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:0062662597
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

The Poppy War Reviews

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    May 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

  • *Thea Wilson*
    May 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Jun 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

  • Melanie
    Apr 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    Apr 06, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

    My official review: "A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology, THE POPPY WAR is equal parts military epic and exploration of the morally complex choices humanity must make in the name of victory. The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commande...

    Trigger warnings: violence, war, drug use, genocide, torture, human experimentation, death of a friend. 4.5 stars. 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 th...

    Somehow, I've gushed about this to everyone I know on bookstagram but I haven't officially reviewed it. Oops! This is the best fantasy book I've read this year and wow was it a pleasant surprise! I was fortunate enough to attend Emerald City Comic Con this year. When I made a purcha...

    5 Words: Power, loyalty, temptation, friendship, war. Well damn that was good. And dark. And fiery. Content warning: Self harm, rape, drug use, graphic violence/gore, genocide. Review to come. But know that this book is brutal, horrific, tragic, and dark AF. Only read it if yo...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    May 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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

    ?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...

    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...

  • Julie
    Jan 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

    My official review: "A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology, THE POPPY WAR is equal parts military epic and exploration of the morally complex choices humanity must make in the name of victory. The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commande...

  • K.
    May 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

    My official review: "A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology, THE POPPY WAR is equal parts military epic and exploration of the morally complex choices humanity must make in the name of victory. The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commande...

    Trigger warnings: violence, war, drug use, genocide, torture, human experimentation, death of a friend. 4.5 stars. 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 th...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale
    Apr 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    Jun 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

  • Lata
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

  • Kelsea
    Mar 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

    My official review: "A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology, THE POPPY WAR is equal parts military epic and exploration of the morally complex choices humanity must make in the name of victory. The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commande...

    Trigger warnings: violence, war, drug use, genocide, torture, human experimentation, death of a friend. 4.5 stars. 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 th...

    Somehow, I've gushed about this to everyone I know on bookstagram but I haven't officially reviewed it. Oops! This is the best fantasy book I've read this year and wow was it a pleasant surprise! I was fortunate enough to attend Emerald City Comic Con this year. When I made a purcha...

  • Justine
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

  • Kaitlin
    Apr 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

  • CW (Read Think Ponder)
    May 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jun 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

  • Emma
    Apr 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Cori Reed
    Jun 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

  • R.F. Kuang
    Feb 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

  • Hannah
    Apr 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

  • Acqua
    Jun 10, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

  • Emily
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

  • Piera
    May 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Scarlett
    Jun 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

  • Petrik
    Jan 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...

    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 th...

    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...

    I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and I feel like I can barely keep myself up (I feel absolutely heavy and my bed calls to me). THIS BOOK WRECKED ME. But in all seriousness, this book is brilliant, devastating, thrilling, haunting, and such an emotional and spiritual rollercoaste...

    First thoughts: Brutal. At least, that's how the last third, two thirds of the book were. What starts as the story of a young woman incredibly driven to succeed at a country wide test so she can enter a prestigious school, and the resistance and bullying she encounters there, turns in...

    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 co...

    This book surpassed all my expectations. It definitely deserves the buzz! ...

    There was something fresh about this. It was rooted in fantasy, but there were touches of dialog and description that felt really modern. I enjoyed it and can't wait for book 2. ...

    My official review: "A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology, THE POPPY WAR is equal parts military epic and exploration of the morally complex choices humanity must make in the name of victory. The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commande...

    Trigger warnings: violence, war, drug use, genocide, torture, human experimentation, death of a friend. 4.5 stars. 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 th...

    Somehow, I've gushed about this to everyone I know on bookstagram but I haven't officially reviewed it. Oops! This is the best fantasy book I've read this year and wow was it a pleasant surprise! I was fortunate enough to attend Emerald City Comic Con this year. When I made a purcha...

    5 Words: Power, loyalty, temptation, friendship, war. Well damn that was good. And dark. And fiery. Content warning: Self harm, rape, drug use, graphic violence/gore, genocide. Review to come. But know that this book is brutal, horrific, tragic, and dark AF. Only read it if yo...

    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

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    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

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

  • Rusty Grey
    May 23, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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.) ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    *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...

    I have very very high expectations for this. I only read fantastic reviews for this debut, and I hope it lives up to it. ?? ...

    4.75? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fantastic. Everything I could ask for in a fantasy. I knew it was undoubtedly going to end up as a new favourite but it far exceeded even my own rocket high expectations. RTC 4.75?? Sweet heavens, that was remarkable. Fan...

    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...

    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 structur...

    I just bought this at a booksigning with the author at TheBookCon in NYC. Can't wait to read it :) ...

    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 ev...

    Perfection might be an understatement for The Poppy War . A bundle of pure unadulterated feels !! It's been an hour since I finished this gem , and I'm still reeling from it's effect . TW - Graphic violence , Rape , Genocide , Infanticide , Drug Abuse "War doesn't determine w...