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Publisher's Summary

The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – The Poppy War.

Rin is on the run.... 

Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.

Rin’s only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold her homeland, Nikan, to her 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. She throws herself into his war.

After all, making war is all she knows how to do....

©2019 R.F. Kuang (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A wholly unique experience." (The Washington Post)

"A blistering, powerful epic of war and revenge that will captivate you to the bitter end." (Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars Are Legion

"An outstanding debut." (Daily Mail)

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Worthy Sequel

A brilliant sequel; though it aids the listener in cooling down after the climactic events of the previous book, it has its own interesting story. New and fascinating parts of the world are introduced, as well as history, and emerging character conflicts. Though the pacing is slower, TDR does not suffer at all from 'middle book syndrome', but instead shows the listener the psychological and physical effects of war on a character level, and the geopolitical changes that come from unexpected victories. A new setting (mostly) brings old characters together in scenarios that are at the same time nostalgic, and tragic. This is a given, but the god-to-human relationships are (still) both terrifying, and impressive.

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A slightly disappointing sequel!

I did enjoy this book but I did have a lot of issues with the main character. She was ... frustrating, I think is the best word. Spends about 450 pages out of this 600 page book complaining, which is 100 pages too long in my opinion. The plot was much slower than in The Poppy War, which wasn't necessarily bad, but coupled with Rin as the main character made this book drag on forever. That being said, the ending was marvellous. I think I'll continue with the rest of the series.

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  • lewis godsell
  • 02-09-2019

Better than The Poppy War

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whilst i enjoyed the poppy war i found it to be a little disjointed and unfocused. The Dragon Republic rectified these issues for me as the story flowed better and was thematically tighter. I particularly enjoyed the way Rin's character developed in this book and the greater depth given to some of the other characters. The plot is great with some very interesting political machinations and character relationships. This is the best book of any genre that i"ve read in a long time and so much better than what the vast majority other fantasy authors have to offer. Very highly recommended.

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  • celsbels
  • 19-02-2020

When is the next one coming out?!?

Again hardly slept to listen to it in (almost) one sitting! Great plot twists and turns, and the end left me gutted!!

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  • ransona
  • 12-10-2019

excellent second book.

Now I am eager for the third book. if it's half as good as the book 2, then this Saga will be memorable.

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  • Mr. Jeremy J. Linnell
  • 08-03-2020

Less shock value, more complex

An excellent sequel that fully realises the potential of The Poppy War. Can't for the final book!

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  • Asta Alexandersen
  • 10-01-2021

Greay story

I generally like the story, but sometimes the change of voices to fit characters are a bit annoying. And I was quite annoyed at how whiny Ren was in the first and start of this book. But if you can get over that, the story is really good.

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  • R. Maines
  • 05-01-2021

So much suffering

The author puts Rin through the wringer is this compelling follow up to The Poppy War. The campaign by the Republic smacks of the German invasion of Russia as rapid success is stalled by winter. Recommended. Narration was good

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  • Pedro
  • 17-11-2020

Not as good as the first book

Struggled to listen to this book as the first 20+ chapters drag on and on with her being so useless

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  • Rave
  • 01-11-2020

Wow what a ride and who to trust

This books just adds to the awesomeness and craziness of the first one. Really good continued story on from the first and a real emotional journey you go on with rin here. Super excited for the last book and to see how this all work plays out. Who to trust.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2020

TDR

A very strong, complicated and beautiful narrative. An amazing sequel to a great first book. R.F. Kuang’s fiction is getting better and better! 🖤

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  • Dan Mackney
  • 24-06-2020

Absolutely Incredible

The second book in the Poppy War series has more than lived up to the first. Such an incredible story and such a roller-coaster! Impossible to put down from start to finish. Once again Emily Woo Zeller did a flawless job of bringing this epic story to life, every character was diverse and engaging. Her stunning performance makes you feel every characters emotion right along with them. Absolutely incredible, a must have for any fantasy fan.

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  • Freddie de Montfort
  • 28-05-2020

incredible narrator

I feel very mixed about the content, but the narrator is absolutely amazing. She had an incredible range of voices and it felt like if every speech tag was removed I still would have never been confused. unfortunately the content of the book is much more mixed. If you enjoyed the Poppy War in its entirety then you will likely love this book. I found that a lot of the character defining moments in the first book made for weak development in the second book. I don't really like it but on a more positive note there are so many things that are wonderful in the series. I just don't like the direction and it's frustrating. The world and many of the characters are excellent. The battles are described amazingly. I just feel that character inconsistency really hurts this book especially from the main character

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  • Stuart Wonfor
  • 21-02-2020

Average

Not as good as the first book in content or writing. I read the first book and found and audio conversion odd, too many 'he says'. 'she said' If the narrator is going to the effort to create personas for the characters it made this feel redundant. I think this book would be more effective read. However repeat concepts and a mender ending tirade of self doubt, loathing and misery just got tedious after a while.

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  • Rosie
  • 18-12-2019

Pathetic main character

The descriptions were good, the combat strategies and overall plot was interesting enough, and the premise was great. Just the characters in this really let it down.  "She'd been stupidly, passively asleep, for such a long time." 19 hours in and the main character just noticing how pathetically she's been written.  Pretty much sums up the main character for the entirety of the book. If you like books were the main character just floats along with whatever is happening in the story, feeling sorry for themselves most of the time and only when surrounding characters force them, do they become an active participant in their own story, then this is a book for you. Honestly, I felt incredibly frustrated throughout this book, some parts were incredible and made me want to keep going in the hopes it'd keep on this trend, but it didn't. I think because there are those few amazing moments threaded throughout ,the contrast makes it feel a lot worse than it probably is. But this book really wasn't for me.  If you enjoyed the first book then great go for it you'll probably really enjoy this. If you had mixed feelings about the first, specifically the last half/quarter in particular then I wouldn't recommend. 

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