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Dark Age I'm not going to write a big review for Dark Age but that should definitely not be looked upon as a reflection of the books uality I just struggle with reviews for books I really loved Dark Age was my most anticipated read of all of 2019 and I was delighted it lived up to those high expectations I'm sure this will be my best read of the calendar year and it definitely confirmed the whole Red Rising series as one of my all time favourite series This series has the perfect blend of action drama romance and shock happenings that keep it absolutely addictive reading The story is pretty dark and intense but that is mitigated by the humour and the undercurrent of hope that ran through the story All in all it has pretty much everything I want in a story and it helps that Brown has an engaging writing styleI loved the fact that this 5th instalment of the series was by far the largest yet It was nearly 34 hours long The second longest book Iron Gold was only 23 hours long so it was uite the increase in length It worked well though as Dark Age packed in a ton of action and cool happenings and had the feel of a true epic of the genre I hope all the Red Rising books are this length going forward There is than enough going on in this world to justify the page time as Pierce Brown seems to have a knack for being able to create memorable and interesting characters and storiesI loved the stories of all 5 POV characters and felt like they all gave something different to the story which helped flesh out the worldbuilding and that in turn helped give the story a deeper and complicated feel We also met a few great new secondary characters in this one The best being the villains Atlas and Ajax My standout secondary character of this instalment was Alexander Au Arcon He popped up in Iron Gold but I really felt like he came into his own in this book All in all I loved this and cannot wait for the next instalment in the series Hail Reaper Rating 5 stars The easiest rating I've given all yearAudio Note I might not have had much to say about the story itself but I've got a bunch to say about the audio and the crappy decisions made by Recorded Books The 4th book in the series saw Recorded Books add three new narrators to the cast to voice the three new POV characters I felt that was not a great decision but it was one I ended up OK with as two of the three new narrators turned out to be pretty good John Curless who voiced Ephraim and Aedin Moloney who voiced Lyria while only Julian Elfer who voiced Lysander's parts was poor uality This time around Tim Gerard Reynolds and John Curless returned to voice Darrow and Ephraim I had no issue with that as both guys gave fantastic performances We had to get used to a new narrator for the newly added Virginia POV I believe it was Rendah Heywood I think she did an OK job The biggest issue was that Recorded books decided to recast the Lyria and Lysander parts Moira uirk was a decent enough narrator but her version of Lyria was so different from Moloney's version that it was definitely a bit jarring The biggest issue was that Recorded Books botched the Lysander bits for the second time in as many books The good news is that this time they actually cast a talented enough narrator in the form of James Langton The bad news was that the production was awful and nobody at Recorded Books appear to have bothered to check that Langton was on board with accents and pronunciation of characters and names Poor uality stuff from Recorded books I felt Langton was actually a big upgrade on the awful Julian Elfer but his pronunciation of Cassius and the voice he gave to Darrow were both flat out horrific None of it ruined my enjoyment of the story but it definitely does not reflect well upon Recorded Books As a company they do not seem to care about the enjoyment of their customers Let us hope they stick with this batch of narrators or just go back to having TGR do it solo as the last thing we need is bloodydam recasting of the audio Not sure I can read a sixth book in this series Senseless violence mass killings savagery gore torture rape baby killing a truly grim commentary on society by Pierce Brown The writing is good but there did not seem to be a coherent plot which is exacerbated by the multiple POVs And despite a character summary at the beginning it was hard to keep track of the good guys and the ever expanding roster of bad guys Asking readers to keep track of multiple names for the same characters is an unnecessary burden too It is even annoying how many times characters return from the dead andor recover from mortal woundsOccasionally I finish a book and think this would have been much better if it has been 100 pages shorter Not this one though it needed to be 300 pages shorter focusing on the major storylines Shame on Brown's editor Tricia Narwani for not pruning this monster down 355 starsGory literally damn insane violent bleak and ruthless Helldivers prepare your soul to be hell drilled by Dark Age’s brutality “During war the laws are silent”—uintus Tullius Cicero Two things first If it has been a long time since you’ve read Iron Gold or Red Rising Saga I strongly recommend you to reread the entire series before you read Dark Age I didn’t do this and I truly believe that my reading experience of this book suffered from it Secondly throughout the years since Red Rising publication many people still insist that this series is for YA audience; by the time you read this book you’ll probably be traumatized or maybe even loathe this book for its extreme darkness Seriously Dark Age is one of the darkest bleakest and goriest novel I’ve ever read in my life; the humor and heartwarming aspect of the series that’s usually common to find are close to non existent in this installment I will edit this review in the future when I’ve reread the series from the beginning in preparation for the sixth and—maybe—last book of the series but for now this is my thoughts and opinions on my first read through Dark Age “With every new endeavor there’s always the hope that you will find happiness be less lonely” I’ve mentioned this before out of all the books released in 2019 A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie and Dark Age by Pierce Brown are at the top of my most anticipated release list I’ve pre ordered Dark Age since February 2018 that’s one year six months ahead I’ve never done that for any book ever My