If you enjoyed books like Ash Princess or Everless you might find Empress of All Seasons similarly agreeable, but it's a pass for me.
Higher stakes, darker themes. As Wildcard's tagline ominously promises, it's time for a rematch.
These books aren't for everyone. They're slow-paced, character-driven and filled with reflection. Above all they're realistic. There's no escaping into a fantasy world with Lydia Ruffles's novels.
The Poppy War is one of a handful of books that are so astoundingly good, I recommend going into them 100% blind.
While Flame in the Mist waffled about uneventfully in overwrought prose for significant portions of the book, its sequel is a fast-paced, twisty ride worthy of Renée Ahdieh's finest writing.