This is another big jump for me as we go from elite novels to elite plus…the rest of these novels are pretty much flawless in my book and are really only differentiated by personal taste. There are some books that just stand out from the rest. This is one of those books.
Golden Son is the brilliant sequel to Red Rising. It builds on the universe created in Red Rising, raises the stakes, increases the already breakneck pace, and delivers a relentlessly exciting masterpiece. It was non-stop excitement from beginning to end.
The relationships Darrow builds throughout the story are fully realized, even with the plot moving at an incredible pace. There is real weight to what happens. A chapter called “A Dance” is wonderfully written and really highlights the complexity of his relationship with Mustang… that scene and their last scene together in this book really stand out to me and separate this book from the prior one. Darrow really comes of age. I won’t spoil any more, but after the end, I needed to immediately move on to the final book in the trilogy. Read this series.