Pierce Brown: Dark Age (Review)

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Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.
Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.


book cover of Dark Age

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.


I hate reading Sci-Fi, always have…. yet since book one this series has totally captivated me, it may be set in space, but this is (to quote the author) a tale of Hi-Tech Romans and Space Vikings…. that’s me sold immediately. Its all the passions, intrigue, back stabbing, political maneuvering and bloody violence of the great Empires of earth, thrown into space with the most imaginative weapons, alliances and more, mixed with the age old failings of mankind, a society built on history but always doomed to not learn its lessons.

Each  book in the series has been packed with intrigue and surprises, but they all pale into insignificance to Dark Age, every time you thought you had a handle on what was going to happen, the whole world of possibility and salvation was blown up in your face, no characters is safe, all can die, and most only cling to life due to the imaginative medical advances that are needed in this galactic pit of violence and Machiavellian politics.

So i still hate Sci-Fi, but i utterly love this series and its characters, i’ve lost sleep, i’ve lost patience, i’ve been astounded and amazed. This is a series that i will simply never forget and sits proudly on my shelf of all time greats.

I can give this no higher recommendation than, DO NOT MISS THIS, put down what ever you are reading and pick up book one and enjoy the ride, because its amazing.



Red Rising
0. Sons of Ares (2018) (with Rik Hoskin)
1. Red Rising (2014)
2. Golden Son (2015)
3. Morning Star (2016)
4. Iron Gold (2018)
5. Dark Age (2019)

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