Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares
by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels
From the world of the best-selling YA series Red Rising comes a story of love and loss and rage! In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one’s caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the formation of the formidable Sons of Ares!
Written by author Pierce Brown (The Red Rising Trilogy) and Rik Hoskin (Heroes of Skyrealm, Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand), with art by Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact), comes the in-continuity story of revolution and Red Rising!
* An in-continuity story exclusive to comics in the tradition of Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand.
* Prequel to the NYTimes Bestselling Red Rising series. * The first-ever official Red Rising comic book.
I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I am going to preface this by saying I have never read Red Rising, or any book in the series prior to reading this. I want to, but haven’t yet. So I may miss things etc.
I thought the graphic novel was interesting, though it would have been more so if I had read the novels. Sons of Ares is a prequel, but it gives very little explanation for events happening, and only a very shallow explanation of the world or context – you really have to have read the series (though I’m unsure how much) to understand fully whats going on. I was kind of confused through out parts, like I was missing information, so this isn’t meant to be read as a standalone or before the series despite being a prequel. The art is cool, but some panels are really dark/busy making it difficult to follow in some places, and some characters faces hard to recognize. Blood is pretty prominent just as a warning, as well.
I thought this was pretty cool overall, but its definitely meant for fans of the Red Rising books.