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Light Bringer: A Red Rising Novel (utgåvan 2023)

av Pierce Brown (Författare)

Serier: Red Rising Saga (6)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Darrow returns as Pierce Brown??s New York Times bestselling Red Rising series continues in the thrilling sequel to Dark Age.
The Reaper is a legend, more myth than man: the savior of worlds, the leader of the Rising, the breaker of chains.
But the Reaper is also Darrow, born of the red soil of Mars: a husband, a father, a friend.
Marooned far from home after a devastating defeat on the battlefields of Mercury, Darrow longs to return to his wife and sovereign, Virginia, to defend Mars from its bloodthirsty would-be conqueror Lysander.
Lysander longs to destroy the Rising and restore the supremacy of Gold, and will raze the worlds to realize his ambitions.
The worlds once needed the Reaper. But now they need Darrow, and Darrow needs the people he loves??Virginia, Cassius, Sevro??in order to defend the Republic.
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.
Because Eo??s dream is still alive??and after the dark age will come a new age: of light, of victory, of hope.
Don??t miss any of Pierce Brown??s Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING ? GOLDEN SON ? MORNING STAR ? IRON GOLD ?&
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Titel:Light Bringer: A Red Rising Novel
Författare:Pierce Brown (Författare)
Info:Del Rey (2023), 704 pages
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Three stars for the prose because Brown's writing is nothing short of beautiful. But the content? There isn't a single scene in this book we haven't read in the two prior. If you like reading battle sequences and fights, you'll love it, because Brown has actually upped his game in writing realistic, believable, amazing combat. But he's let his skills in developing character depth and new worlds slide. So when the big things happen that are supposed to impact the reader, they just read like "hey, saw that one coming two books ago."

Didn't live up to its hype, but is still a solid Red Rising saga on par with the last couple. If you didn't love Iron Gold or Dark Age... you definitely won't enjoy this one. ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
Book 6 in the series, and surprise! It's not the end of the second trilogy; there's one more volume to go. My criticisms of the last two books remains: the story is so sprawling and complicated, with so many characters (including tons of references to characters who are dead but remembered) that it's really hard to keep everyone straight. It doesn't help that I'm reading the books now as they're being written, so the years between books make it even harder to remember.

That said... it's great entertainment. The reader has to let go and accept that our heroes will be rescued only at the last second; and will always gain freedom eventually from capture, whether by talking their way free or escaping. And double-crosses have stopped surprising the reader, as we get a fresh one every 75 pages or so.

When you start a 7 book series with a training institute in which dozens of children are brutally killed- BY DESIGN!- it's pretty tough to keep increasing the stakes, but Brown manages to do it. Here in book 6 we've basically come to near-genocide in battle, and it looks like book 7 is set up for 100% genocide as a possibility.

On to the plot (I need these details to refer to in two years when the final book comes out). We start with Darrow hiding out in an asteroid since his narrow escape from the last battle, when he was rescued by Cassius. Meanwhile, Atalantia is plotting her victory over the Republic along with giving the Rim Society their comeuppance after they betrayed the Core and declared independence. Lysander au Lune is a puppet of Atalantia, with a plan to marry her so she can rule through him- he's not too keen on the idea, as he has learned that she is responsible for the murder of his parents (though she doesn't know he knows). The Rim armada is in the Core, now agreeing to help defeat the Republic, and Lysander manages to foil Atalantia and get the governing council to attack Mars now instead of waiting. Meanwhile, the Obsidians, under their cult leader Fa, have left Mars and are terrorizing the asteroid belt and heading for Jupiter to terrorize the Rim Society. As the battle for Mars starts up, Darrow is sent from hiding to the Rim to secure allies and bring back more troops and ships, which won't be easy since he already betrayed the Rising in the Rim in a previous volume, the price to keep the Rim Society out of the war at that time.

