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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the #1 bestselling author of Morning Star pushes the boundaries of one of the boldest series in...
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the #1 bestselling author of Morning Star pushes the boundaries of one of the boldest series in...
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the #1 bestselling author of Morning Star pushes the boundaries of one of the boldest series in fiction.

    “Mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera . . .  done in a style [that] borders on Shakespearean.”—NPR (One of the Best Books of the Year)

    They call him father, liberator, warlord, Slave King, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the war-torn planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-third 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 all he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save...

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    Darrow

    Hero of the Republic

    Weary, I walk upon flowers at the head of an army. Petals carpet the last of the stone road before me. Thrown by children from windows, they twirl lazily down from the steel towers that grow to either side of the Luna boulevard. In the sky, the sun dies its slow, weeklong death, staining the tattered clouds and gathered crowd in bloody hues. Waves of humanity lap against security barricades, pressing inward on our parade as Hyperion City Watchmen in gray uniforms and cyan berets guard the route, shoving drunken revelers back into the crowd. Behind them, antiterrorism units prowl up and down the pavement, their fly-­eyed goggles scanning irises, hands resting on energy weapons.

    My own eyes rove the crowd.

    After ten years of war, I no longer believe in moments of peace.

    It's a sea of Colors that line the twelve-­kilometer Via Triumphia. Built by my people, the Red slaves of the Golds, hundreds of years ago, the Triumphia is the avenue by which the Conquerors who tamed Earth held their own processions as they claimed continent after continent. Iron-­spined murderers with eyes of gold and haughty menace once consecrated these same stones. Now, nearly a millennium later, we sully the Triumphia's sacred white marble by honoring Liberators with eyes of jet and ash and rust and soil.

    Once, this would have filled me with pride. Jubilant crowds celebrating the Free Legions returned from vanquishing yet another threat to our fledgling Republic. But today I see holosigns of my head with a bloody crown atop it, hear the jeers from the Vox Populi as they wave banners emblazoned with their upside-­down pyramid, and feel nothing but the weight of an endless war and a desperate longing to be once again in the embrace of my family. It has been a year since I've seen my wife and son. After the long voyage back from Mercury, all I want is to be with them, to fall into a bed, and to sleep for a dreamless month.

    The last of my journey home lies before me. As the Triumphia widens and abuts the stairs that lead up to the New Forum, I face one final summit.

    Faces drunk on jubilation and new commercial spirits gape up at me as I reach the stairs. Hands sticky with sweets wave in the air. And tongues, loose from those same commercial spirits and delights, cry out, shouting my name, or cursing it. Not the name my mother gave me, but the name my deeds have built. The name the fallen Peerless Scarred now whisper as a curse.

    "Reaper, Reaper, Reaper," they cry, not in unison, but in frenzy. The clamor suffocates, squeezing with a billion-­fingered hand: all the hopes, all the dreams, all the pain constricting around me. But so close to the end, I can put one foot after the other. I begin to climb the stairs.

    Clunk.

    My metal boots grind on stone with the weight of loss: Eo, Ragnar, Fitchner, and all the others who've fought and fallen at my side while somehow I have remained alive.

    I am tall and broad. Thicker at my age of thirty-­three than I was in my youth. Stronger and more brutal in my build and movement. Born Red, made Gold, I have kept what Mickey the Carver gave me. These Gold eyes and hair feel more my own than those of that boy who lived in the mines of Lykos. That boy grew, loved, and dug the earth, but he lost so much it often feels like it happened to another soul.

    Clunk. Another step.

    Sometimes I fear that this war is killing that boy inside. I ache to remember him, his raw, pure heart. To forget this city moon, this Solar War, and return to the bosom of the planet that gave birth to me before the boy inside is dead forever. Before my son...

