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Dark Age by Pierce Brown




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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.
 
“Brown’s plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.”—NPR (Best Books of the Year)

He broke the chains. Then he broke the world….
 
A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he’s an outlaw.
 
Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?
 
In his darkening shadow, a new hero rises. 
 
Lysander au Lune, the displaced heir to the old empire, has returned to bridge the divide between the Golds of the Rim and Core. If united, their combined might may prove fatal to the fledgling Republic. 
 
On Luna, the embattled Sovereign of the Republic, Virginia au Augustus, fights to preserve her precious demokracy and her exiled husband. But one may cost her the other, and her son is not yet returned.
 
Abducted by enemy agents, Pax au Augustus must trust in a Gray thief, Ephraim, for his salvation. 
 
Far across the void, Lyria, a Red refugee accused of treason, makes a desperate bid for freedom with the help of two unlikely new allies.
 
Fear dims the hopes of the Rising, and as power is seized, lost, and reclaimed, the worlds spin on and on toward a new Dark Age.

Don’t miss any of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE

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PRAISE FOR PIERCE BROWN AND HIS RED RISING SAGA

Dark Age

“[Pierce] Brown’s plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100 percent him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.”
—NPR
 
“An epic story of rebellion, social unrest and sacrifice.”
Orlando Sentinel
 
Dark Age proves that Brown has truly become a master.”
The Geekiary
 
“Much like  A Song of Ice and Fire’s George R. R. Martin, Brown is an author who is interested in exploring the consequences of his protagonist’s actions. Revolution doesn’t come without a price and no one can stay a hero forever. . . .  Dark Age continues the trend of compelling characters, fast plotting, action, and the feeling that no one is truly safe and no one is who you think they are.”
The Mary Sue

Iron Gold


“Complex, layered . . . mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera . . . done in a style [that] borders on Shakespearean.” —NPR

“[A] thoughtful blend of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fascinating . . . This is one you absolutely will have to read.” The BiblioSanctum

Morning Star

“A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns.” Booklist (starred review)

Golden Son

“In a word,  Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.” Tordotcom

Red Rising


“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game.” Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

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THE SOVEREIGN

“Citizens of the Solar Republic, this is your Sovereign.”

I stare half blind into a firing squad of fly-eyed cameras. Out the viewport behind my stage, battle stations and ships of war float be­yond the upper atmosphere of Luna.

Eight billion eyes watch me.

“On Friday evening last, the third day of the Mensis Martius, I re­ceived a brief indicating that a large-scale Society military operation was under way in the orbit of Mercury. The largest in materiel and man­power since the Battle of Mars, five long years ago.

“We are responsible for this crisis. Lured by the false promises of an enemy plenipotentiary, we allowed our resolve to weaken. We allowed ourselves to believe in the better virtues of our enemy, and that peace was possible with tyrants.

“That lie, seductive though it was, has been exposed as a cruel machi­nation of statecraft designed, perpetrated, and executed by the newly appointed Dictator of the Society remnant, Atalantia au Grimmus—daughter of the Ash Lord. Under her spell, we compromised with the agents of tyranny. We turned on our greatest general, the sword who broke the chains of bondage, and demanded he accept a peace he knew to be a lie.

“When he did not, we cried Traitor! Tyrant! Warmonger! In fear of him, we recalled the Home Guard elements of the White Fleet from Mercury back to Luna. We left Imperator Aquarii at half strength, ex­posed, vulnerable. Now, her fleet, the fleet which freed all our homes, floats in ruins. Two hundred of your ships of war destroyed. Thousands of your sailors killed. Millions of your brothers and sisters marooned upon a hostile sphere. Quadrillions of your wealth squandered. Not by virtue of enemy arms, but by the squabbling of your Senate.

“I have heard it said in these last months, in the halls of the New Forum, on the streets of Hyperion, on the news channels across our Republic, that we should abandon these sons and daughters of liberty, these Free Legions. I have heard them called, in public, without shame, ‘the Lost Legions.’ Written off by you, despite the courage they have summoned, the endurance they have shown, the horrors they have suf­fered for you. Written off because we fear to part with our ships will in­vite invasion of our homeworlds. Because we fear to once again see Society iron over our skies. Because we fear to risk the comforts and freedoms the men and women of the Free Legions purchased for us with their blood . . .

