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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 heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

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

757 pages, Hardcover

First published July 30, 2019

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Pierce Brown

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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 they hold onto it.

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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 believe that my reading experience of this book suffered from it. Secondly, throughout the years since Red Rising publication, many people still insist that this series is for YA audience; by the time you read this book, you’ll probably be traumatized or maybe even loathe this book for its extreme darkness. Seriously, Dark Age is one of the darkest, bleakest, and goriest novel I’ve ever read in my life; the humor and heartwarming aspect of the series that’s usually common to find are close to non-existent in this installment. I will edit this review in the future when I’ve reread the series from the beginning in preparation for the sixth and—maybe—last book of the series, but for now, this is my thoughts and opinions on my first read-through Dark Age.

“With every new endeavor, there’s always the hope that you will find happiness, be less lonely.”

I’ve mentioned this before, out of all the books released in 2019, A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie and Dark Age by Pierce Brown are at the top of my most anticipated release list. I’ve pre-ordered Dark Age since February 2018, that’s one year six months ahead. I’ve never done that for any book, ever. My expectations for these books were extremely high, A Little Hatred exceeded it, but sadly, for the first time ever, I have to say that although I still enjoyed it overall, I didn’t find Dark Age, a book hailed by many of his fans as the best book in saga so far, as enjoyable as I hoped.

“I once thought the greatest sin of war was violence. It isn’t. The greatest sin is it requires good men to become practical.”

Dark Age is the fifth and penultimate installment of the Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown. By this point of the series, it’s safe to say that I can’t talk about the plot at all unless I risked spoiling the story, so I won't be talking about the plot at all. Let me just say there’s no happy moment for the protagonists, and everyone is constantly tortured, tormented, maimed, and killed. How about that? The title of the book pretty much implied the tone of the book already: full-throttle darkness, depression, gore, brutality, bleak, death, violence, violence, and violence; this is by far the bleakest and darkest installment in the series so far. I honestly never expected the series to ever become this dark, and with the escalation of darkness, the pacing of the book felt off to me. There were many moments of supposed intensity that felt desensitized because of everlasting pages of explicit gorefest with no break. Imagine reading attempted rapes, impalements, genital mutilations, drug abuse, maimed, gore, deaths; you name it and it’s all here, for hundreds of pages. After a while, the constant exposure to explicit details of violence ended up becoming boredom. Pierce Brown is at his best when he combined hope, humor, and heartwarming moments with despair and terror into his narrative that’s full of thrilling action sequences. Unfortunately, this brilliance was lost most of the time in this book. Do note that if you check my reading history, you should know that I don’t mind reading violence, gore, and grimdark SFF in heavy doses. They just need to be paced accordingly, and I—with sadness—can’t say that Brown nailed the pacing of his action sequences correctly this time.

“No god listens. There are only men. And what one does, another may undo. That is my only religion. That of the hand and the lever.”

Brown sacrificed many staple moments of the series such as fantastic character developments, clear and concise plot coherence, engaging banters, in exchange for the extreme bleakness. Plus, there’s a severe lack of appearances from my favorite characters of the series; characters for me to root for were truly lacking compared to the previous books. There were many instances where the POV of the new characters from Iron Gold felt like fillers put for the sake of adding pages count. What Brown tried to achieve with them became clearer at the end but even then I still believe that it didn’t require that many pages. Thankfully, there’s a new perspective character to follow here; her chapters were relatively small compared to the other four POV’s but her storyline was easily my favorite in this book. I would like to also add that plot device that revolves around dead characters being resurrected is a personal pet peeve of mine; sometimes they worked, most often they don’t. Let’s just say that the one that Brown pulled off here didn’t work for me.

“How many do not know you. How many will soon forget you. How many praise you today to offer contempt tomorrow. Permanence of fame, power, dominion of the individual, are illusions. All that will be measured, all that will last, is your mastery of yourself.”

I’ve rambled on about the things that didn't work for me here, but rest assured that it’s not all bad. It’s time for me to talk about the incredible parts of the book that I loved. I have always loved Brown’s prose, that didn’t change here. If it weren’t because of his writing style, I probably would’ve DNFed this book somewhere in the middle. Although I have complained about the excessive bleak and violent nature of the book that made the pacing awkward, I won’t deny the fact that there were several devastating scenes that, in my opinion, were written so damn well. These characters suffered, a LOT. The horrible things they have to endure were insane, to say the least. And I can’t help but feel empathetic towards the key characters of the series. It’s also satisfying to see how much of the series has grown in terms of scope. Dark Age is massive in scope; the level of escalation in its scale is something that took me by surprise, and I’m thankful for it.

“You know I believe we all begin equal parts light and dark. I fear you think your strength lies in your darkness. But the measure of a man is not the fear he sows in his enemies. It is the hope he gives his friends.”

One last thing before I close this review, Brown successfully ended Dark Age with a bang. The closing sections of Part 3 and the entirety of Part 4 was absolutely brilliant; tremendously immersive, the twists and turns were written with magnificent clarity. These sections were a return to the greatness that I loved from Brown’s storytelling style. Action scenes full of palpable intensity and fury told in a cinematic fashion that made every brutal scene damn vivid. If I were to rate this book based on these parts, I would give it 5 stars rating in a heartbeat. It was truly brilliant. Plus, it also set up every single plotline for the grand conclusion to come in the next and final book.

“But for all this new civilization’s love affair with technology, they’ve been seduced by their own cleverness and fail to understand the simple truth: lying is not a science, it is an art. And art will always be a human language.”

Dark Age may not be as entertaining and enjoyable as the previous books, but it was certainly bleak, heart-shattering, and epic in scope. Many fans have started claiming that Dark Age is the best book in the series so far; unfortunately, I have to disagree with this notion. However, from the way the story ended here, the next book might truly end up becoming the best in the series for me. I bloodydamn look forward to seeing how it all concludes. Until then, I will endure. See you there, Helldivers.

