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The Dragon Republic

(The Poppy War #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  12,554 ratings  ·  2,554 reviews
The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Emp
Hardcover, 658 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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chai ♡
I’ve been waiting—like an ember for air—to read this book and see how things will play out after The Poppy War had spiraled down into tight claustrophobic tragedy, and it was like bracing yourself for a punch to the throat only to get struck in the kidney instead.

Kuang continues to prove me wrong each time I believed myself gone beyond shock. This book is a whole new level of shock. My chest is still a riot of emotions, not all of them identifiable. But, oh, God, what a bright stab in my heart a
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

I was nervous going into this book that it wouldn't be as great as the first one but here we are...

Love the world, love the magic system, love the characters' development and where the story is going. I really liked how the world keeps getting bigger and more complex.

I can't wait to see what the last book will bring!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 8/24/20



This will be a short review. I'm not going to spoil anything but you can skim over some of the quotes as you might consider them as a spoiler.

The Dragon Republic starts out with a bang; right out of the gates as I like to say. Rin is messed the hell up! She's fighting Opium addiction and trying to control her power. I had so many moments that I felt for her, so many moments I wanted to strangle her for
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asian-inspired/military fantasy reader
ARC provided by the publisher—Harper Voyager—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

The newest rising queen of fantasy is back with her newest book, The Dragon Republic, and it managed to live up to my super high expectations.

Can we first appreciate just how damn gorgeous the cover of this book is? JungShan has created another spectacular cover-selling ink illustration and I’m confident that many readers will pick up the book/series even if they don’t know anything about it. The same situ
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: may ➹
1.) The Poppy War ★★★★

"Our world is a dream of the gods. Maybe they have other dreams. But all we have is this story unfolding, and in the script of this world, nothing's going to bring [him] back to life."

This was a masterpiece. I really loved The Poppy War , but this second installment was the book of my dreams. I’m a bit speechless, and I am not sure I can express exactly how much this story meant to be, but I shall try. Especially because that means I can start my
R.F. Kuang
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
get ready
Joel Rochester
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
:) :)

fang runin is that bitch
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is a black hole - it consumes everything in its path and leaves no survivors. 

if youve read 'the poppy war,' you already know this series was headed for inevitable darkness. this is a bleak, unforgiving installment of betrayal, heartbreak, loss, and anger. i know many readers wont like the relentless tone of this novel, but i love it. appreciate it, even. i think kuang expertly captures the feelings and atmosphere of war, regardless of how miserable it may make the reader. 

i also love
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I’m so doomed! WTH I just read!!!! SILENCE….

After I got frozen and motionless, my loved ones (or my haters took the control of my keyboard and wrote their impressions after I read this book. I left it without editing, changing, deleting or adding anything!)

My sister in law:
Wow! 2 hours, 53 minutes passed and she was still in the same position, sitting cross legged on the floor like a yogi who is about to start her meditation practice (I think she’s looking more like Bear Yogi) Look at he
may ➹
vague spoiler warning - quote //

I think about the line “he brushed his lips against her forehead as he drove the knife deeper into her back” every single day and lose my mind

4.5 stars

:: content warnings :: war themes (death, murder, violence etc.), genocide, self-harm, rape, mutilation, human experimentation, non-consensual medical examinations, racism, colorism, misogyny, drug use, substance addiction, depictions of grief and PTSD
James Tivendale
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Dragon Republic in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank R.F. Kuang and Harper Voyager.

The Dragon Republic is a phenomenal follow-up to what was one of my highest rated fantasy books of 2018, and I think this exceeds the debut in almost everyway.

Rin is a drug-addled individual who has the monstrous, murderous and perhaps demented power of the Phoenix at her fingertips. We join her here as the commander of the Cike; potentially orchestrat
Daniel Greene
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Poppy War left me wondering if the author would be able to follow up a solid first entry, or would it be another franchise with a promising start that rapidly fizzled out.

I am very happy to say that The Dragon Republic did not only match its predecessor but exceded the bar set. With TDR, Kuang has become an author I plan to watch for any and all releases from.

Full Review Here:
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

“You will be the spear that brings this empire down.”

🌟 The Poppy War was one of my favorite 10 books last year. This book is one of my most anticipated books for this year, I was so happy when I was given an ARC through Edelweiss from the publisher (Thanks a million) and I did not read it immediately because I was scared of being disappointed! Kuang proved that she is Queen of Fantasy agai
✨    jamieson   ✨
Fang Runin? Her weed? I roll that. Her hand? I hold that. Her back? I got that. Her wife? I am that. Needs someone to die for her? I'll do that

“Between us, we have the fire and the water,” she said quietly. “I’m quite sure that together, we can take on the wind.”


Here I am thinking nothing can be more epic than The Poppy War and R.F Kuang comes and smacks me across the face with THIS BOOK. The BREADTH this world has. THE DEPTH these characters have. THE COMPLEXI
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

“Between us, we have the fire and the water,” she said quietly. “I’m quite sure that together, we can take on the wind.”

In one of my status updates, I asked, "Is it possible to be sexually attracted to a book?"

The answer is yes. Unequivocally yes.

