Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) - Pierce Brown
This review is spoiler free, but it does refer to events from the previous 3 books in the Red Rising series.
Pierce Brown has started his second trilogy in the Red Rising universe. The events in Iron Gold are set about 10 years after the end of Morning Star.
The Red Rising trilogy introduced us to the universe while watching it crumble. It introduced us to a society ruled by a class that was meant to lead but ended up subjugating. We watched Darrow break the chains of that universe. Not many revolutionary stories want to pick up after the rising. It’s sort of like a Jane Austen novel after the proposal…..(not the interesting part of the story) but Mr. Brown does not disappoint. Not only does he dive us headfirst into the mess of reorganizing the government and its impacts on leaders as well as the former slaves as they try and assimilate into society. The 4 characters we follow through Iron Gold are the perfect perspectives to give life to the universe and its challenges.
I can’t really give the traditional ‘magic’ rating on this - but I’m judging magic on two counts:
Scify technology - the war gear is next level. It might as well be magic.
The mythos surrounding some of the war heroes/revolutionaries is on the level of magic. It fascinates me, it's so engaging, And the most interesting part is that as the characters experience self doubt, or other (mundane) human emotions, I feel like their magic increases instead of decreases. Can’t explain it further. You really just have to read it to experience it.
Read it. Read it now.