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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Dark Age
By (author): Pierce Brown
9780425285947 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure Jul 30, 2019
$38.99 CAD
Active 6.43 x 9.48 x 1.92 in 800 pages MAP Del Rey
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

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 hope 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 must trust in 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.

Story Locale: Space; future

Series Overview: RED RISING: Darrow, a lowly Red, leads a revolution to upend a color-coded Society ruled by the nefarious Gold overlords. He infiltrates their secret schools and warring families, rending Society asunder from within using the very tools of Gold oppression and hegemony. Fighting against an overwhelming enemy with the help of newfound friends and loved-ones Darrow’s efforts are finally rewarded with open revolution, as the Rising emerges from the shadows to break the chains and live for more.


BESTSELLING SERIES: Red Rising: #24 New York Times; Golden Son: #6 New York Times; Morning Star: #1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller.

SECOND VOLUME OF NEW TRILOGY: Following the events of Iron Gold, this is the second novel of a brand new trilogy set ten years after the events of Morning Star.

Pierce Brown won the coveted GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD for best debut author for Red Rising in 2014, for Best Science Fiction novel for Golden Son in 2015, and Best Science Fiction Novel for Morning Star in 2016.

PIERCE BROWN spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things dark or bizarre.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Texas, Iowa, Washington

Marketing: Pre-pub consumer outreach

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Targeted email marketing

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Consumer convention promotions: Phoenix Comic Con (May), Denver Comic-Con (June), San Diego Comic-Con (July), New York Comic Con (Oct)

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Publicity: National media attention

National/local review and feature print attention

Online review and feature attention

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7-city author tour

Local author promotion: Los Angeles, CA

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Dark Age

“[Pierce] Brown’s plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100 percent him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.”
“An epic story of rebellion, social unrest and sacrifice.”
Orlando Sentinel
Dark Age proves that Brown has truly become a master.”
The Geekiary
“Much like A Song of Ice and Fire’s George R. R. Martin, Brown is an author who is interested in exploring the consequences of his protagonist’s actions. Revolution doesn’t come without a price and no one can stay a hero forever…. Dark Age continues the trend of compelling characters, fast plotting, action, and the feeling that no one is truly safe and no one is who you think they are.”
The Mary Sue

Iron Gold

“Complex, layered…mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera…done in a style [that] borders on Shakespearean.”—NPR

“[A] thoughtful blend of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fascinating…This is one you absolutely will have to read.”The BiblioSanctum

Morning Star

“A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns.”Booklist (starred review)

Golden Son

“In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.”Tordotcom

Red Rising

“[A] spectacular adventure…one heart-pounding ride…Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game.”Entertainment Weekly

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