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Dark Age

(Red Rising Saga #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  27,020 ratings  ·  2,701 reviews
For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the hei
Hardcover, 757 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Del Rey Books
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 stars

Gory (literally) damn insane, violent, bleak, and ruthless. Helldivers, prepare your soul to be hell-drilled by Dark Age’s brutality.

“During war, the laws are silent.”—Quintus Tullius Cicero

Two things first. If it has been a long time since you’ve read Iron Gold or Red Rising Saga, I strongly recommend you to reread the entire series before you read Dark Age. I didn’t do this and I truly believ
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Another special and numbered edition came today! Supposedly tomorrow, my Dark Age Box with Sevro plushie should be here! Fingers Crossed!

If I live to read the next book, I’m afraid!! 😳

Well, one of my special editions came today 😉

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘the man is broken, but he is not allowed to break.’

but gorydamn, my goodman, this book broke me and then drowned me in my own tears.

i took the day off from work yesterday just so i could stay home and dedicate my full attention to reading this entire beast of brutality, with full focus and no distractions or interruptions. after meeting pierce brown last week and listening to him talk so passionately about this, i knew that was the only way i could show the complete respect this book deser
ash | novelly rooted
PB making us all look like clowns. 10+ Stars


Red Rising 5/5 ★
Golden Son 5/5 ★
Morning Star 5/5 ★
Iron Gold 5/5 ★
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sure I can read a sixth book in this series. Senseless violence, mass killings, savagery, gore, torture, rape, baby killing: a truly grim commentary on society by Pierce Brown. The writing is good, but there did not seem to be a coherent plot, which is exacerbated by the multiple POVs. And despite a character summary at the beginning, it was hard to keep track of the good guys and the ever expanding roster of bad guys. Asking readers to keep track of multiple names for the same characters is ...more
Red Rising Saga is unlike anything I have ever read and this fifth instalment only proves it. There is some gorydamn excellent writing craftmanship at play because Pierce Brown weaves multiple POVs in magical way that leaves you spellbound by this book and consumes all your waking thoughts. What other proof of greatness do you need than the fact that I read this 752-pages-long mammoth of a book inbetween taking care of hyperactive toddler in just couple of days? I may be sleep deprived but it ha ...more
Okay, folks. This is a big book in a number of ways. It's not only huge, physically, but it's dense with action from the alpha to the omega.

And it is BRUTAL. Just look at that title.

Now assume that the death count will be on par with the Black Plague. Only it's just super-soldiers in mech armor with genius IQs sporting the most massive war-erections ever conceived and both sides are willing to cut no corners to annihilate each other.

I'll be honest, I haven't been in much of a mood for total gr
Shelby P
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
George RR Martin called and would like his lack of conscience back, PB. Dark Age makes Golden Son look like child’s play.
Gonzalo Urrutia
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is a monster. It draws you in with pretty lights and funny smells before nailing you to the ground, then eats you up bit by bit and looks you in the eye while it breaks everything you hold dear inside yourself.
I kept going back in my mind to how Pierce said he wanted this trilogy to be about rebirth, after the end of a civilization and the dark ages. I kept thinking how brutal, in my very little knowledge, the Dark and Middle Ages actually were, trying to justify the brutality. The thi
Lorna (lornaslibrary)
+ Lyria's character development is so good (despite having very little page time compared to the other POV characters)

+ I would die for Lyria, Ephraim, and Volga

- Soooooooooooo many dead LGBT+ characters

- There's no plot. It's 750 pages of no plot

- Violence for the sake of violence. It's like Pierce Brown is just using shock factor to make up for the lack of plot

- It feels like after finishing the original trilogy, Pierce wasn't ready to let go of the characters or the world, but he did
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm not going to write a big review for Dark Age but that should definitely not be looked upon as a reflection of the books quality. I just struggle with reviews for books I really loved! Dark Age was my most anticipated read of all of 2019 and I was delighted it lived up to those high expectations. I'm sure this will be my best read of the calendar year and it definitely confirmed the whole Red Rising series as one of my all time favourite series. This series has the perfect blend of action, dr ...more
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If I had to describe Dark Age in one word it would be brutal. This book was absolutely, by far, the darkest of the Red Rising series. I kept thinking throughout this book, especially after a certain part, that this was in fact grimdark Sci Fi because it was just that dark.

I absolutely loved it. Dark Age was a crazy, intense, wild, non-stop, action packed ride that just wouldn’t let
Savannah Holland
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rating: ★★★★★+


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his pla
Ashley Lewis
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I don't know that I have ever experienced so many different emotions in one book before now. Pierce Brown wreaked havoc on my mental state with this one and I still loved every second of it. I felt more love for some characters (Lyria & Victra) than I did in IG and felt more hate for others...Lysander.