Alright- too complex, and I don't want to spoil more. The POV characters are Darrow, Lyria, Virginia, and Lysander. The latter is cast quite sympathetically, though he seems like an enemy to the Republic. The Big Bad now is Atalantia though, and her minions, who scares the hell out of everyone and doesn't seem to share the honor code that others do. Diomedes, a Rim Knight, is a prominent character too, hostile to the Republic but also cast very sympathetically. Brown does an amazing job convincing the reader that these characters are acting honorably, even as they all stab each other in the back constantly- they are constantly between rocks and hard places, with conflicting oaths and no way to stay pure- that's one of the points of the story, that nobody can stay pure unless they want to end up very dead.

Maybe I'm too harsh with my ratings of these last few books- they are great page-turners and I can't wait for the next one. ( )
  DanTarlin | Sep 13, 2023 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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THIS POST
Yeah, this isn't going to be my typical kind of post. I know deep in my bones, the way you know about a good melon, that if I tried my typical approach I'd probably finish this in December. And since I don't have that kind of patience—and this book was due back at my library on August 19. I'm in deep sh...aving cream already.

So, I'm just going to mention a few things I think are worth saying—and hopefully think of a conclusion to wrap it all up (but no promises).

* I need to start with the fact that I went into this with a wrong assumption—I misunderstood something I saw Brown say on Twitter some months ago and thought that this was the finale of the series. I started wondering pretty soon how that was going to be the case, but it took me far too long to admit that I misunderstood him and shouldn't expect any kind of bow to be put on things by the end of Light Bringer. Once I gave that up, most of my lingering questions about pacing and character went away.

* Lyria. If Brown had done nothing else impressive with the post-Morning Star books, what he's done in creating and growing this character would justify the time reading them. I just cannot get over her. At this point, I enjoy her more than Darrow, Virginia, or the rest. Kavax and Sevro are the only characters that compete with her for my affection. Also, Brown did an excellent job of faking the reader out when it came to her character arc after the last book.

* Darrow grows more in these pages than he has since...maybe The Institute. Or probably with Lorn. And a lot of that has to do with the right book being given to him at the right time in his life. (maybe my libro-fixation makes me focus on that part, but, I'm right). I want to see this change in action more—but what Brown does here gives me a lot of hope for our hero. Assuming The Reaper is our hero by the end.

* I really, really, really, really want to know how long Brown has been plotting out the major events of this novel—has he been building up to them since Iron Gold or before? Or were they things that came into focus when he started planning Light Bringer? It won't change what I think of them (devastating, brilliant, etc.)—it'll just help me understand how he works.

* The bonds between so many of these characters are fantastic. Particularly between the classmates turned colleagues turned friends turned enemies turned uneasy allies turned brothers. (or relationships that follow similar paths) How these people can be bound up so tightly with each other after all they've gone through is something else. So many times I start off thinking, "There's no way that Darrow/Lysander/Victra/Whoever is going to trust them is there?" And then they do—and I buy it every single time, just the way that Darrow/Lysander/Victra/Whoever does. And I'm caught as off-guard as they are in the significant percentage of times they end up getting betrayed.

* I cannot believe how often these people make me laugh—genuinely laugh. In the midst of all of the death, destruction, revenge, societal upheaval, and uncertainty—there's a core humanity at work in them all.

* After all these thousands of pages (especially when I count re-reads and audiobook listens)...how can Brown completely surprise me the way he does? I can't even count how many double-crosses that become triple-crosses then go awry and end up becoming alliances that are quadruple-crossed in this book alone. (And that's not a spoiler, if you've read the series, you know that's going to happen—and I likely left off at least 5 backstabbings).

* Speaking of stabbing...Brown's action scenes—particularly when it comes to small groups of people fighting—one on one, two on two, one on five, etc.—are just great. He's never been shabby at this, but it felt like he topped himself here. (as he has in each successive book).

* Sevro, Sevro, Sevro...I felt so bad for him through so much of this book. Even before he inadvertently found out what happened to his family in Dark Age. But you never want to count the Goblin out, right?

* Although, the fox Sophocles just might have done a better job of breaking my heart. Not that it's a competition.

* There's a fantastic potential spin-off series introduced around the mid-way point. I hope Brown doesn't give it to us (although I'll read it if he does), I think I'd prefer my imaginary version of it.

