Title: The Dragon Republic
Author: R.F. Kuang
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 654 pages
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 Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.
I received an ARC in exchange of review from Natasha of Harper Voyager UK. With this, my review and opinions are purely on my own.
Bolder. Fiercer. Stronger. And more determine. That is just the words to describe Fang Runin or Rin as we know after the ending of the epic and debut novel The Poppy War.
The Dragon Republic started with Rin as the new commander of the Cike planning and vivaciously organizing a way to kill the Empress. With the help of a new ally, Moag, Rin together with the Cike got stronger and have more resources to kill the Empress. But not as what they plan, an unexpected event happens that resulted two members of the Cake to leave, and learning that Moag is not an ally after all. With this, Rin and the rest of the Cike got to see an old friend, whom they thought died the last Poppy War. With this, they also met Nezha’s father and new characters that will help them eliminate the Empress.
With the help of their new allies, Rin successfully learn new things that she didn’t know she was capable of. She also learns to control her addiction to opium. Everything goes according to plan until Rin got to understand, and learn things that everything she knew was all a lie and she was used by the people whom she trusted.
Just like the Poppy War, Kuang didn’t disappoint in giving her fans a book that gives them a roller coaster ride. She still writes beautifully in terms of plot writing and strategic military scenes. Even if it’s a 654 pages book, you won’t find it irritating but hoping that the book will have more pages.
You will not like what happens in the end but later on, realize that Kuang did it for the Dragon Republic and the next book to be enticing and for fans to thirst more of what will happen next.
To those who will read the Dragon Republic, here’s an advice, get ready to cry and smile and get mad for the things that happen in Rin and the Cike’s life.
5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for reading and checking my review. You can also check my review of first book, The Poppy War.