This book in a nutshell:
Betrayal || Violence || Redemption || Speeches || OMG!
“If you’re watching, Eo, it’s time to close your eyes. The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”
When we first met Darrow he was a 17 year old boy who was a low Red and helldiver in Lykos for his family. Now Darrow is 23, his body has been carved as a Gold and he has the whole weight of ‘The Rising’ and war on his shoulders.
Darrow leads ‘The Rising’ with inspirational speech after inspirational speech. He makes such an impact with his hard hitting monologues that stir a wide range of emotions for the characters in the book and for me as the reader.
Darrow was far less whiny in this book, he grew a lot as a person and moved from being driven by rage and revenge to understanding the importance and impact eradicating the colour system would have. He became more focused on rebuilding a society than making those who failed his people suffer.
I loved seeing Darrow repair the relationships he destroyed through his poor choices and mistrust of those around him. His inner circle grew and those that were left in the end, were pretty much exactly who I would have wanted by his side!
“No. Don’t speak. It’s not your turn just because I pause.”
Mustang was a fantastic political negotiator in this book. She was important and crucial to ‘The Rising’ and the ultimate ending of the book. She still isn’t my favourite character and I was happy about where she ended up at the end of the story, but I understand her importance.
I have such a soft spot for Cassius. I don’t know if this is Pierce Brown’s intention or if it is my absolute love for the underdog. By underdog I mean evil and nasty man who was misguided and I want him to win.
As I was reading I was praying that he would grow as a character, like Darrow, and redirect his rage to the Sovereign. There were a few times were I thought ‘OMG he is going to ruin everything’ – Brown had me on an emotional roller-coaster with this one.
Roque (The Poet)
“Blood begets blood begets blood begets blood.”
I gained a lot more respect for Roque in this book. Even though he didn’t chose to align with Darrow, his choices were admirable. It was very clear why he had done what he had done in the two previous books and I felt it was really easy to forgive him, despite the crimes he committed.
At the end of the day Darrow and Roque were fighting the same cause on two different sides.
I don’t like the Jackal. I will never like the Jackal…but the one and only time I cried in this book involved the Jackal.
“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”
I bloody love this little Goblin. His loyalty never falters. He always has me laughing and often has me freaking out to whether or not this is the chapter where he has finally lost it.
Victra is a powerful and ruthless woman…or so Brown wants us to think. Really Victra is very good at acting. She plays the ‘tough bitch’ but I think she is really just a giant marshmallow on the inside.
She says the best quote in the book!
He is the stained and strongest/deadliest obsidian in the galaxy (in my opinion). Best of all his is Darrow’s champion and protector. I loved every single time he spoke. He shared his wisdom and understanding of the war. He was brave and bold!
Everything he does in this book melts my heart and destroys me at the same time.
Least Favourite Character
I hate Aja! like absolutely hate her. She commits such horrific and vulgar crimes against all the people I love. She deserves the most horrific death possible.
“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.”
There will be spoilers below
- Brown write a brilliant ‘rallying the troops’ speech
- The monologues Darrow does are empowering that I feel like I am shouting ‘I will join’ while I read
- The chapters are not too long
- This makes me feel like I am making mega process
- I love the chapter names and the way they hint at what is coming
- Break the chains!
- There is so much god damn betrayal in this book
- There was betrayal, then a double crossing of that betrayal and oh wait some more betrayal – I have now got some serious trust issues
- That torture scene at the start of the book was pretty heavy, but it had me captured immediately
- RAGNAR DIDN’T NEED TO DIE
- I needed him to make it, he was supposed to stand beside Darrow at the end
- The eaters were so creepy and awful!
- The imagery Brown wrote for these creatures was amazing. I had such intense and horrifying visuals that I needed to take a break from reading so late at night
- This book was soooooooo long, it took up so much of my life!
- I genuinely thought that Cassius was going to be the Sovereign
- I thought this was the main reason for keeping him around
- I understand why it is Mustang – she is the best politician, but come on Cassius would have been great!
- The Sevro and Victra wedding was so random!
- I cried at the weirdest moment. When Mustang pulls on her brothers legs, I just lost it. Love shone through everything else, it just took every years to work that out.
“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”
This book hooks you from the first chapter. It is a roller-coaster of secrets, revenge, reveals and plot twists. My heart can’t take it. This entire series has left me feeling fulfilled and hollow at the same time. I need more!
I enjoyed this book, but it was definitely my least favourite of the series. I think I expected a bigger ending, more of a climax that lead to this amazing finish, I started to predict when Brown was going to twist and turn the plot. It took me a long time to finish this book, in the end I gave myself a deadline to finish it. The big is just so big and the hype was so much, I just wasn’t sure I was ready to end it yet.
I am excited for Brown’s future projects, particularly his new trilogy set in the same world. The new trilogy takes place after the end of Morning Star and will center on the consequences of the hero’s actions as well as on those folks now living and growing up in a landscape that’s had its ruling order shattered.
“If your heart beats like a drum, and your legs a little wet, it’s because the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt.”