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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 f 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!


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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 f 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!

30 review for Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    This is a graphic novel that takes place in the world of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series. I have not read the Red Rising series so I am not sure if this is a prequel, sequel or spin-off of the main story. However, it's not necessary to read the series to be able to enjoy this graphic novel, it stands on its own. The story takes place in outer space where mankind has spread to. In this world, people are designed to perform certain tasks and are referred to by a color. The color is not their actu This is a graphic novel that takes place in the world of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series. I have not read the Red Rising series so I am not sure if this is a prequel, sequel or spin-off of the main story. However, it's not necessary to read the series to be able to enjoy this graphic novel, it stands on its own. The story takes place in outer space where mankind has spread to. In this world, people are designed to perform certain tasks and are referred to by a color. The color is not their actual skin color but rather refers to the task they perform, red being the lowest caste in this world. In the novel, a high "gold" falls in love for a lowly "red" and the story revolves around the challenges they face. The book is richly illustrated and the word bubbles are colored based on the person's caste. Overall the novel is ok, although I enjoy science fiction I did not love this story. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    Mini review A good prequel to the Red Rising Saga but it's missing many things that makes the main series fantastic. Having read all four books in the Red Rising Saga, I figure it's about time to read this prequel graphic novel to the entire saga now that it's completed already. Sons of Ares focused around the foundation of Ares and we also get to see three familiar characters from the main series in their younger days. I think it's mandatory to have read at least the first trilogy before reading t Mini review A good prequel to the Red Rising Saga but it's missing many things that makes the main series fantastic. Having read all four books in the Red Rising Saga, I figure it's about time to read this prequel graphic novel to the entire saga now that it's completed already. Sons of Ares focused around the foundation of Ares and we also get to see three familiar characters from the main series in their younger days. I think it's mandatory to have read at least the first trilogy before reading this book. Although technically can read it on its own, there will be a lot of missing contexts that would benefit the readers so much more. I am a huge fan of Red Rising Saga, it's one of my favorite series of all time, but honestly, this was just an okay to a good experience. The main problems are the short length (less than one hour to finish) and most of all, Brown's missing prose that made the series a fantastic experience for me. Overall though, it's still an enjoyable read that offers a little more background to the saga and if you're a fan of the main series and also a completionist, I recommend you to give this graphic novel a try. You can find the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    4/3/18 - Pre-order ON SALE for $3.99: http://amzn.to/2EaF6qE Reviewed by: Rabid Reads Over the course of the RED RISING trilogy, we learned of a Gold who didn’t meet the exacting standards of his peers. He wasn’t as tall, as bright, as shiny, as his gilded brethren, but rather than having the decency to die in the passage, he lived to become a peerless scarred. And turned their world upside down. RED RISING: SONS OF ARES is Fitchner’s story. It’s the story of how he fell in love with a Red and how t 4/3/18 - Pre-order ON SALE for $3.99: http://amzn.to/2EaF6qE Reviewed by: Rabid Reads Over the course of the RED RISING trilogy, we learned of a Gold who didn’t meet the exacting standards of his peers. He wasn’t as tall, as bright, as shiny, as his gilded brethren, but rather than having the decency to die in the passage, he lived to become a peerless scarred. And turned their world upside down. RED RISING: SONS OF ARES is Fitchner’s story. It’s the story of how he fell in love with a Red and how that love became the foundation of a rebellion that brought his world to its knees. It fills in the gaps of the things we thought we knew . . . But we were wrong. Fitchner didn’t fall in love with a Red and live a peaceful, happy life with her until the aberration was discovered. Nothing in Fitchner’s life was ever peaceful or happy, so we should’ve known better. Maybe you did. But I didn’t. Either way, Fitchner’s story is not one that should go unread. Now it’s your turn to learn his truth. