Oh. My. Word.
I thought that Red Rising was good (not entirely true – I thought Red Rising was spectacular), but Golden Son takes it to a new level. Pierce has clearly matured as an author and Golden Son is more assured and confident. We rejoin Darrow and his Howlers, but this time the action takes place on a much larger tableau. Whereas Red Rising was confined to Mars, Golden Son stretches its wings and takes us on another rollercoaster adventure across the solar system.
Plots within plots, machinations of power-hungry Golds – the comparisons to the intricacies and intrigues of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones are entirely justified.
This is a stunning follow-up to a fantastic debut. No sign of a saggy middle to the trilogy here – my only worry is how he’s going to top it with Morning Star.
But, on the evidence here, I’m confident that we’re going to be blown away.
Pierce Brown is a name to watch very, very closely.