Kuang, R. F.
It's hard to believe that this gripping military fantasy set in a magical version of China comes from a debut author. Peasant girl, Rin, defies the odds to win a seat at a prestigious military academy that is meant to produce generals and advisors to the Empress. However, her struggles are just beginning, as she fights to maintain her place among the elite and survive the start of the Third Poppy War, an invasion by bloodthirsty conquerors from across the sea. If you're interested in expanding beyond fantasy realms set in worlds reminiscent of medieval Europe, The Poppy War will get you excited about discovering a setting with Asian historical inspirations and an action-packed plot.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)