15 August 2019

The Dragon Republic | Book Review


Rin’s story continues in this acclaimed sequel to The Poppy War—an epic fantasy combining the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters.

The war is over.

The war has just begun.

Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix—the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.

Though she does not want to live, she refuses to die until she avenges the traitorous Empress who betrayed Rin’s homeland to its enemies. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new republic.

But neither the Empress nor the Dragon Warlord are what they seem. The more Rin witnesses, the more she fears her love for Nikan will force her to use the Phoenix’s deadly power once more.

Because there is nothing Rin won’t sacrifice to save her country . . . and exact her vengeance.

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: August 6, 2019



The Poppy War sets Rin, the central character to R.F. Kuang’s trilogy, on a path of war, violence, opium, and immense, ruthless power. It’s an epic, immersive fantasy that is addicting to read.

Now, The Dragon Republic continues Rin’s story, and naturally, it is no less challenging than Book 1. The Third Poppy War may have ended, but the turmoil in Rin’s world simply manifests in different ways. She has consequences to face, choices to make, enemies to conquer, and as she does so, the story proves to be the perfect sequel to The Poppy War.

Beware: this is not a fantasy series for the faint of heart. Inspired by Chinese history, what Rin faces and encounters is dark, gritty, chaotic, and horrific. Kuang grapples with war, hatred, addiction, and monsters—but it is incredibly well-done. I enjoyed this brutal sequel and have every intention of rereading it in the future (likely in anticipation of Book 3!). If The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic sound like the type of fantasy you enjoy, I recommend that you definitely read them; you likely won’t regret it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Rebecca F. Kuang immigrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, in 2000. She has a BA in International History from Georgetown University, and she will pursue her graduate degree in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge on a Marshall Scholarship in 2018. Her research focuses on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials.


1 comment:

  1. I love that this is gritty and dark, handling TOUGH things in the story but done so well that people cannot put this book down! Thank you so much for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours