The Poppy War (Paperback, 2018, HarperCollins Publishers Limited) 4 stars

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired …

A book that improves after an inauspicious start

4 stars

I was worried that The Poppy War was going to be another "talented down-and-out gets into fancy magic school, is bullied by aristo, mentored by a flighty weirdo" type fantasy book, and it is that for the first half-ish. But then it opens up and we get a fun fantasy adventure.

I have some minor complaints that I'll detail in a spoiler-tagged comment, but overall this is a pretty good read.

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