The Dragon Republic|Review

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Source: E-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

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.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m grateful that I was able to get an E-ARC of it. Thank you to Harper Collins and Eldelweiss for the E-ARC,all opinions are my own.

I buddy read this with Dany @ Ambivert words.

I wrote a review for The Poppy War last year and you can find that here.

I think this book has mostly the same trigger warnings as The Poppy War so I’ll just list them here. You can find out more on R.F Kuang’s website.

Trigger Warnings

  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Violent rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Massacres
  • Brutalization
  • Mutilation
  • Torture
  • Substance abuse
  • genoicide

My review

It took me some time to really get into the story because it had been some time since I read the first book. Once, I got past that though,I didn’t want to stop reading it. This book,I’d say, is not as brutal or dark as The Poppy War. It is dark but not as much.

This books main focus is a Navy war as opposed to a land war like the previous book.It focuses on the Republic led by the Dragon Warlord(Nezha’s father) and how he wants to take control of Nikara and make a democracy. It also focuses on Rin being hell bent on revenge and wanting to kill Su Daji.

The navy war was described very well and I could picture what was happening. I found it to be very descriptive and easy to understand what was happening. I found it really interesting how the battles were done.The plot was fast moving in some places and slow in others but I think the pacing was done really well. It had a slow start but then it picked up. I think it gave a lot of time to get to know the characters and it really worked with the story.

We got to see more of the world as they travelled to different places and we got to know about the world and how Nikara is set out. It is mainly in the Dragon province. We also got to know more about the Hesperians and learn how the magic of the Ketreyids works. It was interesting to see how the twins bond works.

I really liked the characters in this story and how each one was fleshed out.We could see how Rin deals with her addiction and how it affects her everyday life. We can see her struggles. We got to see Kitay and how both he and Rin dealt with what happens in the previous book. The characters were very well developed and we could see the motivations for each character and see why they did what they did.

I can say I loved this book as much as The Poppy War! I was even dreaming of it.I can’t believe I’ll have to wait so lomg for the next book and I’m eagerly waiting for it! I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys fantasy.


This was released in the US yesterday and will be released in the UK tomorrow!

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Do you plan on reading this? Have you read it?What did you think?

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10 thoughts on “The Dragon Republic|Review

  1. I haven’t actually read as this series but I have heard a LOT about it! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and wow, it sounds really interesting! There does seem to be a lot of darker themes though.

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