Posted in Fantasy, red rising

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

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Trigger Warning: Torture, Violence, Gore

Plot Summary:

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender (Goodreads, 2016).


Things I Enjoyed: I thought this was a great ending to the first series. The surviving main characters have really changed over the course of the book, with the exception of Mustang, who in my opinion stayed true to her original self. The greatest change is, of course, Darrow, who has really developed into a leader, but has also become more ruthless than when the series began. I liked seeing Sevro finally discover love in this book albeit with an unlikely character. And I really enjoyed that Cassius embraced his better nature at last. His scenes with Darrow felt like some of the most emotional for me.

In terms of the plot itself, of all three books , I would say that this one has the most amount of shocking moments/twists. It definitely kept my attention for the entire book. In particular, I’m intrigued by Lysander’s story. It seems to me that he is being set up to be a major player in the next series.

Things I Disliked/Found Confusing/Would Have Changed: Other than the excessive violence, which is prevalent in all the books I have no other complaints.

Overall Thoughts: It’s rare that a series ending lives up to my expectations, but I felt like Pierce Brown did a great job wrapping up all the loose ends. I almost find it sad that there is another series, because these characters have already been through so much and I wish they would get a HEA. Regardless this was a 4 out of 5 star read for me and I would recommend picking it up as well as the entire series

Quotes I Enjoyed/Found Significant:

I’d applaud a mouse that managed to kill an eagle. Wouldn’t you? Good for it. It’s absurd and hypocritical for Golds to complain now simply because the Reds finally started fighting well.

I’m tired of having insurance plans against you. Tired of playing games. You and I have pushed each other away because of broken trust. Aren’t you tired of that?

I will make a house for you in the Vale of your fathers. It will be beside my own. Join me there when you die… But I am no builder so take your time. We will wait