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2,479 reviews29.7k followers
August 24, 2022
‘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 deserves. and boy, what a day yesterday was.

a reviewer for NPR wrote, “browns 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.” no truer words have been written. in fact, pierce went and dropped the match in the prologue, because this crudely self-photoshopped meme is pretty much live footage of my reading experience.

you would think that, by now, i would know what im getting myself into every time i open a red rising novel. on the same level as ‘golden son,’ this new installment (in what is the most epic sci-fantasy series i have ever read) shows that intelligently crafted bedlam, anxiety-inducing chaos, and the absolute dissonance of violent oblivion can be a sweet, sick addiction.

i fall on my knees and bow down to the evil genius that is pierce brown. this story (and series) is unparalleled.

every star in the gorydamn galaxy
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3,372 reviews9,447 followers
August 25, 2019


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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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3,226 reviews394 followers
May 25, 2020
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 an unnecessary burden too. It is even annoying how many times characters return from the dead and/or recover from mortal wounds.

Occasionally I finish a book and think this would have been much better if it has been 100 pages shorter. Not this one though, it needed to be 300+ pages shorter, focusing on the major storylines. Shame on Brown's editor, Tricia Narwani, for not pruning this monster down.
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731 reviews798 followers
November 13, 2021
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 has been worth it.

All of you military strategy and war battle fans rejoice, this book will give you your fill and then some. War is raging in Solar System and Pierce Brown's storytelling makes it all come alive on the pages of this book, never shying away from showing us its horrors and despairs.

Tone of this book, as title suggests, is a dark one. Pierce Brown takes his readers through roller coaster of emotions and as per usual spares us nothing. In my opinion, Dark Age is the most profound instalment of the saga to the date - the scale on which Pierce Brown plays his game is enormous and thought-out to the tiniest details to evoke all the feels from his readers. So prepare to expect the unexpected.

I am excited for and simultaneously dreading what is waiting for us in the next (final?) book.


"Alea iacta est."

The die is cast and I am super excited to see how Pierce Brown is going to play this game!

Iron Gold felt like it was "only" a setup for bigger things to come and I truly cannot wait for this book.

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122 reviews9 followers
August 15, 2019
+ 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 didn't actually know what he wanted to do with them, so now it's just one long meander from disaster to disaster and he's just getting carried away trying to outdo the violence and darkness of the original trilogy

- It feels like either it was written by a completely different author, or Pierce has just lost all respect for his own characters

- It's just grim. All the way through. And not in an 'oh it's just realistic' way. There is literally nothing happy about his book. The original trilogy, though very dark and violent, still had a lot of hope running through it. There's none of that in Dark Age. The characters are just tired and defeated and depressed and it's depressing to read

- There's too many villains, so there's not enough time to fully develop any of them or even get familiar with them and I just didn't care. There's nothing like the sinister but compelling character of the Jackal, whose motivations you understand and enjoy reading about despite what he's doing. All I can tell you about Atalantia is that she has a pet snake and she's an abusive child groomer

- The whole thing just feels extremely messy and like no thought was put into it at all

- I literally just didn't care at all by the end. I'm so done

- Nowhere near enough Sevro to make up for any of this bullshit

CW: An extreme amount of violence. Multiple mentions/threats of rape. Paedophilia. Grooming. Incest. Forced marriage. Cannibalism. Child murder. Bury your Gays. Pregnancy/birth
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267 reviews63 followers
September 19, 2019
George RR Martin called and would like his lack of conscience back, PB. Dark Age makes Golden Son look like child’s play.
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Author 5 books3,848 followers
August 14, 2019
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 grimdark lately, but when it is done well, it is done well. And this SF Space-Opera is GRIM. WAY beyond it's YA roots, firmly in the territory of massive gore, mutilations, babies nailed to trees, sliced-and-diced monster horses, and so many wonderful characters slaughtered to the Blood God.

I got to know and love new characters among the old, grew with them, and I died with them. What a nightmare. And sometimes it was too much for me. Almost everyone in these books is harder than nails, unable and unwilling to give an inch, and willing to kill everyone for any number of reasons. Revenge doesn't even begin to cover it. This is pure nightmare chaos. Nevermind the high idealism of the previous books or the eventual dark fall that came with the previous.

This one will simply wash you in blood.

Happy reading!
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321 reviews82 followers
October 14, 2021
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*SPOILER* section included at the end

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.

“Is a man a coward if he realizes that bravery is just a myth the old tell the young so they line up for the meatgrinder?”

I absolutely loved it. Dark Age was a crazy, intense, wild, non-stop, action packed ride that just wouldn’t let up. The pace was very fast and I think this increased the stakes dramatically. Our heroes had to be smarter, faster, and deadlier because their enemies were the greatest they’d ever come against.

One of the biggest weaknesses with multiple POV novels is that sometimes not all of the characters are interesting or there is nothing happening around them so you as the reader become disinterested. This is not the case in Dark Age. Every time I switched POV’s there was always something interesting happening to each character that kept me engaged and intrigued. Of course I had my favorite POV’s Darrow and Ephraim, but seeing Lysander’s machinations, Mustang’s cunning, and Lyria getting some deeper character development was all enjoyable reading.

“I kept looking for hope in the world. Expecting the world to supply deliverance if I plucked the right chords. Demanding that it supply validation to my labor if I just gave enough effort. But that is not the nature of the world. Its nature is to consume. In time, it will consume us all, and the spheres will spin until they too are consumed when our sun dies. Maybe that is the point of it. Knowing that though one day darkness will cover all, at least your eyes were open to see moments of light.”

Speaking of characters, I have to give a shout out to Ephraim. In my opinion, Ephraim has had the best character arc of anyone in the new trilogy so far. He has been the comedic relief often in what so far has been a really dark series. Even more than that though, he is a return to why I started and will continue to read Red Rising. Characters that are real and that you can really empathize with and understand where they are coming from. I was really impressed by the way that Pierce Brown wrote Ephraim’s processing of grief in both Iron Gold and Dark Age. I just couldn’t help but root for him.

I enjoyed Darrow’s POV in this one. The battles of Mercury are epic and intense and he is always in the middle of them. The Reaper has returned in full force and I couldn’t have been more happy with what we saw of the Reaper in action. It is clear in the 10 years of war that Darrow has grown even better as a fighter and commander. There was also a lot of introspection and doubt of the rightness of his cause. This was a return to the Darrow of the first trilogy, but more mature. The Darrow that may not always be sure of what is right, but does the best he can. The Darrow that may not be strong enough, but has his friends as his strong support.

“But the measure of a man is not the fear he sows in his enemies. It is the hope he gives his friends.”

I enjoyed Mustang’s POV. It was fun to get to see the behind the scenes work of the Sovereign and see what she was like from her own point of view. It was also really great to see her support and love for Darrow confirmed time and time again throughout all the darkness of the events happening around them.

