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Dark Age
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Dark Age
Red Rising Series, Book 5
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • The bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

    "Brown's plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it."—NPR (Best Books of the Year)
    He broke the chains. Then he broke the world....

    A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he's an outlaw.

    Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?

    In his darkening shadow, a new hero rises.

    Lysander au Lune, the displaced heir to the old empire, has returned to bridge the divide between the Golds of the Rim and Core. If united, their combined might may prove fatal to the fledgling Republic.

    On Luna, the embattled Sovereign of the Republic, Virginia au Augustus, fights to preserve her precious demokracy and her exiled husband. But one may cost her the other, and her son is not yet returned.

    Abducted by enemy agents, Pax au Augustus must trust in a Gray thief, Ephraim, for his salvation.

    Far across the void, Lyria, a Red refugee accused of treason, makes a desperate bid for freedom with the help of two unlikely new allies.

    Fear dims the hopes of the Rising, and as power is seized, lost, and reclaimed, the worlds spin on and on toward a new Dark Age.
    Don't miss any of Pierce Brown's Red Rising Saga:
    RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • The bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

    "Brown's plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it."—NPR (Best Books of the Year)
    He broke the chains. Then he broke the world....

    A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he's an outlaw.

    Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?

    In his darkening shadow, a new hero rises.

    Lysander au Lune, the displaced heir to the old empire, has returned to bridge the divide between the Golds of the Rim and Core. If united, their combined might may prove fatal to the fledgling Republic.

    On Luna, the embattled Sovereign of the Republic, Virginia au Augustus, fights to preserve her precious demokracy and her exiled husband. But one may cost her the other, and her son is not yet returned.

    Abducted by enemy agents, Pax au Augustus must trust in a Gray thief, Ephraim, for his salvation.

    Far across the void, Lyria, a Red refugee accused of treason, makes a desperate bid for freedom with the help of two unlikely new allies.

    Fear dims the hopes of the Rising, and as power is seized, lost, and reclaimed, the worlds spin on and on toward a new Dark Age.
    Don't miss any of Pierce Brown's Red Rising Saga:
    RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE
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    • From the book THE SOVEREIGN

      “Citizens of the Solar Republic, this is your Sovereign.”

      I stare half blind into a firing squad of fly-eyed cameras. Out the viewport behind my stage, battle stations and ships of war float be­yond the upper atmosphere of Luna.

      Eight billion eyes watch me.

      “On Friday evening last, the third day of the Mensis Martius, I re­ceived a brief indicating that a large-scale Society military operation was under way in the orbit of Mercury. The largest in materiel and man­power since the Battle of Mars, five long years ago.

      “We are responsible for this crisis. Lured by the false promises of an enemy plenipotentiary, we allowed our resolve to weaken. We allowed ourselves to believe in the better virtues of our enemy, and that peace was possible with tyrants.

      “That lie, seductive though it was, has been exposed as a cruel machi­nation of statecraft designed, perpetrated, and executed by the newly appointed Dictator of the Society remnant, Atalantia au Grimmus—daughter of the Ash Lord. Under her spell, we compromised with the agents of tyranny. We turned on our greatest general, the sword who broke the chains of bondage, and demanded he accept a peace he knew to be a lie.

      “When he did not, we cried Traitor! Tyrant! Warmonger! In fear of him, we recalled the Home Guard elements of the White Fleet from Mercury back to Luna. We left Imperator Aquarii at half strength, ex­posed, vulnerable. Now, her fleet, the fleet which freed all our homes, floats in ruins. Two hundred of your ships of war destroyed. Thousands of your sailors killed. Millions of your brothers and sisters marooned upon a hostile sphere. Quadrillions of your wealth squandered. Not by virtue of enemy arms, but by the squabbling of your Senate.

      “I have heard it said in these last months, in the halls of the New Forum, on the streets of Hyperion, on the news channels across our Republic, that we should abandon these sons and daughters of liberty, these Free Legions. I have heard them called, in public, without shame, ‘the Lost Legions.’ Written off by you, despite the courage they have summoned, the endurance they have shown, the horrors they have suf­fered for you. Written off because we fear to part with our ships will in­vite invasion of our homeworlds. Because we fear to once again see Society iron over our skies. Because we fear to risk the comforts and freedoms the men and women of the Free Legions purchased for us with their blood . . .

      “I will tell you what I fear. I fear time has diluted our dream! I fear that in our comfort, we believe liberty to be self-fulfilling!” I lean for­ward. “I fear that the meekness of our resolve, the bickering and backbit­ing on which we have so decadently glutted ourselves, will rob us of the unity of will that moved the world forward to a fairer place, where re­spect for justice and freedom has found a foothold for the first time in a millennium.

      “I fear that in this disunity we will sink back into the hideous epoch from which we escaped, and that the new dark age will be crueler, more sinister, and more protracted by the malice which we have awoken in our enemies.

      “I call upon you, the People of the Republic, to stand united. To be­seech your senators to reject fear. To reject this torpor of self-interest. To not quiver in primal trepidation at the thought of invasion, to not let your senators hoard your wealth for themselves and hide behind your ships of war, but to summon the more...
    About the Author-
    • Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.
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