Review: Morning Star

Posted February 22, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Morning Star Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 11th February 2016
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied - and too glorious to surrender.

I can’t quite believe this series is over. That said, what a stunning conclusion to the trilogy! Also, I just read the other day that Pierce Brown will be writing a new series set in the same ‘world’ so that’s hugely exciting.

As always, as this is the final book in the series I want to try and avoid spoilers. If you want actual plot details then this isn’t the post for you, but there are plenty of other plot-related reviews out there.

Maraia and I were talking about the ups and downs in Brown’s work the other day. Throughout Red Rising and Golden Son, Brown took us on an emotional rollercoaster. Morning Star is no different. You put your heart in Brown’s hands from the moment you open this book, and he squashes, squeezes and razors it!

It’s just as full of action, strategy, war and blood as you would expect. Combine that with the fact that you know this series must end within the pages of this book and it makes for a tense, nerve-wracking read.

In all honesty, I took my time reading this. I truly didn’t want it to end. I savored Brown’s carefully crafted writing, I just love the way he tells a story. His characters in this book are as incredible as ever, with new characters becoming just as ‘real’ as old. There’s also that humour he sprinkles throughout his character interactions that I really like.

I can find no fault with this book, other than the fact it had to end.

If you haven’t started the series but ‘sci-fi’ isn’t normally your thing I say just take the plunge. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be my thing when I picked up Red Rising (see my review of it here) but I wanted to see what the fuss was about. As you can tell I ended up loving it. It’s absolutely, completely worth the read, even if my wee heart has been left feeling rather battered and bruised.

It’s quite simply bloodydamn brilliant!