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This was dark and the story telling tore me apart! Rin, a girl who won her way to a military school finds out she can commune with gods and create war unseen. It‘s fantasy with magic and horrible consequences. The story is based on real history of China and Japan fighting and the atrocities committed by real humans but with added magic. I loved the characters, their flaws and tragedies and heartbreaks, I already have the sequel pulled up to read!
Wow, this was intense! Simply put, this is the story of an orphan girl, Rin, who wins a spot at a prestigious military school right before her country enters a war and discovers some supernatural powers along the way. It‘s a great story and has some very important things to say about war, but it is brutal. It certainly does not gloss over the terrible violence that occurs during wartime. If you can stomach it, it‘s a great read. 4/5 stars ⭐️
Orphan girl succeeds in entering the top military school in the empire, discovers her inherent shamanistic powers, goes to war. That‘s putting it simply. This fantasy is amazingly good, has depth emotionally, creatively, morally, and has so much to say on the horrors of war. The story‘s political arc is based on actual (Chinese and Japanese)history so if you have a grounding in that field you can guess at the flow. I really liked this!
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This book has been one I got soaked into at the first page. The book takes inspiration from Asia and China. We meet opium smugglers, martial arts teachers, characters that you get deeply involved with and a beautiful described environment and culture. Rin is the protagonist of the story and she is the suffering one that eventually rises up and becomes someone that actually matters. It‘s been immensely fun to follow her development in this book.
I swear I really really love this book. Absolutely loving it. I love the plot, the story, the characters and everything.
It doesn't make sense that this is a debut work. At all. I loved the Chinese influences which is/was pretty rare until like...last year to have. It's strength is absolutely the characters but I also just love the mystery of the world's history/magic. There's still a lot up in the air and I can't wait to see what book 2 brings. We better serve some karma to the Empress.
I don't remember enough about this to pick up The Dragon Republic so it's time for a reread. I just remember being blown away when I read it.
This book was incredible. I was completely immersed in this world and invested in the characters. One of my favourites this year and I will definitely be getting the next one. Beautiful writing for a brutal story.
Couldn't make it through the first chapter. Not a fan of the type of fantasy that usually gets marketed as YA and it reads like it.
Do like children's books, oddly.
The story is familiar, but its execution feels more complex, nuanced, and mature. Its depiction of war is accurately horrifying. There‘s one scene where I had to close the book to take a break. I‘m definitely going to read the next one.
This was a pick! I loved the lore and the world-building, and I really liked the main character, even though sometimes I would have loved to slap her... okay so the one thing I didn‘t like was the disjointed timeline... it was a linear timeline, but It felt as if everything happened within a month of time, when really it was years... 🤷🏻♀️🤔
It was an amazing reading month for me. By far my favorite read of the month was the tagged book The Poppy War. Can‘t wait to get my hands on the sequel! Vengeful and Sorcery of Thorns were not trailing far behind...both really fun books! Wolf in the Whale was interesting as it melded Inuit and Norse mythologies.
finally done 🌸 I enjoyed Kuang's take on a military fantasy with a setting and worldbuilding inspired by Chinese mythos and historical events. however, the book has pacing problems (certain parts really drag) and the three major divisions of the story transition awkwardly. Rin seems to be a divisive protagonist, but her flaws are deliberate and make sense for her age, backstory and circumstances.
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still trying to find the ideal layout for pins on my backpack 🤔 been reading The Poppy War on my kindle for almost a month since I keep getting distracted by my physical book stack 😅 it's a fascinating book but kind of a slow burn. super excited to start Foundryside ✌️
And with completion of this book (a 5 ⭐️ read for me), I also finished my Goodreads 2019 challenge of 70 books!
Well this is going to be one of my favorite reads this year! I adore the characters she‘s created (Rin, the main character, and the fabulously erratic Jiang, her mentor in particular) and the setting fascinates me as I‘ve always been intrigued by Chinese history and culture. The author is pursuing a graduate degree in modern Chinese studies and has managed to write and get published two novels! I‘m in serious awe.
