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He broke the chains. Then he broke the world….
A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he’s an outlaw.
Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?
In his darkening shadow, a new hero rises.
Lysander au Lune, the displaced heir to the old empire, has returned to bridge the divide between the Golds of the Rim and Core. If united, their combined might may prove fatal to the fledgling Republic.
On Luna, the embattled Sovereign of the Republic, Virginia au Augustus, fights to preserve her precious demokracy and her exiled husband. But one may cost her the other, and her son is not yet returned.
Abducted by enemy agents, Pax au Augustus must trust in a Gray thief, Ephraim, for his salvation.
Far across the void, Lyria, a Red refugee accused of treason, makes a desperate bid for freedom with the help of two unlikely new allies.
Fear dims the hopes of the Rising, and as power is seized, lost, and reclaimed, the worlds spin on and on toward a new Dark Age.
In the second installment of Pierce Brown’s latest triology centered around his futuristic world we find the world that was built a fragile ten years ago begin to crumble and fall apart.
Pierce has a writing style that is epic and often poetic, if at times, distracting from the story. I’ve tried reading his books and have found I prefer the Audible versions of his story far more. The voice acting is superb and it feels more authentic to hear Ephraim talk about all the fucked-up shit in the world. To hear the authority and moral certainty of Darrow as he holds so tight to his convictions he loses sight of what really matters – his family. We get a peak at Mustang in this book and I wish we had more of her throughout the story. Darrow has always alluded to Mustang’s superior intelligence… it’s another experience entirely to be welcomed directly into Mustang’s mind to know how truly powerful her intellect is.
They changed Lyria’s voice actor in this establishment. I know the fanbase for this book had issue with the last narrator for her… I missed the lyric notes of the Irish that was given to Lyria’s point of view last book. The new voice actress was fantastic but so clearly British in her tone and delivery of Lyria’s actions, I missed the “redder” tone of the previous book. However, this voice actress was able to provide realistic cadences for Victra and Vulga — both of which could have been lost by the previous voice actress.
In a multi-character narrative like this book you’ll have clear favorites. I wish we had more time with Lyria, Vulga and Victra. There journey in this book was my favorite — even if it was heart-wrenching and disturbing at times. I want to see more of the three of them in the next book. Victra as always been a favorite of mine, but I feel like we saw a different side of her clear brutality when she is viewed in the eyes of Lyria versus her friend Darrow.
I do not care for Darrow at all in these books. I know that may offend some. I wanted more Ephraim and Pax and Elektra. I was so thoroughly drawn in by learning more of the Obsidian culture and tribalism. Sefi deserved more dedication to her character. I missed Ragnar.
And all I can say is… fuck Lysander.
If you enjoyed the first Red Rising trilogy I think this book will draw you back in to the world far better than the first one did for this new trilogy. It has the epic pace, the unending brutality, the gut-punches and devastation that we all enjoyed in the first trilogy.
I give this book a 4 out of 5. Maybe I need to come out with strict criteria or give metrics for my reasoning on these scores. There was some absolute fierce epic-ness in this book. However, it wasn’t a book I’ll like want to spend hours rereading. So, 4 out of 5 it is.
My professional background in biotechnology as a research chemist and as a veterinary technician has allowed me to have experienced two vastly different fields and for that I am thankful. In both careers, I have mentored, encouraged, and developed talent.
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