I am OBSESSED WITH THE POPPY WAR. I also can not wait until The Burning God in November, which knowing me-I’ll be reading it in December hopefully, or even in November whichever one gets me a copy quicker. And yes, I can not wait to get my heart broken because I am scared and I do not any spoilers from those who read it. I recently read The Poppy War for SABC August 2020 BOTM! And I saw this tag on Krisha’s blog and knew I had to do it!
—Fang Runin: Who’s your favourite anti-heroine?
Possibly Tea! After Fang Runin, Tea is probably my favorite! Mostly because I lover actions especially in the second and third book, but I love that she cares for her family and friends.
—Chosen One Schmosen One: which character deserves more in your favourite series?
Kingdom of Souls isn’t really one of my favorite series, but honestly I really liked it-but Arrah needs more love as a whole. She’s a witch doctor who’s trying her best and is seen as a failure, and then shit happens where I really wouldn’t blame her if it was traumatizing at least.
—No Stone Left Unturned: Who’s your favourite fictional genius?
Sefia without a doubt! She’s booksmart and relies on a book which tells her stories and the future, but she is really strategical especially in The Storyteller.
—The Epic Descent: What makes you empathize with your favourite morally grey character?
I love Kyoshi, not because she was really valued in ATLA. But honestly, she does her own things on what she thinks what is best for her. There are a lot of questionable things, and the fact that she invented the Dai Li.
—Mad Gods and their maddening power: what’s your favourite novel about gods and their powers? (Bonus points for dark fiction!)
These gods still giving me chills! But we see some of the gods and their powers in this book!
—Immortals and their Battles: what’s your favourite battle scene ?
The quite a bit of the battle scenes in this one, because there’s quite a bit, but I really loved the ending more!
—This poisonous beauty: which character do you find as intriguing as you do terrifying?
Ito for sure! I get chills because he’s an evil spirit, but at the same time, I am really curious about him.
—Clever truths and cleverer lies: what’s a book rife with political intrigue that you enjoy the mind games of?
Probably Jade City and it’s sequel, Jade War. Though the political intrigue and the mind games in this, is something I love more in this book!
—A trio to reckon With: Who’s your favourite fictional trio?
I love the trio in this book! Eli, Franklie and Maya are amazing with each other and it’s so cool that they are godlings.
—Companions for the Darkness: Tag your friends!
SABC September 2020 BOTM:
The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.
TW: war themes (death, murder, violence etc.), genocide, self-harm, rape, mutilation, human experimentation, non-consensual medical examinations, racism, colorism, misogyny, drug use, substance addiction, depictions of grief and PTSD