Title: Iron Gold
Series: Red Rising #4
Author: Pierce Brown
Lo, my goodman. Stop right here and listen. Iron Gold is book #4 in a series, so there will be unavoidable spoilers down below. Please, proceed at your own risk.
A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?
And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:
A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.
An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.
And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.
First off, I made a few mistakes with Iron Gold.
Number 1 – I waited over 2 years since finishing Morning Star. It was published last January, but I still waited another 1.5 years before finally starting the book. Big mistake. I’d forgotten most of what happened in the original trilogy and with so many names and events in this story, I was more confused than ever and had a hard time remembering who everyone was.
Number 2 mistake I made – Reading in bed before going to sleep. Now, usually, this is not a problem for me, but when you mix a complicated and intricate storyline with a tired brain… you ain’t getting anything good out of it. This is one of the reasons I think it took me so long to finish Iron Gold – reading a heavily detailed Sci-Fi book whilst tired, made me capable of only reading a chapter or so a night. And with 580-ish pages… that’s bound to take a while!
Death begets death begets death.
The Red Rising books have never shied away from death – nor a brutal one either, in fact it revelled in it. In the first three books it was practically death upon death upon death. And I loved it!
The first three were so action-packed and fast-paced and gorydamn gloriously bloody, whilst Iron Gold… definitely felt like the characters had aged 30 years and not just 10.
There was a lot of talking and debating in Iron Gold and not much happening to be honest. No, I’ll correct myself, lots of things did happen and blood was shed, limps were severed and heads rolled, but it lacked the fast pace and shock effect its predecessors had.
Because I had been away from this story for so long, I didn’t feel as attached to the characters as I did with the original trilogy and so it was hard to get through the +500 pages, not that I didn’t enjoy it.
I was surprised that probably the P.O.V. I enjoyed following the most in this book was that of a new character, Lyria of Lagalos – a Red, who feels betrayed and abandoned by the Soverign, who had promised them a better life out of the mines.
She was a breath of fresh air and it was like being back with Darrow again in Red Rising, discovering so many things for the first time being amongst Golds.
But what I would have loved more than anything was to have just a chapter from Sevro’s point of view.
“Did you like my sonata?” he asks.
(…)”You’re dying to tell us when you first played it, aren’t you? I know you folks can’t resist a little brag,” Sevro mutters. “Well, go on. Impress us.”
“I mastered it when I was twelve.”
“Twelve? No!” Sevro claps his hands. “What genius! Reap, did you know that we had a psychotic virtuoso aboard?”
It’s things like this that makes Sevro my favourite character.
I live for his sarcasm.
The OG Howler himself with his no-care, piss-all attitude is what makes him such a fantastic character, but now he’s also weighed down by family, being a father and husband. Not that he didn’t still shit his pants and other disgusting things, he’s the Goblin after all.
Overall, it felt like a long book because of the amount of non-action, but what did happen in the book definitely weighed up the not so exciting bits, and it did leave me wanting more and I look forward to Dark Age.
Do I recommend, not just this book, but the whole Red Rising series?
It is still one of my favorite Sci-Fi series I have ever read, but if you have a weak stomach, you have been warned – this epic whirlwind of a kick-ass story is gory and very graphic.