The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R.F. Kuang''s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect. After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. Despite her losses, Rin hasn''t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much - the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges - and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix''s voice, urging her to burn the world and everything in it?
''One for Philip Pullman fans'' THE TIMES Traduttore, traditore : An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.
The city of dreaming spires.
It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world.
And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows.
Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift.
Until it became a prison...
But can a student stand against an empire?
An incendiary new novel from award-winning author R.F. Kuang about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance.
''A masterpiece that resonates with power and knowledge. BABEL is a stark picture of the cruelty of empire, a distillation of dark academia, and a riveting blend of fantasy and historical fiction - a monumental achievement'' Samantha Shannon, author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
"Babel has earned tremendous praise and deserves all of it. It''s Philip Pullman''s The Golden Compass by way of N.K. Jemisin''s The Fifth Season: inventive and engaging, passionate and precise. Kuang is fiercely disciplined even when she''s playful and experimental ... Like the silver bars at its heart--like empires and academic institutions both--Babel derives its power from sustaining a contradiction, from trying to hold in your head both love and hatred for the charming thing that sustains itself by devouring you." -- New York Times Book Review "A fantastical takedown of 19th-century imperialism that''s as meaty as its title. R.F. Kuang proved her prowess at blending history and magic with her debut series, The Poppy War, and she''s done it once again in this sweeping novel that blends historical fantasy and dark academia...If, as Babel suggests, words contain magic, then Kuang has written something spellbinding." -- Oprah Daily"Absolutely phenomenal. One of the most brilliant, razor-sharp books I''ve had the pleasure of reading that isn''t just an alternative fantastical history, but an interrogative one; one that grabs colonial history and the Industrial Revolution, turns it over, and shakes it out." -- S.A. Chakraborty, bestselling author of The City of Brass"A fantastically made work, moving and enraging by turns, with an ending to blow down walls." -- The Guardian"Kuang follows her award-winning Poppy War trilogy with an engaging fantasy about the magic of language. Her richly descriptive stand-alone novel about an ever-expanding, alternate-world empire powered by magically enhanced silver talismans scrutinizes linguistics, history, politics, and the social customs of Victorian-era Great Britain." -- Booklist (starred review)"It''s ambitious and powerful while displaying a deep love of language and literature...Dark academia as it should be." -- Kirkus Reviews"The true magic of Kuang''s novel lies in its ability to be both rigorously academic and consistently welcoming to the reader, making translation on the page feel as enchanting and powerful as any effects it can achieve with the aid of silver." -- Oxford Review of Books"R.F. Kuang has written a masterpiece. Through a meticulously researched and a wholly impressive deep dive into linguistics and the politics of language and translation, Kuang weaves a story that is part love-hate letter to academia, part scathing indictment of the colonial enterprise, and all fiery revolution." -- Rebecca Roanhorse, New York Times bestselling author of Black Sun "Babel is a masterpiece. A stunningly brilliant exploration of identity, belonging, the cost of empire and revolution--and the true power of language. Kuang has written the book the world has been waiting for." -- Peng Shepherd, bestselling author of The Cartographers"Kuang has outdone herself. Babel is brilliant, vicious, sensitive, epic, and intimate; it''s both a love letter and a declaration of war. It''s a perfect book." -- Alix E. Harrow, bestselling author of A Mirror Mended"A brilliant and often harrowing exploration of violence, etymology, colonialism, and the intersections that run between them. Babel is as profound as it is moving." > -- Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching"An astonishing mix of erudition and emotion. What Kuang has done here, I have never before seen in literature." -- Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Goliath"If you only read one book this year, read this one. Through the incredibly believable alternative HF, Kuang has distilled the truth about imperialism and colonization in our world. Kuang''s depth of knowledge of history and linguistics is breathtaking. This book is a masterpiece in every sense of the word, a true privilege to read." -- Jesse Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties"A book that confirms Kuang as a major talent." -- SFX"BABEL is one of the finest standalone novels I''ve read. It is a victory for literature, and its quality is what every other dark academia novel should strive to be. Paying homage to the importance of languages, translations, identity, and ethnicities, BABEL is one of the most important works of the year." -- Novel Notions"Babel is ambitious, engaging, impactful, and executed with brutal effectiveness." -- reader@work
Winner of the Reddit Fantasy Award for Best Debut 2018 ''The best fantasy debut of 2018'' WIRED A brilliantly imaginative epic fantasy debut, inspired by the bloody history of China''s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic. When Rin aced the Keju - the test to find the most talented students in the Empire - it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn''t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin''s guardians, who had hoped to get rich by marrying her off; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free from a life of servitude. That she got into Sinegard - the most elite military school in Nikan - was even more surprising. But surprises aren''t always good. Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Fighting the prejudice of rival classmates, Rin discovers that she possesses a lethal, unearthly power - an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of psychoactive substances and a seemingly insane teacher, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive - and that mastering these powers could mean more than just surviving school. For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most people calmly go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away...