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…
Dark Age (Red Rising Book 5)
Due out: July 9, 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. 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. Pre-order it here.
Will there be a Dark Age audiobook?
Yes, the Dark Age audiobook is already available for preorder on Audible. The narrator line is presently listed as TBD, but I’m willing to bet Tim Gerard Reynolds (Darrow), John Curless (Ephraim), Julian Elfer (Lysander) and Aedin Moloney (Lyria) will return to reprise their narrating rules in Dark Age. Here’s hoping, anyway. And there will presumably be a fifth narrator to handle the Mustang POV.
Audible has the length of the book listed as 13 hours and 15 minutes, but considering publication has been delayed for more edits, the length of the book will probably change. I’m skeptical of it regardless. Thirteen hours and change is about ten hours shorter than Iron Gold‘s audiobook. Heck, it’s 3 hours shorter than the first Red Rising audiobook (the shortest of all of the books in the series). For reference, Penguin Random House currently has Dark Age listed as 480 pages, which is about 20 pages longer than Golden Son. If that page number is even close to accurate, it would mean the audiobook would presumably be in the 19-20 hour ballpark, taking into account the length of Golden Son. Again though, both the audiobook length and page number listed are likely to be updated once we get closer to release, so we’ll see.
Subterranean Press Edition Of Morning Star
Expected release: March 2019
Subterranean Press has opened up pre-ordering for their limited edition of Morning Star. Artist Tommy Arnold did the covers for Red Rising and Golden Son‘s Subterranean Press editions, and he’s returned to deliver another gorgeous cover for the Book 3 in the Red Rising series. It’s currently available for pre-order for $80 (for the signed/numbered edition). And be sure to note, this is a limited edition so it could sell out during pre-ordering.
The signed/lettered edition is up for pre-order to those who’ve purchased the signed/lettered edition of Golden Son. The leatherbound edition goes for $300.
Tommy Arnold made prints for the Red Rising and Golden Son Sub Press artwork available for sale for a very limited time. Hopefully he’ll do the same for the Morning Star artwork. I’ll update if/when there’s information on that.
Series 2 of the Sons of Ares Comics
Due out: TBD
It’s been confirmed that we’re going to get more Sons of Ares comics. No other information is available on the continuation of the prequel series, apart from the fact that more are coming. Hopefully soon, because there’s certainly more story to be told about the start of the Rising.
Untitled (Red Rising Book 6)
Due out: TBD
Red Rising Book 6 doesn’t have a release date or a title, but we expect one more book to close out the new trilogy.
Iron Gold arrived in January of 2018, and Dark Age is set for a July 2019 release. So it stands to reason that we might expect Red Rising Book 6 to hit shelves sometime in 2020. That’s just speculation though, so we’ll see. It may take Pierce Brown a bit longer to wrap this new trilogy up. Maybe we’ll get something a bit less morbid sounding than Dark Age for the title.
Shit will undoubtedly escalate.
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. He also recently stated that we’d be hearing an update on it soon, and that the budget is expected to be big. 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 recently attended New York Comic-Con for multiple autograph signings and a ticketed event. You can read all about the panel here. We’re hoping there will be a book tour and/or a release event ahead of Dark Age similar to HowlerFest, but there’s been no official word on either yet. We’ll post an update here if we hear any updates as July 2019 approaches.
Subterranean Press’s Edition of Golden Son
There are still copies available of Subterranean Press’s edition of Golden Son. The signed limited edition of the second book in the original Red Rising trilogy can be pre-ordered for $80 over at SubterraneanPress.com. As of late October 2018, copies have begun to ship, so my guess is that the remaining copies won’t be in stock for much longer.
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.