More Red Rising books and comics are coming, and a Red Rising TV show is in development. In an effort to keep all the updates straight, here’s a helpful guide for what’s ahead for Pierce Brown’s series. I’ll keep it updated as new information comes in…
Sons Of Ares Volume 2: Wrath
Due out: November 2019?
In 2017, Dynamite Entertainment released a six-issue comic series written by Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin. Without giving away any spoilers, the story takes place some time before the events of the first Red Rising book. The comics were released one issue at a time and then compiled for a hardcover book. If you’re unfamiliar with the Sons of Ares comics, get more background information here.
Volume 2 of the prequel comic series Sons of Ares was expected to arrive in November 2019. Ominously subtitled Wrath, Sons of Ares: Volume 2 is a hardcover book containing all six issues of the comic series. As of October 2019, Dynamite’s listing for the book still says November 20, 2019, however Amazon and other outlets currently have it listed as January 7, 2020, so that November date may have been delayed.
Subterranean Press Edition Of Iron Gold
Arriving: Late 2019
Status: Sold Out
Following the releases of the limited editions of Red Rising, Golden Son and Morning Star, Subterranean Press has begun to roll out limited editions of the new trilogy, starting with Iron Gold. Pre-sale opened for the book over the summer for those who purchased Morning Star from Sub Press. They later made Iron Gold available for pre-order to everyone and it is now sold out.
The Iron Gold Sub Press lettered and numbered editions are expected to ship later this year. Artist Sam Burley is responsible for the cover art for Iron Gold. Prints of his depiction of Cassius and Lysander on the cover of Iron Gold have since gone up for sale over at Inprnt.
There’s no word yet on when the Dark Age Subterranean Press edition will release.
Untitled Dark Age sequel (Red Rising Book 6)
Due out: TBD
Iron Gold arrived in January of 2018, and Dark Age had a July 2019 release. While it’s possible that Red Rising Book 6 will hit shelves in 2020, I’m going to speculate that it’ll come later than that, when factoring the other projects Pierce Brown has going on, including Sons of Ares Vol. 2, the potential Red Rising TV show, and the (unrelated-to-Red Rising) CBS series he has in development. At this point, there’s no telling what the release date or title will be.
Is it too much to hope for something less ominous sounding than Dark Age?
The Red Rising TV Show
Red Rising was originally set to be a movie from Universal, however it’s since been moved to the small screen and is currently in the development stage. Making a TV show can be a complicated process, and a long one depending on where it’s hoping to land. So it’s no surprise that substantial updates have been few and far between.
We don’t yet know exactly where the Red Rising TV series may end up, but Brown has said it’ll be a streaming service (Eg. Amazon, Apple, etc.) and that he’s working with a director to get it off the ground. During his Dark Age book tour (August 2019) he told fans that he’s hoping for a hard-R, 10-episode season, and that he’s hopeful to have an update on the status of the show sometime within the next couple of months. Beyond that, we’re still waiting for word on who’s lined up to be its showrunner. And of course, we’re anticipating the inevitable casting frenzy that will surely ensue if/when this project moves forward.
Pierce Brown Signings and Appearances
Pierce Brown announced the U.S. cities lined up for his Dark Age book tour, which began at the end of July and carried through to the beginning of August. You can see the full schedule here.
Dark Age (Red Rising Book 5)
Released: July 30, 2019
The fifth book in the Red Rising series and direct sequel to Iron Gold, Dark Age, was originally slated to arrive this Fall, however that date was pushed back to February 2019, and then later pushed back to July 9, 2019 and then delayed again (slightly) to July 30, 2019. In addition to bringing back the original four POV characters, Mustang will also be a point of view this time around. That alone is worth the extra wait. Get it here.
Is there a Dark Age audiobook?
Yes, the Dark Age audiobook is on Audible. Tim Gerard Reynolds returns to voice Darrow, John Curless returns to voice the Ephraim’s chapters. However, Iron Gold narrators Julian Elfer and Aedin Moloney will not be back to voice Lysander and Lyria respectively. The three narrators listed in addition to Reynolds and Curless are Moira Quirk, James Langton and Rendah Heywood.
Audible sent out a notification that the audiobook would not release until July 31, a day after the book’s release date. The length of the audiobook is a whopping 33 hours and 58 minutes.
Subterranean Press Edition Of Morning Star
Released March 2019
Subterranean Press still has copies of their limited, numbered edition of Morning Star available for sale.
The signed/lettered edition was up for pre-order to those who purchased the signed/lettered edition of Golden Son. However, that has since sold out.
As of July 2019, Subterranean Press said their limited edition of Iron Gold is coming soon.
Barnes & Noble’s Exclusive Red Rising Edition
Released: October 23, 2018
Currently available for purchase, Barnes & Noble has released an exclusive edition of the original Red Rising book, signed by Howler 1 himself, Pierce Brown. This exclusive edition of Red Rising is hardcover and in addition to the House Mars cover, it also includes five black-and-white illustrations from French artist Magali Villeneuve, as well as a new preface from Pierce Brown and Institute House Sigil end pages. The preface alone is well worth buying the book. Unsigned copies of Barnes & Noble’s exclusive edition of Red Rising can be purchased in stores and online. Signed copies are available online only, while supplies last.