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The Dragon Republic vague spoiler warning uote 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 mind45 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 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 ARC of The Burning God and immediately start crying for another 500 pagesThis series is an ownvoices Chinese inspired military fantasy and this seuel The Dragon Republic picks up after the dark events in book oneI am going to try to be a little vague about the plot in this review and just focus on the important themes and discussions while also talking about the characters who own my entire heart But this book very much focuses on shamanism and I was very invested from the first to last pageYou may also all call me president of the Fang Runin defense and protection suad I live my life for one sneaky snake and it is her Also Kitay my baby will love and cherish and protect at all costs Also seeing the way that this world has changed him has broken me beyond repair but his friendship with Rin means everything to me Not at the way I was praying for his life throughout the last half of this book thoughNext I was already sailing on this ship in part two of The Poppy War but let’s talk about how rinezha is my new OTP of all time Like I cannot believe I truly don’t want to get into spoilers for the middle book of this series but when I tell you the end of this book had me gasping for air like a fish out of water I’m not lying The forehead kiss will haunt me until the end of my days I promise youthe most breathtaking arc by paper ishSeeing Nezha try to live his life for his family for his country for something within him and for his immense loss that he is still harboring is just heartbreaking Rage and grief can take so many forms so very differently Carrying things you didn’t ask for can be the heaviest of all burdens but the way my heart breaks double for Nezha I think we all can feel like sometimes something is living inside us but seeing him and Rin both try to live these lives that they are now forced to live is very harrowing and you can’t help but feel all the empathy in the world for them And I can’t help but ship them until my last dying breathSomething that I really love how it was depicted in this book was Rin’s healing Rin is dealing with the aftermath of all the actions she committed and she is living with immense grief immense depression immense trauma and immense PTSD I feel like so many times in stories we get to see characters “heal correctly” or whatever our society deems is correct Yet we get to see Rin make “bad” choices in her healing process From drug addiction to denial to darker thoughts even Yet this is such a real depiction of trauma and grief and one that we normally never get to see especially in a fantasy setting Rin is so rightfully angry and her pain is so loud you hear it unapologetically and I loved it a lot She was afraid that if she stopped being angry she might crack apart The Dragon Republic really focuses on colorism than The Poppy War did Yes we got to see Rin getting treated as lesser because of her darker skin but in this second installment we really get to see how colorism runs rampant in this whole world not just in small towns or private school settings or military branches And Rin calls other characters out on this and my heart was soaring truly Also just the entire discussion of xenophobia at the heart of this story while also always highlighting colonization is so important and I can’t wait to see all of this discussed even in The Burning God Rin was so tired of having to prove her humanity Another thing that I also really loved about The Dragon Republic is that it really showcases how bad things don’t only happen on battle fields Humans are capable of terrible horrible evil things and they don’t need to use war as an excuse The backdrop of war will only ever be a backdrop and heinous acts can be committed in the safest seeming of cities and places Again not to get into spoilers but every scene with Petra left me shaken to my very core I’m not sure if I’ve ever felt so deeply uncomfortable over a character ever and it’s truly a testament to this storyI feel like at this point I am witnessing Rebecca Kuang become a literary legend The themes she isn’t only touching upon but she’s completely dissecting Her writing is truly so out of this world it’s mind blowing to think how this is her first series and how many series she will be able to craft if she wishes to do so Her characters are so beautifully flawed and raw and grey and real that I forget they only live between these pagesIt’s an honor to read and review these books Also I’m just so proud that a young Asian girl is putting all these old crusty white cis SFF men to shame And I truly believe this is a once in a lifetime series but I so even believe that Rebecca Kuang is once in a lifetime authorTrigger and Content Warnings genocide colonization racism colorism murder substance addiction grief PTSD depression talk of suicide suicide self harm abortion talk of rape rape forced medical examinations human experimentations humiliation animal death animal torture loss of a loved one genital mutilation to a character who was doing a bad thing abandonment violence gore and war themes This is a very dark book at times please use caution and make sure you are in the right headspace friendsBlog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko