Waiting on Wednesday | #92


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is now hosting by Wishful Endings. These posts spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Click on the cover for the link to its Goodreads page.

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The Dragon Republic

It is expected to be published on May 2, 2019, by Harper Voyager.

If you see my reaction on Twitter, you’d know by now that I am excited about this book. Why is May so far away?! I haven’t finished The Poppy War. I am slowly savoring it and preparing myself for the brutal parts in the book. Kuang’s writing though, top notch. I love the characters and I can’t wait to finish the book. Now, my issue is either finish the book now and wait till May OR read the book very very slow till May? Decisions, decisions. 

The COVER! When I thought it’s impossible to beat the cover that is The Poppy War, I was wrong. This is about even. I love them both. I saw the back cover that Kuang posted on her twitter. I am so excited to see this in person and flaunting all over it! I love the artwork. It was designed by Dominic Forbes and illustrated by JUNGSHAN. I love it.

Note: This is the sequel to The Poppy War, and the synopsis may contain spoilers so be cautious. 

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

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.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

The sequel to R.F. 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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