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter.... But I'm no fucking lamb. Sons of Ares is the gorydamn prequel to the sci-fi action novel series Red Rising, and this comic book centers around the origin of Ares, the mysterious anarchist who shall remain unnamed in this review because it's a freakin spoiler for the novel series. So probably don't read this comic book if you are planning on reading the novel. The story switches between Ares's past and a dangerous illegal mission h I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter.... But I'm no fucking lamb. Sons of Ares is the gorydamn prequel to the sci-fi action novel series Red Rising, and this comic book centers around the origin of Ares, the mysterious anarchist who shall remain unnamed in this review because it's a freakin spoiler for the novel series. So probably don't read this comic book if you are planning on reading the novel. The story switches between Ares's past and a dangerous illegal mission headed by him in the present day. The whole past ties to the present, showing what the mission is all about. In my opinion, the story adds only a little to the Red Rising universe. Yes, it is good to know Ares's origin, but there is nothing unexpected about it. We already know the layout of this story through Red Rising novels, the only thing Pierce Brown did here is fleshing it out. Thankfully, there are a lot of good scenes and throwbacks to make the story entertaining. I would've rated it higher if the art was good, as this is the first official visual representation of the World of Red Rising. Unfortunately, the art lacked details I was looking for. Overall, It's only a passable prequel to the excellent novel series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Color me surprised: I actually liked this quite a bit. While I’d hesitate to call it a GREAT comic, “Sons of Ares” remembers to do something that way too many comic miniseries nowadays forget: to tell a succinct story and to tell it well. There’s not a lot here that’s going to blow your socks off – although the art by Eli Powell is certainly gorgeous to look at, bringing to mind Sean Murphy’s scratchy style – but what is there works pretty well, with characters that you genuinely come to care ab Color me surprised: I actually liked this quite a bit. While I’d hesitate to call it a GREAT comic, “Sons of Ares” remembers to do something that way too many comic miniseries nowadays forget: to tell a succinct story and to tell it well. There’s not a lot here that’s going to blow your socks off – although the art by Eli Powell is certainly gorgeous to look at, bringing to mind Sean Murphy’s scratchy style – but what is there works pretty well, with characters that you genuinely come to care about over the course of the six issue run and a plot that is impressively massive-in-scope for a tie-in comic. Writers Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskins do a commendable job of fleshing out the world Brown created in his “Red Rising” trilogy (which I liked but didn’t love), while planting some intriguing seeds that will hopefully get paid off in the upcoming “Iron Gold.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    As a huge fan of Red Rising saga I was grateful for every new insight into this fictional world created by Pierce Brown. I did enjoy reading this graphic novel, yet I have to admit that I had expected so much more from it... More depth, more feels, more everything. Guess I have been spoiled by Pierce Brown’s prose and storytelling in this format wasn’t enough for me. However, I really liked artistic side of this graphic novel. Art in Sons of Ares is enigmatic and gritty. It has this gloomy qualit As a huge fan of Red Rising saga I was grateful for every new insight into this fictional world created by Pierce Brown. I did enjoy reading this graphic novel, yet I have to admit that I had expected so much more from it... More depth, more feels, more everything. Guess I have been spoiled by Pierce Brown’s prose and storytelling in this format wasn’t enough for me. However, I really liked artistic side of this graphic novel. Art in Sons of Ares is enigmatic and gritty. It has this gloomy quality to it which fits the mood of the story perfectly. Fair warning: In my opinion, it is required to read Red Rising trilogy first before starting this graphic novel. Not only you would be a bit lost without prior knowledge of Red Rising universe, society and history, but you would also find spoilers for huge twists that take part in Golden Son (book #2). So if you haven’t started Red Rising novels yet but you plan to read them, do it before diving into Sons of Ares. Recommended for all true fans of Red Rising series! "ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a prequel to the Red Rising series that was originally released as 6 comics (which of course being a superfan I've already purchased!), I believe the comics are now out of print and only available as ebooks so I think it's fantastic for fans that we're now getting this hardback bind-up of the whole series. The hardback is available in two versions signed or unsigned which is slightly cheaper. I've preordered the signed copy and I can't wait to see it on my shelves. Now Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a prequel to the Red Rising series that was originally released as 6 comics (which of course being a superfan I've already purchased!), I believe the comics are now out of print and only available as ebooks so I think it's fantastic for fans that we're now getting this hardback bind-up of the whole series. The hardback is available in two versions signed or unsigned which is slightly cheaper. I've preordered the signed copy and I can't wait to see it on my shelves. Now you've got more of an idea what you're actually getting let's get to the interesting stuff like the artwork and the story. This is a prequel so it's set before Red Rising but I definitely wouldn't recommend starting here - you'll end up giving yourself spoilers for the main books if you do. I think fans of the series will love getting to see a younger Fitchner and learning how he met his wife (although this story is slightly different to how it's told in the books) and we also get to see baby Sevro which is pretty cool. It's very easy to see where Sevro