fi | Spotify | TwitchExtra special thank yous to my 2 emotional support bbies Maëlys May Who both got to laugh at me for spiraling about tridents got to listen to my heavy breathing over my OTP and also crying as every theme developed I’m sorry I love you 💕💕 UPDATE 299 Kindle US 82420REVIEW DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN That ending DAMN DAMN DAMN This will be a short review I'm not going to spoil anything but you can skim over some of the uotes as you might consider them as a spoilerThe 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 being so stupid and childish But most of all I loved watching her grow in this book Rin went through some sh•t people Not just Rin but her whole crew; whom I adored Trying to seek revenge on your enemies while fighting an opium addiction seemed damn near impossible and you could feel every moment with Rin at least I did And trying to fight losing control of your powers This is what the balance of power looked like now People like her waved a hand and millions were crushed within the confines of some elemental disaster flung off the chessboard of the world like irrelevant pieces People like her shamans all of them were like children stomping around over entire cities as if they were mud castles glass houses fungible entities that could be targeted and demolished•••••Once upon a time at Sinegard back when Master Jiang had been trying to help her shut her mind to the Phoenix he'd taught her techniues to clear her thoughts and disappear into a void that imitated nonexistence He'd taught her how to think like she was dead •••••Suni rubbed circles on her back while she spat blood speckled phlem on the planks When she was done he smoothed her vomit covered hair out of her eyes as she sucked in air in great racking sobs You're so strong he said Whatever you're seeing whatever you're feeling it's not as strong as you are Rin has some wonderful friends but a world that is trying to tear her apart from the inside out Rin and her crew are trying to take down the evil Empress but they are getting swindled left and right They end up with the Dragon Warlord trying to fight against others People are killed used abused Rin is lied to and watches innocent people die; watches people that she knows die It seems like nothing is ever going to get better BUT There just might be a spark of hope in people she didn't even consider There are things brewing Will Rin and her people be able to bring the world down around the evilness Wait and see Finally spoke the Phoenix The god's voice was dimmed by the Seal but Rin could hear clearly every ring of its laughter My darling little Speerly At last we agree •••••They're are not the strongest force in the world Rin said She felt the god's presence in the back of her mind eager delighted and at last perfectly aligned with her intentions Together spoke the Phoenix we will burn down this world She slammed down her fist against the table I am I think these books are wonderful and the author nailed it in both books so far For me there was no second book syndrome No holds barred an incredible tale of hate war and friendship This is an uncorrected proof of the book and any uotes will be changed if they are not correct in the finished copy I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for a digital copy of this wonderful book for reviewMel ♥MY BLOG ARC provided by the publisher—Harper Voyager—in exchange for an honest review455 stars The newest rising ueen 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 bookseries even if they don’t know anything about it The same situation as its predecessor the uality of the content of the book did justice to the beautiful cover art and vice versa I’m pretty sure practically everyone who knows me on bookish social media knows how much I loved The Poppy War I even created a Twitter account just to wish the author a congratulatory message on her debut’s publication day If you don’t knowremember here’s a short snippet of what I said about the first book “I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year a book that will go down as one of the best grimdarkmilitary fantasy debuts of all time I have absolutely no doubt that Kuang’s name will be up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and NK Jemisin” Yeah suffice to say that I highly loved the first book Since then The Poppy War has also garnered well deserved praises nominations and awards; my high expectations towards its seuel were inevitable and I’m glad to say that after reading this book my worry was unfounded and Kuang entranced me once again with her newest installment No story summary from me; if you want to know the plot read the official synopsis of the book at your own risk Following the catastrophic conclusion of the first book The Dragon Republic plunges Rin and her companions into a brand new war In the first installment Kuang divided her storytelling clearly into two sections; a coming of age battle school fantasy for the first half and a grim military fantasy for the second half Unlike other series like The Kingkiller Chronicle or Harry Potter where the characters continue training in schools The Dragon Republic threw away the battle school concept completely turning the book completely into a cleverly crafted military fantasy Full of darkness tactics shifting allegiances war and death Kuang continues her trademark of delivering a superb story