Lyria finally got interesting! I never had anything against Lyria in Iron Gold. I just never found her compelling. However, her POV got more and more interesting as Dark Age went along and I started to really love where her story was going and where it will go.

I really enjoyed the politicking between the Core Golds and how it impacts them as individuals as well as the ongoing war with the Republic. Lysander’s POV especially shows a lot of this and it’s really interesting to see it through a Gold’s eyes. Lysander changes quite a bit in this book and my opinion of him changed as well. I can’t give more of my opinion about him without spoilers so if you want to see more of that look in that section.

“I knew war was dreadful, but I did not expect to fear it. How can anyone not, when death is just a blind giant with scissors?”

I think the only thing that I wish Dark Age would have done just a little bit better was to slow down for the big moments. Everything was happening so fast at times it almost felt like those moments just passed us by and we weren’t able to properly process them or give them their due. However, that is my only complaint and it is a small one.

This book shook me and I am still feeling the effects days after finishing it. I never felt that any of the characters I’ve come to know and love were safe. There were moments I laughed and ones where I cried. Where I was scared, horrified, amused, thrilled, disgusted, and just plain numb. I’m still not sure I’ve recovered even as I write this. Undoubtedly, one of the best books of the year.

“Hail Libertas, Hail Reaper!”

Now for *SPOILERS*

Seriously MAJOR Spoilers ahead

I warned you...

RIP Ephraim, Alexander, Orion, Ulysses, Sefi, and Daxo. I hope I didn't miss anyone. Honestly, all of these hit me hard. Ephraim and Alexander because I loved their characters and I did not expect their deaths at all. Their deaths happened so quick! Alexander's death felt almost cheap. Ephraim's though did feel like the logical culmination of his redemption arc. Although I was sad that he died he did it in self sacrifice. There couldn't have been a more perfect ending for someone who started out so self centered and bitter in Iron Gold, although it was rather disturbing having him see his own heart being eaten. I also can't believe Pierce Brown had the balls to have the Red Hand kill Sevro and Victra's day old baby so graphically. That was horrific.

I thought the Jackal clone was completely unnecessary. I wish it was just Lillith coming back on her own and sponsored by the Society as the mastermind behind it all. Just added an unnecessary complexity to the plot and I honestly didn't need to see the jackal again. I loved him as the villain in the original trilogy and felt it wrapped up his role well when he died in Morning Star. I'm just hoping he's not going to be a major player in the next book.

I hate you Lysander. I hate you so much. You think you are so much better than Darrow, but you never even consider how wrong your own actions are/could be. Gold clearly cannot rule well without accountability but you can't see that you self righteous, obnoxious pixie.

Spoilery rant done.
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99 reviews12k followers
December 21, 2022
I don’t know if I’ll ever give under 5 stars for this series because I’m always left in absolute awe by the end. The rollercoaster of emotions, the high stakes plays, the malice of so many characters, and the philosophical topics sprinkled throughout are apparently the perfect combination for me.
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258 reviews26 followers
August 8, 2019
DNF at 209
Continuing this series was a mistake

It’s great that we had to wait 5 books for a Mustang PoV only to end up with her being brutalized and assaulted by a group before being publicly humiliated. #lovethatshit

Could have done without Darrow nearly being raped too but I guess I’m really asking too much at this point

That one specific plot twist was stupid and lazy. Bad storytelling I’m out

Also Lysander “the pro slavery golds are honorable” au Lune can eat my entire ass
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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849 reviews383 followers
October 1, 2019
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, drama, romance, and shock happenings that keep it absolutely addictive reading. The story is pretty dark and intense, but that is mitigated by the humour and the undercurrent of hope that ran through the story. All in all it has pretty much everything I want in a story and it helps that Brown has an engaging writing style!

I loved the fact that this 5th instalment of the series was by far the largest yet. It was nearly 34 hours long. The second longest book, Iron Gold, was only 23 hours long so it was quite the increase in length. It worked well though as Dark Age packed in a ton of action and cool happenings and had the feel of a true epic of the genre. I hope all the Red Rising books are this length going forward. There is more than enough going on in this world to justify the page time as Pierce Brown seems to have a knack for being able to create memorable and interesting characters and stories.

I loved the stories of all 5 POV characters and felt like they all gave something different to the story which helped flesh out the worldbuilding and that in turn helped give the story a deeper and more complicated feel. We also met a few great new secondary characters in this one. The best being the villains Atlas and Ajax. My standout secondary character of this instalment was Alexander Au Arcon. He popped up in Iron Gold but I really felt like he came into his own in this book.

All in all I loved this and cannot wait for the next instalment in the series. Hail Reaper!!!

Rating: 5 stars. The easiest rating I've given all year!

Audio Note: I might not have had much to say about the story itself but I've got a bunch to say about the audio and the crappy decisions made by Recorded Books! The 4th book in the series saw Recorded Books add three new narrators to the cast (to voice the three new POV characters). I felt that was not a great decision but it was one I ended up OK with as two of the three new narrators turned out to be pretty good (John Curless who voiced Ephraim and Aedin Moloney who voiced Lyria) while only Julian Elfer (who voiced Lysander's parts) was poor quality. This time around Tim Gerard Reynolds and John Curless returned to voice Darrow and Ephraim. I had no issue with that as both guys gave fantastic performances. We had to get used to a new narrator for the newly added Virginia POV. I believe it was Rendah Heywood. I think she did an OK job. The biggest issue was that Recorded books decided to recast the Lyria and Lysander parts. Moira Quirk was a decent enough narrator but her version of Lyria was so different from Moloney's version that it was definitely a bit jarring. The biggest issue was that Recorded Books botched the Lysander bits for the second time in as many books. The good news is that this time they actually cast a talented enough narrator in the form of James Langton. The bad news was that the production was awful and nobody at Recorded Books appear to have bothered to check that Langton was on board with accents and pronunciation of characters and names. Poor quality stuff from Recorded books. I felt Langton was actually a big upgrade on the awful Julian Elfer but his pronunciation of Cassius and the voice he gave to Darrow were both flat out horrific. None of it ruined my enjoyment of the story but it definitely does not reflect well upon Recorded Books. As a company they do not seem to care about the enjoyment of their customers. Let us hope they stick with this batch of narrators or just go back to having TGR do it solo as the last thing we need is more bloodydam recasting of the audio!
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568 reviews677 followers
January 5, 2023
I really liked the book before this (Iron Gold), but this one wasn't as good. The pacing felt off, the plot felt slow and it was too long. I had trouble paying attention at multiple points because honestly it's kind of boring to read about violence and battle in so much detail. Not sure if I'm going to read #6.
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548 reviews128 followers
August 1, 2019
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 place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.