“I will tell you what I fear. I fear time has diluted our dream! I fear that in our comfort, we believe liberty to be self-fulfilling!” I lean for­ward. “I fear that the meekness of our resolve, the bickering and backbit­ing on which we have so decadently glutted ourselves, will rob us of the unity of will that moved the world forward to a fairer place, where re­spect for justice and freedom has found a foothold for the first time in a millennium.

“I fear that in this disunity we will sink back into the hideous epoch from which we escaped, and that the new dark age will be crueler, more sinister, and more protracted by the malice which we have awoken in our enemies.

“I call upon you, the People of the Republic, to stand united. To be­seech your senators to reject fear. To reject this torpor of self-interest. To not quiver in primal trepidation at the thought of invasion, to not let your senators hoard your wealth for themselves and hide behind your ships of war, but to summon the more wrathful angels of their spirits and send forth the might of the Republic to scourge the engines of tyranny and oppression from the Mercurian sky and rescue our Free Legions.”

At that moment, three hundred eighty-four thousand kilometers from my heart, in orbit one thousand kilometers above the wayward continent of South Pacifica, projectiles skinned with Sun Industries stealth polymer race into the void at 320,000 kilometers per hour to­ward Mercury, ferrying not death, but supplies, radiation medicine, ma­chines of war, and, if my husband is alive, a message of hope.

You have not been abandoned. I will come for you.
Until then, endure, my love. Endure.

PROLOGUE
Two Months Earlier

DARROW
Blood Red

A graveyard of Republic warships floats in the shadow of Mercury.

Of the triumphant White Fleet that liberated Luna, Earth, and Mars, nothing remains but twisted shards and blackened hollows. Shattered by the might of the Ash Armada, the broken ships spin in orbit around the planet they liberated only months before. No longer filled with Martian sailors and legionnaires loyal to Eo’s dream, their cold halls are naked to vacuum and populated only by the dead.

This is the last laugh of the Ash Lord, and the debut of his heir.

While I burned the old warlord to death in his bed on Venus with Apollonius and Sevro, his daughter Atalantia stepped out from his shadow to take up his office of Dictator. She slipped the greater part of their armada away from Venus and used the sun’s sensor-distorting ra­diation to ambush the White Fleet in orbit over Mercury.

Orion, my fleet’s commander and the greatest naval tactician in the Republic, never saw them coming. It was a massacre, and I was three weeks too late to stop it. The frantic Mayday calls of my friends tortured me as I crossed the void, slipping farther and farther away from my son and wife toward bedlam.

The White Fleet may be gone, but the Free Legions they ferried to Mercury are not dead yet. Soon I will join them on the surface of Mer­cury, but first I have work to do.

It would be easier with Sevro. Everything violent is.

My breath rasps in my vacuum-proof suit as I traverse the graveyard. My magnetic boots land silently along the broken spine of a Republic dreadnought, and I peer into a great fissure in the hull to check on the progress of my lancer. The wound in the hull is thirty decks deep. Jetsam floats in the darkness—bits of metal, mattresses, coffeepots, frozen globes of machine fluid, and severed limbs. No sign of Alexandar.

The rigid corpse of a sailor in a mechanic’s kit drifts upward feet-first. His legs have been congealed into a single crooked stump from the heat of a particle blast. His mouth is locked in a silent scream, as if to ask, “Where were you when the enemy came? Where was the Reaper I swore to follow?”

He was deceived by his enemies, by his allies, by himself.

While the Republic Senate fooled itself into believing peace could be made with fascist warlords, I pretended killing the Ash Lord would end war in our time. That I held the key to unlocking a future where I could put down the slingBlade and return to my child and wife to be a father and a husband. My desperation let me believe that lie. The Senate’s na­ïveté let them believe Atalantia’s. But I know the truth now.

War is our time. Sevro thought he could escape it. I thought I could end it. But our enemy is like the Hydra. Cut off one head, two more sprout. They will not sue for peace. They will not surrender. Their heart must be excised, their will to fight ground to the finest dust.

Only then will there be peace.

Lights flicker in the chasm beneath my feet. Several minutes later, a Gold in an EVA suit drifts upward to set down with me on the hull. For fear of enemy sensors, he puts his faceplate to mine to give his sound waves a medium.

“Reactor is primed and ready for necromancy.”

“Well done, Alexandar.”

He nods stoically.

