This fortnight J & K are discussing The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. We’re diverting a bit from our usual YA Fantasy books. This book is definitely for adults, and not for the faint of heart! The characters are complicated, the story is complex and violent, and there is a ton of action.

Content Warning: In this episode we discuss drug use, rape, genocide, and other instances of extreme violence. 

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As is usual, we referenced quite a few things, and you can find more information below!


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Episode 24: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – JK, It’s Magic · June 25, 2020 at 10:22 pm

[…] following are the links we used when we talked about The Poppy War, as religion in China came up again in this episode: the current state of religion in China, […]

Episode 24: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – The Library Coven · October 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm

[…] following are the links we used when we talked about The Poppy War, as religion in China came up again in this episode: the current state of religion in China, […]

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