How in the world do you sum up your thoughts on a book that you have been awaiting for what seems like a decade? (it as only been a little over a year and a half BUT IT FEELS SO MUCH LONGER). Is the hype real? Was it worth diving into the second I received it, devouring it in less than 2 days (it is 776 pages afterall), and not giving myself a second to ponder on what I read so I could bring my thoughts to you? YOU BET YOUR GORYDAMN ARSE IT IS WORTH IT.

I finished Iron Gold (loved it) and slowly ramped up the anticipation for Dark Age once the cover was revealed and a solid date was announced.

Then it was delayed. But you know… I wasn’t upset about it. People have been waiting so much longer for Winds of Winter, The Doors of Stone, and The Thorns of Emberlain. We are talking YEARS, peeps. Pierce Brown can take all of the time he needs to perfect this book.

And by jove did he perfect it.

Dark Age is going to go down as the BEST book in the series. I never thought anything could top Golden Son, but this thick tome puts it to shame. Not only is it almost double the length, but Dark Age doesn’t take its foot off of the accelerator; it literally mashes it through the floorboard and into the base of the engine compartment. There isn’t a single second to take a breath before death, destruction, and bloodydamn mayhem are afoot and every single character you have come to know and love is at its mercy.

The best way to (as accurately as possible) explain this book is as so: Game of Thrones has a baby with The Expanse. Then, said baby, once it comes of age, starts to have feelings/longs for the offspring of Vikings and a mash-up of 300 and Greek/Roman Mythology. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO IT, YOU GUYS.

Not a single character is left untouched by the chaos that began in Red Rising, and much like the storylines of Iron Gold, we are matched with multiple POVs from the biggest names in the series and a couple we found last time around: Darrow, Lysander, Mustang, Lyria, and Ephraim. As story arcs cross, motivations become muddied, alliances shift, and love becomes an emotion for the lost, power and survival become the only focus, however impossible they may seem.

Massive and intense battles, universe-wide world-building, thoroughly fleshed-out characters, and a never-ending chess match being played across the galaxy. What more can you ask for?

No all in all or in conclusion. If you have been reading up to this point, you already have a copy or plan on it. If you haven’t given this series a try…
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300 reviews36 followers
June 16, 2020
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 violence, with only a very thin veneer of justice or honor on the top. In her video review, Piera Forde called this book “one big masturbatory ‘look how great I am’”. I completely agree.

My issues fell into two broad categories: violence and sexism. This got really effing long, and I’m not sorry.

My main issue with this book was the extreme violence. I read books with violence all the time. I read the original trilogy, obviously. I read more adult books than YA. I’ve read books in which the main plot point is domestic violence. I’ve read books in which the main theme is rape culture. My problem with the violence in DA is that it literally served no purpose, and it was so common and gratuitous that I ended up laughing out loud at the ridiculousness.

You can’t have every single moment in a book have the same amount of extreme impact, because all of those moments will cancel each other out. There’s a reason that books build towards climax. This book was all climax, to the point that it was flat.

There is a difference between a plot being fast-paced, and… whatever this was. It was one big indistinguishable fight scene after another. I grew so bored that the shocking moments lost all of their shock value.

It was um, how do you say… POINTLESS. Much like 95% of the violence in this book. And that’s the thing that pissed me off. Violence is whatever. I don’t look for it in a book, but I’m fine if it happens. There just needs to be a reason, and I don’t mean in the metaphysical “what’s the meaning of life” way. I mean that there needs to be a reason in terms of plot, world, or character. Every time one of these things happened in the book, I came up empty on all three counts.

Admittedly, I am much more of a character-driven reader than plot. But this… this wasn’t even plot. I mean, what happened? None of this needed to take 750 pages. Maybe some people like a battle scene that takes 140 pages to get through (and I don’t see any difference between talking a lot about the battle and then actually having the battle. It’s all still about this one battle.) I’m not one of those people.

A final note before I move on to my next issue: I don’t care if the violence was “realistic”. If I want realistic, I wouldn’t be reading science fiction. “It’s realistic” is a really shitty yet common excuse for various problematic themes in fiction, which is ironic since it’s… fiction.

My next issue was: sexism! While women have always been “strong” in this series, and I still adore Virginia, Victra, etc., something has been niggling at the back of my mind since the start of the series. There was something off about the incongruity of their strength and the extremely masculine context of the society. And I finally put my finger on it, after getting a couple of female POVs in this book.

It would be really easy to say that Pierce is a woke feminist because some of the most badass characters in this series are women. It would be really easy to say that hey, because one of the MCs is Virginia, who is arguably the most intelligent of the bunch, who becomes the sovereign, who can more than hold her own in a fight, he must be trying to show that women are equal in this society. Right?

Wrong. Masculinity still rules the day in this series. Femininity is consistently shit on, berated, insulted. Physical inferiority, intellectual inferiority, they are to be avoided at all costs. Emotional awareness or sensitivity have little to no value. And that’s the real reason I know that any feminism in this series is performative and misguided.

Can women be strong? Yes. But they have to do so on someone else’s terms. They have found strength by being like the men in their society, rather than finding strength in their femininity. This is still very much a patriarchy; it’s just one in which women have largely figured out that they must eschew their feminine traits in order to succeed. Do they have feelings? Obviously, or they wouldn’t be people. But when the society as a whole constantly berates anyone who is sensitive, disdains anyone who cares about family rather than personal glory, then it’s still a society based on masculinity, much of it toxic. Just because they have learned to play using the master’s tools doesn’t mean they are equal.

Is this a problem across the board? Pretty much. It’s basically the Golds who feel that way towards emotions, displays of “weakness”, etc. But even when you look at the Reds, they may be more humble and family-oriented (in the caring sense, not the honor sense), but they are still homophobic and focused on getting their women to breed asap. While the Golds may be the exemplar in terms of promoting masculinity and masking it in equity because women can be masculine too, the other colors have bought into the myth. Even characters who are seemingly asexual, or agender, are still buying into this hierarchy.

