On the Horizon – the dragon republic (R.F. Kuang)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Be advised that this be the second book in the series.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first and keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

the dragon republic (R.F. Kuang)

Title: the dragon republic

Author: R.F. Kuang

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Publication Date: Tomorrow!!! (hardback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-0062662637

Source: NetGalley

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

I loved the first book but seriously this one was better.  How good ye ask?  Well while I was finishing Part III, there was apparently a huge thunderstorm AND it knocked out our power.  I didn’t even notice until the power came back on and all the fans and the air conditioner turned back on at the same time.  That’s how engrossed I was.  Thank goodness I was reading on me Kindle!

In the first book, I had some problems sympathizing with Rin due to her stubborn nature and thoughtless mistakes.  This time I was avidly following her every move.  And I adored the rest of the gang in this one too.  Though the set-up elements for book three were there from the beginning, it was impossible to chart how the course of the action was nonetheless completely unexpected.  I will leave it at that because the crew deserves to explore these strange waters on their own.  Arrrrrr!

Check out me crew members reviews of this one:

Melisssa @ melissareviewsbooks – “DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! That ending! DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!”

James Lafayette Tivendale – “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.”

Aimal @ bookshelves&paperbacks – “Well… fuck.”

Rain @ bookdragonism – “Reading is all fun and games until all them books decide to tear your heart straight out of your chest, punch you in the gut, and leave you to the sharks to devour. THAT IS WHAT THE DRAGON REPUBLIC MADE ME FEEL.”

Hamad @ thebookprescription – “Now I am giving 5 stars to books where everyone dies! I think I need help xD”

Goodreads has this to say about the novel (shortened by me):

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 . . .

To  visit the author’s website go to:

R.F. Kuang – Author

To buy the book go to:

the dragon republic – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

the poppy war – book one (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

12 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the dragon republic (R.F. Kuang)

  1. 😂 Thanks for putting me and my ineloquent review up there haha, and yes, I definitely agree with you! It was miles better than the first one imo because the characters felt far more developed. I also read both books back to back, and the writing was such an improvement over the first one too.

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    1. I read an interview somewhere where the author talks about how much she felt her own writing improved between 19 and 22. I agree. I must say that I be looking forward to the next one for sure!
      x The Captain


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