Spoiler-Free Review of the Poppy War

About a week ago I finished reading the Poppy war by R.F. Kuang and am glad to say it's one of my new favorites.

The book follows Rin, a war orphan, who works to get into the most prestigious military academy in her country, Sinegard. It follows her studying to take the test to get in, her learning at the academy, and the eventual war that she is caught in.

This book is loosely based on the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Rape of Nanjing, along with having elements of drug use, self-harm, abuse, suicide, and other things. Because of this, there are a lot of trigger warnings and while I do highly recommend this book because of how much I liked it, if you aren't able to handle these elements then please don't force yourself to read it.

I loved the way the author built the world up right from the beginning and continually added on little by little so as to not overwhelm the reader. I also loved the story itself, because I'm such a huge fan of fantasy it was the perfect thing for me to read.

The characters were also portrayed in a great way and made to stray from a lot of usual tropes and stereotypes that are normally used in fantasy books.

Overall I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to any fantasy fan, but as I said before if you aren't able to handle the tough subjects of the book then please don't force yourself to.


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