The thing that initially kicked off my rage at this book was a combination of the two issues above - violence and sexism. I was really hyped to read this book because we were finally going to get Virginia’s POV. However - it seems like the only reason we had her POV, and Lyria’s, for that matter, was for Pierce to expose himself. It had to turn sexual, because the only way that Pierce can signal to us that he is writing a female character is to make it sexual.

Women are more than their sexuality. There is a sense in this book that in order to make women strong, you need to write them like men. Any reference to their sexuality or femininity is a liability, or a weakness.

As I was writing this rant, I realized that Pierce has made it incredibly hard for me to critique this book while *not* dichotomizing gender into m/f. That’s just another sign of the utter lack of understanding of anything that isn’t incredibly masculine. I’m not sure where this issue is coming from, but… honestly I’m tired of writing this and don’t care enough to unpack the issue. This is one of the 93 books I’ve read so far this year, and I’m ready to move on.
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401 reviews86 followers
December 18, 2020

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!
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1,375 reviews693 followers
July 6, 2020
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 was too much, even when it was too much to wrap my brain around. Some authors can overdo it by having too many different things flying around, too many character deaths (or not enough) but Pierce Brown knows exactly where to reveal everything and exactly how to wound our souls.

One thing I really appreciate here is actually getting the character's opinions of each other. There are five POVs and almost all of the POV characters are separated for most/all of the book (depending on who they are). We also get new POV Virginia/Mustang, which was incredibly interesting, and that's one of the ones that intrigued me the most. I loved seeing how she perceived other characters, especially Darrow, and it was especially fascinating because of how smart she is. We get more than just emotion from her since she's highly intelligent and also the Sovereign. Lyria and Lysander got new narrators for DARK AGE (thank you) and while I still don't love Lyria and her place the book, she definitely has some really important roles and her character really stepped up in so many ways. Lysander became an even more complicated character and I found myself sort of rooting for him, until I remembered that he's not actually a good guy here and his involvement in anything could be entirely catastrophic. I did wish that we got a few more reunions, from POV characters as well as just about anyone from the old crews. It was hard at times with so many previous favorites being so far apart (WE NEED MORE SEVRO) but I think everything will just come crashing together in the next book... I hope.

One thing about this book and really the whole series is that Pierce Brown may be a little too smart for me sometimes. His political plotting is incredible and it's so deep and layered that at times it's hard to follow, especially on audio. It's not necessarily in a bad way -- I know he knows what he's doing -- but there are so many big players, different leaders of different planets, battles, grudges, and near-death experiences that sometimes people just pop in and out and I don't know if they're actually important or not. Sometimes important characters are seen briefly and I'm not sure if that's supposed to be notable and other times small characters become big. Things from IRON GOLD sort of disappeared into the background and then at the very end of the book become important again, but I also understand that as a second book in what I'm guessing is another trilogy, it'll all come full circle again. It's not necessarily a complaint but I guess the one thing that trips me up a little bit.

Before publication, someone said that this book had at least five GOLDEN SON-like twists (not an exact quote but something like that) and ... no. DARK AGE had like 25 twists. Any time I've complained about there not being enough momentum in a book? DARK AGE was constantly moving, providing twists and surprises from the very beginning. It was action-packed and yet paced very well, filling in with some slower moving passages to keep that world-building going, layering in more politics, and letting readers grasp even more about each character. I even loved how the kids, Pax and Electra, became more involved in this book and were real characters instead of just being pawns or fillers. They also built relationships, became real people, and are going to be important in the next book as well.

After this, I don't know if I can handle another book but I also need it immediately. I'm actually really, really glad that this publication date got pushed back because if this is what Pierce Brown needed to have DARK AGE be perfect, it was well worth the wait. I always want books to be their best and not just rushed to meet a deadline. Now I'm wondering in agony how long we have to wait for the next book though because this was a honkin' huge book and incredibly dense so it's going to be torture waiting! But I'm sure that will be well worth it too.
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37 reviews21 followers
August 6, 2019
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 book go meditate or something to mentally fortify yourself.

Once again the pacing is full break neck speed in this book. You're immediately thrown into the thick of it and it never stops. The characters grow, the story grows, the action grows, and you get a front seat ticket to all of it. This book delivers everything you've come to expect from the series and Pierce Brown does an amazing job of still delivering high quality books this deep into the series. As much as I love Darrow other characters have managed to become just as important and sometimes more interesting to read than his arc. I consider it amazing writing to make someone relatively new to the story feel just as important and interesting as the MC.

I will say this book felt different than the others. Until this book I feel like Pierce Brown let the story evolve very organically. Everything the story did was based upon the actions of others and the personality of the characters in the story. In this one I feel like he introduced some new elements to create a story that he wanted to write. It wasn't bad in any form, but like I said, for me it just felt different than the others.

Long story short this was another incredible book by Pierce Brown and I'm sure I'll be reading this book a couple more times in my life. If you're a fan of the series you should hurry up and pick this up and enjoy the ride. If you're new to the series do yourselves a favor and go pick it up, this has become one of my absolute favorite series and might become one of yours also.
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477 reviews214 followers
October 19, 2019
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 Age is certainly no different with every sentence embedded with meticulous world building that breathes life into the planets themselves. It is hard not to feel like you are right fucking there, in a spacesuit, fighting for your life. Only great books can do that.

There were some things that I didn't so much enjoy. It's dark...as dark as can be, perhaps a little long at 800 pages and has so many players that I personally found it hard to track them all. The names of some of those characters didn't help. A chat between Alexander au Arcos, Atalantia au Grimmus, Asmodeus au Carthii and Rhone Ti Flavinius doesn't really flow off the tongue and sometimes by the time I'd sounded out all the names in my head and recalled which one was which I lost track of the central point of their conversation.

That being said there was on thing above the others that made Dark Age difficult to read... It is hard to witness incredible pain and suffering being inflicted on characters you love. Harder still sometimes to see them dish it out to others when we so desperately want them to find some peace. No one gets off easy in this book and much of the death is shown to be as senseless as it should be, even so by the end there was one character who I think I'd happily kill myself.

