November 7, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
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*Published May 1, 2018*
Oh. My. Gosh!!! This was so good! I saw it a lot on BookAce’s Tumblr blog a few months back and I finally got around to reading and I’m so glad that I did! Oh!!! Just so good!! Anyway, onto the review!
Fang Runin does what no one believes she should be able to do; she aces the Keju, the Empire-wide test that finds the most talented youth to learn at the academy for the future of the military. She gets into Sinegard, the highest military academy in the Nikan which is even a bigger surprise. As Rin learns though, not all surprises are good.
Targeted from the beginning for being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south who somehow made it in Sinegard, Rin learns that there is more for her to learn that about military strategy. She learns that she has an unnatural and uncontrolled shamanistic ability. As she explores the depth and tries to master her control with help of a possibly insane teacher, Rin learns that while the Empire is at peace, war is brewing once again.
Rin’s powers may be what is needed to save her people should war break out, it may cost more than she is willing to give to the vengeful god that chose her. But what does her loss mean if her country lives?
This was such an interesting book! Rin was also an interesting character, a character that strived to take her future into her own hands because she does not want to go back to her home where her future will be taken from her. She also works against those who seek to push her down and push her out of where they believe she doesn’t belong, though she has proven she made her way there. We also get to see her grow throughout her education and grow in her powers as well. She is also a flawed person, a person who can’t let go of things. She can’t let go of power, especially as power is what she believes she needs to take control of her life.
Have you read The Poppy War? Did you like the characterization of Rin and her cohorts? Comment below and let me know!