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The Dragon Republic

(The Poppy War #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  999 ratings  ·  396 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, 560 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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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!
Chaima ✨ شيماء
Full review now posted HERE on my blog

Most sequels: [some characters may die, but all the mains are okay]

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg!!!!! I have this pre-ordered and was going to read with my group and reread first one. I will just reread them ALL later! Netgalley came through!! I almost fell over!! So it’s on baby!



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 hel
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asian-inspired/military fantasy reader
Shelves: owned-ebooks
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 situat
Emily May
Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc
"combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect."

YES. I am so ready.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🐉
R.F. Kuang
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
get ready
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 again a
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 of
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
“War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who remains.”
-Rin, The Poppy War.


Just got my copy, so that means if this is anywhere near as good as the first book, I probably won't leave the house for the next few days until I've fished it.

Review to come.
✨    jamieson   ✨
Oct 05, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: anticipated-2019

me waiting for this book impatiently whilst simultaneously being highkey stressed about it bc I know it's gonna be a rough time for those characters

pre-ordering my coffin as we speak bc I know this book will KILL ME
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
Shelves: memorable
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'
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
♠️ TABI ♠️
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5! stars!

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,
TWs: violence (so much, though not as bad as The Poppy War), classism, racism, rape (discussion of it and attempted rape), drug use and addiction, death, maiming

These are most definitely NOT all of the trigger warnings, though these are ones I’ve recorded. Please look into more complete lists of trigger warnings so you can decide if this book is for you.

“Brace yourself,” Fonda Lee says in her blurb for this book. And she’s right. The Dragon Republic goes all out from page 1, pushing the boundari
Jan 07, 2019 marked it as to-read


((screams and runs to Amazon to preorder))
Dannii Elle
Aug 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Please see below for this accurate representation of my face right now:

Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mindset that any one person is fundamentally inferior to another is infuriating. The sheer arrogance of such a notion is one of the most abhorrent qualities a human can possess. Whether it’s due to a slightly different shade of skin pigmentation, or a preference of which obscure mythical book passage to follow, or which side of an imaginary line you were conceived on, wars have been started over it all by the small-minded and ignorant. Many of these horrific themes are present in R. F. Kuang ...more
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
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well damn... RF Kuang is coming for your wig, your wife, your dog, your feelings, your patio furniture - she wants it all. This book is completely brutal and pulls no punches (I would say it's even darker than the first book), which I really appreciate about it. This is not a book that glorifies war or the choices that leaders make in the course of shaping the future of nations. This is a book that looks at war as a loss no matter who comes out on top, and it's not afraid to bring the horror of ...more
Oct 21, 2018 marked it as anticipated-release-tbr
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can also read my full review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

The Dragon Republic is the highly anticipated sequel to The Poppy War which was one of my favorite reads of 2019 so far. I am so thrilled that I got my hands on a copy of The Dragon Republic because I love the characters of this series and needed more of their story. In this installment many of our favorite characters are back to face both new and old enemies.

While the first book was incredibly difficult to summarize
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I haven't even finished The Poppy War and I already need this.
Her world is so rich and captivating, her writing is just the tasty cherry on top of an already wonderful action-pack masterpiece.🔥
Rachel Strolle
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9.5/10 stars. Far better than Poppy War. There is death, bloodshed, love and betrayal. What's not to love. It kinda was predictable at the end, otherwise it would have been a solid 10/10.

Spoilers Ahead:
Nehza shall never be forgiven. Neither dad nor son. Nor those damned foreigners. Expecting Jiang to show up in the next book. Rin has suffered enough, let her have some peace (THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT SHE SOULD DIE)
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang is very nearly the perfect sequel to The Poppy War. The first novel was such a pleasant surprise and my expectations for it went from next to nothing to sky high for this follow up. I really lucked out when I was approved for this advanced copy on NetGalley because book two really delivers. I don't want to give too much away, but Rin is a pleasure to know regardless of all of her complexities and
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: drug use, addiction, rape, cannibalism (briefly implied), PTSD, grief and violence

1. The Poppy War – 5/5

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. The above gif is, honestly, my end reaction at the last few chapters because boy did this fuck me up.

So, welcome to my incoherent review that will be spoiler-y for the first book!

The book picks up pretty soon after the end of The Poppy War. Rin has destroyed everything and is now basically wanted by everyone. She w
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