The young soldier is no longer the callow, insecure youth who entered my service as a lancer four years ago. After war, most men shrink. Some from the rending of flesh. Some from the loss of fellows. Some from the loss of autonomy. But most in shame at discovering their own impo­tence. Confronted with horror, their dreams of destiny crumple. Only a cursed few relish the dark thrill in discovering they are natural-born kill­ers.

Alexandar is a killer. He has proven himself the worthy heir to the legacy of his grandfather Lorn au Arcos. And I have begun to wonder if he will inherit my burden. He alone held back the tide atop the Ash Lord’s spire when Thraxa, Sevro, and I had been knocked to our knees. It woke the hunger in him. Now, he craves revenge on Atalantia for the murder of our fleet.

I miss that purity of purpose.

What was it that Lorn said again? “The old rage in colder ways, for they alone decide how to spend the young.”

How many more must I spend? What is Alexandar’s life worth? What is mine worth? As if to find the answer, I glance to my right. Past the hull of the drifting dreadnought, the eastern rim of Mercury throbs like a molten scythe.

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Parents, be aware there is too much use of the f and c curse words.
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2019
I am a huge, huge fan of this series. Hands down it is my favorite world to visit, my favorite brilliant author who surprises with plot twists and stunning depictions of this world of our future. Favorite, favorite. favorite. I cannot tell you how many people I... See more
I am a huge, huge fan of this series. Hands down it is my favorite world to visit, my favorite brilliant author who surprises with plot twists and stunning depictions of this world of our future. Favorite, favorite. favorite.

I cannot tell you how many people I have turned into fans. I truly wait for each installment, feeling like Christmas morning when it arrives in my kindle.

However, I have to give this book one star because of the use in profanity. My teenaged children and I have been shocked by the use of the f word and the vile c word, encountered a dozen times in the first 10% of the book.

I am heart broken. The language is so jarring. If we are reading about a fictional future with so many introductions of words that are foreign to us, why use our most profane words while the characters are speaking? Why not make up additional words and phrases for your characters to speak? Using our English curse words is offensive, and using those words dash me back into my "real world."

I reached out to Amazon to see if there is a filter option in kindle, where I could block out the words (really? c___?) or use symbols to replace the words or even insert the word llama for them and was told no.

Mr. Brown, I love you and I love the world you have created. I don''t want to tell you what words to use, but I sure wish I could be in your world without those particular words. It seems each book pushes the boundaries more and more and I absolutely feel how dastardly awful you want us to think of your villains, but....I am saddened to encounter so much awful language, and I am only 10% in.

I have told my children (teens who are huge fans as well) that this book is off limits.

There is much unhappiness in my house.
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Back on track.
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
Book 4 wasn''t in the same class as the first three books. It didn''t flow as well, it didn''t use all the same footing that was built up in the first three books and suffered for it. It was a re-start that tripped quite a bit by trying to go for breadth instead of depth. This... See more
Book 4 wasn''t in the same class as the first three books. It didn''t flow as well, it didn''t use all the same footing that was built up in the first three books and suffered for it. It was a re-start that tripped quite a bit by trying to go for breadth instead of depth. This book made up for everything that was an issue in Book 4. The characters became both deeper and more relatable and when they suffered a loss it was much more striking. Great next step in the series.
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Robuster.
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
I have given this failing story my list second and my last dime.They get no more from me.. This writer has failed his readership , his craft and ultimately himself. It has to many characters with way to much plots twisting. The unending descriptions is a nitemare... See more
I have given this failing story my list second and my last dime.They get no more from me..
This writer has failed his readership , his craft and ultimately himself.
It has to many characters with way to much plots twisting. The unending descriptions is a nitemare to get through. Why not just write what the reader will read? Why must the descriptive
technology go on page after damn page?
The editor of this book should have left half of it on the floor , reigned in the Author and reminded him of why the first two books were elite and why the three since has been less than average.
Save your money , your time and your sanity.
Let this story just be remembered at the end of the third book.Let Darrow , Elo , Servo and Virginia have their place in the Vale.
Let it be over.
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Jeff
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Different than the rest.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
I am a fan of getting inside a character’s head. This has allowed me to see deeper into the players and their plans. So, I appreciate this book. I hope you can find a satisfying ending to this tragedy some day soon... because it’s damn depressing. Stop... See more
I am a fan of getting inside a character’s head. This has allowed me to see deeper into the players and their plans.