1. Tagged. I got it from the library and I know I‘ll enjoy it, I‘m just not ready to dive into a new world.
2. Just all the Harry Potter books. I don‘t really reread anymore except those.
3. My GR TBR has 244 books on it. I try to remove some but more just get added on!
4. The Feather Thief (read in March) 4⭐️
5. @Catsandbooks @Scochrane26 @Dragonfairykats
The Poppy War combines the magical school idea (more of a martial arts school) featuring an outsider student, with historical events in China (Song Dynasty, Japanese invasion of China,) and a little bit of shamanism. It's the first in a series and I'm not sure I will keep reading as this is so far outside my usual fare, but this author has written an astounding debut at a very young age (I think she is an actual genius.)
Soooo..... this is the copy of The Poppy War I received from ThriftBooks today. I immediately got on chat with them and told them I received a book marked “very good condition” with no notation about not having a jacket on it. No issues or problems, issued me a refund and said I could keep it. No others in stock however, so back to square one. For as long as I have been ordering from them this is the first time I have ever had this issue
I finished this a couple of days ago and am still not 100% sure how I feel about it. It starts off as a typical tale of an amazingly talented but misfortunate youth getting into a elite boarding school and then turns into a much, much darker war story. Great world building and I appreciated the historical parallels but I found myself skimming more than once. I expected to love it more than I did but still want to start the sequel this weekend.
I‘ve been struggling to get into a book the last couple of days. I‘ve tried reading the first chapter of about 4 books and none of them have been grabbing me.
I picked this one up today and I‘m hoping it‘ll stick! This book is this month‘s Sword & Laser Pick.
Sort of like two books in one, which was a little jarring. Part one takes place at an elite military academy. Then the country goes to war and the students become warriors. It‘s good. Part two is...different. Fast paced, dark and gruesome. This is based on actual Chinese history from the 1930‘s (the Nanjing Massacre). This is not light fantasy nor YA. But I loved the military aspect and I loved the characters. Several parts are a punch to the gut!
Rin is 16 when the book starts. It has YA elements, but it‘s not YA. All 3 parts are interesting and different, tho 2 & 3 are very grimdark. Loads of triggers, heavy drug use.
Pros: world building, pacing, secondary characters are all interesting and well developed, hard to put down.
Cons: Rin is caustic, jealous, disobedient, selfish, vengeful, and ends up more dark than light. She‘s also naive, impulsive, and prone to screaming at everyone.
Listened as an audiobook. If you are looking for a YA fluffy fantasy romance ...well...this is not for you! If you do want a heroine who is strong, adventure, war, dark fantasy then definitely check this one out! Love when a female character is strong and doesn‘t rely on others to get herself out of trouble! Highly recommend for all the fantasy readers out there!
A solid pick. If you like Mark Lawrence I think you'll enjoy this book. It was really nice to read a fantasy novel which is not based in Europe. I really enjoyed the dialogue and there were some good characters. The death and destruction just went a bit too far for me. Another genocide, is that the third or the fourth It just didn't elevate that last step in the ladder to love.
Finally finished this! I had a really hard time getting into it, but once I made it past page 200, I didn‘t want to waste the time I had already spent reading. I‘m glad I finished, but I‘m not sure I‘ll read the next one. I‘m really bummed I can‘t include this in my classroom (both content and language). Overall, glad I read it, somewhat interested to see what happens next, but the writing wasn‘t my favorite.
My view this morning at the MFA in Boston! Arrived early to the class I‘m taking and read on the steps. I‘ve been so busy (and exhausted) doing this class this week, I‘m glad today is the last day!! It‘s been wonderful, but I want to sleep past 6am again 😂
This seems to be a more unpopular opinion, but I‘m not loving this book a little over 100 pages in. Carrying the pig up the mountain and making it drink the water...is from Holes 🤔 That‘s an oddly specific thing to repeat, though of course I haven‘t finished that section yet. I‘m also not in love with the writing; I feel as though some of the profanity is superfluous and doesn‘t serve much purpose. We‘ll see..I‘ll keep reading for now.
Finally got around to reading this fantasy book. I really did enjoy the gods and mythology of this book. I enjoyed the action and summoning of the gods within this book. This book was a great story of war and revenge. I enjoyed the development of the main character Rin. Definitely a good book and will read the next one later on
Okay, I finished Throne of Glass (almost exactly one year to the day that I first read it 😂) and I am finally starting this one. This time last year I went on a crazy reading binge that lasted like 3 weeks. Hoping I can pull it off again!! 📚📚📚 I have a stack of books I‘ll post soon, I need help deciding what‘s next!