The Poppy War

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Harper Voyager
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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.4 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca F. Kuang is the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Sinophone literature, and Asian American literature.

"A blistering, powerful epic of war and revenge that will captivate you to the bitter end."--Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars are Legion
"A thrilling, action-packed fantasy of gods and mythology...The ambitious heroine's rise from poverty to ruthless military commander makes for a gripping read, and I eagerly await the next installment."--Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
"In The Poppy War, RF Kuang draws on history and myth to tell a relentlessly unforgiving story of war, vengeance, power and madness, with larger-than-life characters that evoke sympathy and rouse terror. Brace yourself."--Fonda Lee, award-winning author of The Green Bone Saga
"Debut novelist Kuang creates an ambitious fantasy reimagining of Asian history populated by martial artists, philosopher-generals, and gods [...] This is a strong and dramatic launch to Kuang's career."--Publishers Weekly
"The narrative is an impactful, impressive symphony of words that grant life to this incredible morality tale. Setting the stage for an epic fantasy is an understandably enormous undertaking, but Kuang does an exceptional job of world and character building."--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)
"A young woman's determination and drive to succeed and excel at any cost runs into the horrors of war, conflict and ancient, suppressed forces in R. F. Kuang's excellent debut novel, The Poppy War."--The Skiffy and Fanty Show
This Summer's Hottest New Books For Every Type of Reader--Popsugar
"An original and engrossing tale of the coming of age of a talented young soldier amid the horrors of invasion and genocide."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
"A powerful, emotional journey, compellingly written."--Adrian Tchaikovsky, award-winning author of The Children of Time
"[THE POPPY WAR] feels entirely immersive and rich in a way that kind of sucks you in [...] It's a treasure trove."--Utopia State of Mind
"The "year's best debut" buzz around this one was warranted; it really is that good."--B&N Sci-fi and Fantasy Blog
"Battles. Bloodshed. Drugs. Amazing, amazing characters. Read it!"--Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
"A complex, sprawling, ambitious novel, part coming of age and part tragedy of power, that uses motifs and influences from the 20th century. It reminds me tonally of Lara Elena Donnelly's Amberlough and Joe Abercrombie's Half a King, [and] in setting of K. Arsenault Rivera's The Tiger's Daughter."
"If you have read and enjoyed George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, or Sabah Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes then you are likely to enjoy this."--Sammy's Shelf
"The Poppy War was a fun, engrossing, journey to a world I wish I could visit and a school I wish I could attend. With its strong characters, interesting world building, and intriguing plot it is a great read that I would recommend to anyone."--The Quill to Live
"The book kicks arse, and I couldn't put it down. It's a cracking debut, and one I recommend without reservation."--Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
"This novel has already rocketed up to the top of my list of favorite fantasy reads of all time. It was everything I wanted and more."--The BiblioSanctum
"[The Poppy War is] strikingly grim military fantasy that summons readers into an East Asian--inspired world of battles, opium, gods, and monsters. Fans of Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings will snap this one up."--Library Journal (starred review)
"The Poppy War is a masterful piece of fiction."-- S. Qiouyi Lu for the B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
"Kuang ambitiously begins a trilogy that doesn't shy away from the darkest sides of her characters, wrapped in a confectionery of high-fantasy pulp. [...] The future of Rin in this world may appear quite dark, but that of the series seems bright indeed."--New York Daily News
"I can safely say that this will be the finest debut of 2018 and I'd be surprised if it isn't one of the top 3 books of the year full stop. Spectacular, masterclass, brilliant, awesome [...] Simply put, R.F. Kuang's "The Poppy War" is a towering achievement of modern fantasy."--Fantasy Book Review
"This isn't just another magical, fantasy world with artificially fabricated stakes. Rin's journey and the war against the Federation feel incredibly urgent and powerful [...] R.F. Kuang is one of the most exciting new authors I've had the privilege of reading."--The Roarbots
"I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year [...] I have absolutely no doubt that [Kuang's] name will be up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and N.K. Jemisin."--Booknest
"The book starts as an epic bildungsroman, and just when you think it can't get any darker, it does [...] Kuang pulls from East Asian history, including the brutality of the Second Sino-Japanese war, to weave a wholly unique experience."--Washington Post
"This looks like a good match for readers of Red Rising."--Omnivoracious (10 Highly Anticipated New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books)
"The best fantasy debut of 2018...This year's Potter."--Wired
"A complex, challenging, and incredibly ambitious novel."--Vulture (The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018)