So, I appreciate this book. I hope you can find a satisfying ending to this tragedy some day soon... because it’s damn depressing.

Stop killing off my favorite characters; you’ve already surpassed GRRM’s body count.
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Mick Levin
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No story and poorly developed characters
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
I loved Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star for the character development and relationships formed between them. The books were fun, a little naughty, included a bit of romance, and had a martial edge. Reaper was clever, always had a surprise up his sleeve or clever... See more
I loved Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star for the character development and relationships formed between them. The books were fun, a little naughty, included a bit of romance, and had a martial edge. Reaper was clever, always had a surprise up his sleeve or clever strategy to pursue. His enemies were equally clever but Reaper''s persistence and sometimes sheer balls paid off both on the battlefield and off.

This isn''t clever, naughty, fun, or romantic. It''s sheer butchery. Only the best of the butchers survive. Not one character has any depth - butcher, beast, friend, or foe. Even Reaper loses his cleverness, sense of humor, and ability to exchange in pleasant banter with his friends and enemies.

This novel, like its predecessor, appears to have no purpose other than to continue a saga that should have come to an end after Morning Star. These two novels are like Disney continuing the Star Wars saga - solely for the money they can make and without furthering the story or providing anything new or worthwhile.

Don''t buy this book unless you just want to read a continuation of a story that has already been completed. This book has nothing new or worthy to provide.
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Per aspera ad astra
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
Words cannot describe how over the moon I feel about finally getting my hands on this glorious monster of a book. I was upset at first when I noticed my copy suffered an ugly dent during shipment but I''m trying not to be a Pixie about it for now cuz I already know finishing... See more
Words cannot describe how over the moon I feel about finally getting my hands on this glorious monster of a book. I was upset at first when I noticed my copy suffered an ugly dent during shipment but I''m trying not to be a Pixie about it for now cuz I already know finishing this behemoth will be far more emotionally devastating. Considering that this is book 5 in the series, you should be well aware of how wonderfully crafted the world, story, characters, and set pieces all are from the previous books by the lead Howler himself Pierce Brown. And he certainly does not disappoint in this one.
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Matt
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Reads like a comic book
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
Honestly, neither of the two installments (so far) after the original trilogy should have happened. The drop-off in quality has been so significant it''s very disheartening, having enjoyed the first three books so much. I think the best way to describe my... See more
Honestly, neither of the two installments (so far) after the original trilogy should have happened. The drop-off in quality has been so significant it''s very disheartening, having enjoyed the first three books so much.

I think the best way to describe my frustration is, it''s understandable when writing in a known universe that the author will need to introduce new elements to make the stories feel fresh. But having already established the general ground rules of the universe in the original trilogy, it feels cheap to throw in so many new elements. On their own, they are the semi-implausible events that make a story interesting. But reading this book felt like reading a comic book. Like when Superman''s evil twin from a parallel universe appears, Batman discovers a new element calling super-kroptonite while hiking in the Amazon, and now there is a new lantern corp, and heyo - a Spiderman crossover! In comic book form it''s fun, but in a book in a universe that is written as semi-plausible it''s just irritating. I found the Ascomanni, and Fá''s origins, particularly absurd and also unnecessary to make the story interesting considering how many other additional elements had already been inserted.
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Darrow’s Humbling
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
Part 5 in the Red Rising Saga was one of the better books in the whole series. The obstacles Reaper faced were many and his support was minuscule - that journey was nail-biting and bitter. This book introduces many top tier new Big Bad’s - so I can see the series... See more
Part 5 in the Red Rising Saga was one of the better books in the whole series. The obstacles Reaper faced were many and his support was minuscule - that journey was nail-biting and bitter.

