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R.F. Kuang studies modern Chinese history. She has a BA from Georgetown University and is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship. The Poppy War is her debut novel.

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"A blistering, powerful epic of war and revenge that will captivate you to the bitter end."--Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars are Legion
"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, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
"In The Poppy War, RF 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, award-winning author of The Green Bone Saga
"A young woman's determination and drive to succeed and excel at any cost runs into the horrors of war, conflict and ancient, suppressed forces in R. F. Kuang's excellent debut novel, The Poppy War."--The Skiffy and Fanty Show
"An original and engrossing tale of the coming of age of a talented young soldier amid the horrors of invasion and genocide."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
"A powerful, emotional journey, compellingly written."--Adrian Tchaikovsky, award-winning author of The Children of Time
"Battles. Bloodshed. Drugs. Amazing, amazing characters. Read it!"--Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
"A complex, sprawling, ambitious novel, part coming of age and part tragedy of power, that uses motifs and influences from the 20th century. It reminds me tonally of Lara Elena Donnelly's Amberlough and Joe Abercrombie's Half a King, [and] in setting of K. Arsenault Rivera's The Tiger's Daughter."--Tor.com
"If you have read and enjoyed George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, or Sabah Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes then you are likely to enjoy this."--Sammy's Shelf
"The Poppy War was a fun, engrossing, journey to a world I wish I could visit and a school I wish I could attend. With its strong characters, interesting world building, and intriguing plot it is a great read that I would recommend to anyone."--The Quill to Live
"[The Poppy War is] strikingly grim military fantasy that summons readers into an East Asian--inspired world of battles, opium, gods, and monsters. Fans of Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings will snap this one up."--Library Journal (starred review)
"The Poppy War is a masterful piece of fiction."-- S. Qiouyi Lu for the B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
"Kuang ambitiously begins a trilogy that doesn't shy away from the darkest sides of her characters, wrapped in a confectionery of high-fantasy pulp. [...] The future of Rin in this world may appear quite dark, but that of the series seems bright indeed."--New York Daily News
"The book starts as an epic bildungsroman, and just when you think it can't get any darker, it does [...] Kuang pulls from East Asian history, including the brutality of the Second Sino-Japanese war, to weave a wholly unique experience."--Washington Post
"This looks like a good match for readers of Red Rising."--Omnivoracious (10 Highly Anticipated New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books)
"A complex, challenging, and incredibly ambitious novel."--Vulture (The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018)

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