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Light Bringer: the Sunday Times bestseller (Red Rising Series)

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And speaking of Lysander, let me say this… He is one of the most despicable and self-righteous characters I’ve read in speculative fiction. Also, I feel like I never noticed before, but these characters are actually hilarious, especially Cassius. And speaking of payoff this book gave me so much of what I had been looking foward to after Dark Age. We welcome respectful dialogue related to speculative fiction in literature, games, film, and the wider world. 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.

However, once I reached 30% mark, the tempo of the story sped up rapidly and it was unable to put it down. There are also parts that will make you angry and/or sad because of choices made by different characters.I always cared more for the the interpersonal relationships of characters and the philosophical themes of these books than any big fighting scenes or fast paced action (the reason Golden Son is actually my least favourite in the series). also super proud of darrow and his development - sometimes i miss book 1 darrow, but his maturity and resolve, and the way he's grown throughout the series is phenomenal. Pierce went overboard in DA and introduced a myriad of new, compelling events that he couldn’t bring himself to juggle with in the sequel. As we learn from the previous books in Red Rising Saga and many other science fiction and fantasy series, being a paragon of honor and virtue doesn’t immortalize or guarantee peace. I would consider myself blessed to be able to read more books with this level of believable friendship and brotherhood.

The action in this book focuses less on the massive planet-spanning conflicts of Dark Age with millions of combatants, and more on smaller-scale warfare, though the stakes remain incredibly high. Pierce stated he wrote have approx 70 pages of a Sevro POV, going in a few different directions, which he may release pieces of later, but they will not be canon There were also a bunch of different prologues which were them all scrapped. Seeing Cassius’ and Darrow’s relationship heal and as they helped each other grow stronger was absolute perfection.

Pierce Brown had written 400 pages of Light Bringer until he realized he had taken the story in the wrong direction and threw out those pages and restarted the book from scratch. Brown found his stride with Lyria’s POV in Light Bringer in large part due to her having a more interesting part of the story to tell. In sequels or long series, characters' momentary recollections of the past and their journey can magnificently increase my emotional attachment to the characters and their struggle. I loved mustang and lysanders narrators (not a fan of lyrias) in the previous book and would've loved it if they came back but the thing is i seen plenty of comments complaining about all the different narrators on both of those books so i guess PB figures he cant please everyone so hed go with the cheaper option and i dont blame him.

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