Those of you that might have been worried The Dragon Republic suffers from Second Book Syndrome can rest easy. There's mountains of overarching plot in this baby. It picks up pretty soon after the events of the last book. Rin is commander
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
pain 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
myo 🍒 (myonna reads)
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
pain.. all i feel is pain
Lucy Langford
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Do not shirk from war, child. Do not flinch from suffering. When you hear screaming, run toward it.”


Oh my fucking God. This series is so good!

This book picked up after the first one. Rin is reliant on opium to repress the memories from the events in the first book, she is also trying to deal with, and control, the Phoenix inside her. She is also on the run from the militia and Empress who are after her, as well as others, now that her and the Cike have prices on their heads. It’s diff
Amy Imogene Reads
The Poppy War was good, this one is better
The Poppy War was brutal, this one is ruthless
The Poppy War enticed, this one demanded
The Poppy War sparked the war, this one incinerated the battlefield

There was nothing I did not love about The Dragon Republic.

Plot: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Character growth: ★★★★★
War/Gore Factor: ★★★★★ (yeah it's still rough.)

The Dragon Republic is the explosive follow-up to R.F. Kuang's insanely talented debut novel, The Poppy War, and it does not disappoint—in fact, it packs
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-is-nice, 2019
R.F. Kuang has me utterly in the palm of her hand. She can do whatever she wants with this series and I’ll be like ‘Yes ma’am, may I please have some more???’ Everything that The Poppy War was, this is that and beyond. Because I’m writing this review without spoilers for either book, it won’t be very long, but if you’re wondering if it lives up to the first one the answer is unequivocally yes.

I loved how twisty this story was. This book is fucking huge and it still went by so fast any time I pi
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DNF @ 56%

Even though I had some reservations about THE POPPY WAR, I did ultimately end up enjoying it, even if I couldn't quite put my finger on who the target audience was or what it was trying to achieve. I did wonder where the author was going to go from there, since having a book end with your main character committing a grave atrocity is definitely a choice... one that's hard to bounce back from.

As soon as I began THE DRAGON REPUBLI
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Harper Collins/Voyager and Netgalley.
This book was so much better than the first. So much action this time! I confess that I didn't even finish the first book, but now I may just to back and do that. Looking forward to book 3.
Umairah | Sereadipity
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Republic was the brutally brilliant sequel to The Poppy War and it was just as amazing as the first book (maybe even more so). It was a book that most certainly didn't pull its punches.

Click here for my review of The Poppy War!

Trigger Warnings: Self harm, suicide, substance abuse, torture, basically every possible trigger warning!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

*Contains spoilers for The Poppy War*

I've actually been struggling to write this review for a while. Not because I didn'
amy ☂︎
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, favs, buddy-read
R.F. Kuang I really appreciate what you did for all of us but I must kindly request you delete the last three chapters of this book or go to jail for life. There are simply no other options.


After finishing this book I felt my soul temporarily leave the metaphysical realm to dwell in a state of absolute nothingness. Literally no thoughts. Head empty. I hope I will be able to feel something again soon. :/

In conclusion: Ouch? Why do I feel like R.F. Kuang personally stabbed me in the back wit
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies, own
"You asked how large my sorrow is, and I answered, like a river in spring flowing east."

Poor Rin..

This book is dark and hit home in so many places within my weak heart. Rin is dealing with the aftermath of the decisions she made in The Poppy War. We all know they weren't the brightest and Kuang REALLY delves into that in this sequel. She is addicted to opium, has severe PTSD, she cuts herself and leaves the wounds open because she thinks pain is her only option. As well as other characters who d
Dannii Elle
“Fire and water looked so lovely together. It was a pity they destroyed each other by nature.”

This is the second instalment in The Poppy War series.

Before stepping into this book, I reread the first series instalment and it definitely impacted my enjoyment of this book. The events here correlate to those the first book closes with. Only a handful of weeks have passed but the action begins almost directly. It was really helpful to be caught up with the who's who and the what's what of the world a
Deborah Obida
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
To call the gods is to gamble with madness.

I'm starting this review by saying the first 25% of this book was frustrating, annoying and I wanted to punch Rin in the face for that part. She was so annoying and self sabotaging, self pitying and many more, she was even an addict then everything changed.

Rin became a better version of the Rin we know and love, she became more confident, badass, caring and loving. Thinking about it now I loved that she went through that phase, its what made her str
Zitong Ren
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god. I need help. And to lie down for a bit. And try to calm down.

Because WOW was that amazing. Out of the world legendary and fantastic and just an absolute masterclass of the genre. It’s brutal, beautiful and wonderful to read all at the same time. I really enjoyed myself reading The Poppy War and there were just so many good things about that, and in view, The Dragon Republic really managed to improve on everything that book did well and made it so many times better. I loved this book,
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley

and of course R.F. Kuang has to hurt me like this

what even are feels when you read this trilogy

Basically me the entire time I was reading this book:

I waited so long to write this review and I still don’t know what to say other than I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO FREAKING MUCH. It’s so unfair that when you love a book this much you can’t write a proper review.

My mind is blown, my brain is twisted, my feels are all over the place, my entire being screams at that ending and the cons
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