The internet talked me into reading The Poppy War and I’ve been working on it for s e v e r a l months.
I honestly forget how long it’s been. A while, most like.
I’m trying my best.
I saw this tag created in honor of The Dragon Republic’s release. Here we go!
Fang Runin: Who’s your favorite anti-heroine?
Emma Woodhouse was intentionally written to be an anti-heroine.
She’s rich, spoiled, and rarely faces consequences.
Therefore, from the book’s beginning, she has nowhere to go but up!
I find her incredibly charming and relatable. I just love her so much.
Best Austen romance. Fight me.
Chosen One Schmosen One: which character deserves more spotlight in your favorite series?
Even though I love Ninth House more than anything, I couldn’t care less about Darlington.
I was annoyed that in a narrative about marginalized people, we spent so much time with a rich white kid.
I would have taken a million more pages of Turner and Dawes.
I love unexpected allies and I HOPE both characters show up in the next book.
Get in, losers! We’re going to hell!
No Stone Left Unturned: who’s your favorite fictional genius?
I loved Truly Devious‘ Stevie, but I adored Nate.
Nate’s a fun grumpster with horrible writer’s block.
I love him and I PERSONALLY think he would have made a better love interest than the godawful DAVID.
Ugh. I hate that guy.
The Epic Descent: What makes you empathize with your favorite morally grey character?
My favorite morally grey character is either Kylo Ren or Anakin Skywalker.
Probably Kylo. He’s so tall.
If a character feels inferior and covers it up with malice, aggression, or evildoing, I can absolutely understand how they got to that place.
Is it a healthy coping mechanism? No.
Is it interesting and relatable? Very much.
Mad Gods & Their Maddening Power: what’s your favorite novel about gods and their powers? (Bonus points for dark fiction!)
In Ruingsong, each goddess controls a season and people born in a particular season have a particular bent.
It’s like a simplified version of the zodiac. I dig it.
Also, heresy in this book means worshiping a goddess not associated with your birth season.
This would be a problem for me. I love winter, but I’m obsessed with fall.
Immortals & Their Battles: what’s your favorite battle scene?
There’s a great scene in Mercedes Lackey’s The Serpent’s Shadow where a mob of gentlemen and their magical animal companions storm the enemy’s lair.
I’m almost positive they were all wearing bowler hats and carrying clubs.
I also imagined them walking in badass slow-mo.
It’s a really neat visual.
This Poisonous Beauty: which character do you find as intriguing as you do terrifying?
(Spoilers for The Year of the Witching)
I know I rag on The Year of the Witching a lot, but I did like the witches.
They were cool and creepy and had a legitimate grievance.
I wish the author hadn’t killed them off. Whoops.
Clever Truths & Cleverer Lies: what’s a book rife with political intrigue that you enjoy the mind games of?
I typically hate books about political intrigue, so the fact that I can’t stop gushing about The Priory of the Orange Tree really says something.
There are political alliances! Dragons! Religious wars! Etc.!
It’s a trip!
A Trio to Reckon With: Who is your favorite fictional trio?
I have been meaning to reread Far From the Tree for literal years.
The book features three siblings, two of whom have been adopted, one of whom is in foster care.
I love this book with all my heart.
I love how quickly these separated siblings bond.
I’m also obsessed with their supportive and accepting parents.
These kids deserve the world.
Companions for The Darkness: Tag your friends!
Sahi is the only blogger I can think of who’s big on fantasy.
I know I’m forgetting people.
If you like adult fantasy with wars, violence, and political intrigue, tag yourself!