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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  • 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 ...

  • chai ?

    A really good book has a beginning, a middle, and then it absolutely ends you. The Poppy War is a really good book. I wish my pupils were at least heart-shaped so I could more accurately demonstrate m...

  • 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...

  • Rick Riordan

    You think I torture my characters? Pffft. I am a rank amateur compared to R.F. Kuang! Set in an alternate Asia and inspired by the Opium Wars and 19th Century colonialism in China, The Poppy War is th...

  • 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...

  • 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......

  • Regan

    wooooooooow Lots to unpack here but overall I really respect the approach the author took. ...

  • Victoria Schwab

    This series is wonderful. Straight into the sequel for me. ...

  • Emma

    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/actual YA, and a...

  • 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 sol...