Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, 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 honor 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.
Unfortunately, I was not able to read this as quickly as I would have liked. Because of traveling and whatnot I was stuck reading only a couple chapters a day until I got back home. And by that point I think I had already suffered by not being able to get sucked into the story. I like to immerse myself in my books, and I feel my reading of this suffered because of that. Don’t get me wrong, it was still amazing, but I feel like it would have been more amazing if I had read it in 3-4 days as opposed to 8.
Anyway, there was so much left up in the air when we left Golden Son, and I really had no idea how things were going to move forward. There is defiantly a different tone to this finale than we have seen in the other books. Secrets are out, relationships tested, new allies made and old vanquished. It’s a less blood thirsty reading, and I really appreciated that. Brown’s characters have gone through 6 years of trails, both physical and emotional, and they are all finally understanding their role in the big picture and deciding on the people they want to become. There is so much growth with Darrow – who has finally decided he is more than a sword and that his dream is separate from Eo’s; in Sevro – who accepts his weaknesses and chooses to move past revenge; Mustang – looking past blood family to those who have never wanted her to be anything different and learns to merge her dreams of reform with Darrow’s; Cassius and Victra also make some impressive decisions.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful finale. All the plot points were resolved, and not always in pretty little packages. We loose some of those we love, and some of those we used to love, and just enough people that we hate. While I said it was less blood thirsty, I didn’t mean there was less blood.
I could say a lot more, but I don’t want to ruin it for people who haven’t read it yet. So when you do let me know and we can gush about it!