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Morning Star is the third book in the Red Rising series written by Pierce Brown. It is preceded by Red Rising and Golden Son.

Summary Edit

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.

Chapters Edit

Part One: Thorns

  1. Only the Dark
  2. Prisoner L17L6363
  3. Snakebite
  4. Cell 2187
  5. Plan C
  6. Victims
  7. Bumblebees
  8. Home
  9. The City of Ares
  10. The War
  11. My People
  12. The Julii

Part Two: Rage

  1. Howlers
  2. The Vampire Moon
  3. The Hunt
  4. Paramour
  5. Killing Golds
  6. Abyss
  7. Pressure
  8. Dissent
  9. Quicksilver
  10. The Weight of Ares
  11. The Tide
  12. Hic Sunt Leones
  13. Exodus
  14. The Ice
  15. Bay of Laughter
  16. Feast
  17. Hunters
  18. The Quiet
  19. The Pale Queen
  20. No Man's Land
  21. Gods and Men
  22. Godkillers

Part Three: Glory

  1. The Light
  2. Swill
  3. The Last Eagle
  4. The Bill
  5. The Heart
  6. Yellow Sea
  7. The Moon Lord
  8. The Poet
  9. Here Again
  10. The Lucky Ones
  11. The Battle of Ilium
  12. Helldiver
  13. Hell
  14. Imperator
  15. Colossus

Part Four: Stars

  1. Thunder and Lightning
  2. Pandora
  3. Teeth
  4. Silence
  5. The Goblin and the Gold
  6. The Ignoble House Barca
  7. In Time
  8. Luna
  9. Fading Light
  10. The Lion of Mars
  11. Dragon's Maw
  12. The Red
  13. Omnis Vir Lupus
  14. Silence
  15. Hail
  16. The Vale
  17. Epilogue


Plot Edit

Part One: Thorns Edit

A year has passed since the end of Golden Son. After the death of Lorn, Darrow was imprisoned by the Jackal and tortured for three months before being kept in a 1x12 meter concrete box, later to be revealed as his dining table.

After nine months, Adrius finally opened the top to present Darrow’s extremely malnourished, tortured, and naked body to his dinner guests, Aja au Grimmus, Antonia au Severus-Julii, the Howler traitor Thistle, the Boneriders’ captain Lilath, and Cassius au Bellona. They are all shocked at Darrow’s state, and Cassius is disgusted. He even shows genuine pity for him and ultimately clothes him in his white robe.

Darrow is listening in on their conversation. He knows they haven’t found his Howler friends, who are in a well-hidden placed called Tinos. And he knows that the Sovereign is concerned about Adrius’ methods with dealing with the rebellious mines. Adrius is not bothered by this at all.

Darrow is painfully hosed down and tortured a bit more before a Yellow doctor examines him to see if he’s good enough to travel back to Luna, where he’ll be dissected to see how he was made. As soon the doctor gives the okay, two Grays in the group, Holiday and Trigg ti Nakamura, sister and brother, attack and kill the team guarding them, including the doctor.

Holiday contacts Sevro, who’s now taken the role of Ares, to prove to Darrow that they’re there to rescue him. On their way out, they run into Vixus, one of the ones responsible for Lea’s death at the Institute, who reveals that Victra is still alive. Despite Holiday’s disapproval and the fact that they don’t have much time, both she and Trigg relent and go with Darrow and rescue her. Darrow kills Vixus, knowing that Vixus would never be merciful to anyone.

As they make their way to the landing platform, they are confronted by Aja, who kills Trigg. Cassius arrives as well, and tries to convince Darrow, rather unconvincingly, to surrender. Darrow, Victra, and Holiday barely escape with the help of the Howlers and Ragnar Volarus.  

Darrow wakes up from unconsciousness two days later in Tinos, the city of Ares. He is able to reunite with his family, including his mom, Uncle Narol, and Kieran, and spends the evening with them before the official briefing.

