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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.
At last it is time for Iron Gold, the continuation of the Red Rising Saga and first of the new trilogy, boy oh boy what a book this is.
I was one of the lucky few to get an early copy and I banged through it without really noticing the world around me – I shall not give away any real plot details, fans of the saga will genuinely not want to know until they get there – but suffice to say that Iron Gold is a book that was worth the wait. I’ve been saying this is the best yet and have had some odd looks, possibly due to the sheer brilliance of the finale to Red Rising – but it’s true I promise- Pierce Brown, although I didn’t think it was possible, has played a sheer blinder here.
The old world is dead but is the new world going to be any better? Well that is the question, now we get an expanded view of what is going on, moving away in parts from Darrow and the rest (but fear not, there is plenty from them too), meeting new characters (Lyria I can tell you is going to be a superstar favourite) and old, with that strong emotionally resonant prose that digs deep into your soul and clings there long after the read is done.
We are taken through this shiny new reality, which is not nearly as shiny as the revolution promised, Darrow faces new challenges, the reader faces new heartbreaks and honestly honestly you’ll be absolutely drained when you get to the end. In that satisfied, half tearful half excitable way that anyone who read the Red Rising trilogy will know very well indeed.
Iron Gold is quite simply incredible. The sheer breathtaking scope of it, the world building, the character arcs, the genuinely compelling political landscapes, every part of this book is made up of pure reading joy. Oh and the random shouting out, an odd bit of hair pulling, the need for a lot of chocolate and the occasional bout of crying into a pillow. That too. But mostly pure reading joy.
I’ve heard that we don’t have to wait TOO long for the next part but frankly if I had it now it wouldn’t be soon enough.
Creative, passionate, addictive and dazzzling. THAT is Iron Gold.
Obviously Highly Recommended. Go get it!