About the Author-

  • Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2018
    Brown is back with Book 4 of his Red Rising series (Morning Star, 2016, etc.) and explores familiar themes of rebellion, revenge, and political instability.This novel examines the ramifications and pitfalls of trying to build a new world out of the ashes of the old. The events here take place 10 years after the conclusion of Morning Star, which ended on a seemingly positive note. Darrow, aka Reaper, and his lover, Virginia au Augustus, aka Mustang, had vanquished the Golds, the elite ruling class, so hope was held out that a new order would arise. But in the new book it becomes clear that the concept of political order is tenuous at best, for Darrow's first thoughts are on the forces of violence and chaos he has unleashed: "famines and genocide...piracy...terrorism, radiation sickness and disease...and the one hundred million lives lost in my [nuclear] war." Readers familiar with the previous trilogy--and you'll have to be if you want to understand the current novel--will welcome a familiar cast of characters, including Mustang, Sevro (Darrow's friend and fellow warrior), and Lysander (grandson of the Sovereign). Readers will also find familiarity in Brown's idiosyncratic naming system (Cassius au Bellona, Octavia au Lune) and even in his vocabulary for cursing ("Goryhell," "Bloodydamn," "Slag that"). Brown introduces a number of new characters, including 18-year-old Lyria, a survivor of the initial Rising who gives a fresh perspective on the violence of the new war--and violence is indeed never far away from the world Brown creates. (He includes one particularly gruesome gladiatorial combat between Cassius and a host of enemies.) Brown imparts an epic quality to the events in part by his use of names. It's impossible to ignore the weighty connotations of characters when they sport names like Bellerephon, Diomedes, Dido, and Apollonius.For those who like their science fiction dense, monumental, and a bit overwrought.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 5, 2018
    Brown adroitly builds upon the intricate future he introduced in his Red Rising trilogy with this accessible space opera, set in a near future where the fledgling Solar Republic has freed Mars from the villainous ruling Society, and is attempting to do the same for several other planets in the solar system that are still under the sway of a military leader called the Ash Lord. The novel combines elements of The Expanse and Game of Thrones: the plot lines include world-shattering developments, but Brown’s focus on crafting memorable individuals means that events such as a devastating attack on Mercury are very emotionally affecting for the reader. That assault was launched by Darrow, the military leader of the Solar Republic. His bombing campaign enabled Mercury to join other free worlds under the Republic’s banner, but his actions were not officially sanctioned, and his wife, Mustang, may face repercussions in her role as sovereign. The repercussions of Darrow’s rogue operation alternate with the situations that three other major characters confront. The most memorable involves Lyria, a Martian, for whom the liberation of her planet was not a happy ending: she faces even more trauma at this book’s outset, “two years and a thousand broken promises” after the Republic’s rise. Fans of thoughtful blends of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama will find this hits the spot. Agent: Hannah Bowman, Liza Dawson Associates.

  • Booklist

    January 1, 2018
    Picking up a decade after the final book in his Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star (2016), Brown's latest finds the new Republic Darrow worked so hard to establish in jeopardy. Displeased with Darrow's latest battle against a destructive warlord, the Senate issues a warrant for Darrow's arrest, forcing Darrow to go on the run to finish the fight he believes will save the Republic. Although the original trilogy was told solely from Darrow's point of view, Brown expands his scope here to include the perspectives of three new characters: Lyria, a 20-year-old girl who witnesses the brutal deaths of her family; Ephraim, a thief mourning the loss of his fiancee; and Lysander, the grandson of the sovereign Darrow deposed who is now living the life of a scavenger with one of Darrow's former rivals. Though it may take readers a little while to invest in the new characters' stories as much as they have in Darrow's, by the time the book builds to its breathtaking climax (and a cliff-hanger ending), fans of Brown's richly imagined world will be entranced.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2017

    It has been ten years since the Rising took down the Society. Even with the new Solar Republic led by Darrow and Mustang, strife continues to mar the peace Darrow tried to establish. While the Republic holds a tenuous balance of power against the remaining Golds, who strive to maintain their color-coded caste system, trouble brews beyond the asteroid belt. Newly freed Reds now living in refugee camps discover that freedom does not mean the end of their struggle. Still with his mentor Cassius, Lysander au Lune, the exiled heir to the sovereign, reaches a crossroads that could determine how much of the past will determine the future. VERDICT This fourth series entry (after Morning Star) launches a new trilogy, incorporating a fresh cast of characters along with several familiar ones. The gritty action and emotional punches will thrill fans eagerly awaiting more from Brown. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17.]--KC

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2017

    Just when it looks as if Darrow and the Rising are about to defeat holdout Golds and end their world's cruel color-coded caste system, a new foe comes along, which makes this fourth "Red Rising" book the first in a new trilogy. Last year's Morning Star topped the New York Times best sellers list.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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