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    Winner of the Reddit Fantasy Award for Best Debut 2018.   

    A brilliantly imaginative epic fantasy debut, inspired by the bloody history of 20th-century China 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 realised 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....

    ©2018 R. F. Kuang (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

    Kritikerstimmen

    "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, 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, award-winning author of The Green Bone Saga)

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    Ich fand den Spannundbogen eher enttäuschend und einige Dinge wurden sehr übereilt. Ich werde das nächste Buch nicht nehmen...

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    terribile, terribile book

    oh my God is this book terrible.
    I didn't manage to finish it because it's a strange mixture of Harry Potter, Divergent and maybe some other adult series I don't know, but set in medieval China, so that everything, EVERYTHING feels absolutely fake.
    The reader does her best, but you can't do much with a book whose ridiculous premise is that the future generals of the Empire are selected not because of their military prowess but through a test where the biggest part is literature.
    Don't make my same mistake: don't waste your money on this

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