The Dragon Republic: R.F. Kuang’s follow-up to The Poppy War unites China’s bloody history with epic fantasy

//The Dragon Republic: R.F. Kuang’s follow-up to The Poppy War unites China’s bloody history with epic fantasy

The Dragon Republic: R.F. Kuang’s follow-up to The Poppy War unites China’s bloody history with epic fantasy

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, pub. Harper. 4/5 stars R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War (2018) was one of the more extraordinary debuts of recent years, in any genre. Spinning a fantastical mythology out of China’s 20th century history, its slow-burn plot traced the ascent of a poor peasant girl named Rin, from a mystical martial arts school through the horrors of war to her eventual leadership of outlawed shamans the Cike. Having surpassed her mentors, our thinly veiled Mao Zedong begins The…

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