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The Dragon Republic

By R. F. Kuang
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Publisher Description

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.

372 Reviews

Red Angry Face“stuck between rounding this up and rounding it down but it’s a 3.5 either way soooo um this took me MONTHS to read only because Fortnight Frights interrupted the last ~120 pages and my second library loan ended before i could finish it, then i just kept putting off checking it back out.. but finally i have completed it! i remember that i was in love with it for the first 100-200 pages and it was exactly what i was hoping it would be, but then it fell into a pattern of almost every chapter covering some battle and then skipping ahead weeks or months just so we could get another battle scene and i just got tired of it. but there were some slower moments that have exactly what i wanted and i remember loving the scenes with the Ketreyids i remember wanting to learn more about the magic system after reading the first book, and though it was expanded a good bit, i still could have used a lot more.. like give us all of the gods and powers in the next book please I’m begging. i also wanted to see Rin begin to become more of a villainous character or just change in any way at all, but that didn’t happen; she was frustratingly naive which idk if i noticed in the first book but i certainly did this time. i don’t see how it will be possible for her to continue to be as impressionable as she was for most of this book with the position she’s in now, so hopefully TBG will finally give what i have been aching for this entire time. also, if we don’t get more Chaghan and Daji in the final book... automatic 1/5 bc there’s so much more content that i’d like to get from them this is the longest book I’ve read without the help of an audiobook since A Game of Thrones so I’m proud of that !”
Morally ambiguousMulti-layered charactersAction-packedSuspensefulDark settingPoliticalSeriousThought-provokingCharacters kept making same mistakesPredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“i have no words for this book— again a reread,, THE ENDING it hurts each time🤧”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenAction-packedAddictiveComplex
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Likable charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedDark settingDarkHeartbreakingAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
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Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFast-pacedTwistyUnpredictableDark settingMagical settingThought-provokingSexual assault
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About R. F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang is the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Sinophone literature, and Asian American literature.

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