This book introduces many top tier new Big Bad’s - so I can see the series extending for some time yet. Can''t wait for book 6.
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Bloodydamn a great read..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2019
Dark age is book 5 in the red rising series and book 2 in the 2nd trilogy, needless to say this isn’t the place to start if you haven’t already been reading the series. Pierce brown is my favorite author he had been in the top three or four anyway but with Dark age he...See more
Dark age is book 5 in the red rising series and book 2 in the 2nd trilogy, needless to say this isn’t the place to start if you haven’t already been reading the series. Pierce brown is my favorite author he had been in the top three or four anyway but with Dark age he cements his place at the top, it’s not just that he is a great writer and a amazing storyteller, which is not always a given in a author even a successful one, but it’s the consistency of the series he writes that make me think that make me laugh, that they trill me, and yes at times break my heart, 5 books on and not one I would judge less then 5 stars. Dark age is about consequences and as with the series as a whole it is about chains a frequent motifs in the series where it mean freedom from slavery in the books it hides a deeper meaning in the chains our own nature impose our greed our lusts our avarice and cycles of violence and behavior we are doomed to repeat and above all about the legacy, good and bad, that our parents leave us. Like the other books it what the author describes as science fantasy, or I would as extremely well written space opera, so Space ships and robots abound mankind has been segregated and bred into castes defined by color with gold at the top and red at the bottom. Despite the advances most conflicts are resolved by hand to hand combat , and there’s an actual cavalry charge at one stage why I call it space opera, though often lyrical in its prose and possessing a intelligence and wit often lacking in that sub genre though rather them aimed at the science or how everything works it’s spent on observations about human nature. essentially this is a Greek myth come to life Demi gods and all both if the first trilogy was Homers Iliad a paen to the glory of war then this is Virgil’s Aeneid with a sting in the tail. Like iron gold this book contains multiple points of view if the first trilogy was about throwing off the chains of oppression then the 2nd is about happens when the consequences of our actions come home when we pay the price for youthful hubris. So ephraim, Darrow , Lyra, Lysander are again the major POV characters with Virginia being a another view point character the strength of the novel is again it’s villains both expected and unexpected its weakness few save that I wish the author would expound a bit more on the differences between the different strains of man when he does it’s more for the strains we don’t have a POV character such as the whites through Xenophon and the blues through Orion and colloaway also I am a bit ambiavielent about how the Syndicate story resolved lots to love in one way with a character I adore returning but it seems a bit forced? And possibly disconnected from the main storyline however that said there are more then a few hints that a different game is being played in the shadows. The secondary cast grows again with the unsworn, the fear knight and Faa being a particular highlight, also pax and Electra come into there own here as Demi gods in training. I would love to go onall I want to do is discuss this book to death but since I don’t want to spoil and it’s hard to discuss any of the ongoing storylines which are continued from iron gold without doing so all I will say is bloodydamn this is a fantastic read.
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Rich
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Stuck in a narrative morass
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2019
An extremely frustrating read focused on delivering continual twists, turns, shocks and surprises instead of developing characters or building a coherent narrative. Earlier books with smaller casts of characters were much more affecting and interesting. Several events in...See more
An extremely frustrating read focused on delivering continual twists, turns, shocks and surprises instead of developing characters or building a coherent narrative. Earlier books with smaller casts of characters were much more affecting and interesting. Several events in the book seemed to quite literally come from nowhere and ultimately lead to frustration being the overwhelming emotion when reading the book. On a technical level, Brown''s inept use of descriptive similes also contributed to rising frustration with the book. Obviously, Brown wants to depict the negative and chaotic consequences of societal upheaval, but for me this desire simply results in an almost unendingly depressing and dispiriting read - while previous books managed to skilfully intertwine hope and despair, book 5 has an unbalanced focus on pain, anguish and torment. Overall, a disappointing follow-up to the previous books as Brown''s use of continuous and illogical narrative twists creates frustration, antipathy and distrust in the reader.
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Massacre on Mercury
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2021
Fifth novel in the ‘Red Rising’ series of science fiction books. A story of conflict in the solar system of the far future, when it’s all modelled on ancient Rome. This is not a jumping on point. New readers should start with Red Rising. Regular readers, read on. This book...See more
