Golden Son | Book review

4 star, book reviews / Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Golden Son is the sequel to one of my favourite reads this year. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, so if you haven’t read it, skip this and go and read my review for the first book here.

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.


Not as good as the first one. There was little clarity and the way the story developed wasn’t clear. I thought that the characters were strong but the plotline and the story was lacking. It was a little disappointing especially after the high of the first book.

I think if the plot wouldn’t have been confused it would have been an awesome sequel. It was full of action and political strategy. Just no clarity.


I had no idea what was happening in this book, it jumped all over the place and it just wasn’t coherent. There was a lot happening and a lot of alliances made which were super hard to keep a track off. The new families weren’t developed enough and that made the story confusing.

I think the action ratio was fantastic, the fight scenes in this book are brutal, and not for the faint hearted. I love the idea of the story, not really sure on the execution.


I struggled with the new characters. The old characters were like coming home, they were great. There was natural development and you could believe that years had passed. I just wish the new characters were as fleshed out and rounded.


He was just as I remembered, strong minded and determined. I thought his struggle to find his place in the newly divided world was so well done. It brought issues that anyone living a double life would have. That doesn’t even take into account how immersed Darrow is in the world.

I thought his character was watered down a little, especially towards the end, and it was becoming a little predictable. The speeches and the way things would end. I found I wasn’t enjoying it quite as much as I was at the beginning.


I thought she was superficial. I hated her. I was so sad that I hated her. She had lost her fierceness in my opinion and I think it would have been better if they had killed her off in the last book than reduce her to this.

She does bring a certain wisdom to Darrow’s temper, and that hadn’t changed which I was pleased about because I wasn’t sure what would have happened if that would have been the case.

The Jackal

He was another one who seemed to have a purpose at the beginning but seemed to taper out towards the end. I was disappointed to be honest. He had great potential as a character and I thought it was a shame that his shining moment was in the last few pages. It was badly done, and I couldn’t believe it.

His twist ending did shock me actually. I had no idea that was coming. It was well hidden but also really obvious with hindsight actually.


I loved Roque’s development in this installment. He really grew as a character and as a member of the team, you could predict what was going to happen. You were praying for it not to happen, but there was nowhere else for the character to go.

I think out of all them he was my favourite character. He was the one that surprised me throughout and the one I actually gave two craps about.


Another disappointment. Not because his writing was bad, well not awful but because there was no lasting impression. I just didn’t care at the end, and I was so frustrated. He was one of my favourite characters in the last book because he stood out and now he was fading into the background.

Would I recommend it?

Maybe not if you weren’t a massive fan of the first one. My love of the first one carried me through the disappointments of this one.

If I am a little absent in the next week it’s because I’m getting married on Friday and I have a lot of appointments and family to keep entertained! But let me know what you’re reading? Did you enjoy this series?

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