What’s going on with Red Rising Book 6? Will the Red Rising TV show ever happen? 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…
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 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. But we do know that Pierce Brown has started writing the book. The author announced he was ready to get back to the keys in January 2020. Godspeed, my goodman!
We also know that there will be at least one more POV added to the story (possibly two), according to Pierce Brown.
Is it too much to hope for something less ominous sounding than Dark Age?
As of January 2021, there haven’t been any official updates that I’ve seen on a title or release date for Red Rising Book 6.
Subterranean Press Edition Of Dark Age
Arriving: Originally October 2020, but now TBD due to a printing delay.
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 and now Dark Age (Red Rising Book 5). In April, pre-ordering for the Sub Press edition of Dark Age was made available for purchase exclusively to those who bought a copy of Iron Gold directly through Subterranean Press. Late in June, Sub Press made the remaining copies available for pre-order to the general public. At that point, they were already 90% sold out and they have since completely sold out.
Artist Sam Burley, who was responsible for the cover art for Iron Gold. has also done the artwork for Dark Age as well. Prints of his depiction of Darrow charging forward are available for purchase at Inprnt.
Red Rising: Sons of Ares – Volume 3
In September 2020, Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin went live on YouTube and Facebook to discuss Hoskin’s book Bystander 27. During the discussion, Pierce Brown confirmed that Red Rising: Sons of Ares – Volume 3 was in the works. No additional information was offered in terms of the expected release date for this latest installment in this prequel story to the original Red Rising trilogy, but it’s on the way.
Sons Of Ares Audio Productions
Hoskin also mentioned plans to transfer the Sons of Ares story to audio. From what he said, it sounds like he worked out the script for that (in two months, during COVID-19 lockdown). The audio production of Sons of Ares Volumes 1 and 2 arrived in late 2020. Both volumes have since been made available to purchase on Audible.
The Red Rising Board Game
Preorders start March 2021.
In February 2021, Stonemaier Games announced a Red Rising board game. Described as a hand-management combo-building game, players will have the opportunity to represent a house and try to rise to power, using the cards in their hand. The game includes 112 character cards, a board, a wolf-head tray and tokens. More details about what’s included and the way it’s played can be found on Stonemaier’s website.
Preorders for the Red Rising Board Game will begin at some point in March, and will ship in the weeks following. Stonemaier is also donating $1 to the ACLU for every email they collect from now until February 16.
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 said he was hoping to have an update on the Red Rising TV show sometime by the end of October 2019. On October 31, Pierce Brown checked in on Twitter to say that the update had been delayed. There has been no update since.
Pierce Brown Signings and Appearances
Understandably — due to the COVID-10 pandemic — there are no announced appearances or signings by Pierce Brown in the near future.
FairyLoot’s Deluxe Edition Of The Red Rising Series
Status: Sold Out
FairyLoot has a deluxe edition of the original Red Rising trilogy on the way. The set will be sold separately from their usual subscription boxes, however subscribers will be able to order them a day ahead of everyone else. The FairyLoot Red Rising Deluxe Set goes on sale for everyone on February 19 at 1 p.m. GMT. They’re expected to ship from the UK in June. The books come with those glorious covers (above) and signed by Pierce Brown. Get more info here.
Sons Of Ares Volume 2: Wrath
Out Now (as of February 19, 2020)
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. Dynamite’s listing for the book still says November 20, 2019, however release was delayed to February 2020. It is now available to purchase as a hardcover book or digital book.
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.