Fifth novel in the ‘Red Rising’ series of science fiction books. A story of conflict in the solar system of the far future, when it’s all modelled on ancient Rome. This is not a jumping on point. New readers should start with Red Rising. Regular readers, read on. This book runs for seven hundred and fifty two pages. It has four parts and is further divided into ninety six chapters. It does not end the story. There’s clearly more to come. There’s copious violence, some adult moments, and a handful of bits of strong language. So it’s just for the grown ups. There is a cast of characters at the front. And a map of one key location. Picking up from the end of the last book, Darrow is now an outlaw. And is at the centre of conflict on Mercury. Can he win again, or is his time done? Oh dear. This is a middle book. And then some. Letting things happen. Setting a lot more up. But it serves no more purpose than that. In addition to Darrow, there are four other viewpoint characters. It will tell you at the start of each chapter who it is in the one you are reading. Everyone narrates in first person present tense. I can see what this is trying to do. It’s cool to be epic, which it has to be in showing the sheer scope of the narrative. But you can get a little too epic for your own good. Which this alas is guilty of. The big problem is the prose. And the print. All the viewpoint characters do talk and think in the same way, so if not for the name at the start of each chapter, you could easily get confused as to whose chapter it is. I actually did on one occasion. The way it’s all written, the present tense and lots of short descriptive sentences, coupled with small print size, means this becomes a complete slog at points. The prose really didn’t hold me at all, and I had to take it very slowly to try and make it keep my attention. But that was a chore at times, not a pleasure. When the focus is on Darrow, it’s okay. The first part does actually come very close to clicking towards it’s end. But then he rather vanishes from the tale in the middle. Far too much time is given over to two other characters, whose stories don’t really go as far as you would hope and seem like diversions from the central story at times, so it’s easy to lose your focus there. It does slightly come back together in the final part where all plot points do converge and some things develop. But that’s where the middle book problem comes in. Because all this has done is be grim gritty and depressing for hundreds of pages, and leave so much up in the air. There are a few too many miraculous bits of tech just happening to come into play at key points, as well. As seems to be a common problem these days, you really wonder how much editing was done on this. If at all. Just gets two stars because of it’s ambition and occasional moments of clicking, but I am afraid this series has rather lost it’s way for me. I will consider reading any future one, but it needs to be a bit shorter and much less indulgent to make me want to.
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Brown''s writing continues to force you on
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2020
I toyed with giving this only 4 stars - still a respectable rating! The overall plot themes remain the same; plans, politics, epic battles, betrayals-upon-betrayals, brinksmanship, last minute salvation... all of which Brown executed perfectly in the first trilogy. So...See more
I toyed with giving this only 4 stars - still a respectable rating! The overall plot themes remain the same; plans, politics, epic battles, betrayals-upon-betrayals, brinksmanship, last minute salvation... all of which Brown executed perfectly in the first trilogy. So what''s different here? Simple. Brown''s storytelling and writing have grown along with the theatre of characters we now follow. Yes, the themes and objectives are the same. But it''s a delight to see new goodmen and women take the limelight away from Darrow and his neverending quest for equality in a solar system of Romanic tyrants. And what tyrants we are treated to here! Obscene and grotesque dance with nimble and sly. If you are at all a fan of Brown''s earlier books, it is safe to say you won''t be disappointed with this latest entry. And to anyone still considering the Red Rising series? Well, if you like science fiction, space opera, Roman history, Vikings and political thrillers, these books are for you.
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Amazing; better than all of the previous combined
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2019
I had trepidation before starting this book; the previous (Iron Gold) has a lot of potential, but felt like it was setting the stage throughout. Within 2 chapters, I was hooked again. This book is fantastic. There’s a lot of description on characters and their thoughts and...See more
I had trepidation before starting this book; the previous (Iron Gold) has a lot of potential, but felt like it was setting the stage throughout. Within 2 chapters, I was hooked again. This book is fantastic. There’s a lot of description on characters and their thoughts and doubts, but where this book goes is amazing. I can sympathise even with the “enemies”, they are written so well. I loved reading it and I normally struggle to stay enthused through a book. I am genuinely impressed and look forward to reading this again.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.
 
