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The Poppy War

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

 
 
"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

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Washington Post "5 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel of 2018" pick!

A Bustle "30 Best Fiction Books of 2018" pick!

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China's twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu's Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy.

When Rin aced the Keju - the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies - 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 believed they'd finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. 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. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers 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 a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive - and that mastering control over those 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 militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin's shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

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
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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
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poppy War (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-00-823984-3 / 978-0-00-823984-8 (UK edition)
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poppy War (The Poppy War, Book 1)
Author(s): R F Kuang
ISBN: 0-00-823981-9 / 978-0-00-823981-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War
Author(s): R F Kuang
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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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
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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
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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
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poppy War: A Novel
Author(s): R F Kuang
Publisher: HarperAudio
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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 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