“All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told”

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

Gold “All that is gold does not glitter”

I very much wanted to go with The Hobbit this week – the well known picture with Smaug sat atop his stash of gold but I decided to save him for another occasion.  Instead, I went for a cover that has ‘Gold’ in the title and on the cover – at least in terms of the colour.  Golden Son by Pierce Brown:

Firstly, why is Spiderman on the first cover?  Secondly, seriously, what is he doing there.  Regardless, a strange selection of covers and I have to say my favourite is the one I read:

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Which is your favourite?

Next week – Boats

Future themes:

14/07/2017 – Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”

 

28th July 2017 – The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold (A cover which features a knife)

4th August 2017 – From the ashes a fire shall be woken (A cover which features fire)

11th August 2017- No soldier outlives a thousand chances (A cover which features a soldier)

18th August 2017 – The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork (A cover which features food)

25th August 2017 – If I be waspish, best beware my sting (A cover which features an insect)

1st September 2017 – Being born in a stable does not make one a horse (A cover which features a horse)

8th September 2017 – That great condenser of moral chaos, The City (A cover which features a city)

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Posted On 21 February 2015

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Just finished reading Golden Son by Pierce Brown – which is just so good!!  And, what an ending – a little bit jaw dropping, but enough of that.

Firstly, this isn’t the kind of series that you can jump in and out of – you need to read Red Rising first and you need to be aware of potential spoilers below.  Basically, you need to know the characters, the allegiances and the friendships – not that they won’t continually shift like sand in front of your very eyes but you do need to have a firm grounding at least before the world starts to move beneath your feet.

Now, Golden Son moves us forward a little.  Darrow, now completely in favour thanks to his exploits in Red Rising, is being given the chance to prove himself in war.  Battling it out amongst the stars.

To be frank, I’m simply not going to go into the plot at all and that may seem like a bit of a cop out but this is such an intriguing book with so many chops and changes that to elaborate would be to spoil.  Basically there is a LOT of action, a LOT of clever ‘big picture’ tactics and a lot of betrayals! Not to mention some heartache.

So, to the characters.  Darrow is as much a maniac as he was in the first book.  He certainly isn’t a stranger to fear but his fear doesn’t rule him and he rushes into the fray completely regardless of his own safety.  Frequently he becomes involved in situations where there seems to be no chance of success or even survival and yet he not only escapes or survives but frequently excels.  What I would also point out about Darrow is he’s very conflicted.  He loved Eo and yet he now loves Mustang for which he feels guilt.  He was born a Red and yet he excels as a Gold, in fact you could be forgiven for thinking that he’s more Gold than most!  He is basically a man who is desperate to stop living a lie and yet revealing the truth could be fatal for him and the cause he works for.  He’s still surrounded by his close pack of friends and he also makes a strange alliance where least expected.  The strange thing with Darrow is that he isn’t a stupid character at all and yet he seems sometimes to be unable to see the plain truth in front of him – in fact I would say that’s probably my only criticism – he doesn’t appear to be able to see when he’s making enemies even though it appears to be perfectly obvious to others.  Maybe his inability to see when he’s making mistakes is what makes him such a great character.  On top of which he constantly questions things and certainly suffers from self doubt and the whole revenge itinerary that he started out with has become greatly muddied by the fact that he’s made friends with his enemies – it seems after all that maybe not all the Golds are bad after all!

There is obviously the inclusion of characters from the first book although the author is quite ruthless at ‘erasing’ characters. Mustang, Roque and the Howlers and on top of that we have some new additions – I particularly liked Ragnar.

As I said I’m not going to go into the plot as it would totally spoil so much of the surprise that awaits.

The setting was a surprise here – where the first book felt almost mediaeval with it’s battles to the death played out in a warfare type world with castles and forests and ponies this book is practically majestic in scope and planted more firmly in the sci-fi world with spaceships, sophisticated armour and weapons, grav boots and defence shields.  Not everything takes place in the stars of course but this was a surprise for me and I confess very well done.

This is an incredibly fast paced and emotional ride that will take you up high before crashing down low at great speed.  It’s very clever, in fact the way the plot twists and turns is really quite fascinating and even when there are snippets that you might predict they’re usually only a small piece of a much bigger puzzle.

And the other thing that I really like about this book is the whole concept behind the perfect civilisation.  All the colours being born into their particular livelihood with no movement between ever being allowed.  Such a strange regimented world with Darrow being the perfect example of how it doesn’t work – he really does excel more as a Gold than most born into such positions.  It takes the whole notion of survival of the fittest to a new level and is a great theme to explore.  Brown writes with a lot of classical ideas often quoting latin and the like and the concept of the colours seems almost to be based on Plato’s idea for a just city – although that never really quite worked out either.  Basically human nature will interfere with the best laid plans.

A very gripping read.  Emotional.  A bit of a roller coaster and with an ending that, whilst predictable to some extents, was jaw dropping in the extreme in others.

I await the final instalment eagerly – particularly as this book didn’t come to a nice satisfactory conclusion!

I received a copy of this book through the publishers via Bookbridgr for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

Is this going to be a Greek tragedy!

Art it Up.  This is a weekly meme hosted by Tabitha over at Not Yet Read.  The idea being to see if you can come up with some inspiration for a little sketch or doodle from your last week’s reading or just anything else in general. this week I’ve read The Damned and am currently reading Golden Son.  I don’t really know what my thinking here was tbh – I’m just wondering if Golden son is going to go terribly well – or terribly not!!!  Not long till I find out… so Greek masks (very poorly sketched – sorry!)

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