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 realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Title:The Poppy War
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062662590
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    The Poppy War Reviews

  • Emily May

    “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➽...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

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

  • Em

    A really good book has a beginning, a middle, and then it absolutely ends you. The Poppy War is a really good book. The kind of book that makes you want to take part in some ritualistic bonfire—it d...

  • Petrik

    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 ...

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    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 soldi...

  • R.F. Kuang

    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 du...

  • Melanie

    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 frie...

  • jessica

    ‘this book will seriously mess you up.’- ancient chinese proverblets get down to business. there is a lot to unpack with this book, so im going to use this review as a way to process my thoughts. ...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    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...

  • James Tivendale

    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 ...