Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga, #4)by Published 16 Jan 2018
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They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second 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 everything 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, and 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.
"Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga, #4)" Reviews
Scintillating. Just scintillating. This author seems to really understand the way my clock ticks.
If you know what I mean, boyo.
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AND IT CAME WITH A COOL CARD!
This is the black stained/signed edition of the book. Love it!
I don't keep stained editions on the same shelf, I just wanted to add these to see what they look like next to each other. Of course they are falling over! I made me a special edition shelf & I have a shelf just for stained books.
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Silent, she waits for the sky to fall, standing upon an island of volcanic rock amidst a black sea. The long moonless night yawns before her. The only sounds, a flapping banner of war held in her lover's hand and the warm waves that kiss her steel boots. Her heart is heavy. Her spirit is wild. Peerless knights tower behind her. Salt spray beads on their family crests--emerald centaurs, screaming eagles, gold sphinxes, and the crowned skull of her father's grim house. Her Golden eyes look to the heavens. Waiting. The water heaves in. Out. The heartbeat of her silence
Men 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.
So much of this book was talking out loud to Darrow. Mainly, "What are you doing?"
Obviously, I'm not going to spoil anything with all of that stuff.
All of my babies are having babies =) Well, two of them more so than others. I wouldn't expect less of those two =)
Some of the main characters that came back took a little bit of a backseat to some new characters. And when I think I might find one I'm going to love, they get killed so what's the point. Although, I really want to see what's going to be up with Tongueless. I'm very intrigued by him.
I did fall in love with Lyria. Her story starts out horrible right from the start. I felt really bad for her. And even though she does some dumb things, I think she's learning and going to be a great character. At least she better be!
I know some people might be upset over someone's death in the book but for some reason I don't think it really happened. Pierce Brown doesn't usually do it so calmly and by that I mean, sort of push it off to the side and moving on. Nope. It didn't happen. We shall see in Sept!!!!
Yes! PB is the man! Who puts out the second book of the trilogy in the same year! THE MAN that's who. Now watch, I just jinxed it!
Anyway, we have some other characters come back from the original trilogy and take a front seat. They were good but all I wanted to focus on was Sevro and Darrow. I love Sevro so much and I'm so afraid something is going to happen in the next two books or at the end of the third one. Pierce Brown you better not! I have so many scenario's in my head that I can even think straight. But, it will be what it will be.
This book is more of a picking up after the wars sort of book. You have some people that were lied to, you have some people that turned traitor, you have people that keep doing stupid things, you have other people that do more stupid things. You have people being set on fire. That was fun. Evil person gets set on fire. We have underwater stuff that I thought was cool. We have some blood and gore as usual. Not tons but still. I'm not sure Darrow taking on an evil person to help him take another person out was such a good idea, but it worked. Now lets just see what havoc they are going to start in the next book. Or they could just sit on one of the planets and be all nice. Right!!
Either way, I loved the book. I loved being with my peeps again. I actually want Sevro and Victra to have their own book with some of the howlers in it with them. They need to have their own planet and just do the crazy things they do =)
I really, really, really hope Darrow comes to his senses. What is wrong with you Darrow?
I just don't know what to do with that ending. I hope it's going to end well and maybe Darrow knows something we don't know. I feel like I don't know who he is and I felt that way in the very beginning. We shall see...
PS ~ When the cool stuff arrives, I will be adding it =)
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A bloodydamn spellbinding return to my number one favorite sci-fi series of all time.
There haven’t been any changes to my list of favorite authors of all time for a year now. I’m gratified to say that after reading his Red Rising trilogy and Iron Gold, Pierce Brown deserves to be included in the list.
For those of you who don’t know, Iron Gold is the continuation to the highly acclaimed Red Rising trilogy which has now become a saga; making this book in reality the fourth book in the Red Rising Saga. The story takes place ten years after the end of Morning Star and to tell you what the book is about—spoiler-free, of course—there’s really no better way than to let Pierce Brown himself explain it:
“Iron Gold is about the struggle to preserve liberty in a bleak landscape, where heroes of the past look suspiciously like villains and the inspiring dream of liberty has been hijacked by politicians, dirtied by social strife, and muddled by interest groups and competing factions.
