The Dragon Republic

  • Author R.F. Kuang
  • Narrator Emily Woo Zeller
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Run Time 23 hours and 46 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Fantasy.

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What to expect

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…

Critics Review


    ‘An outstanding debut’

    ‘A book that will go down as one of the best grimdark/military fantasy debuts of all time’

    ‘A masterpiece by grimdark’s newest and perhaps darkest daughter’

    ‘A wholly unique experience’

    ‘R.F. Kuang’s fresh approach to magic and hard-hitting story is a punch to the gut fantasy has needed for a long time. I can’t wait for THE DRAGON REPUBLIC’
    Peter V. Brett, bestselling author of The Demon Cycle

    ‘Enthralling from start to finish … I thought myself prepared. I was now. R.F. Kuang’s debut is a masterful must-read, and I’ve no doubt the best is yet to come’
    Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD

    ‘A blistering, powerful epic of war and revenge that will captivate you to the bitter end’
    Kameron Hurley, author of THE LIGHT BRIDAGE

    ‘Fresh, assured, character-driven fantasy that’s choc full of magic, war, and betrayal. I loved it from start to finish’
    Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT

    ‘A powerful, emotional journey, compellingly written’
    Adrian Tchaikovsky, award-winning author of THE CHILDREN OF TIME

    ‘An original and engrossing tale of the coming of age of a talented young soldier amid the horrors of invasion and genocide’
    Anna Stephens, author of GODBLIND

    ‘I so enjoyed The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang … It is all about survival, and how a person’s will and determination can change the course of their life. I loved the central character, felt her pain and her far-too-brief moments of joy, and just loved how Kuang breathes fresh life into the warrior training school … Highly recommended’
    John Gwynne, author of MALICE

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