gets his attitude from that's for sure! This also shows the reasons that the Sons of Ares was originally founded so it gives us a chance to see the very beginning of the revolution that changes everything for Darrow in Red Rising. The artwork is wonderful, quite dark in colour but that fits the gory and violent tone of the story perfectly. I love the added touch that each conversation bubble is coloured to match the birth colour of the character speaking. I really enjoying being back in this world but via a more visual format and it left me wanting to reread the rest of the series again. This is one of my all time favourite series so I'll jump at any chance for more from this world and this was a lovely addition. _________________________ There's a signed edition of the hardback bind up of the Sons of Ares graphic novel? Yup of course I have to pre-order it LOL. Current prices for UK peeps (as at 4th December): £24.83 (+ £5.50 shipping so it's actually £30.33) - Forbidden Planet £35.99 - Amazon I can't find it on Wordery or Book Depository (they both have the unsigned version though) There's a cheaper unsigned version so be careful when ordering to make sure you get the one you want.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I downloaded a copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable. It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in tho I downloaded a copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable. It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in those books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    If your heart beats like a drum and your leg’s a little wet, it’s 'cause the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt. Yeah, you know that Reaper guy, he’s not in this book. I was only half expecting for him to make a cameo. Because this is a side-story, right? Wrong! Note to self: At some point you should really start reading blurbs or just take a look at the cover. IT'S ON THE COVER. So, as the cover told you already, this is a prequel. If you haven’t read Pierce Brown’s original Red Rising tri If your heart beats like a drum and your leg’s a little wet, it’s 'cause the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt. Yeah, you know that Reaper guy, he’s not in this book. I was only half expecting for him to make a cameo. Because this is a side-story, right? Wrong! Note to self: At some point you should really start reading blurbs or just take a look at the cover. IT'S ON THE COVER. So, as the cover told you already, this is a prequel. If you haven’t read Pierce Brown’s original Red Rising trilogy, than What. Are. You. Waiting. For? Seriously! If you plan to read Pierce Brown’s original Red Rising trilogy, do not read this graphic novel. Because it is a huge spoiler for the first AND second book. Thankfully, as dumbluck would have it, I've already read the first three novels. And I'm a huge fan of the original trilogy. So, as was the plan all along *cough*, I picked up this graphic novel after I finished reading Morning Star. Curious to learn more about this fascinating world Pierce Brown has built. For you this may be the point to turn away from this review (it doesn't get better anyway), because there are SPOILERS FOR THE MAIN SERIES AHEAD! The first question was, how does Brown's, should we call it pompous, prose transfer to the medium. Well, it doesn’t. And that’s a good thing. I don’t need nor do I want pages littered with words. That’s not what I’m reading comics for. The story is still told convincingly. It’s just a lot different from what we’re used to from the novels. So what story does this graphic novel tell? Well, it’s actually the one of Fitchner and how he became Ares. How he fell in love with a Red and what happened to them thereafter. It’s quite interesting, especially for fans like me, I suppose. But it’s also not really new. We know the basics of that story already. And we crave for more. Amiright? Well, that wish gets only partial fulfillment. More details, yes. Surprises, no, not really. Still, with the added fanboy bonus, this would probably land somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. If it weren’t for the art. I’m sorry, but this thing, for the most part, is pretty ugly. While buildings and landscapes are okay, the characters look terrible. I mean, those are the Golds. These perfectly build humans. The cream of the crop. Eh. Riiight. This thing could do with a change of artist, or at least style, for the next volume. If there even is a next volume. Oh, and why are all the curse words blacked out? That’s ███████ annoying. 2.5 stars Lots of room for improvement. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. Somewhat.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A graphic novel spin off of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series... It tells the tale of a forbidden love between members of opposing castes that lead to the formation of the Sons of Ares. In the future, 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?" It took a bit to get my feet under me with this graphic novel because the art was... disturbing. I can appreciate Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A graphic novel spin off of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series... It tells the tale of a forbidden love between members of opposing castes that lead to the formation of the Sons of Ares. In the future, 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?" It took a bit to get my feet under me with this graphic novel because the art was... disturbing. I can appreciate the dark and heavy art style that gave the story the feel of a film noir... BUT why were the faces obscured?! UH