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The Poppy War

(2018)
(The first book in the Poppy War series)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the Reddit Fantasy Award for Best Debut 2018

‘The best fantasy debut of 2018’ WIRED

A brilliantly imaginative epic fantasy debut, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic.

When Rin aced the Keju – the test to find the most talented students in the Empire – it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who had hoped to get rich by marrying her off; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free from a life of servitude. That she got into Sinegard – the most elite military school in Nikan – was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Fighting the prejudice of rival classmates, Rin discovers that she possesses a lethal, unearthly power – an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of psychoactive substances and a seemingly insane teacher, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive – and that mastering these powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most people calmly go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away…

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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

"A blistering, powerful epic of war and revenge that will captivate you to the bitter end." - Kameron Hurley

"In THE POPPY WAR, R.F. 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


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Used availability for R F Kuang's The Poppy War

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Poppy War (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-00-823980-0 / 978-0-00-823980-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-06-266256-2 / 978-0-06-266256-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-06-266258-9 / 978-0-06-266258-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poppy War: The award-winning epic fantasy trilogy that combines the history of China with a gripping world of gods and monsters (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-00-823984-3 / 978-0-00-823984-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poppy War: The award-winning epic fantasy trilogy that combines the history of China with a gripping world of gods and monsters (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-00-823981-9 / 978-0-00-823981-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: The Poppy War, Book 1
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: The Poppy War, Book 1
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: The Poppy War, Book 1
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 1-5385-1908-9 / 978-1-5385-1908-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Poppy War: Library Edition
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 1-5385-1907-0 / 978-1-5385-1907-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Poppy War
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 1-5385-1909-7 / 978-1-5385-1909-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Poppy War: The award-winning epic fantasy trilogy that combines the history of China with a gripping world of gods and monsters (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA