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 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.
Along with some fan favourites (the ones that survived, anyway), IRON GOLD introduces three more characters who have just as much at stake in the aftermath of the first three novels. The in-depth, first-person narration has these characters taking shape immediately, and now that I've finished IRON GOLD, they feel just as familiar as older friends. There's a new battle on the horizon that threatens each of them, and seeing the development from different sets of coloured eyes has drawn me even deeper into Brown's world. OMG to the extreme, folks!!
With IRON GOLD, Brown has managed to raise the bar yet again, which is why I'm committed to the Red Rising series for the long haul and will continue to pre-order his books from now until forever. I experience the entire spectrum of human emotions while reading this saga, and when the last page ends, a ravenous appetite for the next instalment comes swift and fierce, so do yourself a favour and pick up this series. With four books already released, they’ll keep you busy for a while and then you can spend the time waiting for number five by creating a faux fur accent piece to wear proudly (which will make sense once you read the first).