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
TW: war, death, rape
I honestly feel like I like this book less than The Poppy War. I was leaning towards a two star through about 89% of this book. The last few chapters saved this book for me and made me want to finish this trilogy. I was close to dnfing this book many times because I just could not keep up with what was going on.
I’m not going to lie, I still don’t know what happened through a lot of this book. All I know is, that ending was intense! I don’t want to go into detail about this book as it is a sequel and I don’t want to give away things that happened in the first book.
I used to like Rin. I just could not stand her in this book. She’s become so whiny and it was so annoying. This book was also nothing but war. I kinda miss the school setting in the first book. I felt like there was always something crazy going on. There wasn’t a dull moment.
I will say that I will be in no hurry to pick up the third book once it’s released.