Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #2
Published by: Del Rey
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart.
I’m not that great with words to begin with, but Golden Son left me absolutely speechless. This book is so bloody brilliant! Pierce Brown blew me away with Red Rising, the first book in the trilogy. It really is one of the best books I’ve ever read. But get this, Golden Son was even better! I don’t know how Brown did it, but he did. Phenomenal doesn’t even begin to cover what this book is.
This picks up two years later, and doing this was such a good idea. Darrow is now twenty and finishing up with the Academy. Golden Son is so full of heart pounding excitement! I was often on the edge of my seat, truly immersed in this brutal and beautiful world the author has created. Love, trust, betrayal, war, perseverance … it has it all. Not only does it have it all, it’s executed perfectly! Utterly breathtaking.
These truly are some of the best characters I ever encountered. They are impeccable! The banter and wit is so sharp and smart. There is such depth to even the most minor of characters. There are so many to love and hate. Some broke my heart, while some made it soar. Darrow really is an exceptional main character, but I love my nasty “little” Sevro the most!
There is so much that happens in Golden Son, with twists and turns that had me reeling. My heart was obliterated! There were parts, especially towards the end, that had me so anxious and to the point where I had to stop because … it was … just wow. Not exactly eloquent, I know. But seriously, it left me breathless and head spinning. I can’t even bring myself to try and imagine what’s in store for the next book.
I’m not even joking when I say that this series puts many others to shame. Like I said, Red Rising is an outstanding book, but Golden Son took it to a whole other level. Truly a masterpiece. Morning Star, the final book, can’t get here soon enough.