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The Dragon Republic

(The Poppy War #2)

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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  8,779 ratings  ·  1,756 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
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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
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
WTF...

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 12/15/19



REVIEW:

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! That ending! DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!

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
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Petrik
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
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R.F. Kuang
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
get ready
jessica
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
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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
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James Lafayette Tivendale
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
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
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✨    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.”


I HAVE NO FREAKIN GODDAMN WORDS

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
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Hamad
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
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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: https://youtu.be/1zuzPjD9Geg
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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
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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.”

4.5*****

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
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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
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Lisa
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'
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copies
"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
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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
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♠ TABI ♠
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
YES I SCREAMED WHEN I SAW NETGALLEY GAVE ME THIS OKAY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I AM READY TO BE DESTROYED BY THE SEQUEL TO MY TOP FAVORITE BOOK
Tommye Turner
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
SPOILER FREE

I don’t think I have ever read a book where I don’t know how to feel about the main protagonist. I hope this is purposeful, because it’s brilliant! The decisions Rin makes often make me want to shout at the book as it’s obvious that she’s letting her emotions get the better of her – that she’s either being lied to or can’t see the obvious threat because she’s so angry. That being said, Rin’s friendships are wonderful. She’s never better than when she’s talking with her friends (no na
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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
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Bradley
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
Few sequels can demand as much love as this one can.

I mean, Poppy War was all kinds of fantastic, leading us up a fairly well-worn path only to rip the rug out from under us and get BRUTAL. But this one takes that brutality and cranks it up a notch or two, showing us that all consequences can meet their match with idealism, honor, and hope.

Not that there is much idealism, honor, or hope for Rin. But she can follow it. Lend her fiery arm to the cause. Even lose big, maybe even lose bigger, and s
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Hillary
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I WOULD DIE FOR YIN NEZHA

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

what even are feels when you read this trilogy


Go read this series, everyone. Go read it if you want to be speechless like I am.
You won’t regret it, I’m telling you.


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 ov
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Delirious Disquisitions
I'm fucking spent. This was exhilarating. RTC.
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You Should Read This if You Like: high stakes fantasy stories with a badass, underdog female protagonist, brilliantly layered plot based on warfare, strategy, and magic, enemies to lovers trope, complex politics, impeccable world building in an Asian setting, etc.

If you read The Poppy War and were worried about how a sequel could possibly live up to the sheer epic of the first book, don’t worry. Dragon Republic doesn
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Candie
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

This book had me hooked! I loved it. Those last 100 pages or so!! Wow, I cannot wait for book three. I was a bit whatever going into it because I didn't love the first book as much as everyone else. I thought it was good, but that's it. I could not get over the similarities to the Name of The Wind. I loved how it was a completely different story line from the first book. Not just another year, with another problem, at the same school. Same characters but completely different book. I ab
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Rachel
I was never going to love The Dragon Republic as much as The Poppy War, so let's get that out of the way; The Poppy War is a book of two halves, and I preferred the first. However, it was still a 5 star read for me (review here), and with Kuang's assertions on Twitter that The Dragon Republic was an objectively superior book, I was still cautiously optimistic about the sequel. And I didn't hate it, but I'm disappointed.

Pacing is an issue in both of these books; in The Poppy War, things happen to
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Brittany
5 Brutal Stars!!!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“People will seek to use you or destroy you. If you want to live, you must pick a side. So do not shirk from war, child. Do not flinch from suffering. When you hear screaming, run toward it.”

Take the Poppy War- MULTIPLY that mug, by like 10 -and you will get The Dragon Republic!!

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, Rin is on the run: haunted by the end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the commands of the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living i
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Isabella
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
fuuuuuuuuuuuck
Rebecca Roanhorse
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A grueling and dark journey through human ambition, divine madness, and war with all its consequences (both on a grand scale and a very personal one). If you read the Poppy War (which you should) you know what to expect - death, betrayal, wonder, magic, grit and, above all, complex characters in a masterfully realized Fantasy world. There are no heroes here. Just people trying to do their best while caught up in the machinations of empire and the desires of gods.

This is war-driven epic fantasy a
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may ➹
I think it’s a bad omen for myself that the last book of this series comes out on my birthday and it will no doubt end with me sobbing

4.5 stars
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