How in such a world can good prevail? On the back of one man? Certainly not. It takes a village—a host of disparate people who, despite their conflicting views and disparate pasts, must band together to find their own purpose, to replenish the dream of liberty with their own sacrifices and come together for the common good…”
– Pierce Brown
Full article here: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1...
There you have it. And as for my thoughts and review, here it goes.
I found the plot to be incredibly compelling; it was extremely hard to put down and the pacing was executed masterfully. Most of the chapters in this book tended to end on a cliffhanger and there wasn’t any moment where I was bored, not even for one bloodydamn page. There’s one very good reason for this: multi-POV. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the first trilogy; even though it was told solely through Darrow’s perspective in first person narration, it was utterly magnificent and immersive. However, if Pierce really intends to continue this series with another trilogy, I seriously don’t think another one-character POV would be a good idea; it would be tedious to say the least. This is why the shift in narration to a four-person multi-POV was a brilliant move. Seeing the plot unfold from several characters’ perspectives with different backgrounds and personalities provided the series with a new level of depth and complexity in regards to both the characters and the scope of the story. I found the story grand and majestic, and I enjoyed it immensely. Pierce Brown really knows how to create a dramatic, dynamic, and cinematic experience in his book, and every character’s POV was engaging and addictive in their own way. It's also worth noting that although Iron Gold is the biggest installment in the series so far, it was still way too short. Each word kept me turning the pages late into the night and Pierce also managed to connect the few loose ends from Morning Star seamlessly. It’s a book about liberty, about penance, about politics, about love, and many more aspects that contain a heavy resemblance to our current society. This is actually one of the many reasons why I really love Red Rising Saga; even though the series is sci-fi and the majority of the time it doesn’t take place on Earth, it was incredibly scary, relatable, and it was almost prophetic how the mayhem in this book and series seems to always correlate with our world.
“I know it may be impossible to believe now, when everything is dark and broken, but you will survive this pain, little one. Pain is a memory. You will live and you will struggle and you will find joy. And you will remember your family from this breath to your dying days, because love does not fade. Love is the stars, and its light carries on long after death.”
I’ve talked already about the brilliant narrative change to multi-POV, but to be honest I had my doubts about it at first due to the fact that these four POV’s were all done in first person POV, not in third person POV which I’m more used to. However, Pierce Brown nailed it with finesse. Not only was the story more epic in scope, more importantly, he managed to make each character have distinct voices and personalities, even when all four of them were done in first person narration. Although it took me a while to warm up to one of the POV, once I was halfway through the book I found myself loving all four POV's equally. These characters’ emotions, their rage, friendships, loss, love, dilemmas, were easily felt through each word that Pierce carved; it was emotionally impactful for me. All the characters are flawed and feel real, complex, and believably burdened with the past and the weight of their choices and actions; they did questionable things and I love this book more because of that. Humans are complex by nature and this book goes to show just how complex each individual can be, especially when they are all trapped in the cycle of death. It’s safe to say that I’m emotionally invested in all the characters, both main and side.
One of the thing that made this book differ from its previous trilogy is its action scenes. I’m not talking about the quality, because those have always been exhilarating and breathtaking ever since Golden Son. Iron Gold is the same, as pulse-pounding and intricate as ever, but the difference is that the amount of violence/gore in this book. Iron Gold contained a lot of violent scenes, and they were all written elegantly and it made all the scenes more powerful. I absolutely love them; the set-pieces, the buildup, the execution, they were all wonderfully well-written.
Pierce Brown also did a spectacular job with his world-building in the book. It was enlightening to read all about what has happened in the past ten years, to both characters and the settings within the solar system. We also get to see the characters’ journeys on several different planets, and the settings, atmosphere, and weather were all vividly described in order to enrich each reader's experience within the series’s universe. However, my favorite part of the world-building was the cultural differences between the colors, how everything changes and yet still the same at the same time. And the implementation of Japanese culture in House Raa family was especially delightful for me to read. For example: the terms gahja (outsiders) that the House Raa used, derives from the word gaijin, which means foreigners, and they all uphold the code of honor and respect that is really famous in the Japanese culture.