“Brown’s plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.”—NPR (Best Books of the Year)

He broke the chains. Then he broke the world….
 
A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he’s an outlaw.
 
Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?
 
In his darkening shadow, a new hero rises. 
 
Lysander au Lune, the displaced heir to the old empire, has returned to bridge the divide between the Golds of the Rim and Core. If united, their combined might may prove fatal to the fledgling Republic. 
 
On Luna, the embattled Sovereign of the Republic, Virginia au Augustus, fights to preserve her precious demokracy and her exiled husband. But one may cost her the other, and her son is not yet returned.
 
Abducted by enemy agents, Pax au Augustus must trust in a Gray thief, Ephraim, for his salvation. 
 
Far across the void, Lyria, a Red refugee accused of treason, makes a desperate bid for freedom with the help of two unlikely new allies.
 
Fear dims the hopes of the Rising, and as power is seized, lost, and reclaimed, the worlds spin on and on toward a new Dark Age.

Don’t miss any of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE

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PRAISE FOR PIERCE BROWN AND HIS RED RISING SAGA

Dark Age

“[Pierce] Brown’s plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100 percent him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.”
—NPR
 
“An epic story of rebellion, social unrest and sacrifice.”
Orlando Sentinel
 
Dark Age proves that Brown has truly become a master.”
The Geekiary
 
“Much like  A Song of Ice and Fire’s George R. R. Martin, Brown is an author who is interested in exploring the consequences of his protagonist’s actions. Revolution doesn’t come without a price and no one can stay a hero forever. . . .  Dark Age continues the trend of compelling characters, fast plotting, action, and the feeling that no one is truly safe and no one is who you think they are.”
The Mary Sue

Iron Gold


“Complex, layered . . . mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera . . . done in a style [that] borders on Shakespearean.” —NPR

“[A] thoughtful blend of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fascinating . . . This is one you absolutely will have to read.” The BiblioSanctum

Morning Star

“A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns.” Booklist (starred review)

Golden Son

“In a word,  Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.” Tordotcom

Red Rising


“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game.” Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

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THE SOVEREIGN

“Citizens of the Solar Republic, this is your Sovereign.”

I stare half blind into a firing squad of fly-eyed cameras. Out the viewport behind my stage, battle stations and ships of war float be­yond the upper atmosphere of Luna.

Eight billion eyes watch me.

“On Friday evening last, the third day of the Mensis Martius, I re­ceived a brief indicating that a large-scale Society military operation was under way in the orbit of Mercury. The largest in materiel and man­power since the Battle of Mars, five long years ago.

“We are responsible for this crisis. Lured by the false promises of an enemy plenipotentiary, we allowed our resolve to weaken. We allowed ourselves to believe in the better virtues of our enemy, and that peace was possible with tyrants.

“That lie, seductive though it was, has been exposed as a cruel machi­nation of statecraft designed, perpetrated, and executed by the newly appointed Dictator of the Society remnant, Atalantia au Grimmus—daughter of the Ash Lord. Under her spell, we compromised with the agents of tyranny. We turned on our greatest general, the sword who broke the chains of bondage, and demanded he accept a peace he knew to be a lie.

“When he did not, we cried Traitor! Tyrant! Warmonger! In fear of him, we recalled the Home Guard elements of the White Fleet from Mercury back to Luna. We left Imperator Aquarii at half strength, ex­posed, vulnerable. Now, her fleet, the fleet which freed all our homes, floats in ruins. Two hundred of your ships of war destroyed. Thousands of your sailors killed. Millions of your brothers and sisters marooned upon a hostile sphere. Quadrillions of your wealth squandered. Not by virtue of enemy arms, but by the squabbling of your Senate.

“I have heard it said in these last months, in the halls of the New Forum, on the streets of Hyperion, on the news channels across our Republic, that we should abandon these sons and daughters of liberty, these Free Legions. I have heard them called, in public, without shame, ‘the Lost Legions.’ Written off by you, despite the courage they have summoned, the endurance they have shown, the horrors they have suf­fered for you. Written off because we fear to part with our ships will in­vite invasion of our homeworlds. Because we fear to once again see Society iron over our skies. Because we fear to risk the comforts and freedoms the men and women of the Free Legions purchased for us with their blood . . .

“I will tell you what I fear. I fear time has diluted our dream! I fear that in our comfort, we believe liberty to be self-fulfilling!” I lean for­ward. “I fear that the meekness of our resolve, the bickering and backbit­ing on which we have so decadently glutted ourselves, will rob us of the unity of will that moved the world forward to a fairer place, where re­spect for justice and freedom has found a foothold for the first time in a millennium.

“I fear that in this disunity we will sink back into the hideous epoch from which we escaped, and that the new dark age will be crueler, more sinister, and more protracted by the malice which we have awoken in our enemies.

“I call upon you, the People of the Republic, to stand united. To be­seech your senators to reject fear. To reject this torpor of self-interest. To not quiver in primal trepidation at the thought of invasion, to not let your senators hoard your wealth for themselves and hide behind your ships of war, but to summon the more wrathful angels of their spirits and send forth the might of the Republic to scourge the engines of tyranny and oppression from the Mercurian sky and rescue our Free Legions.”

