Light Bringer: the Sunday Times bestseller (Red Rising Series)
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So begins Darrow’s long voyage home, an interplanetary adventure where old friends will reunite, new alliances will be forged, and rivals will clash on the battlefield. I was really happy to see that the few relationships that are focused on in Light Bringer are written in such a way that feels true to the characters involved and also to the trauma of what they’ve been through, whatever the outcome. The many villains introduced in Dark Age shrink to a smaller number, some plot lines are dropped at the very beginning or just not touched upon.
There is a lot of space travel, which does allow for plenty of more quiet, contemplative moments, but the sense of time isn’t very clearly presented to the readers. I consider The Battle of Ilium in Morning Star one of the greatest space-opera warfare sequences I’ve ever read.This might be the best Red Rising book so far, but either way, it was the best book in the second series by far.
tim is the best in the business, I have listened to 300 + audio books, mostly fantasy + sci-fi and he is pure class. It is a book about war, loss, and hope, but most of all, it is a book about friendship and how the bonds we make with those we love are stronger than duty, blood, or chains. There were some shocking moments, twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and lots of good ol’ Pierce Brown action scenes with the high stakes and blistering pace that I’ve come to love.
If you enjoy something about a production let it be reflected in your ratings and comments so the creators will know whats popular. And, of course, Light Bringer won’t reach the critical acclaim it has without the prominent clash of conflicts evident throughout the series. While I didn’t sob I will say that I rolled a manly tear but if I wasn’t at my office I may have wailed.
After making my way through the audiobook on my reread of this book, I had to push past the first part which is around 7 hours long and is pretty rough on audio, but by the second part with the incredible Virginia and Lysander back and forth, it was just as amazing as it was in my read through. What Pierce has done in this book is take the series back to its roots in that this is Darrow’s book. However, depending on how Red God goes Darrow may overtake Sevro and several others in my top characters of all time. This book has reignited all my love for this series and while I'm a little sceptical whether it will go into the political direction I would prefer, I simply care too deeply for theses characters to not be hyped for the final book. One of my favorite things about Light Bringer is how Pierce Brown totally made sure that crucial and pivotal events from each previous book in the series do matter.I also think more authors and storytellers should include snippets of recollections or flashbacks like Brown did here. This is where Pierce Brown went back and tied all the loose ends, fixed the plot holes, and answered questions. This book didn't have me constantly at the edge of my seat and full of stress like Dark Age, maybe because I wasn't fearing for people's lives as much (my mistake). I still can't say it's the best in the series but it's very enjoyable so far, a large part being tim's incredible skill but I feel pierce has recovered the confidence of the original series.
Pierce better redeem himself from the gore fest and torture porn wank festival that was Dark Age, and the fact that there are now TWO more books in this series and it’s taking forever for them to get published is PROOF that the man fucked things up plot wise so badly in Dark Age that he needs extra time to redeem his nonsense. And I am not only talking about the endgame in Morning Star, but to mention one, what Darrow decided to do in the Battle of Ilium in Morning Star has a lot of devastating repercussions that can still be felt in Light Bringer. When you’re in a massive space battle, the last thing you want is to jump to another location for a territory dispute. However, with how big of a reveal it was in Dark Age I expected it to be addressed more in this installment.That’s how Earth and its multitude of nations strangled itself… The purpose of war must be to find the road back to peace. I feel like if it tried to keep upping the "dark" quotient instead of just telling the story that was needed the book wouldn't have worked as well. Fortunately, as I said earlier, Brown brought that back in Light Bringer multiply without losing the epic scope he meticulously prepared in Iron Gold and Dark Age. It never feels like work to do a second read of the series from the beginning, and honestly speaking, I am glad I did that before reading Light Bringer.