expectations for these books were extremely high A Little Hatred exceeded it but sadly for the first time ever I have to say that although I still enjoyed it overall I didn’t find Dark Age a book hailed by many of his fans as the best book in saga so far as enjoyable as I hoped “I once thought the greatest sin of war was violence It isn’t The greatest sin is it reuires good men to become practical” Dark Age is the fifth and penultimate installment of the Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown By this point of the series it’s safe to say that I can’t talk about the plot at all unless I risked spoiling the story so I won't be talking about the plot at all Let me just say there’s no happy moment for the protagonists and everyone is constantly tortured tormented maimed and killed How about that? The title of the book pretty much implied the tone of the book already full throttle darkness depression gore brutality bleak death violence violence and violence; this is by far the bleakest and darkest installment in the series so far I honestly never expected the series to ever become this dark and with the escalation of darkness the pacing of the book felt off to me There were many moments of supposed intensity that felt desensitized because of everlasting pages of explicit gorefest with no break Imagine reading attempted rapes impalements genital mutilations drug abuse maimed gore deaths; you name it and it’s all here for hundreds of pages After a while the constant exposure to explicit details of violence ended up becoming boredom Pierce Brown is at his best when he combined hope humor and heartwarming moments with despair and terror into his narrative that’s full of thrilling action seuences Unfortunately this brilliance was lost most of the time in this book Do note that if you check my reading history you should know that I don’t mind reading violence gore and grimdark SFF in heavy doses They just need to be paced accordingly and I—with sadness—can’t say that Brown nailed the pacing of his action seuences correctly this time “No god listens There are only men And what one does another may undo That is my only religion That of the hand and the lever” Brown sacrificed many staple moments of the series such as fantastic character developments clear and concise plot coherence engaging banters in exchange for the extreme bleakness Plus there’s a severe lack of appearances from my favorite characters of the series; characters for me to root for were truly lacking compared to the previous books There were many instances where the POV of the new characters from Iron Gold felt like fillers put for the sake of adding pages count What Brown tried to achieve with them became clearer at the end but even then I still believe that it didn’t reuire that many pages Thankfully there’s a new perspective character to follow here; her chapters were relatively small compared to the other four POV’s but her storyline was easily my favorite in this book I would like to also add that plot device that revolves around dead characters being resurrected is a personal pet peeve of mine; sometimes they worked most often they don’t Let’s just say that the one that Brown pulled off here didn’t work for me “How many do not know you How many will soon forget you How many praise you today to offer contempt tomorrow Permanence of fame power dominion of the individual are illusions All that will be measured all that will last is your mastery of yourself” I’ve rambled on about the things that didn't work for me here but rest assured that it’s not all bad It’s time for me to talk about the incredible parts of the book that I loved I have always loved Brown’s prose that didn’t change here If it weren’t because of his writing style I probably would’ve DNFed this book somewhere in the middle Although I have complained about the excessive bleak and violent nature of the book that made the pacing awkward I won’t deny the fact that there were several devastating scenes that in my opinion were written so damn well These characters suffered a LOT The horrible things they have to endure were insane to say the least And I can’t help but feel empathetic towards the key characters of the series It’s also satisfying to see how much of the series has grown in terms of scope Dark Age is massive in scope; the level of escalation in its scale is something that took me by surprise and I’m thankful for it “You know I believe we all begin eual parts light and dark I fear you think your strength lies in your darkness But the measure of a man is not the fear he sows in his enemies It is the hope he gives his friends” One last thing before I close this review Brown successfully ended Dark Age with a bang The closing sections of Part 3 and the entirety of Part 4 was absolutely brilliant; tremendously immersive the twists and turns were written with magnificent clarity These sections were a return to the greatness that I loved from Brown’s storytelling style Action scenes full of palpable intensity and fury told in a cinematic fashion that made every brutal scene damn vivid If I were to rate this book based on these parts I would give it 5 stars rating in a heartbeat It was truly brilliant Plus it also set up every single plotline for the grand conclusion to come in the next and final book “But for all this new civilization’s love affair with technology they’ve been seduced by their own cleverness and fail to understand the simple truth lying is not a science it is an art And art will always be a human language” Dark Age may not be as entertaining and enjoyable as the previous books but it was certainly bleak heart shattering and epic in scope Many fans have started claiming that Dark Age is the best book in the series so far; unfortunately I have to disagree with this notion However from the way the story ended here the next book might truly end up becoming the best in the series for me I bloodydamn look forward to seeing how it all concludes Until then I will endure See you there HelldiversYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions PB making us all look like clowns 10 StarsRtcRed Rising 55 ★Golden Son 55 ★Morning Star 55 ★Iron Gold 55 ★ Okay folks This is a big book in a number of ways It's not only huge physically but it's dense with action from the alpha to the omega And it is BRUTAL Just look at that title Now assume that the death count will be on par with the Black Plague Only it's just super soldiers