Iron Gold is a dystopian science fiction novel written by Pierce Brown which follows the first
trilogy with a sequel trilogy. Following multiple perspectives we see an ex-soldier name Ephriam
broken by grief and is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy or pay with his life.
Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the Sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor,
Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will
rise from its ashes. Lyra, a red woman who is still oppressed by the world even after Darrow
destroys the old society as she tries to survive and protect her friends and family. Finally,
Darrow, a war veteran who is torn between family and chasing after the Ash Lord and finishing
the last remnants of the Gold Society.
This book is massive as we finally get away from Darrow’s perspective. This makes the scale of
the world bigger as we have a true feel of how the new generation of Society works. Character
are torn apart and rebellion to destroy everything Darrow and Mustang have created really
challenge the themes in the first sequel and whether it is truly worth it in the end to break
oppression and continue fighting regardless of the consequences. I found it intriguing to see all
these characters being fleshed out, especially Darrow and his flaw of being obsessed with
destroying every last bit of High Society even at the cost of his whole life. I wouldn’t give this
book a perfect score because the multiple characters sometimes can be double edged sword as
if the reader doesn’t care about certain characters their enjoyment is dulled due to having to
slog through a certain chapter with that point of view. Regardless I think Pierce Brown is great
writer who made another great book.