Before Brown’s Red Rising trilogy became a saga, the division between those who loved and those who hated the series stemmed primarily from Brown’s prose. Fortunately, I fall on the loving side. I always think of Pierce’s prose as evocative, philosophical, compelling, vivid, and elegantly raw and destructive. In my opinion, he is the only one who can pull off first person present tense magnificently. Plus, in the prologue of the book, we also get to see a fraction of what kind of story he can tell if he writes in third person perspective narration, and in my opinion it was transcendent. I know it was short but it made me wish that one day we’ll get to see him write a full novel in a multi third-person narration. Regardless of my wishful thinking, this once again goes to show just how talented he is as a writer.
“It is my duty as a free man to read so I'm not blind being lead around by my nose”
The year 2018 has only just begun and I already know Iron Gold will be included not only as one of my favorite reads of the year but also as one of my favorite books. In my honest opinion—together with Golden Son—this is tied for the best installment in the series so far as I love them both equally. Red Rising Saga is truly my favorite sci-fi series of all time and I highly recommend this to all sci-fi fans. Plus, it seems like the wait for the sequel to this book, Dark Age, won't be too long as Pierce is planning to release the book within the same year, sometime this September!
One final thing. I’ll leave this selection from the acknowledgments in the book for all of you to read because trust me, Pierce Brown understands his readers. Who knows? This could be the extra push for those of you who are trapped in the Bermuda Triangle of Fantasy (George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch) to invest in the Red Rising Saga.
“A single, standalone book is a fling. A series such as this is a relationship between author and reader. You trusted me to give me your time, your imagination through the initial trilogy. And, by buying this book, you trusted me yet again.
So my greatest thanks to you, the reader, for that trust. Know that I do not take it lightly, and will not abuse it as we spin further down the rabbit hole.” –Pierce Brown
Side note: The homage to A Song of Ice and Fire is perfection.
“House Leo sends their regards.”
Okay relax boyo, there is no House Leo. I made that up to keep this review spoiler-free but you get my point.
Picture: My copy of Iron Gold. Thank you, Haifa! I will cherish this birthday gift!
You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
So here we are, back in the elaborately ruthless world of Red Rising. And boy-o-fucking-boy was it a glorious return.
Honestly, it's not often that I find myself with much hope for continuations of series that have concluded. Many times it's easy to see when new material is... uninspired. Money/deals/obligations have the potential to create sticky situations. I loved the first three Red Rising books & I was worried that this new addition may be unnecessary, even if the prospect of continuing on with such an amazing tale was exciting.
But let me just say, Iron Gold is purely additive.
Pierce Brown doesn't write like he's in it for the wrong reasons. He writes like he has a story to tell, and he's gonna tell us the bloodydamn story the way it's meant to be told. Period.
10 years after the events of the original trilogy, the social & political structure of this world is balanced on a knife's edge. Rebellions, criminal organizations, and the looming threat of the Ash Lord plague the visions of peace & prosperity Darrow once held for the future.
Given the time gap, there's a healthy amount of nostalgia present here with many old faces making a meaningful return & the next generation taking up the mantel to make their own way in this world ravaged by war. Resulting consequences of actions from the past ripple through the story, touching every corner in a way that feels realistic & plausible.
The new characters whose perspectives we follow are all excellent compliments to Darrow. Together they create a complex circle of interconnection that forces the reader to be on constant swivel when deciding who to support & who to condemn. As situations pan out, it becomes clear that characters on many sides of this conflict are represented, and that they often hold justifiable points of view.
A set up like this is only improved by the choice of sticking with First Person POV for each character, which is probably the last thing I thought I'd ever hear myself say. But truly one of the biggest strengths of Brown's series is how he forges the bonds between the readers & his characters, and I believe he is aided by giving readers a glimpse into the minds of his central cast.
