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Book Tag: The Poppy War

This book tag was created by Vee @ Vanshika’s Books, Krisha @ Bookathon, and Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas. I’ve been re-reading this series in October and I thought doing the book tag would be a fun way to celebrate this awesome series, especially with The Burning God coming out in a few weeks! In terms of the “favorite” part of these prompts, I’m taking the liberty to interpret as “a book you read recently and loved” because it’s way too hard to choose all-time favorites…

Fang Runin: Who’s your favorite anti-heroine?

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The first character that came to mind was Maram from Somaiya Daud’s Science Fantasy, Mirage. I read it earlier this month, and although Maram is definitely the villain for most of the book, by the end you see that she is more the product of her family and her upbringing than truly evil. I’m excited to see her continue to grow in Court of Lions!

Chosen One Schmosen One: which character deserves more in your favorite series?

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Am I ever going to stop loving Gideon from Gideon the Ninth? Probably not. This sharp-tongued warrior manages to fight her way through so many harrowing situations (pun intended, I’m sorry haha) but she just keeps getting walloped with more and more pain. By the end of the book I was screaming because Gideon didn’t get the nice happy ending I wanted for her. I haven’t read book 2 yet, maybe better things are coming? Maybe? Let me dream!

No Stone Left Unturned: Who’s your favorite fictional genius?

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)

I was really tempted to say Palamedes Sextus and stick with the Gideon the Ninth theme, but I will restrain myself. The next fictional genius who comes to mind is Zofia from The Gilded Wolves/Silvered Serpents. She isn’t the best people person, but she is so smart and manages to engineering incredible inventions. She also has a talent for cracking those insane riddles that seem to show up at every stage of the heists in these books. She’s definitely one of my favorite characters in the series!

The Epic Descent: What makes you empathize with your favorite morally grey character?

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I feel like this is cheating but the most compelling morally gray character I have read recently is Rin from The Poppy War series. She is hot-headed and self-destructive, and has caused genocide and a lot of pain for other people. Still, you can see how much other powerful people and enemy nations try to stamp her down, and you kind of have to admire how much she takes ownership of her strength and fights for the autonomy her people (even if the definition of her people changes over the course of the series…).

Mad Gods and their maddening power: what’s your favorite novel about gods and their powers?

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage, #1)

This series came out a few years ago, and it’s one that not a lot of my friends have read, but I really liked it. Set in a fantasy world analogous to 17th century Europe, the Powder Mage trilogy does an amazing job of balancing gunpowder magic and technology with the power and whims of the gods. It’s interesting to see how different gods have different kinds of powers and relationships with humans when they walk down to the earth.

Immortals and their Battles: what’s your favorite battle scene ?

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This is another science fantasy book, and I thought the climactic battle scene (well all of the battle scenes, but the last one in particular) were really well-written and exciting. I loved the descriptions of the planetary scale space battle between ships with different sizes and strengths. The blend of magic and technology was really cool, but my favorite part was seeing the crew struggling to support each other even as they were all getting attacked by the enemy.

This poisonous beauty: which character do you find as intriguing as you do terrifying?

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Definitely Marcella from Vengeful. You get where she is coming from, because it obviously sucks to be overlooked and abused simply because you are a woman, but when she starts taking on the patriarchy with a killing spree… I should have hated her at this point since she was completely merciless and misguided, but there was something magnetic about Marcella that kind of made me root for her a tiny bit!

A Trio to Reckon With: Whose your favorite fictional trio?

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They don’t always work together, but when they do, they are unstoppable. My favorite trio is Hilo, Shae, and Anden from the Jade City series! I love each character so much individually, but it’s also so much fun to see their family dynamics and bickering despite their unquestionable loyalty to each other.

Companions for the Darkness: Tag your friends!

If you’re reading this, consider yourselves tagged! I really need to make some more blogger friends who enjoy the same books as me LOL

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