in mech armor with genius Is sporting the most massive war erections ever conceived and both sides are willing to cut no corners to annihilate each otherI'll be honest I haven't been in much of a mood for total grimdark lately but when it is done well it is done well And this SF Space Opera is GRIM WAY beyond it's YA roots firmly in the territory of massive gore mutilations babies nailed to trees sliced and diced monster horses and so many wonderful characters slaughtered to the Blood God I got to know and love new characters among the old grew with them and I died with them What a nightmare And sometimes it was too much for me Almost everyone in these books is harder than nails unable and unwilling to give an inch and willing to kill everyone for any number of reasons Revenge doesn't even begin to cover it This is pure nightmare chaos Nevermind the high idealism of the previous books or the eventual dark fall that came with the previous This one will simply wash you in bloodHappy reading Red Rising Saga is unlike anything I have ever read and this fifth instalment only proves it There is some gorydamn excellent writing craftmanship at play because Pierce Brown weaves multiple POVs in magical way that leaves you spellbound by this book and consumes all your waking thoughts What other proof of greatness do you need than the fact that I read this 752 pages long mammoth of a book inbetween taking care of hyperactive toddler in just couple of days? I may be sleep deprived but it has been worth itAll of you military strategy and war battle fans rejoice this book will give you your fill and then some War is raging in Solar System and Pierce Brown's storytelling makes it all come alive on the pages of this book never shying away from showing us its horrors and despairs Tone of this book as title suggests is a dark one Pierce Brown takes his readers through roller coaster of emotions and as per usual spares us nothing In my opinion Dark Age is the most profound instalment of the saga to the date the scale on which Pierce Brown plays his game is enormous and thought out to the tiniest details to evoke all the feels from his readers So prepare to expect the unexpected I am excited for and simultaneously dreading what is waiting for us in the next final? bookPRE REVIEW Alea iacta est The die is cast and I am super excited to see how Pierce Brown is going to play this game Iron Gold felt like it was only a setup for bigger things to come and I truly cannot wait for this book This book is a monster It draws you in with pretty lights and funny smells before nailing you to the ground then eats you up bit by bit and looks you in the eye while it breaks everything you hold dear inside yourselfI kept going back in my mind to how Pierce said he wanted this trilogy to be about rebirth after the end of a civilization and the dark ages I kept thinking how brutal in my very little knowledge the Dark and Middle Ages actually were trying to justify the brutality The thing is brutality doesn't need justifying This is book five and still Pierce Brown hasn't shown people doing anything that we don't actually do in real life today somewhere in the worldRegardless this book gave me hope It is an incredible improvement over Iron Gold and it leaves me impossibly hyped for book 6 George RR Martin called and would like his lack of conscience back PB Dark Age makes Golden Son look like child’s play ‘the man is broken but he is not allowed to break’ but gorydamn my goodman this book broke me and then drowned me in my own tears i took the day off from work yesterday just so i could stay home and dedicate my full attention to reading this entire beast of brutality with full focus and no distractions or interruptions after meeting pierce brown last week and listening to him talk so passionately about this i knew that was the only way i could show the complete respect this book deserves and boy what a day yesterday was a reviewer for NPR wrote “browns plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline his pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile waiting for us to dare him to drop it” no truer words have been written in fact pierce went and dropped the match in the prologue because this crudely self photoshopped meme is pretty much live footage of my reading experience you would think that by now i would know what im getting myself into every time i open a red rising novel on the same level as ‘golden son’ this new installment in what is the most epic sci fantasy series i have ever read shows that intelligently crafted bedlam anxiety inducing chaos and the absolute dissonance of violent oblivion can be a sweet sick addiction i fall on my knees and bow down to the evil genius that is pierce brown this story and series is unparalleled ↠ every star in the gorydamn galaxy The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling seuel to Iron GoldFor a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color coded Society Now outlawed by the very Republic he founded he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake is he still the hero who broke the chains Or will another legend rise to take his placeLysander au Lune the heir in exile has returned to the Core Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war torn Mercury But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balanceOn Luna Mustang Sovereign of the Republic campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband Beset by political and criminal enemies can she outwit her opponents in time to save him Once a Red refugee young Lyria now stands accused of treason and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new alliesAbducted by a new threat to the Republic Pax and Electra the children of Darrow and Sevro must trust in Ephraim a thief for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemptionAs alliances shift break and re form—and power is seized lost and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conuest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age


About the Author: Pierce Brown

Hello I'm Pierce Brown the author of the Red Rising Saga a NYT #1 bestseller I figured I'd write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo In my books you'll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost You'll also find me exploring themes of love violence hope and power what it means why people seek it and how th


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