Book Review: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, or a hell of heaven

I was happy when I heard Pierce Brown would be writing a new book in the Red Rising universe, but I didn’t know it was literally with most of the same characters. And it was disappointing.

Book Review: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown


Title & Author: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: January 16 2018
Series: Red Rising Saga
Publisher: Del Rey


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 everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

I give Iron Gold by Pierce Brown three out of five hearts because it was a disappointing read and my hype for this series got really crushed.

I don’t know if it had anything to do with the rush that I was on just before I started reading Iron Gold, but I really didn’t like where the characters had gone with their life’s and the story never caught me.

Mustang was a completely different woman than she was in the first three books in the Red Rising Saga. I felt so sad about this. I looked up to her and I didn’t recognise her anymore.

Darrow still a little bit himself, but he was complaining and confusing his tiredness for age instead of what it really is. He annoyed the crap out of me the entire novel, even though he was okay during the other three books. How can you make such a mistake, Pierce? I felt that Darrow and the other characters were sad pale shadow of their earlier selves.

Overall I didn’t care for the story in Iron Gold and it made me glad I listened to the audiobook and hadn’t pre-ordered it. Over the next year I am going to figure out whether I am going to read the next book in this series. I thought the series was great until this book. Pierce should have stopped after the Red Rising trilogy and found something new.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


Leave a Reply