Taking place 10 years after the original trilogy, Iron Gold picks up the pieces of the empire which Darrow shattered in Red Rising. The book sets an interesting stage for the next trilogy.
What I like ✅ Some singularly great character moments, particularly with Sevro and with Romulus
✅ Great world-building
✅ Deals with the events of the first trilogy in a realistic and believable way
✅ personal freedom and chaos v subjugation and order; an excellent theme choice
What I didn't like ✖ Slow to start, dissonance; the four character perspectives are disconnected until halfway through the book, making it read like four separate books
✖ The style for the four separate character perspectives doesn't differentiate enough -- a problem exacerbated by the fact it is written in the first person
✖ Melodramatic inner monologuing (I'm looking at you, Darrow!) and cliche dialogue
✖ Characters leave much to be desired; dishonourable mention to Mustang (in all her eye-rolling perfection) who continues to be a thorn in the side of the story
Things to consider ➖ very hard to understand if you didn't read the original trilogy Rating 3.5/5 🌟 Verdict
Discussion Which did you like better: Red Rising or Iron Gold?