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The Poppy War: A Novel (The Poppy War, 1) (edição 2019)

por R. F Kuang (Autor)

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A war orphan rises from her humble beginnings to become a powerful military commander, and perhaps her country's only hope for survival.
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Título:The Poppy War: A Novel (The Poppy War, 1)
Autores:R. F Kuang (Autor)
Informação:Harper Voyager (2019), Edition: Reprint, 544 pages
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The Poppy War por R. F. Kuang

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It's a grim dark fantasy with war as a background. But the beginning of the book almost feels like a YA-Harry-Potter type of story. Until it isn't. It's definitely not young adult, although we follow a young war-orphan peasant joining a military school and going through all the discoveries and pains of growing up.

Rin, the main character, is goal driven and works hard to achieve what she wants: basically pass the hardest test of the Empire to join a prestigious military academy: Sinegard. She is smart. She is tough. She is focused. She is a quick learner. She becomes one of the few students to follow the path of Lore: an ancient skill that enables a connection with the Gods' powers. And she is thrown into a merciless ongoing war between two Federations (Nikan and Mugen).

The writing is awesome and there are excellent dialogues between the students and the teachers about war strategy, logic and philosophy. There are references to Buddhism, Sun Tzu's "Art of War", meditation, shamans, martial arts. Also, the ugly brutality of war is there. War is not romanticized at all. There are gory descriptions of the aftermath of war. The decisions the characters have to make are not easy, there is no right or wrong, only what needs to be done to cause the less amount of damage.

The war described in the book was strongly influenced by the Second Sino-Japanese War during the Republican era (when Japan invaded China in the 1930s) and specifically the Nanjing Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanking). It's ugly. There is no better way of saying it. The third part of the book contains disturbing scenes that work as a reality check into humanity's war history.

There is a passage when Rin tries to understand War:

“A rational explanation eluded her. Because the answer could not be rational. It was not founded in military strategy. It was not because of a shortage of food rations, or because of the risk of insurgency or backlash. It was, simply, what happened when one race decided the other was insignificant.” ― R.F. Kuang, The Poppy War

The magic being derived from the power of the Pantheon of Gods was an interesting take on fantasy magic systems. It's hard, drug ingestion is involved in the process and the shaman can't always control it. It's like a raw force that is channeled. It seems like all shamans go insane one way or the other.

It's an excellent dark fantasy-military historical read that defies what is fantasy and what is a hero. Rin is a fleshed out strong character with her flaws, fears and strengths. The narrative is not worried about our pre-established notions of what is a hero. The world building is fascinating. Reality is tough and there are not shortcuts to solve complex problems. Only hard work and difficult choices.

“War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who remains.”
― R.F. Kuang, The Poppy War ( )
  noisydeadlines | Jul 30, 2021 |
The Poppy War
(The Poppy War #1)
by R.F. Kuang

This is a wonderful, violent, emotional, tragic, excellent book! This is about Ren who starts out as an orphan and is forced upon a family and is treated horribly. She is to be married off to an old ugly guy but has money. Her only hope is to study to get into the academy to be a warrior. She gets a friendly gentleman to teach her. She studies hard and makes it. She is smart but not trained in battle skills.
Things are very rough for her there until she finds out she has a gift that is worth more that battle. She has a skill to learn to be a shaman.
This is full of heartbreak nearly all the way through but I just kept reading it anyway. I couldn't stop. There is also so much unbelievable violence. Rape is mentioned numerous times. Graphic violence. I wanted to stop reading but I had to know what was going to happen.
It has some fantasy, adventure, almost non-stop action, all types of emotions, and lots of rage. I felt exhausted by the end of the book.
I liked the book but I don't think I can follow the series. It was a good book but I don't want to put myself through this again and again. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jun 29, 2021 |
The Poppy war combines a bunch of different popular sci fi/fantasy tropes in one story. There's an orphan plucked from obscurity, a school for special people, political battles, a complicated war in the past and a difficult one in the present. I like how fast paced the story was - setting the stage then advancing forward to keep the story going. I'll definitely pick up the 2nd book when it's released later this year. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
A great read.

I really enjoyed this book. For me the strongest bit was the first part. I found that the most interesting. The second part dragged in some areas abu was none the less strong. I found this third bit somewhere in between. It had some harrowing scenes that are still burnt into my mind and some amazing writing though I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I did the first part. Overall this book was amazing and I would reccomend it highly. It's the first book I've read all the way through since lockdown began and ims really glad this is was it. It was gripping.

I also lived the MC Rin as she was interesting, yet deeply and obviously flaws in some ways. Her character grew throughout the novel but I can tell she has a long way to go and it nice to read about someone who felt like they could be a real person with real fults. ( )
1 vote afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
I forgot at times I was reading a fantasy novel. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
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