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Please read this. Oh, you must read book one first. Lol. Maybe I'm bias because I love this author's books. Mostly, I have read her contemporary books. Since I'm a lover of fantasy and this author is an amazing writer, I figured her fantasy books would be awesome too. You won't be disappointed. There is a little something for everyone, and I think guys would enjoy this book too. Dragons are for dreamers. If you are a dreamer, then you will love Dragon Rebellion.
Action, adventure, love and loss. There was so much depth to this book and so many different things happening. Between all the wonderful characters, the war, the Nagi and love. The story flows so well and doesn’t feel rushed at all. I love how everything is beautifully concluded by the end. Plus I also liked how we got to know more of the Nagi and got to see more of the story from Jian’s point of view.
*I received an eARC of this book via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.*
Fantastic conclusion! Dragon Rebellion by M. Lynn is the final book in The Hidden Warrior duology picking up weeks after the events of Dragon Rising. If you haven’t read book one, there may be spoilers to it in the following review. Read at your own risk. Jian Li has spent the last several weeks at the Minglans’ in Zhouchang waiting for Hua to wake up. After destroying Kanyuan village, killing innocents and soldiers from Piao and Kou alike, the Nagi spared him and took him to the only place she knew that would be safe. While war with the Kou looms on the horizon, Dragon Rebellion looks inward to the war taking place between Hua and the Nagi.
Hua Minglan is trapped inside her own mind, wrestling for control of her body and preventing the Nagi from taking its true dragon form. She is heartsick over what happened in the village. She gave her body over to the dragon thinking she could take her revenge on the Kou, yet the Nagi wants its own revenge against the empire of Piao for its killing of the dragon blooded. Hua is still strong and stubborn in her own rights, and she uses what little control she has over her mind to talk to the Nagi. Hua has one goal, and it is the same goal as when she first disguised herself as Huan and went to war: Protect the people of Piao. Will she have to protect them from herself?
Jian Li is no longer commander of the Piao army. He’s lost his sense of duty, but gained something more. He’s found a family in the Minglan home. He’s fallen for Hua, even while she sleeps. It’s Jian who recognizes the Nagi inside of her, controlling her actions. And it is Jian that will fight to bring her back. I liked Jian in the previous book, but I fell in love with him here. He has found a purpose greater than war and revenge, and he will do whatever it takes to succeed.
The plot revolves around Hua and the Nagi, their struggle to control Hua’s body, and the looming war with the Kou. The Nagi is an interesting twist to this story. It is supposed to be a protector of Piao, but instead it wants its own revenge. While the internal struggle drives Hua’s part of the story, Jian’s story follows him as he searches for Hua and tries to recover the girl he knows.
Overall I enjoyed Dragon Rebellion. The tension and uncertainty of what would happen to Jian and Hua drove the plot, keeping me reading til it was finished. If you are a Mulan fan, a fantasy lover, or just love dragons, I highly recommend it.
Dragon Rebellion by M. Lynn Book 2 in the Hidden Warrior series Rating:4/5
The saga continues! This leaves off where the first book ended so I would definitely recommend reading the first book prior to this one. (And you won't have to wait a few months to know what happens next like I did!) As a Chinese-American, I have always loved the story of Mulan and how she sacrificed for her family and challenged herself to go beyond the normal gender limitations. I love a strong female main character who still has struggles and insecurities.
If you have not read the first book, then this review may have some spoilers. Hua Minglan is dragon-blooded and has wreaked horrific devastation as a Nagi. The Nagi inside Hua Minglan is determined to get its revenge on Piao, the land that betrayed its dragon protectors and had them hunted and slaughtered. However, Hua Minglan knows that the new emperor, Bo, is not like his father and is a man wanting peace. Hua must learn how to deal with having a dragon, a Nagi, inside of her and how to control them. Meanwhile, Jian searches for Hua when the Nagi takes her on another path. Jian must deal with his insecurities as an illegitimate brother to emperor Bo. He feels like a failure as a commander but also knows that Hua Minglan and the Nagi are the key to winning Piao's war against the Kou. Jian cannot imagine his life before Hua(n) Minglan entered it and Hua doesn't know if she can trust they will even have a future together.
This adventure was nonstop and I am sad that it is over. For some reason I thought the series was a trilogy but sadly, this is the last book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated the struggles each character had and the sacrifices they were willing to make for the greater good. Such heroism in the characters! For the most part, I think the author is respectful of the Chinese culture (Note: the naming convention should be surname first) but I was so caught up in the story that I didn't really notice until after the fact. The fantasy genre tends to fuse different cultures together all the time and I think the author does a good job of balancing the culture with her intended story.
I highly recommend this story for those that enjoy fantasy adventures with some romance in an Asian setting. I loved this Mulan retelling and am sad to see it end.
My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.
*All of my reviews are voluntarily written* CONTAINS SPOILERS if you have not read book 1!!!!
This book follows the events of the first book, Dragon Rising, and kept me reading until I was done! In this book, we see more of the internal struggle for Hua and the Nagi that is occupying her body. It's very different than book one in that sense, but I also really liked seeing both sides of the story, that of Hua, and that of the Nagi.
Then we also see Jian fighting to save his love, even though he's not even sure she's still "alive." He has grown to love her even more, and he has also grown to love her family like his own.
I loved seeing both sides of the story arc come together through Hua, Mulan, and the Nagi.
I will miss this world so much! I've loved the characters, the world, and the twist on Mulan's story. I want more!
So, this is one of those series I just am in love with and am so happy I took my time to read and enjoy them. They are worth rereading one day too just to enjoy them again and again. This series gave me all the feels and dragged me into an action-packed world with dragons, magic, suspense and romance! I highly recommend this series.
Dragon Rebellion is the second book in The Hidden Warrior series.
I voluntarily received and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
What an epic way to end a thrilling adventure. This book picks up right where Dragon Rising left off and man am I glad that I didn't have to wait long for the rest of the story. I love how well written all her books are. They never feel rushed or incomplete and they always tie up the story in a satisfactory way. I really enjoyed the characters in this series and loved the way the reader was able to see the story from different viewpoints. I had mixed feelings about the book ending because part of me couldn't wait to find out what happened but the other part didn't want the story to end. What I didn't have mixed feelings about was the story. It was fantastic and concluded in the best way.
Book 2 begins where it left off with Juan still at Hua's family home. I'm not going to lie, I was definitely expecting Hua to break free but we find the Nagi's hold is firm. Book 2 is full of action and takes you on a journey full of emotions! I loved the loyalty her friends had in her, even after knowing that she had the Nagi. They had faith that she was still in there somewhere.
Hua's battle to not be completely overtaken was a long and hard one. She was such an admirable character. This book is one full of love, angst, acceptance, sacrifice, and purpose. A beautiful ending to an amazing series ❤️
This is the second book to the duology, so definitely read the first book before this one. This book continues after Hua and Jian ended up back at her family farm. Hua was under for a long time before finally waking up. But when she woke up, it was obvious she was no longer Hua. This book was packed with adventure and I really enjoyed the ending. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars was because the first quarter of the book was really slow and had too much internal fighting between Hua and the Nagi that it was hard to get through. After that, the story picked up and it was great. I recommend this duology!
I loved that in this book you got to see firsthand what Nagi was thinking and feeling with the chapters from the dragon's perspective. It really made the Nagi into it's own character rather thing just a mindless dragon or just a beast within Hua. More secrets are revealed as well. But I won't tell what your going to want to read to find out. Hua is in a major battle of wills, she is facing a whole different kind of fright then one with a sword or knife. Jian bless his soul he just wants to safe her but what will it cost him, and everyone else. Another work of art by this great author.