that vividly explores the horrors of war I loved Kuang’s prose in the first book which is why I found it to be incredibly satisfying to read her stunning improvement in prose within this novel This is a significantly bigger book than The Poppy War it’s almost 700 pages long and yet there wasn’t any moment that felt boring or dull The engaging narrative and prose captivated me thoroughly from cover to cover; the second half in particular—especially the last 20% on this later—was simply amazing and pulse pounding War changes everyone indiscriminately; no one came out of it unscathed mentally or physically The escalating and harrowing effects or aftermath of war were shown expertly through the well developed characterizations “You will die thinking I have abandoned you all But I do not hesitate to say that I value the lives of my people far than I have ever valued you” As with its predecessor the narrative was told exclusively through Rin’s perspective The events of the first book have left Rin riddled with guilt regret and anger To say that Rin is angry is seriously putting it mildly She’s angry at the world at herself at her friends at everything War has changed her and her companions and yet they still can’t catch a break; peace remains firmly lodged out of grasp and unforgettable loss continues to happen This is a grim book written with mature and refined prose; the character’s darkness and personality elicited emotional responses of all kinds from me I mentioned in my review of the first book that that Rin is one of my favorite heroines in fantasy because I found her to be very well written and her personality traits were really clear That being said something you have to know is that Rin is inspired by Mao Zedong Rin does make uestionable decisions She has no impulse control and she does a lot of stupid things because of her anger and what happened to her In her path toward overcoming legacy opium addiction and accepting her power Kuang deconstructs Rin’s character completely down to her core presenting her at her worst for almost the entirety of the first half I’ll admit that in the first half there were moments where I wanted to slap her several times and in my honest opinion this period of time could’ve been shortened a bit However seeing her at her worst did make her the fruition of her character development in the second half stronger This situation reminded me of Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker another book I really loved which involved the main character being driven heavily by darkness and rage but came out all the better once the character was able to overcome it I highly praise Kuang for her characterization for Rin and the side characters Most of the side characters helped immensely in bringing moments of heartwarming and light to balance Rin’s life; their interactions were charming compelling and I loved reading about them The world building has also moved further beyond Nikara and the Mugenese federation The new race Hesperian came into play here Hesperian is a race of Westerners most likely an allusion Germany during World War II and their arrival brought technologies aruebuses airships and expansion to the world building Not only was the world building expanded but Kuang also provided revelations and in depth lore to the history of her world One last thing before I close this review I would like to applaud Kuang’s imaginative and destructive depiction of the magical battle scenes The action seuences were simply magnificent and the last 20% of the book demonstrates Kuang’s best battle scenes and closing seuences so far It was insanely breathtaking by showing the power of a vermillion myth and the gods the clash of the blazing rage and overwhelming cyclone were extremely well executed The actions and character’s decisions constantly delivered immense implications for future events of the series Kuang truly ignited her skill in writing great military fantasy within the last 20% and I honestly can’t wait for The gripping naval warfare brilliant aerial combat tension packed elemental battle and the unflinching infernal torrent of powers were vividly realized and felt cinematic to read “This was what the balance of power looked like now People like her waved a hand and millions were crushed within the confines of some elemental disaster flung off the chessboard of the world like irrelevant pieces” I don’t think I have anything else to say without spoiling any events from the series If you loved The Poppy War I honestly think that you have nothing to worry about The Dragon Republic is an unputdownable seuel that deflects the infamous middle book syndrome with brutal precision With The Dragon Republic Kuang has proven that her debut wasn't a one hit wonder further establishing herself as the new rising ueen of fantasy The architect behind Jade City said “Brace yourself” Let me just add that you’ll have to find an adamantium building to hold on to The might and rage of the Phoenix knows no limit and Rin's newest journey will mercilessly incinerate your heart up to the last page Rebecca Kuang and this series is truly a treasure for Asian inspired military fantasy and I simply can't wait to read the conclusion of this trilogy SidenoteThe dark atmosphere in this book was truly palpable bad things happen a LOT Make sure you’re in the right mood and headspace before you read this book Also #FireDick happened literallyOfficial release date