The Poppy War Book Tag

THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang set against a dark, multi-colored background.

I was tagged by the wonderful Neelam at The Tsundoku Chronicles to do the THE POPPY WAR book tag. This tag was originally created by Novels and Nebulas.

Make sure to link to the original tag.


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

I’m going to say Jude Duarte from THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black. I’ve read the first book and I really liked Jude. There were bits where she exuded some real anti-heroine vibes that made the story more intriguing.

Chosen One Schmosen One – What character deserves more spotlight in your favorite series?

Definitely Darin from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir. He got such little page time and he has so much potential for more! I hope we get to see more of him in A SKY BEYOND THE STORM.

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

I don’t know if he’s a genius, per say, but I want to say Roma Montagov from THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong. There was a moment where I remember thinking, “Whoa! Roma did that?!”

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

Darayavahoush e-Afshin from THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty is the only right answer for this question. I started the books not really liking Dara but he eventually grew on me. We found out that he’s made questionable, to say the absolute least, decisions in the past and I found myself being critical of those throughout the trilogy. Minor spoilers past this line: I felt bad for him because he was being controlled and that might have been one of the redeeming factors in my eyes for him.

Mad Gods and Their Maddening Power – What’s your favorite novel about gods and their powers?

Like many people, I love Rick Riordan’s novels. I read the PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS and THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series an odd number of years ago and to date, they remain my favorite ones surrounding mythology to date.

Immortals and Their Battles – What’s your favorite battle scene?

Oooh, this one is hard! The scenes from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir and the one that ended THE EMPIRE OF GOLD by S.A. Chakraborty come in really close for me! For AEITA, it really set off this chain reaction for the series. The one in EoG, I think, ended the series on a really bittersweet note that often makes me think back to it.

This Poisonous Beauty – Which character do you find as intriguing as you find terrifying?

Not going to lie but The Silver Witch from WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal always put me on edge. Every time I read about her, I had literal chills because she was so mysterious and had this terrifying presence.

Clever Truths and Cleverer Lies – What’s a book rife with political intrigue that you enjoyed?

For the political intrigue alone, I loved everything happening in the backdrop of THE CRUEL PRINCE. There were so many moving parts that really came together at the end and made me go “aha!” at various points.

A Trio to Reckon With – Who’s your favorite fictional trio?

When I think of trios, I often think back to The Coven from THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series by Soman Chainani. Anadil, Hester, and Dot are always together and I feel make for such a great team. They also come off as frenemies at different intervals which only makes for a more interesting group of friends.


This was super fun so thank you to Neelam for tagging me. Please feel free to do this tag if you’re interested! 🤗

Side note: At this point, as I look back at these answers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to get on my TBR and change up my answer choices the next time I do a book tag. 😂 Alas, you’ll all be hearing a lot of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and Daevabad things until then. 

🧡 Humnah

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