The Dragon Republic

, #2

Paperback, 400 pages

English language

Published April 13, 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited.

ISBN:
978-0-00-823986-2
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4 stars (46 reviews)

Rin's story continues in this acclaimed sequel to The Poppy War--an epic fantasy combining the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters.

The war is over. The war has just begun. Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix--the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. Though she does not want to live, she refuses to die until she avenges the traitorous Empress who betrayed Rin's homeland to its enemies. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, …

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Review of 'The Dragon Republic' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

This book was so unabashedly bad that it’s not even worth the effort to give it an in depth, point by point review. I’m not going to touch on the pacing (it was bad), or the story (it was bad), or the worst case of middle book syndrome I have ever seen. I have wasted enough time finishing this book, I’m not going to waste any more.

But the one thing I will discuss at length is the element of this book (and the previous one, frankly) that I thought was weakest, and unfortunately the most prominent throughout. Every single character in this book is terrible. In every sense. They are all obviously bad people with very few redeeming qualities. When they aren’t completely 2 dimensional and bland, they are made to be mean, stupid, reactive, bombastic, and angry with absolutely no reprieve from cover to cover. Every interaction felt …

Review of 'The Dragon Republic' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The first book of the series was one of my favorites. The world building, supporting characters, and story are all wonderful. The main problem comes from the main character, who doesn't ever seem to have character growth in any meaningful ways even throughout the second entry. I find myself at times wishing the worst on her solely because she makes the most annoying mistakes out of any main character of any fantasy book I've read, and refuses to mature in any way. And to make matters worse, many of the supporting characters see less and less action within this book or they die (or both). Death is to be expected in a book like this of course, but it can be frustrating when the main character is so annoying that you have few redeemable characters to fall back on. Overall a disappointment compared to the first entry that makes it …

Review of 'Dragon Republic' on 'Storygraph'

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I tried for months to make it through this and I just can't do it. I don't like Rin, and I don't dislike her in an interesting way. The plot feels meandering and I don't want to read a book where I'm just trying to make it through. 

My understanding is that the arc of the trilogy is about how someone becomes terrible and willing to commit atrocities after having experienced them herself, but apparently that's not actually a story I want to read right now.

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