Book Review: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

This is the third book in the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown and the final installment of this series of blog posts!

5/5 stars

Paraphrased from Goodreads

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience 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 honour 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.


This one was intense from the get-go and never really slowed down. That’s all I really have to say. I don’t even know where to start, so I think I might just ramble about the characters because they’re really what makes this book.

First off: the Jakal. Is literally a psychopath. Like a literal, certifiable psychopath. A genius, and a great character, but crazy and psychopathic. He’s definitely the biggest villain in this one, and it’s really great.

There are a couple great character arcs in this story. Cassius’ and Sevro’s development was great. SPEAKING of Sevro, he has probably the most badass moment of the entire series (for those of you who have read it: the “what do we do to murderers?” part). Cassius has some great redemption and will rip your heart out.

Mustang is great as always. I don’t think there will ever be a day where I don’t praise Mustang because she is wonderful. She’s just so smart and clever and loyal and brave and badass. I love her.

We get to meet Ragnar’s sister, and she is also great. A super complex, interesting character who provides lots of aid but also conflict, as all good characters should.

Finally, the ending. You guyssssss the ending!!!! I read the last 40% on a plane and the person across the aisle from me asked if I was okay at one point. I also cried at least four times, from happiness, sadness, frustration, shock, general emotions. When I said a whirlwind, I meant a whirlwind. It was the best ending that could have happened. Literally the most perfect ending ever. I’m getting chills thinking about it. I should just say though, never trust weddings in fantasy books. If a wedding happens, at least one person will die very soon.

That’s all I will say now because I could honestly go on for hours. I highly recommend this trilogy, if you haven’t noticed already.

Thank you so much for reading! xx

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