WARNING: Please be aware this book is the sequel to The Poppy War so if you haven’t read that one DON’T read this review or the synopsis below.
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…
My biggest problem with the last book was Altan and Rin’s weird obsession with him.
So I won’t lie this book still had far too much of Altan in it with Rin grieving for him and basically becoming him. BUT we finally progress away from Altan after about 200 pages and that’s when the book gets much more interesting.
I loved the potential romance between Rin and Nezha that started to develop and Kitay and Venka got to take on more central roles which I preferred to the Cike.
As for the story I was hooked and I love how everything gets flipped on it’s head and there aren’t any easy solutions. This book does political intrigue and war spectacularly well and I can’t wait to see how Rin’s story will end.
I really don’t have the right words do this fantastic series justice on how morally gray, complex and fascinating it is. It’s a must read if you love adult fantasy with a touch of dark humour and amazing world building.
Rating: 4 stars