The Dragon Republic

Harper Voyager. (Poppy War, Bk. 2). Aug. 2019. 672p. ISBN 9780062662637. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062662613. FANTASY
The third Poppy War has ended and Nikan is in pieces. Shaman and warrior Rin used her power from the Phoenix to turn the tide at tremendous cost. Now she and the rest of the Cike are in hiding from the empress who betrayed them, and they want revenge. Ridden with guilt and the destructive whispers from the Phoenix, plus deep in addiction to opium, Rin is in no shape to lead them, even as the Cike continue to follow. The Dragon Warlord wants Rin and her friends to join him in a revolt against the empress, to retake Nikan for the people and create a new republic. Yet as Rin sees more of the path that leads to the downfall of her betrayer, she realizes new lines may be drawn, ones she never thought she would cross.
VERDICT This stunning sequel to The Poppy War is an epic journey of vengeance, friendship, and power wrapped in the folds of gods and monsters. Kuang has created a young woman torn by her connections to friends and family, searching for love and belonging, and given power beyond her imagining. Her story is unforgettable. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]
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