NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the #1 bestselling author of Morning Star pushes the boundaries of one of the boldest series in fiction.
“Mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera . . . done in a style [that] borders on Shakespearean.”—NPR (One of the Best Books of the Year)
They call him father, liberator, warlord, Slave King, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the war-torn planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-third of his life.
A decade ago Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk all he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?
And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:
A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp, and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.
An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.
And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the Sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.
Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe. Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.
Don’t miss any of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Expertly mixing the fresh and familiar, Pierce Brown continues his planet-hopping Red Rising series with a new trilogy set a decade later. Onetime teen hero Darrow is now in his battle-scarred thirties, while combustible new characters like tomboy Lyria, thief-for-hire Ephraim, and “razor” expert Lysander build on the operatic saga. Brown displays his usual richness of detail and atmosphere, balancing bleak portraits of war with jolts of mouthy personality. This urgent, rip-roaring continuation of one of today’s smartest sci-fi properties will satisfy diehard fans while easily hooking newcomers.
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Best one yet
Most fourth books after a conclusive trilogy feel like the publisher wanting more than the author wants to write.
Not here, total change of pace and style on this one. Best of all the books so far. I am very excited to get into dark age right after I finish up this review.
The first book of a follow up trilogy bears many burdens - carry the beloved story arc of the first set, and set up the plot and characters for the rest of the story. On my first read I didn’t appreciate the cadence of this book, but on the second read it all clicked together and fulfilled what I wanted to see: more depth, more layering, and more nuance on a familiar set of characters and relationships. Brown’s characters are mature, flawed, and human on every level. Loved this book!
Brown has become my favorite writer. I am 63 and marvel at the philosophical wisdom that often pops out of no where. His pronouncements on war and especially love seem to come from a world weary sage. I have to keep reminding myself he is a young man. I so enjoy his vocabulary and the sculpting of the worlds he builds. He simply is a brilliant writer and I will read everything he writes.