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For a decade, Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury. 

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him? 

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies. 

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation - and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form - and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed - every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

©2019 Pierce Brown (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Performances Greatly Improved

In Iron Gold, book 4, it was an unexpected surprise to hear another set of voices. At first I was very disappointed because they felt very out of place but I did eventually get used to the voice of Ephrim because after the shock of the unfamiliar voices, he was easy to listen too and suited the character. However, Lyria and Lysander were not fit. I did not enjoy listening to their chapters, which is unfortunate because the characters themselves, like the rest of the characters are well thought out and well written.
Fortunately, the performances in Dark Age were much improved by the new actors for Lyria and Lysander and the voice of Virginia fit well too. Of course, Tim Gerard Reynolds has continued to captivate and is still very pleasant to listen to. This book was a fantastic continuation of the series, I do wish the ending had a better wrap up. It felt like it was just cut rather than a cliff hanger. Hopefully book 6 will have a quicker start, to make up for this. Overall I would recommend this series to anyone who likes intelligent characters and a story that has many branches but nothing is random.

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Think Game of Thrones kills off main characters?

Hold my beer my goodman!

These books have always been cracking good scifi but dour and Dark Age goes bleaker.

Oh and the bad guy and good guys keep on switching places without moving.

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Best one yet!

Insanely good audiobook experience. Story is 10/10 and the performance brings it to life. Would recommend to any SciFi/fantasy fans.

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Dark is right! Oh and ignore the dim reviews.

First, I'm aghast at the vehemence and lashing out of reviewers toward the narrators (in the .com reviews). Sure the multiple POV was a change I had to get used too from the first trilogy, but its the performers voices, skill, and talent that made the transition so easy. I barely noticed they swapped a few of the narrators (it being several months since listening to Iron Gold) I found myself excited each time the POV switched simply to hear the voices of the characters. I get it comes down to personal opinion and I'm no voice coach, but I've listened to my fare share of painful audiobooks (looking at you Foundation and Earth), so if I had to guess the anger comes from stubborn fans stuck in the nostalgic days of the institute. Eh, c'est la vie.

That said, wow does Dark mean dark. Sometimes after a listening session I had to take a moment to myself to process what I just heard. I loved it. The book has well paced movement of plot, the flat characters we've come to love or hate played their rolls cleverly, the round characters rotated and translated in intriguing ways, surprise and shock, laugher and tears. It's all there. Wonderful writing, and wonderful performance. Thank you everyone involved, looking forward to the next one.

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War done right.

War, politics, unprecedented carnage. Amazing. Loved every second of it and can't wait until book 6.

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Whyyyyyy

Why change lysanders voice to this boringly numbing person. I found myself fast forwarding every chance he came on.

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Incredible book, incredible series

The red rising series by Pierce brown is an immaculate sci fi fantasy series that pays homage to the greats, while at the same being a phenomenal series all on its own. Pierce brown is a wonderful writer and I can’t wait for book 6

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Definitely Dark

Audio was too quiet for some parts, but the story was great.
Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.
loved it.

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Definitely dark

I’ve loved all the books in the series.

This book is definitely my least favourite but still very much a good read.

Until this book there was a good mix of success & failure & often your favourite characters got dealt some very bad hands....so this kept things interesting since you knew it always doesn’t go “right” for the good guys.

This book is just very much one sided....so it starts to become predictable about how major plot points will work out.

Very much an action packed good story though

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Distracting

I read the reviews and people were critical of the new voice of Lysander. I completely agree. The cadence and articulation of his voice somehow really distracted me from the story. His story seemed the most prominent in this book and felt it was difficult to follow with this voice. I have loved these books previously but really struggled with this one.

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  • 2019-08-22

Changed Narrators!?! Trash Move Amazon/Audible.

WTF. Lysander had the best voice and this new guy obviously didn't even listen to the other books because he didn't even attempt to pronounce the names of people or places correctly. The recast ed two characters in fact. Just pay them what they want. We sure pay enough for these books!!!!! I am very disappointed in Audible. Very disappointed indeed. It is very hard to listen to. Save your money and read the book. This was just pathetic.

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  • 2019-08-07

Sound volume

I sure wish the sound engineers had put all the narrators at the same volume

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  • Rickey Hill
  • 2019-09-07

The hope inspired by the series is gone

Too many characters and overwhelmingly sadistic . No one to like or champion. Uncertain if I want to read the next book. The series should have ended with book 3.

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  • Zach Titze
  • 2019-08-15

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The book is a good continuation from Iron Gold but the performance is so quiet at times I have to blast it to hear what the characters are saying.

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  • ClementN
  • 2019-08-14

Least favorite so far.

As much as I looked forward to this book I was a little bit disappointed by time the end came. It felt too....disjointed. As if side quests kept popping up to interrupt the main story.
Even if they were overall connected to the main plot, it still felt like way too much time was spent focused on them. Like a side story could have been written instead.
Alot of the ruminations from the characters felt like filler to pad out the dialogue. I hope the next book is more tightly focused.

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  • Jeff C
  • 2019-09-28

Don’t listen to this

I’ve been with this series since the beginning, and have recommended that others read it. I no longer recommend this series. It took a year to write publish and record this garbage. I couldn’t wait for it to end, and now that it has, I feel cheated. What made the series great was thrown out and replaced by Game of Thrones style over the top garbage. Goodbye!

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  • 2019-09-11

More bloodshed and a new PoV character

The war has spread and it now consumes the entire solar system. Blood and violence are pervasive as the fledgling Republic tries to hang against those who oppose it. Many want to return to the old color based society and others view this conflict as an opportunity to rise to power, so there is no shortage of combatants available.  Like the last book, Iron Gold, this story is told from the perspectives of the same PoV characters (plus Mustang this time) and each of them experiences this conflict from a different location within the solar system. With such a complicated set of battles it will take you some time to get your bearings, especially if it has been a while since you read the last book, but once you get everything sorted out this is another wild ride in a series that remains surprisingly compelling.

The body count rises as humanity tries to find some sort of equilibrium in the aftermath of Darrow's rebellion, and it is his storyline that remains the most compelling of the bunch. The other PoV characters all play key roles in the conflict and some new characters also rise to prominence, including Darrow's son Pax who grows into an interesting character in his own right. Despite a number of big moments that have unalterable impact to some of the main characters, this book is not without some Deus Ex Machina which can be a little unsatisfying. However, if you are a fan of the series then you should definitely pick this one up but don't expect much to be resolved in the big picture. The individual battles are tense and exciting, but they do not bring an end to the overall war, so this series will be moving on to book 6. 

Once again it is an ensemble cast of narrators with each PoV character being voiced by a different person. I found them all to be excellent with Tim Gerard Reynolds remaining the best of the bunch.

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  • Tom
  • 2019-07-31

Why??

Should've had Tim Gerard Reynolds narrate the entire book. He is amazing the others are lame.

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  • Paul Yuro
  • 2019-08-01

Nails on a chalk board

I have always loved the books, I have listen to them times over because I love the flow, the narrators it was always like music to me, I actually almost giggle when the first chapter of Lysander was to begin then I cringed at the sound of the new narrators voice, its really hard to listen to, its like listening to Count Chocula and Carrie Grant.I just want to know Piece Brown why? I would also like to know why the new pronouncing of Cassia, really sad to see something so perfect broken.

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  • Veronica L Miskowski
  • 2019-08-31

Past its Prime

A terrific series that has become tedious. Rather than reaching climactic highs, I kept wishing this read to end. The first few books were wonderful, now the series is searching for a good ending. This wasn't it.

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