Speaking of characters, many people seem to dislike Darrow but for me, his flawed are exactly what make him such a magnificent character. In fact, I can't think of any other character who upsets me repeatedly, does literally everything I'm screaming for him not to do, and yet somehow still manages to gain my sympathy & wrangle my emotions into knots. Darrow is his own man, slag what I or anyone else thinks. And that's why I love him, even when I want to throttle him.
Brown's talent as a writer is on full display here. Not only does he beautifully capture the rage & brutality that fuels a war driven society such as this, but he creates situations that resonate deeply with his audience. Scenes of blood & gore that are not there for simple shock value, not there for purpose of a momentary gasp or a whispered "Ouch."
Moments of clarity, friendship, passion, defeat, anger, understanding are interwoven to give the violence a meaningful shape.
The the juxtaposition of cruelty & elegance stands starkly unique against the backdrop of this violent world he has called forth. Each scene is penned with such an individual significance that they will surely be replaying over & over again in your mind.
One of my favorite aspects of this series is how Brown finds interesting ways to paint a detailed picture of a high-tech society without boring me to tears. I've personally struggled a lot with Hard Science Fiction as a written genre because I tend to get bogged down in its densely worded walls of unnecessary sci-fi jargon. Red Rising as a series is not Hard Science Fiction, but the advanced tech of the era is critical to the story being told & I appreciate that it is communicated in a way that gives me clear imagery without assuming I'm in need of a physics lesson.
The only reason I knocked off half a star (more like a quarter of a star if I'm being honest but I don't normally divide my ratings down that far) is because I felt myself being just a little less interested in Ephraim's point of view when compared with Lysander, Lyria, and Darrow. His arc definitely paid off in the end but if I absolutely had to pick a least favorite POV, it'd be his. He's still a great character with a solid presence in the book, but he stood a little shorter in the shadows of the others.
This is truly one of my absolute favorite series. It's taken the concepts & formulas we've seen before & breathed new life into them. These are the ideas that resonate with humanity or else we wouldn't see them told over & over in so many different ways. Iron Gold is just the newest masterpiece to devour in the Red Rising series, and it's exactly what I needed to read at this moment in my life.
If you haven't gotten your hands on this series by now, what the gory hell are you waiting for?
This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest!
"War eats the victors last."
SPECTACULAR STORYTELLING! I knew before that Pierce Brown had a great way with words. But with interweaving 4 different POVs into one story, his storytelling skills reached new heights. I was spellbound from beginning to the end and as cliché as it may sound, I could not put this book down. Pierce Brown definitely knows how to make me FEEL while I read his books!
Once again, Darrow's POV and storyline touched me the most. He is the ultimate tortured hero and author spares him nothing. After everything that Darrow sacrificed, it broke my heart to see him doubting himself and blaming himself for so many things. [spoilers removed]
"It feels like the world is doing this to us. But is it the world or is it the me? The way I am built? A breaker, not a builder after all."
Among new main characters, Lyria has become my favorite. She is direct, always does what is need to be done. She goes through so much but remains empathetic towards others. She may be naive and inexperienced but she has genuinely good heart, strong backbone and she is a person of high morals. And I have to respect her for that. Together with Darrow's POV, hers was the most emotional one.
Lysander's storyline was a fascinating one. Not because of what he did or said but because of the situations he found himself in and people he met. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Lysander himself; there is something about him that rubs me the wrong way. But all in all, I'm very curious to see where Pierce Brown will take his character in the next book.
"Using claws of others is not brave, nor it is the same as having claws."
The last one of new characters, Ephraim, is another proof that Pierce Brown likes his characters to be complex, complicated and never ever fully good or fully bad. I'm going to repeat myself but the die is cast and I am super excited to see how Pierce Brown is going to play this game when it comes to Ephraim.
All that said, I have to admit that Iron Gold didn't have the same wow factor as previous books. This book felt like it was "only" setup for bigger things to come. And to imagine that there are even bigger things to come, I truly cannot wait for Dark Age!
Whatever Pierce Brown writes, I read it. It's that simple.
I can't wait to find out more about this project!
Read basic info about this new series in USA Today article and Entertainment Weekly. WARNING: Article contains spoilers from Red Rising trilogy so do not read if you haven't finished Morning Star yet!