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Iron Gold

(Red Rising Saga #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  51,745 ratings  ·  4,256 reviews
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
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi & space opera fans
Shelves: favorites
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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 of the highly acclaimed Red Rising trilogy, which has n
Pierce Brown
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Scintillating. Just scintillating. This author seems to really understand the way my clock ticks.

If you know what I mean, boyo.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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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
3.5 stars

Ok. Well.
I'm a huge fan of the original trilogy and was incredibly happy with the way Brown ended it. Fantastic job. I was so grateful he didn't shit the bed on that one.


But then I heard there was a new book coming out with new characters.
Ok, ok. Well, new characters sounds cool.


So, I went into this sort of expecting it to have a bit of stuff with the original cast, but mainly it would be about the new guys fighting to make the new Republic work and whatnot.
Now, I'm not saying that's w
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

So here we are, back in the elaborately ruthless world of Red Rising. And boy-o-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 o
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘you will survive… because love does not fade. love is the stars, and its light carries on long after death.’

and the love affair i have with pierce browns storytelling could fill the night sky with an infinity of stars, making the sun jealous of their light.

what absolutely blows me away is the emotional complexity of this story and how that is conveyed through the writing. PB excels at fast-paced action-packed scenes, which is a must for a sci-fi novel. but consistent words of beauty and he
"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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is without a shadow of a doubt my all time favourite sci-fi series. It has the perfect blend of action, drama, romance, and shock happenings. The story is pretty dark and intense, but that is mitigated by the humor and the undercurrent of hope that ran through the story.

I felt like the Red Rising trilogy had a near perfect, fantastic, ending but I was still looking forward to this sequel series (despite the dreaded 10 years time jump) because I always felt like this world was so awe
C.G. Drews
I sooo wish I hadn't read this. I know everyone else loves this book a lot, so I'm the ugly little toadstool here. But it actually destroyed the original trilogy for me and I just. wish. I. hadn't. read. it.

☆ i feel like it destroyed ALL the reasons I loved the characters in the original trilogy
☆ I literally hated Darrow by the end of this and??? hello I'm not here for that????
☆ plus it destroyed Darrow and (view spoiler)
☆ i hate spinoffs t
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Done in one day, but how long to recover??
Apr 26, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

#1.) Red Rising ★★★
#2.) Golden Son ★★★★
#3.) Morning Star ★★★★
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ugh, this was achingly good.

Marry me Mr. Brown, and feed me titbits from the next book!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Full review now posted!

Well done, Pierce. This was a bloodydamn phenomenal reentry into a story I thought had come to an end. It was phenomenally handled, and I applaud both your bravery and finesse in this continuation of a series that has already left its mark on the sci-fi world.

It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to revisit a series that you thought was ended well. Some authors don’t know how to let a world go and move onto another, and sometimes a world revisited but revisited poorly can sour
First reread, just as good as the first time. Now on to Dark Age.
Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for providing me with a Netgalley copy of the book in exchange for an honest review as a result of a contest!

You'll have to forgive my language, but DAMN YOU, PIERCE. How could you do this to me? Rip my heart out by making the stakes even higher, making me care about even more characters in this incredible world you've built, only to leave fates hanging in the balance and the unive
Dec 15, 2016 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
The cover though...

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
After being back and forth on this book over the last year, my brain cells finally have a consensus: Iron Gold was a satisfying continuation to the original trilogy.

I first picked up the book shortly after it came out, then ended up abandoning it several chapters in. It took me too much time to re-immersed, and every time it started to gain momentum, there’d be a new POV. I lost interest, then I started confusing characters, so I got fed up and put it down.

I’m glad I picked it back up.

I thought

The man ain't sliding on his storytelling.

Expect excellent things. Difficult things. Tragic things. And best of all, NEW CHARACTERS! And old, of course. :) The wheel turns and turns and turns.

Yep. I'm a fanboy. It's not just the fantastically detailed worldbuilding or the way the author colors all the planets upon a mythological background or how awesome all the space-opera plays out or the really cool battles or the blood.

It's the whole package. It only gets deeper with this new book. We h
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: ✰✰✰✰

I have a love/hate relationship with Pierce Brown.

On the one hand, his books are just ridiculously cool, and they combine so many elements of many genres that I love dearly. It almost feels like a Sci-fi/Space Opera-Dystopian-Fantasy hybrid, and he does a really great job of this, without making it difficult to read. The first Red Rising trilogy is probably one of the most recommendable series that I've ever read - not because they're the most amazing books ever, but because
Feb 18, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

In Pierce Brown's 'Red Rising Trilogy' which precedes this book, humans - who had colonized the entire Solar System - were separated into caste-like Color categories. The ruling "Golds" were on top and the low-level "Reds" were on the bottom. The Reds were essentially slaves, who had short brutal lives in the underground mines of Mars. Other Color groups worked as medical personnel, soldiers, police, artists, sex workers, bureaucrats, household help, and so on.

The original trilogy re
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
“We didn’t prepare for this.”
“How do you prepare for a kick in the balls?” I say. “You don’t. You suck it up.”

This is pretty much how I felt for the majority of this book. I wasn’t prepared to see our hero  10 years later  still fighting a war that seems like it will have no end. I wasn’t ready for the sins of the past to come back and throw our hero into yet another war. I couldn’t have dreamed of the fate of
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Bloodydamn but it’s good to be back with Darrow and company again! Other book commitments kept me from getting on this one immediately upon release, but that’s all water under the bridge now. I’m usually well behind the power curve on new books and series, but I’ve been on the Red Rising bandwagon since the beginning, and the interminable wait between Morning Star and Iron Gold has been excruciating. There are more than a few books that I’ve been hungering for these past few years; The Winds of ...more
I found this to be a very heavy read. 600 pages of pain, misery and death cannot ever be described as enjoyable and I like to enjoy my books! Nevertheless the story had a hold on me and I kept picking it up until I had finished it.

I really felt bad for Darrow as everything slipped away from him, but he only featured as a part of this book as we kept switching to other people's POVs. At first it was hard to see why these people had popped up but as the story progressed everything started to tie
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite in this series.
1st read - November 2017
2nd read - January 2018

Iron Gold picks up the story ten years on from the end of Morning Star, the Rising was successful but there has been a decade of war and although Mars is now free the Republic are still fighting the Ash Lord for control of the planets on the edge of the solar system. Previously the entire story has been told from Darrow's point of view but here Pierce Brown opens up the world even further by introducing three new POV characters too. I have to admit
Dec 15, 2016 marked it as anxiously-waiting  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I knew this would happen.
January 16th 2018

I'm ready for this.
Book four of Red Rising series ? or a new one ?

Liz Barnsley
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 l
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BibiloSanctum

The Red Rising saga continues in a new series starting with Iron Gold, which takes place approximately ten years after the end of Morning Star. Darrow, a Red who infiltrated the Golds and won the hearts of his peers, has led a revolution that has turned the entire solar system upside down. Together, he and his allies seek to change the old ways, forming a new government which would give everyone—no matter their color—a v
Chelsies Reading Escape
Ive been anticipating this like crazy. I was so excited to be back in this world with these characters, but I hadnt realized how much of the named and details I had forgotten from the original trilogy. I ended up looking up certain characters and plot points online to refresh my memory. The character list at the beginning of the book helped, but I would have liked more information about each character, like how Eph was Triggs fiancee. I feel like I should have reread the trilogy before jumping i ...more
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Hello. I'm Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller.
I figured I'd write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you'll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You'll also find me exploring themes of love, violence, hope, and power--what it means, why people seek it, and how th

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