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The Dragon Republic

(The Poppy War #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  23,020 ratings  ·  4,565 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 (first published August 6th 2019)
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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
R.F. Kuang
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
get ready
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
Muhtasin Oyshik
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War,#2) by R.F. Kuang
War, friendship and, betrayal. This book is even better than the first book in the series as it's faster-paced, darker, and action-packed. Many military strategies and battle scenes are brutal and unflinching. The author has really improved as a writer and her knowledge of history really shines as she delves deeper into the compelling world of The Poppy War. And as a middle book of the series, one of the best endings I have read.
Fire and wat
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
✨ A ✨
For the last few days this book has taken over my life. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, I was constantly thinking about it or discussing it with my friends.

I was hoping The Dragon Republic would floor me exactly the way The Poppy War did. Astonishingly, it did more than that. Reading this book was nothing short of exhilarating.

From page one it did not let up. I was in a constant state of anxiety waiting for the next twist and turn. Every new reveal, betrayal and manipulation gave me w
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
Mary S. R.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical military fantasy fans
Recommended to Mary by: ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
(4.5 ★’s)

You asked how large my sorrow is,
And I answered, like a river in spring flowing east.

—Li Yu (李煜)

The Dragon Republic is a tale of many things—festering anger and broken trust, learning to fight for hope and bearing failure’s inevitable rust, yes, but more than anything else, it is a tale of rankling inequity and unspeakable iniquity, of looking at the colour of one’s skin or the size of their head or the shape of their eyes, and deeming them lower, lesser, inhuman and primitive and stup
✨    jamieson   ✨
reread update Jan 2021:

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 chara
Daniel B.
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:
“Rin was so tired of having to proof her humanity.”

I’m taking a fantasy hiatus. I can’t remember the last time a book had me fuming like this.
The Burning God better live up to its title. I’m looking forward to seeing certain people die a wonderful and slow death. Yes, I now have a death wish-list.

Disclaimer to all those that haven’t read this series but still want to: I’d advise you, DON’T! But, if you REALLY want to, then do yourselves a favour and don’t get attached to no one. Trust me w
James 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
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
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
pain 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
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
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rtc
*rating lowered because a lot of arbitrary stuff happened and the plot was all over the place*

review to come


I should probably start this, but I have a sneaking suspicion it will break what's left of my heart ✌️
krista ☽✧
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“But eventually, you'll have to ask yourself precisely what you're fighting for. And you'll have to find a reason to live past vengeance.....” ☪☾]

one of the best triologies out there. if you dont mind a really heavy book then read this triology because its amazing

***sobs *** yessss hellooo i am krizzie and i just wanted tooo mention first that this book again obv. destroyed me and i am still in denial about that ending and i wont accept it. It didnt happen and all of these charracters are ha
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“That’s war. You might as well be on the winning side.”
This sure was a winner and now I can’t WAIT to find out how this culminates. I may not be one for war politics and military strategy, but if its “poverty against aristocracy”, count me in!
The way this book deals with power abuse is iconic. It sure was brutal, and I don’t know how a chicken like me got through all of that but I don’t regret reading it.

The character development was amazing and I got to know all the characters so much better i
Lia Carstairs
*anguished screaming*


Never have I wanted so many people to die in the most painful way possible, especially AFTER WHAT THEY DID *sobs*

I want to die🙂

And I have nobody to blame but myself—oH WAIT NO I BLAME KUANG.

The way she quite literally ripped out my heart and shred it into pieces...this hollow, broken feeling—like the world's ending and nobody sees it but me...

is this what death feels like?

I may sound overdramatic to some which is literally me in all my
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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
myo (myonna reads)
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
pain.. all i feel is pain
Jonathan O'Neill
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
The Dragon Republic is deserving of praise for bringing real-world historical events to light for a fresh demographic of readers, however, by the same token, it lacks originality entirely and is inherently predictable if the reader has even a basic education of Chinese Revolutions. The dialogue is puerile and the vast majority of the cast are not so much grey as morally reprehensible, making empathy for their loss and suffering a rare commodity.

I’m cringing slightly as I write this. 45 people on
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: political dark high fantasy and historical significance
I highly suggest that you should know at least the basics of the history that this is based on (Opium Wars/Sino-Japanese Wars) before diving into the series because you appreciate the messages so much more. You don't need to go in-depth for each of the people involved in case you don't want to be spoiled but at least know what happened... plot wise?

In case you’re wondering about my reaction to the ending: I knew it was going to happen in some way… but I didn't expect to be this affected by it,
~ 5 stars ~

Thank you Yeganeh for buddy reading this series with me! Here is her REVIEW.


"They burned for someone else's war, someone else's wrongs; someone they had never met had made the decision they should die, so in their last moments they would have had no idea why their skin was scorching off."

This was perfection. Better than the first book in my opinion. I absolutely loved it and that ending ripped out my heart and spared no mercy. I just stared a
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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