God knows what the final book will bring us but we've been given a tiny sliver of hope. I'd like to think Pierce has given us his worst however I have no doubt he has some surprises left for the finale and we'll all be tearing our hair out again in no time.
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134 reviews44 followers
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November 17, 2019
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
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673 reviews1,028 followers
Shelved as 'own-tbr'
July 19, 2020
Just bought this one from the Book Barn for £2!! 😁
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Author 3 books94 followers
August 24, 2019
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 what was going to happen, despite there being a lack of plot.
- I like the set up for the next book.
- There were a lot of deaths, some I liked, others I did not (see below). But I do appreciate when authors can kill their darlings off.
- Some twists were good - the Abomination in particular, and who the Syndicate Queen actually was (totally thought it was Sefi).
- Lyria had some good development.
- I enjoyed Mustang's POVs most of the time, she did get quite pretentious, but it was nice to have another female POV.
- I usually don't enjoy multi POV books written in first person because I find it hard to differentiate between the characters, but Pierce does such an amazing job of distinct and strong voices - every character was different and intriguing and original, and the first person style worked really well because of his talent.
- Volga!
- The world building is epic.

- Sevro basically wasn't in the book.
- The plot was... well I can't actually tell you what it was haha.
- Darrow's voice changed? He used more Red lingo, shortened his words when he never used to, and swore a lot more (which is fine by me lol). It just threw me for a while at the start and almost felt like fanfiction.
- It felt like a totally different story from Iron Gold. Almost how Iron Gold felt compared to the original trilogy.
- Lyria and Ephraim's parts felt quite forced in terms of linking with the story as a whole. I feel like they carried Iron Gold, and Pierce maybe hadn't thought far enough ahead and didn't know how to tie their parts into Dark Age.
- SO many villains and not enough time to develop any of them.
- The dialogue/language used by the Golds was overdone and I felt like Pierce Brown was being pretentious by trying to show us how smart he is, not his characters. We know Golds are intelligent - we've had four books to show us. This felt like force feeding.
- I do not like how Orion's PTSD was handled at all. That was offensive. Girl gets tortured for a few days then kills MILLIONS of innocent people to prove a point, then Darrow kills her and she's just forgotten the rest of the book? NOPE.
- I don't think this was intentional, but literally every minority character was evil and died? Orion is black, female and has PTSD. Then we have Ephraim, who had an ok redemption arc but was still a major arsehole during all of Iron Gold. He's Asian, gay and was a terrorist and child kidnapper, who then tried to do the right thing and was killed off. The other representation I noticed was Xenophon, who was a White logos and non-binary (though I SWEAR they were referred to as 'he' on a few occasions), who turned out to be an evil double agent who was also killed off? I just expected better and wasn't ok with this.
- The word 'meat' (or 'meat-straw/meat-grinder/meat-mist') used to describe the way people died was extremely overused.
- There was a lot of telling - especially when it came to descriptions of people - as opposed to showing, and I couldn't remember what half the cast looked like because of this technique.
- Lysander is still a brat
- So 'Jove' as a god and oath came in during Morning Star, I think, but where did Hades, Juno and Gods come from? No one has ever used those names as oaths or curses before, but they were fairly frequent in Dark Age.
- I was confused about Daxo... In the original trilogy I thought he was quieter than Kavax and Pax, but still gentle and kind. Now Mustang describes him as a sociopath? That didn't feel like the same character, but I might have misinterpreted things from the other books and formed an incorrect opinion of Daxo.
- What was the point of Diomedes or Seraphina at all during all of Iron Gold, if Diomedes had two lines in this books then disappeared, and Seraphina was killed within the first quarter?
- I knew Cassius wasn't dead, so that twist didn't catch me by surprise.
- Violence for the sake of violence and shock value
- I was a bit annoyed with the Ascomani, mainly because Fa seemed like a tacked on addition to this story, as he was never mentioned in Iron Gold, then kind of came in to steal the show in Dark Age - or did I miss his mention in Iron Gold completely? I might have!
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428 reviews181 followers
February 27, 2020
Oh shit..........................😵

περισσότερα αργότερα......


Και μετά από κάτι παραπάνω από ένα μήνα που διαβάζω μόνο Κόκκινη Ανατολή έφτασα επιτέλους και στο -μέχρι τώρα- τελευταίο βιβλίο. Και νομίζω πως κατέληξα πως ήταν το καλύτερο της σειράς!

Κάποιες από τις σκέψε��ς μου επ' αυτού είναι οι εξής:

*Ήταν το μεγαλύτερο της σειράς! Όχι μόνο από άποψη σελίδων αλλά και από άποψη γεγονότων. Συνέβησαν πάρα πολλά πράγματα! Πράγματα καλά, πράγματα κακά, πράγματα απρόοπτα. Πεθαίνει κόσμος, γνωρίζουμε καινούριους χαρακτήρες. Μαθαίνουμε ακόμη περισσότερα για τον κόσμο. Και γενικά είναι πιο πολύπλοκο από τα προηγούμενα.

*Πιο πάνω είπα νομίζω πως είναι το καλύτερο. Και λέω νομίζω και όχι είμαι σίγουρη γιατί...λοιπόν καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής ήταν το 2ο, με το 3ο να είναι πολύ κοντά. Και βασικά δεν είμαι σίγουρη αν μπορώ να συγκρίνω το 2ο με το 5ο. Τα 3 πρώτα είναι young-adult;; ή τουλάχιστον πιο young-adult;; Δεν ξέρω, έχω ορισμένους ενδοιασμούς για να τα κατατάξω εκεί, αλλά το 4ο και 5ο είναι σίγουρα adult sci-fi. Οπότε επειδή είναι ίσως λίγο διαφορετικά δεν ξέρω αν μπορούν να συγκριθούν. Μου αρέσει που η σειρά έχει πάρει αυτή την κατεύθυνση, που έχει γίνει πιο “ενήλικη” σε σχέση με τα 3 πρώτα, οπότε ναι εμένα μου άρεσε πιο πολύ το 5!

*Αντί για 4 εδώ είχαμε 5 POVs!! Darrow, Lysander, Ephraim, Lyria + Virginia!!
Πλέον γνωρίζουμε όλους τους χαρακτήρες και απολάμβανα πολύ περισσότερο όλων τα κεφάλαια! Αυτό που μου άρεσε όμως πιο πολύ ήταν η διάταξή τους μέσα στο βιβλίο. Γενικά στο 4ο είχα είχα ένα μικρό θεματάκι με τα POVs αλλά εδώ από ότι φαίνεται κάτι πήγε τρομερά καλά! Η εναλλαγή των κεφαλαίων ήταν εξαιρετική!! Δημιουργούσαν έναν πολύ καλό ρυθμό και πραγματικά δεν νομίζω πως θα μπορούσαν να έχουν καλύτερη τοποθέτηση!