Dancer is also alive, and arrives, revealing a few things, like how Harmony was the mole who told Adrius about Darrow’s true identity. He also tells him how Adrius had led everyone to believe they had executed Darrow three months into his capture by displaying his execution on the HC. The only one who didn’t believe Darrow to be dead was Sevro, and no one else believed he was alive until five days prior to his rescue, when Theodora was secretly informed by

her contacts that a “package” from Attica was going to be brought to the Sovereign, and Sevro had believed that Darrow was the package.

Darrow gets a small tour of Tinos by Sevro and Ragnar. They tell him how they were only able to save little less than half a million of the Reds when the Jackal had poison pumped through their communities. People are starving because they don’t have enough food for everything, and like any poor town, crimes happen as well, including riots, rapes, and murders. Sevro asks about Cassius, and tells Darrow that Cassius was the one who killed Fitchner, the original Ares, and Sevro’s father.

During an official briefing with Dancer, Sevro, Ragnar and some others, Darrow is told that not only is there war between the Golds and the Reds, but there is war amongst the Golds as the Jackal and the Sovereign sent an order to eliminate the Sovereign’s key enemies, including Revus au Raa, which they did. This caused the Raas to declare Io’s independence for the Moons of Jupiter. During one of the battles, Roque was able to take control of a moonBreaker warship, which he declared as his flagship and named Colossus.

They also all believe that Virginia, aka Mustang, is still alive and retreated after the Battle of Deimos against Roque’s fleet.

The war on Mars is in turmoil, and it is revealed that a separate faction called the Red Legion has made things even worse for the Rising by killing every highColor they come across. One of the leaders of the faction is Harmony, and they have no way of controlling them.

After Darrow’s supposed public death aired, Darrow finds out that Sevro released the video of his carving to all of Society, making him a martyr, until they rescued him. Now Sevro considers him the messiah the Reds need.

Darrow makes amends with Victra, vowing to trust her completely, like family, and welcomes her to the Sons of Ares.

Part Two: Rage Edit

Darrow and Victra are both healed by Mickey the Carver so as to reenter the war as warriors. Darrow and Victra establish themselves as strong leaders among the Sons of Ares and soon join the ranks of Sevro's Howlers along with Holiday.

Sevro leads Darrow, Victra, Ragnar and a few other Howlers on a mission to capture the financial heart of the Society: Quicksilver. Upon entering Quicksilver's, they find the museum home empty of almost all servants or bodyguards. During their sweep of floors Darrow and Sevro find Matteo. Fearing he may have abandoned Ares, he is knocked unconscious before they continue to a room they believe Quicksilver is in.

As they approach the room, they spot six lurchers. As they try to silently sneak in their ghostCloaks into the room, the guards spot them as have thermal optics, they set off the alarm and almost attack them, but Rangar and Victra are quick. They breach the room only to spot Cassius, Kavax, Daxo, and Mustang in the room.

Darrow realizes that they stepped in on some sort of negotiation. As Sevro and Darrow are bickering about on the coms, Cassius slowly approaches them and lunges starting an all-out brawl in the room. Moira au Grimmus dies from Darrow when she was attacking Sevro. Suddenly, Darrow gets attacked by Mustang, not knowing it’s him. Just as she’s about to kill him, she recognizes him, and she can’t believe it’s him because of the public death. Darrow wraps his razor around Kavax’s neck but later spared him. Mustang tells Darrow that she has the Pax and Orion is alive before quickly fleeing the room.

After the battle, Sevro is about to kill Kavax with his pulseFist, but Darrow moves him out of the way in just the nick of time, to prevent him from being killed as Mustang wished. He then aims at Darrow, but then understands it’s for Mustang. Darrow takes command of the army, because of Sevro’s decisions. They call Holiday to position her ship just outside the tower so Darrow can escape through the window into the vacuum of space to be scooped up by Holiday. As they were going to blow the window, the Head of Security for Sun Industries warns them to surrender over the speakers. They changed the artificial gravity so everyone was on their stomach, but only Ragnar wasn’t. He was on his knee. Darrow orders him to break the glass with his pulseFist. The window breaks and everyone flies into space.

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