Kings and Game of Thrones I'm not saying THE POPPY WAR will necessarily read like those books But geopolitical dramas mixed with brutally cruel choices is something I loved about all of those works and I really hope that's reflected in the writing Thanks for stopping by and I really hope you enjoy the book 3 3 3

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The Poppy War review ☆ 3 ´ ➶ [Reading] ➸ The Poppy War By R.F. Kuang ➫ – 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 Roos When Rin aced the Keju—the EmpireIkara 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 lat. This series is wonderful Straight into the seuel for me