I wanted to throw this book across the room more than once, but I also had to know how it all turned out.

This entire series is pure AMAZING!
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 8/1/19: I hate this book. (I don't hate this book.)
I hate Pierce Brown. (I don't hate Pierce Brown.)

I won't reveal any actual spoilers but if you haven't read the book yet, I don't recommend reading this review because it's just impossible to talk about without revealing SOME small things.

DARK AGE is the book to break us all, friends. Remind me why we were excited to read this book? Because I just got epically crushed. SO much happens in DARK AGE but it never felt like it
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely no-lifed this book. It was around 4:00 am, still wide awake, that I realized I have a severe reading problem and that Pierce Brown books are at the top of the addiction chart. It was also around this point that I realized I should not become attached to any of the characters he writes....because... he ALWAYS KILLS THEM. Like bro, every chapter I read I'm just waiting for the guillotine to fall on somebody else and crush me once again. I won't spoil anything but before you read this ...more
I forgot to write a Goodreads-specific review, so here's what I posted on my tumblr. Suffice to say, I will not be reading the final book.

My main takeaway, for those who don’t want to be spoiled or don’t want to read a long rant, is this: Dark Age read very much like what must happen every time Quentin Tarantino and the tv show creators of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are given money to make all of their 12-year-old straight white male fantasies come true. It was an excuse for gore and v
Charlotte May
Just bought this one from the Book Barn for £2!! 😁
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Despite the 4 star rating I found this really difficult to read. It's a magnificent continuation of the story and shows us new sides to old characters as well as making us fall in love with some new ones. The action sequences are formidable and glorious with the Iron Rain literally taking my breath away and leaving me absolutely shredded and the epic scale of the space warfare topping anything else I've ever experienced. Brown's writing has grown more mature and nuanced with every book and Dark ...more
Jul 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swiftathon2020
Bruh this book is so fucking thicc that Pierce Brown could kill Darrow and bring him back again like 5 times. Buckle up bitches 'cause shit's about to e s c a l a t e ...more
What the fuck. WHAT. THE. FUCK.

I don't even know if I'm still alive. Might have suffered multiple minor heart attacks.

Will definitely have to reread this.

Review = coming AFTER my vacation.

UPDATE: Review coming AFTER my reread. I'll be rereading Dark Age when the Hodder&Stoughton paperback comes out in February 2020!
S.K. Levy
Urghhhh I'm so torn with this one. There were things that I loved, but also things that I really didn't like... My most anticipated release of 2019 only gets 2.5 stars ='(

There will be BIG spoilers ahead! If you haven't finished Dark Age, do not read on. I'm not hiding them in spoiler tags like usual because there are just too many of them haha. You have been warned.

- The pace was great, as always.
- I loved Alexandar!
- Darrow redeemed himself a bit.
- The writing made me intrigued as to wh
This may be my new favorite of the series. All the bloodydamn stars!

GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, series, epic
Pierce Brown just tore off my face and shoved napalm down my throat.

And you know what...I still said thank you.
Braiden Smith
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely my most anticipated book of 2019. I picked up Red Rising on a complete whim. Reading the first book in one sitting, I then found myself driving to the bookstore at 9 o'clock at night to buy the rest of the series. Howlers are love. Howlers are life. ...more
Karen’s Library
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, signed
As broken as my heart is after reading this, there are not enough stars in the universe to rate this book. Pierce has completely outdone himself in Dark Age and I have no idea how he can possibly top this one.

I have pretty much lost count as to how many times I dropped this book on my lap gasping, or even yelling at Pierce, as he broke my heart again and again and again. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book affect me this much. Move over George R R Martin! Pierce has bested you!

In Dark Age, we g
Ashley Daviau
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin with this big, beautiful beast of a book?! Everything about it is just perfect, Brown has really outdone himself with this one! It is bold and stunningly intricate; it really blows my mind how everything is all weaved together and how Brown is not afraid to kill off a staggering amount of beloved characters in one single book. This book is one hell of a roller coaster, it made me laugh and cry and want to throw the book across the room and pump my fist with victory, all acr ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers in this rapid review of Dark Age. I give it 4.5 stars. Thank you for this masterpiece of a series, Pierce Brown. He describes it as high tech Rome meets space Vikings in the acknowledgements, and this explanation makes me smile. It’s the easiest way to sum up the series for those who haven’t read it.

Age’s plot summary might go something like this: Who’s good? Who’s evil? Is anyone purely one or the other? And who will ally with who to face off in what’s sure to be a giant, definitive
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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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Red Rising Saga (6 books)
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  • Golden Son (Red Rising Saga, #2)
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