* The bond that I referred to earlier is seen in loyalty, forgiveness (and the ability to work together when that forgiveness hasn't been granted), and best of all, a humor based on shared experiences and attitudes. The humor in this book is almost never situational (too grim for that), or physical (outside maybe of Sophocles)—it comes from old friends being rude to one another, making a joke in reference to something that happened a decade or more ago, etc. And it works—you can't help but chuckle alongside these men—even when they're likely saying goodbye for the last time, they can make you laugh. Well done, Mr. Brown.

LET'S SEE IF I CAN WRAP THIS UP
I really think I could just keep going flipping back and forth through the pages of the book and coming up with more and more bullet points to ramble about. But who wants to read that? (especially now that I see that I've repeated myself)

I really wish I spent time in discussion groups, fan sites, etc. for this series, so I'd have known that this wasn't the ending before I started. That preconceived notion really skewed things for a while. Oh well. Like I said before, once I started thinking of this as penultimate—everything clicked.

I do think it's time for Brown to tie this up—as much as I love this series, readers can only take so many Master Plans that go awry when they meet other Master Plans only to uncover someone else's Deeper Master Plan working against both.

But it's been—and will be—quite the ride. These characters are so full of honor, and nobility (of various types), that even when they're "on the wrong side" it's hard to think poorly of them until they've turned into hypocrites or something. Brown gives us a great picture of so many people working for the common good—if only they could agree with what that is. Chess masters vying against one another to help their picture of the best for society to come about. Sadly, their moves aren't made with game pieces, but with thousands or millions of lives at a time.

I'm, of course, ignoring the few giant vacuums of decency with a hunger for power and destruction that are also running through the pages.

In Dark Age (and I'm going to be vague just in case someone hasn't read it yet)—there's a scene when someone holds down a dying foe, cuts out two giant strips from their back to reveal their ribcage and organs—and pour salt on the wounds. There are a couple of scenes in this book that felt like that. (except for the fact that I was in my recliner sipping on something cool while reading). And with at least one of those scenes the person I was having my heart torn up about was a character I either was bored by or didn't bother to form an opinion of until this book. But over the course of the novel, Brown's able to get every one of these modified humans to become a person practically as real as any flesh and blood creature you run into.

It took me less than 50 pages into Red Rising to be awed by Brown and thousands of pages later, he's still doing it to me.

Go read this series. ( )
  hcnewton | Aug 29, 2023 |
This is the sixth in an ambitious series of science fiction novels. The scope is vast ranging over our entire solar system in which all the planets are inhabited. At over seven hundred pages I liken it to a throwback fantasy and science fiction series of the past. Of course, there are two rival groups fighting for control with Mars being the central focus as the protagonist wife is there an he trying to fight his way back to her, A vast entertaining novel. ( )
  muddyboy | Aug 27, 2023 |
I am devastated and heartbroken. I'm not sure how to function after this book. ( )
  thecozyshelf | Aug 14, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Darrow returns as Pierce Brown??s New York Times bestselling Red Rising series continues in the thrilling sequel to Dark Age.
The Reaper is a legend, more myth than man: the savior of worlds, the leader of the Rising, the breaker of chains.
But the Reaper is also Darrow, born of the red soil of Mars: a husband, a father, a friend.
Marooned far from home after a devastating defeat on the battlefields of Mercury, Darrow longs to return to his wife and sovereign, Virginia, to defend Mars from its bloodthirsty would-be conqueror Lysander.
Lysander longs to destroy the Rising and restore the supremacy of Gold, and will raze the worlds to realize his ambitions.
The worlds once needed the Reaper. But now they need Darrow, and Darrow needs the people he loves??Virginia, Cassius, Sevro??in order to defend the Republic.
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.
Because Eo??s dream is still alive??and after the dark age will come a new age: of light, of victory, of hope.
Don??t miss any of Pierce Brown??s Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING ? GOLDEN SON ? MORNING STAR ? IRON GOLD ?&

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