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The Poppy War

 Author: R. F. Kuang  Category: Fantasy  Published: May 1, 2018  File Size: 4.2 MB  Tags: FantasyFictionHistoricalmagicWar |  Download PDF


The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, explores the theme of war, colonization, racism, colorism, genocide and cycles of abuse.


The book follows Fang Runin, a peasant girl who is accepted to Sinegard Academy. She discovers a mysterious power and trains to become a shaman to the vengeful god, the Phoenix. When war breaks out between her home country of Nikan and the Federation of Mugen, Rin must quickly become a hardened soldier.

Famous Quotes:

War doesn’t determine who’s right. War determines who remains.

History is a myth shaped by the winners.

Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.

Pain is just a consequence of breaking the rules.

When you know someone’s true weakness, you can control them.

The price of power is pain, but the price of lying to yourself is destruction.

The strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire.

The world doesn’t run on kindness, it runs on power.

Strength comes from knowing when to fight back and when to let go.

Power is a hungry beast and those who wield it must be cautious not to be consumed by it.

The truest power lies in accepting yourself, flaws and all.

Behind every great ruler, there is a secret.

In war, the truth is always the first casualty.

Don’t let your past define you, let it strengthen you.

Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

The greatest enemy is often the one within.

True strength comes from within, not from the weapons we wield.

Sometimes the most courageous act is choosing to be kind.

To love is to have the courage to destroy and rebuild.

The worst prison is the one we build for ourselves.

In the face of adversity, we must remain resilient and rise above.

Literary awards:

  • Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2018)
  • Locus Award Nominee for First Novel (2019)
  • World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2019)
  • Compton Crook Award (2019)
  • British Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds Award) (2019)
  •  The Kitschies Nominee for Golden Tentacle (Debut) (2018)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy and for Debut Author (2018)
  • Reddit r/fantasy Stabby Award for Best Debut Novel (2018)
  •  BookNest Award Nominee for Best Debut Novel (2018)
  •  RUSA CODES Reading List Nominee for Fantasy (2019)