I am so happy and excited to bring to you this post! Vee, Nandini and I are so excited to bring to you The Poppy War Book Tag. We love this series so much and with the release of the final part, The Burning God, in November it felt right to do this book tag to celebrate this stunning series we all love so so much. This series is close to my heart for a lot of reasons and I hope this book tag makes you just as ecstatic about this series!
Nandini and I are also running The Poppy War readalong starting September where we read/reread this series in anticipation of The Burning God. You can join us in our Discord Channel for more updates for twitter chats and instagram challenges. We also have an IG Live with R.F.Kuang in October so make sure to join us!
Now Onto the Book Tag!!
—Fang Runin: Who’s your favourite anti-heroine?
The first name which popped into my mind is Tea from The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco! Tea is just such a..stunning character. She is a force to be reckoned with and her determination, her perseverance and her love are something I find so inspiring. From the first book when she’s just starting out as a dark asha to her journey in the third book and to who she becomes, I get emotional just thinking about it. Tea is one of my favourites because her darkness, her thirst for revenge and her journey are powerful and poetic and so beautiful that its impossible not to fall in love with her.
—Chosen One Schmosen One: which character deserves more in your favourite series?
I was confused what to answer in this one but I think Zofia from The Gilded Wolves is my best choice. Zofia is such an underrated character. She is so smart and her loyalty and love towards the gang is always such a treat to read. I wish she got more page time and also she deserves all the love in the world. Sometimes, all I want to do is wrap Zofia in a blanket and hug her because after the ending of The Gilded Wolves, she definitely deserves it even more.
—No Stone Left Unturned: Who’s your favourite fictional genius?
I thought but honestly the first person to come to mind is Kitay. Chen Kitay is in every sense of the word, a genius. The way his mind works is inspiring and anyone who reads this series knows that Rin without Kitay won’t be possible. Kitay’s strategies and the way he plans and executes will leave you awed. He is a nerd at heart and his innocence, his pureness and the most importantly, his genuineness is what makes him my absolute favourite.
—The Epic Descent: What makes you empathize with your favourite morally grey character?
Other than Rin and Tea, one of other favourite morally grey character is Esmae from A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. Esmae is a character who is super determined and in her heart just craves for family. But in the series, we see her doing a lot of wrong stuff and going against her own principles and morals. But its Esmae’s need for love and her need to just get what she deserves which makes me empathize with her. She shows that doing the right thing is never easy but sometimes that’s what you have to do but that doesn’t make it any simpler.
The family dynamics, the companionship, the friendship and the meddling gods along with Esmae talk about one thing: which is not everything is as easy as black and white and sometimes you have to do bigger wrongs to right a smaller one. You can’t help but root for her and when I read this book Esmae’s strength and her need for revenge and the way she struggles, her character always makes me emotional.
—Mad Gods and their maddening power: what’s your favourite novel about gods and their powers? (Bonus points for dark fiction!)
I cannot see Mad Gods and their powers and not mention A Spark of White Fire. A Spark of White Fire has meddlesome gods and their favourites which brew politics, jealousy and battles. The dynamics between the gods as well as their chosen favourites shown in this book is magnificent and Sangu has written it so well that you can’t help but be in awe of it. The maddening power and the politics among the gods makes this a super interesting read and I can’t to see how this series ends and breaks my heart in a hundred ways.
Another break which deserves a mention is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Morena-Garcia. This book has a lot of chaotic gods and their mad powers and a mortal caught between it and it’s one of the most unique and well-written fantasy I have read this year.
—Immortals and their Battles: what’s your favourite battle scene ?
(EMPIRE OF GOLD SPOILERS) Having read The Burning God, I think it has one of the best battle scenes of course. It’s definitely my top scenes. But another book battle scene which I adore is from Empire of Gold especially the part in which Nahri takes the center stage and does her magic. I was literally on the edge of the seat while reading that part and it was super awesome.
—This poisonous beauty: which character do you find as intriguing as you do terrifying?
I think this has to be Altan from The Poppy War. I remember that when I first read about him I was intrigued but as I read more and more, he became kinda terrifying. His aggression and his passion draw me to him but at the same time it terrifies me. I think Altan is one character you couldn’t help but love. The one song which suits him is I Hate U, I Love U by Sam Tsui (feat: Madilyn Bailey).
—Clever truths and cleverer lies: what’s a book rife with political intrigue that you enjoy the mind games of?
I absolutely adore the politics and mind games in Jade City and Jade War by Fonda Lee. The family dynamics and the politics within and outside the family is just a treat to read. This is one of my favourite part of this series, The intricacies with which Fonda Lee writes about this world and gives life to it with so much political intrigue and games makes the reader feel like you are reading about an actual place. I absolutely adore it and it makes me so excited to read more about this world.
—A trio to reckon With: Who’s your favourite fictional trio?
I am going to go with an old favourite on this one and say Percy, Annabeth and Grover from Percy Jackson series. I have been meaning to reread this series for the longest time but one thing which I adore is their friendship. They are just the best!!!
—Companions for the Darkness: Tag your friends!
If you’re a fan of this series, you MUST do this tag and consider yourself tagged by me. Don’t forget to link back to this post or Vee’s or Nandini’s so we can fangirl and read all your answers! You can also use the banner which is made by the super talented Nidhi Shetty. You can check out Vee’s post for links to download in various formats.
Are you a fan of this series? Will you join Nandini and me in our readalong starting September? Tell me about it!!