*Οι μάχες, η στρατηγική, η πολιτική εδώ συνδυάζονται νομίζω καλύτερα από κάθε άλλη φορά.

All my life, I've tamed myself to not frighten others. Sometimes it is fun to let the lion out.

*Τα κεφάλαια της Virginia μου άρεσαν πάρα πολύ!! Για να μην πω ότι ήταν και τα αγαπημένα μου! Μου άρεσε που επιτέλους είδαμε την δική της οπτική, τον τρόπο που σκέφτεται, την ευφυΐα της, την υπομονή της, τους φόβους της, την αγάπη της για τον Pax και τον Darrow αλλά και το λαό της.

Octavia lost her husband and daughter. If I lost my son and husband, could I go on?
Or would I grow to be the villain of someone else's story?

I hope he knows we have not abandoned him.
That I stil love his heart, despite its weight and anger and complications.
I love him so much I cannot bear to think of him.

*Τα κεφάλαια του Darrow μου άρεσαν πιο πολύ εδώ από ότι στο 4 (και ειδικά συνδυασμένα με αυτά του Lysander. Πήγαιναν πολύ μαζί). Βασικά ο Darrow γενικά μου άρεσε πιο πολύ εδώ!

Darrow. Darrow. Darrow. That mischievous little cockroach! I 'm almost proud of him.

Μαζί με όλους όσους πέθαναν, αποδήμησαν εις την Κοιλάδα και οι ελπίδες μου για τον Lysander.........νομίζω τον μισώ λίγο τώρα.........

No one falls like the Reaper.

*Τα κεφάλαια της Lyria μου άρεσαν επίσης πολύ και δεν το περίμενα. Μου άρεσε η εξέλιξη της καθώς και η δυναμική της με την Volga και την Victra. Αυτό κι αν δεν το περίμενα!

*Ο Ephraim εδώ έγινε αγαπημένος! Μου άρεσαν τα κεφάλαια του, είχαν και λίγο πλάκα, μαθαίνουμε και πράγματα για τους Οψιδιανούς που δεν ξέραμε, ενώ μου άρεσε και η σχέση του με τον Pax και την Electra (τους αγαπώ).

But I know weakness in your kind does not mean broken.

*Τα κεφάλια 58 και 65 νομίζω ήταν τα αγαπημένα μου. Είχαν και τα δύο λίγο Sevro μέσα, χωρίς να είναι ο ίδιος εκεί. Το 66 πάλι με σκότωσε λίγο........................

My wife once told me a man's soul can be seen in the room he keeps the cleanest. I asked her what room is my soul. She tapped my razor.
Sevro's soul is his armory, but for a different reason.

*Η αλήθεια είναι πως τον Sevro δεν τον είδαμε τόσο όσο θα ήθελα, αλλά η κάθε του εμφάνιση ήταν απολαυστική (ή σχεδόν κάθε). Ήταν κάτι που δεν με ενόχλησε τόσο όσο θα περίμενα, αλλά ταυτόχρονα μου άρεσε που η απουσία του ήταν αισθητή.
Στο 6ο φοβάμαι τι θα συναντήσουμε, γιατί εκεί που τον αφήσαμε τελευταία φορά.........

I 'll never get used to seeing the fear Sevro wakes in people. Deep down they know Darrow is operating on a framework of logic. No one, not even me, believes that Sevro is copletely sane.

*Victra, my girl. My crazy goddess! Από την πρώτη στιγμή μου άρεσε η Victra αλλά εδώ την αγάπησα ακόμη πιο πολύ!!

I wasn't born the woman I am. I made me.

*Μου άρεσε πολύ η σχέση της Virginia και της Victra. Μπορεί να μην είναι κολλητές αλλά με έναν δικό τους περίεργο τρόπο είναι οικογένεια. Και θα ήθελα να τις δω και λίγο παραπάνω μαζί.

*Νιώθω ότι θέλω να κάνω μια αναφορά στον Alexandar. I'm so proud of him!
Και στον Screwface! Δεν περίμενα ποτέ ότι θα εκτιμούσα τόσο την παρουσία του!

*Γενικά πέθανε πολύ κόσμος.

Dreamers die bad.

*Και στο τέλος αγνοείται η τύχη των μισών χαρακτήρων.

*Εχθροί εμφανίζονται από όλες τις μεριές!!!

*Έκλαψα και λίγο.....αλλά όχι μόνο για κακές στιγμές, κι αυτό ήταν κάτι που μου άρεσε!

“Hello, little haemanthus,” I say, just as I once said to my sister's children as they took their first breaths, “welcome to the worlds.”

*Γέλασα και λίγο!


The Reaper may go through you, but the Goblin stays for seven cources.

The man is broken, but he is not allowed to break.

“Man?” Screwface laughs. “Hic est Lupus, motherfucker.

*Πέρα από κανα δυο πράγματα (τίποτα δηλαδή), δεν μπορώ να πω ότι συνέβη κάτι προβλέψιμο. Δεν ήταν και λίγες οι φορές που έμεινα😦😧😲😨😱🤯

*Μου αρέσουν κάτι λεπτομέρειες τύπου ότι μπορεί να χρειαστεί μήνες για κάποιο ταξίδι, η διαφορετική βαρύτητα στους πλανήτες, το ότι χρειάζονται μπαταρίες και ενέργεια για να λειτουργεί ο εξοπλισμός ή ότι αρρωσταίνουν από τη ραδιενέργεια λόγω χρήσης ατομικών όπλων.

So many concessions in the name of necessity. So many horrors in the name of liberty.

