39 thoughts on “The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

  1. Hmm… this book’s been doing its rounds on the blogosphere. I’m curious, and your review made me even more intrigued, but I’m still not sure if I’m going to like it. Guess I need to check out for myself 😉

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    1. Yep. I sort of skipped over the hype and totally felt indirectly attacked by the Universe for not having read it on release, but it was an intriguing debut novel. I’d still say that my favourite (even if I haven’t read that many) military fantasy is Brian McClellan’s Sins of Empire (and probably anything he writes). 😛 Hope you’ll enjoy this one if you ever do give it a try!

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  2. I keep seeing this on Amazon all the time. I thought it was a traditional fantasy, so i figured i won’t like it.
    I’m still not sure i would, but i’m defo more curious, so saved it on my list for future reference 😀
    Great review!

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  3. Another stellar review Lashaan! I have seen this book praised by many but I love your intake with this general thinking about history is repeating. You are so right and I am so chagrined! Because people seem to never learn from the past. Having an author not embellishing war is a relief. You’ve pushed me a little more in the “one click buy” of this book 😉

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! I’ve seen loads of love for this book since its release too. Ahhh, absolutely. Sometimes I do wonder if repeating history is really just necessary for society to progress… To re-learn lessons through experience rather than textbooks. A bit sad, but I think there’s a little bit of truth to it. 😛 Yep. R.F. Kuang does a wonderful job in portraying war (the story is actually based on a real event too; the Nanjing Massacre). Glad to hear you’re a bit closer to getting it! I’ll just have to review it a couple more times now and that should do it! 😛


  4. There have been so many people talking about this book and even though it maybe isn’t the kind of book I’d automatically reach for if I saw it on the bookshelves it’s one I have to add to my TBR list, just because I’ve yet to see anything negative or mixed being said about it. This is a great review Lashaan, just what you’ve said about how Kuang has developed the world and grown Rin’s character makes me think I’ll love The Poppy War as much as everyone else seems to have. I take it you’ll be reading the second book in this series when it’s released. 🙂
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I’ve only seen love being thrown towards this book since its release. Hopefully when you get the chance to try it out you’ll love it as much, or more, than everyone else! And yes! Rin grows throughout the book, and sometimes prettttty fast too. She is flawed and still has plenty to learn however. But good thing this is a trilogy though! 😛 I’ll definitely seek out the second at some point. Definitely a promising trilogy for fantasy lovers to love! 😀 Thank you so much for reading, Beth! ❤

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  5. I think one of the factors history inevitably repeats itself in respect to wars being our reality in every century is because of the predictably patterns we cling to out of a sense of familiarity and therefore, a false sense of comfort, and not being able to think beyond other alternatives because of fear of unknown. So “dealing with the devil” you know kind of thinking tends to win through than going down the road that one can’t predict what might happen.

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    1. That is indeed a curiously fascinating take on it all. Fear of the unknown has always been mankind’s greatest weakness and has led them to a lot of dangerous paths, often stuck in that same cycle. It is only those who face that unknown and “innovate” that truly help us progress. I like that.

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