August 8th 2019 UK and August 6th 2019 USYou can pre order the book from UK | US | Book Depository Free shipping The uotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions 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 how rins character is developing she definitely lives in that morally graymiddle area but the reader exists in that area right along with her even if i didnt agree with some of the choices she made i could definitely understand and empathise with her the writing is a delight as well it feels so fresh which should be impossible given the subject material but the writing takes a historical influence and makes it feel modern    the only thing preventing me from giving this five stars is the fact that the plot is so warpoliticsstrategy heavy which is such a silly thing to complain about i know i know this is a war based historical fiction fantasy novelseries but its the fantasy elements that really draw me into the story and sell it i wish i could enjoy the war aspect but my eyes tend to glaze over long paragraph of tactical descriptions thats no fault of the books though overall this is a brilliant seuel i can tell kuang has grown as a writer since her debut she was strong before but now she is straight up lethal and i fully expect the next book in the series to be the death of me ↠ 45 stars get ready fang runin is that bitch 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 lawWow 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 like Bear Yogi Look at her saliva dripping down on her chin I should record a video and share on my instagram account Let’s get a little closer ARRRRGGGHH Did she bite me? My husband dearestLook wife Nil I know you’re there playing hide and seek with me but you’re so damn lazy to move your body I forgive you nearly skipping our wedding ceremony to finish your latest Harry Potter book I also forgive you wrote the murderers’ identities in the middle of my all Agatha Christie books See how patient guy I am I don’t need to forgive you for burning our dinners when you only focus on your reading I’m actually thankful because you’re the shittiest cook I’ve ever seen If Gordon Ramsey would have accidentally noticed your cooking skills he would have forced you to cut your hands With the help of books I’m saving my stomach being pumped over and over again All ER crew call me by my name right now But please just get up You’re sitting on the remote control and I cannot turn on the TV for watching the soccer game Besties Dolly and AshleyShe will live I’ve seen the worst Remember Dolly she was bumping her head against the wall when she was reading Colleen Hoover novels because they’re so emotionalYes and she tried to throw her kindle from the window and cried like a toddler at the end of last GOT episode No you’re confusing her attempt to throw the television into the trash and write a threatening letter to GOT writersOkay OMG she moved I can see her legs Push Nily Sorry get up Nily Come on you can do itAND I GOT UP and pour myself some CHARDONNAY when I’m making a list why I loved this book so much One of my favorite tactical books about the nature of fighting and defeating your enemy is Sun Tzu’s Art of War And I caught too many references of it in this book which made me fall in love with it Actually I already fell in love with the first book but second installment was like ripen juicy well rounded detailed and perfectly developed The story is getting better It was one of my favorite debut novels of 2018 and the new one is already guaranteed its place on my top ten fantasy list I spent my time gritted my teeth when I read Rin’s part at the first book In this second installment she still got my nerves up but at least I saw some maturity growing up pains and toughening up process which made me hopeful about the evaluation of the character Blood is spilled Too many innocent people are massacred violently I know this is not a sweet soft reading but I felt like watching first 23 minutes opening scene of Saving Private Ryan over and over again Yes this book is a great test how far you survive with low pain tolerance There are so many uestions and cliffhanger left for the other book It’s brilliant seuel and I don’t know how my heart will survive with so much tension I want to read It was long reading but not long enough for meAs a summary Dark fantasy lovers this series are getting so much better I highly recommend this second book of this series Okay I finished my list it’s time to sip Chardonnay and steal my husband’s take outs WTFI was nervous going into this book that it wouldn't be as great as the first one but here we areLove 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 complexI can't wait to see what the last book will bring The searing follow up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WARIn 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 enemiesWith no other options Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord who has a plan to conuer 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 doBut the Empress is a powerful foe than she appears and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem The Rin learns the she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely and on the Phoenix’s deadly power Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeanceThe seuel to RF 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

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