*Κάποια πράγματα για τα οποία έχω δεύτερες σκέψεις:
-Το Mind's Eye δεν είμαι σίγουρη ότι κατάλαβα πώς λειτουργεί και ποια είναι τα όρια του. Και γι' αυτό μου φάνηκε κάπως βολικό(;). Το βρήκα ενδιαφέρον, μου θύμιζε και κάτι σε κινέζικο(!) και για να πω την αλήθεια χαίρομαι που δεν χρησιμοποιήθηκε πάρα πολύ. Θέλω να μάθω περισσότερα γι'αυτό στο επόμενο και διάβασα και μια θεωρία που αφορά τον Pax η οποία νομίζω θα ήθελα να ισχύει.
-Η φάση με το(;) Figment μου φάνηκε meh στην αρχή αλλά τελικά πιστεύω λειτουργεί!! Και το μόνο σίγουρο είναι πως χρειάζομαι παραπάνω πληροφορίες.
-The Abomination: Πέραν του ότι με το που εμφανίστηκε ήμουν😱🤯 το βρήκα απλά κακή ιδέα και εντελώς αχρείαστο! Αλλά μετά από λίγο....ίσως άλλαξα γνώμη....Ήταν σατανικό. Είχε ενδιαφέρον. Είχε το κεφάλαιο 56! και ��ετά το πρώτο σοκ άρχισα να σκέφτομαι ότι έχει δυνατότητες. Δεν με ξετρέλανε, μπορούσα να ζήσω και χωρίς αυτό, φοβάμαι τι μπορεί να κάνει στο 6ο αλλά ταυτόχρονα θέλω και πολύ να μάθω!
-Είπα πως πέθανε πολύ κόσμος;;
Λοιπόν εδώ βρίσκεται ένα άλλο θέμα που είχα και θα προσπαθήσω να το εξηγήσω όσο καλύτερα μπορώ: Αρκετοί από αυτούς που πέθαναν ήταν χαρακτήρες που με ένοιαζαν. Αλλά είδαμε το θάνατό κάποιων από αυτούς από τη μεριά ανθρώπων που ίσως δεν νοιάζονταν τόσο γι'αυτούς, είτε γιατί μπορεί να μην ήταν τόσο δεμένοι μαζί τους, είτε γιατί μπορεί, λέω εγώ τώρα, να ευθύνονταν αυτοί με κάποιο τρόπο για το θάνατό τους. Συνεπώς ένιωθα πως ο θάνατός τους δεν είχε το συναισθηματικό βάρος ή την συναισθηματική επίδραση που θα ήθελε να έχει πάνω μου. Υποθέτω πως δεν θα μπορούσε να γίνει αλλιώς, αλλά όπως και να χει σε κανα δυο περιπτώσεις θα ήθελα να με βοηθήσει να το νιώσω λίγο παραπάνω βρε αδερφέ!

*Τέλος! Υπήρχαν κάποιες στιγμές στα τελευταία κεφάλαια που πραγματικά αναρωτιόμουν τι στο καλό σκεφτόταν ο συγγραφέας όταν τα έγραφε!(ναι κεφάλαιο 89 εσένα κοιτάω!!) Αλλά οκ είμαι εντάξει......Πάντα θα μπορούσαν τα πράγματα να είναι χειρότερα! Πραγματικά όμως δεν έχω την παραμικρή ιδέα για τη συνέχεια!

All moments are like that sandcastle, it seems.
There is no permanent happy future. There is no Vale.
It all washes away.

*Όταν πλησίαζα στο τέλος σκεφτόμουν ότι μετά από ένα μήνα φουλ Κόκκινη Ανατολή έχω ανάγκη να βρω να διαβάσω κάτι τελείως άσχετο. Τώρα που τελείωσε, έχω 2 μέρες τώρα, το μόνο που κάνω είναι να κοιτάω τα spoilers στο ιντερνετ, θεωρίες για το επόμενο(μερικές βγάζουν πολύ νόημα!) και ξαναδιαβάζω τα αγαπημένα μου κομμάτια! Πέρασε και η σκέψη “άνετα το ξαναδιάβαζα πάλι από την αρχή”! Αλλά όχι!! Δεν το ξαναπερνάω αυτό τόσο σύντομα!! Θα πιάσω κάτι άσχετο να αποτοξινωθώ!

*Θέλω να αναφέρω 2564758156 ακόμη πράγματα αλλά δεν θα το κάνω! Αναμένω τρελά το 6ο λοιπόν, αλλά μέχρι τότε “endure, my love. Endure” και Hail Reaper!

Η άποψη μου για όλη την μέχρι τώρα σειρά (βιβλία 1-5) εδώ:
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389 reviews40 followers
October 4, 2019
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!
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169 reviews401 followers
August 30, 2019
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 battle in the finale? Age explores these themes over and over as well as family, true friendship, and loyalty to self versus to loyalty a cause. Oh yeah, and there are some epic battles and one-on-one altercations, too.

What else can I say to advertise for the Red Rising Saga? Brown’s books feature a crazy amount of action, demonstrate unforgettable relationships, and showcase his amazing storytelling ability, which is full of twists and turns. While his insights and writing have always been impressive, Brown has grown with his characters. He’s gained wisdom through experience right along with Darrow, as evidenced by the continued improvement of his brutal yet poetic prose and his musings about humanity.

Age might be the most complex book—and the Red Rising series might have the most epic scope—of any I’ve ever read. This is a compliment to Brown, but it also caused some issues as I read. I had to check the character list at the beginning of the book again and again to remind myself who many characters were. I need a flow chart to truly appreciate (and remember) everything Brown has dreamed up, how events and families are tied together, and everyone who’s been killed off (and how and by whom). The large cast of characters and the plethora of events in the first four books is hard to keep straight.

My most common way to consume books is in audio form, but I had to read at least part of this one in Kindle to get my footing. When I did listen instead of read, I had to slow down my narration pace from my normal 1.25x to 1x to allow myself more time to think while I listened. But I can’t reiterate enough that the effort was worth it! In the last quarter of the book, Brown drops some bombshells, and it gets very exciting.

After all the upheaval and discontent Brown has created, I can’t help but wonder what the eventual victors can possibly do to establish a society that works and a government that’s fair and permanent. So far he’s shown us that in the Red Rising universe, even those with the best intentions fall short of creating a strong and lasting nation. Thus I can’t wait to read the finale to see what type of society and government he constructs!

I highly recommend this book and this series. I read and review a lot of YA series, so I need to let our readers know that this one’s adult for sure. The first book had a YA, Hunger Games-ish tone, but the other installments cover mature themes beyond that of the YA genre. If you like adult sci-fi and aren’t put off by violence, then you will likely love the Red Rising Saga like I do. Brown is one of the best authors out there, in my opinion, and I hope more and more readers discover his books.

P.S. I hate to disappoint Red Rising fans who haven’t picked up Dark Age yet, but there was not nearly enough Sevro in this book. And if I’m being honest, even though he had much more page time than Sevro, there wasn’t enough Darrow either. Their portion of the story is told, yet there are so many points of view that I was sad to not spend more time with them. I just wanted to warn fellow Darrow and Sevro fans ahead of time. 😉

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