From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence. I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure. But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?! Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.
Warning before picking up Iron Gold: If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist. Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity. Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain. Isn’t reading fun?