By Jove! I had fun with Iron Gold!

*Some spoilers for the first 3 books*

iron goldHe’s done it again! Pierce Brown has delivered another brilliant instalment in the Red Rising saga. After the events of Red Rising, I wasn’t certain what direction the series would take- but Brown allayed all my fears by exploring the question: what happens after the revolution? The ensuing plot enters into this discussion in a fascinating way, opening up both sides of the debate, and making me want to challenge old heroes and embrace new ones.

Thankfully, the characters were as memorable as ever. Initially I only wanted to spend time with the original cast and it did take me a little time to warm to some of the new characters- however I eventually came round to each and every one of them.

Obviously, Pierce Brown’s writing is simply out of this world as well. With as drama and pathos as the previous instalments, he successfully explores the human costs of war. It’s also jam-packed with action. Though it didn’t feel as tidy in structure as I remember from the first two books, it came very close to living up to its predecessors. Time and again, the gladiatorial conquests seem to turn to the audience and ask: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

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Yes, yes I really am. I can happily say I am looking forward to the rest of this series!

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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Have you read this series? And have you checked this out? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!


38 thoughts on “By Jove! I had fun with Iron Gold!

  1. This has been on my list for a while now (because I loved the first three books) but I haven’t gotten to it yet, so I’m so glad to hear it’s good!! 😀 I am always a little worried about series extensions like this after the main arc is over – but I shouldn’t be surprised he pulls it off, because I remember even in the first three books he was always heading down new and unexpected (and enthralling!) roads with the story.

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  2. I’m SOOOO glad you had fun with this one! I actually think it may be my favorite so far. It’s just so terribly realistic in exploring what happens after you go through all the trouble of taking down an empire.

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