I have just finished this week’s book – Phew! That is truly the right word and you will soon see why, if you stay with this post…
Just a reminder: back in September 2019, before I had my stroke, I was engrossed in Pierce Brown’s Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #09). After my time in hospital, I didn’t have the vision or the cognitive function to carry on reading the book and so I set it aside for a few months. In the end, I bought it in ebook form and restarted reading it from the very beginning after last week’s Reading Roundup post. This was certainly the correct path as I could only remember small details from the plot. So, I really immersed myself in the book and I had better give you the blurb before I link to my review on Goodreads:
For 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 place?
Lysander 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 balance.
On 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 allies.
Abducted 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 redemption.
As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.
This is my review:
When I finished this book I couldn’t stop shaking for quite some time. I was almost speechless in response. The sheer horror of the multiple deaths and gore-fest battles was quite overwhelming. The bleak darkness was almost too much to handle.
Before I started writing this response, I thought for a while about how I would phrase it and also how to rate the book fairly. One part of me wanted to give it no stars at all and write something really negative and scathing in this box. So many millions of deaths! Such huge destruction! Evil blood-thirsty characters!
But, you know what? This is only a book. It is fiction for goodness sake! It is not real! If all of this could happen in real life – terraformed planets with billions of people being destroyed by hordes of giant armoured maniacs – then, of course, horror and disgust would be suitable responses. But in the middle of a real world-wide pandemic, this ill and depressed person found just the right book to take her mind away from her own real problems for a few hours.
Therefore, I am now eagerly anticipating the final(?) book in the series with great hopes for a wonderful ending to the whole saga. These imagined worlds are so amazing and the tale so gripping that I can’t wait…
After this epic read, I can’t decide what to tackle next so you will have to wait until next week to find out!
Until then, Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,