I have said it in my review of The Poppy War and I’ll keep saying it – this series are not an easy read. War should never be easy. Also there are plenty of possible triggers in the series so please do your research before diving into this series.
The review might contain spoilers.
The aftermath of the Third Poppy War is just as brutal as the war itself. Rin is on the run but no matter how far she goes, she can’t outrun what haunts her. She is addicted to opium and her only reason to keep fighting is to get revenge on the Empress who sold out her empire.
Rin is forced to join forces with someone whom she doesn’t find trustworthy – the power seeking Dragon Warlord who wants to unseat the Empress and start a Republic.
What I liked about this book: This book is a fantastic middle book, but again – it does not mean that it’s an easy read. Reading about Rin’s journey is heartbreaking at times because of how her hopefulness ends up hurting her more often than not. Well, putting her faith in the wrong hands does. The book feels like it’s not just one book but more like a duology or something compressed within one book. It’s epic and heavy, and very painful. With this being said, given the fact that the book is a fictionalized depiction of events that have happened historically, I think it’s important to read about them.
What I didn’t like about this book: Again, at times this book felt like it was more than one book compressed into this 658 page monster. It’s not an easy read, you should do your research before your diving into the series. I personally felt attacked by the betrayal at the end of the book and the plot twists and I didn’t like that betrayal ONE BIT.
A quote: “If nothing lasted and the world did not exist, all that meant was that reality was not fixed. The illusion she lived in was fluid and mutable, and could be easily altered by someone willing to rewrite the script of reality.”
My rating: 4.5 stars
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