At that moment, three hundred eighty-four thousand kilometers from my heart, in orbit one thousand kilometers above the wayward continent of South Pacifica, projectiles skinned with Sun Industries stealth polymer race into the void at 320,000 kilometers per hour to­ward Mercury, ferrying not death, but supplies, radiation medicine, ma­chines of war, and, if my husband is alive, a message of hope.

You have not been abandoned. I will come for you.
Until then, endure, my love. Endure.

PROLOGUE
Two Months Earlier

DARROW
Blood Red

A graveyard of Republic warships floats in the shadow of Mercury.

Of the triumphant White Fleet that liberated Luna, Earth, and Mars, nothing remains but twisted shards and blackened hollows. Shattered by the might of the Ash Armada, the broken ships spin in orbit around the planet they liberated only months before. No longer filled with Martian sailors and legionnaires loyal to Eo’s dream, their cold halls are naked to vacuum and populated only by the dead.

This is the last laugh of the Ash Lord, and the debut of his heir.

While I burned the old warlord to death in his bed on Venus with Apollonius and Sevro, his daughter Atalantia stepped out from his shadow to take up his office of Dictator. She slipped the greater part of their armada away from Venus and used the sun’s sensor-distorting ra­diation to ambush the White Fleet in orbit over Mercury.

Orion, my fleet’s commander and the greatest naval tactician in the Republic, never saw them coming. It was a massacre, and I was three weeks too late to stop it. The frantic Mayday calls of my friends tortured me as I crossed the void, slipping farther and farther away from my son and wife toward bedlam.

The White Fleet may be gone, but the Free Legions they ferried to Mercury are not dead yet. Soon I will join them on the surface of Mer­cury, but first I have work to do.

It would be easier with Sevro. Everything violent is.

My breath rasps in my vacuum-proof suit as I traverse the graveyard. My magnetic boots land silently along the broken spine of a Republic dreadnought, and I peer into a great fissure in the hull to check on the progress of my lancer. The wound in the hull is thirty decks deep. Jetsam floats in the darkness—bits of metal, mattresses, coffeepots, frozen globes of machine fluid, and severed limbs. No sign of Alexandar.

The rigid corpse of a sailor in a mechanic’s kit drifts upward feet-first. His legs have been congealed into a single crooked stump from the heat of a particle blast. His mouth is locked in a silent scream, as if to ask, “Where were you when the enemy came? Where was the Reaper I swore to follow?”

He was deceived by his enemies, by his allies, by himself.

While the Republic Senate fooled itself into believing peace could be made with fascist warlords, I pretended killing the Ash Lord would end war in our time. That I held the key to unlocking a future where I could put down the slingBlade and return to my child and wife to be a father and a husband. My desperation let me believe that lie. The Senate’s na­ïveté let them believe Atalantia’s. But I know the truth now.

War is our time. Sevro thought he could escape it. I thought I could end it. But our enemy is like the Hydra. Cut off one head, two more sprout. They will not sue for peace. They will not surrender. Their heart must be excised, their will to fight ground to the finest dust.

Only then will there be peace.

Lights flicker in the chasm beneath my feet. Several minutes later, a Gold in an EVA suit drifts upward to set down with me on the hull. For fear of enemy sensors, he puts his faceplate to mine to give his sound waves a medium.

“Reactor is primed and ready for necromancy.”

“Well done, Alexandar.”

He nods stoically.

The young soldier is no longer the callow, insecure youth who entered my service as a lancer four years ago. After war, most men shrink. Some from the rending of flesh. Some from the loss of fellows. Some from the loss of autonomy. But most in shame at discovering their own impo­tence. Confronted with horror, their dreams of destiny crumple. Only a cursed few relish the dark thrill in discovering they are natural-born kill­ers.

Alexandar is a killer. He has proven himself the worthy heir to the legacy of his grandfather Lorn au Arcos. And I have begun to wonder if he will inherit my burden. He alone held back the tide atop the Ash Lord’s spire when Thraxa, Sevro, and I had been knocked to our knees. It woke the hunger in him. Now, he craves revenge on Atalantia for the murder of our fleet.

I miss that purity of purpose.

What was it that Lorn said again? “The old rage in colder ways, for they alone decide how to spend the young.”

How many more must I spend? What is Alexandar’s life worth? What is mine worth? As if to find the answer, I glance to my right. Past the hull of the drifting dreadnought, the eastern rim of Mercury throbs like a molten scythe.

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