HELLO!!! THE FACES ARE ALL THAT MATTER!!! DUH ITS A ROMANCE! Yeah no art style will work if we can't see the faces. There is so little internal dialogue that we NEED the faces to tell us what the characters are feeling. The nuances of emotion. ALL LACKING! Gorgeous art is beautiful but graphic novel art MUST communicate... otherwise it doesn't perform its function. Fitchner was someone that intrigued me from the get go even though the world was brutal and he wasn't a particularly good person. At first I was confused who was his lover and who was her sister but I eventually got it straight that Brynn was who I was rooting for. I actually quite enjoyed the fact this was told more from Fitchner's POV that Brynn (who would have been the typical POV). And while it was confusing what they were racing to do (because I was still trying to establish who was who) it did add tension that wouldn't have been there with a linear story. And by the end I was screaming at my tablet I was so caught up in the outcome. In the start of this volume you are told that this is to explain the uprising that happens in Pierce Brown's Red Rising series. I can't say that I understand how these events lead to the uprising... even the last few pages said little to me. But I did ENJOY the events of the graphic novel, the love story between a highly ranked, Fitchner and a red, Brynn! It was tragic how their love caused their downfall but also gave hope (I think!?) for the future generations to act on. I read this because I wanted to see if I would like the world that Red Rising is set in... and I have to say that I am pleased. It seems complex and worthy of some serious story. It really helped that I enjoyed the plot arc of this volume of issues. I don't really understand WHY they fell in love or the events that lead them both to take such risks. I'd need more story in between events; instead the story relies too heavily on well worn romantic tropes, instead of giving us an individual story. Still the outcome of that love was something I could root for and felt genuine. This was a great attempt at giving us a glimpse of the Red Rising world that Pierce Brown has crafted. I'd be willing to give the first book a shot due to this graphic novel... but missteps were made in the art and the story lacked the nuances that could have made this mind blowing! ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆⭐ Art BOTTOM LINE: For fans of Red Rising or those who want to get a glimpse of the world. Thanks to Edelweiss and Diamond Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinion. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I'll preface this with I haven't read the Red Rising novels yet. But I figured since this is a prequel I shouldn't need to. A lot of the world building that I'm sure is in the novels, has been glossed over here, so in that respect, I felt a bit lost in the first issue. Once it started focusing on Fitchner's history, I was fine, especially after he heads to Titan. The book is Fitchner's life story, or at least the highlights. I hated the art. Powell can only draw one facial expression, a scowl. T I'll preface this with I haven't read the Red Rising novels yet. But I figured since this is a prequel I shouldn't need to. A lot of the world building that I'm sure is in the novels, has been glossed over here, so in that respect, I felt a bit lost in the first issue. Once it started focusing on Fitchner's history, I was fine, especially after he heads to Titan. The book is Fitchner's life story, or at least the highlights. I hated the art. Powell can only draw one facial expression, a scowl. The art was so dark and scratchy, I often didn't know what has happening. Those who compare it to Sean Murphy's need to do a double take. The only way this compares to Murphy's art is if he penciled it with one of those jumbo pencils for kindergartners.

  12. 4 out of 5

    *Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*

    Really intriguing graphic novel here for someone who doesn't read a lot of graphic novels but wants to read more. Obviously what makes this novel great is the Red Rising connection of course and that was my reasoning for requesting this in the first place, I wasn't disappointed by it in the slightest. Sons Of Ares is a great glimpse into what happened in the years before Red Rising and the rise of The Sons Of Ares, boy, did this make a great stepping off point for Red Rising and makes things that Really intriguing graphic novel here for someone who doesn't read a lot of graphic novels but wants to read more. Obviously what makes this novel great is the Red Rising connection of course and that was my reasoning for requesting this in the first place, I wasn't disappointed by it in the slightest. Sons Of Ares is a great glimpse into what happened in the years before Red Rising and the rise of The Sons Of Ares, boy, did this make a great stepping off point for Red Rising and makes things that happen in the Red Rising series make a lot more sense as you have a better idea of why The Sons Of Ares do/did the things they did, why they believe what they believe and why they say what they do. It really is fun and interesting read that I personally loved!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    The Red Rising trilogy was a very pleasant surprise for me. I'm not a huge fan of scifi or dystopias, but after hearing all the blurb about these books I gave them a chance, and ended up falling in love with the world and characters created by Pierce Brown. I'm really excited to see this world in full color and to learn more about Ares, about what happened before Darrow's time and in that sense, this comic works perfectly. If you haven't read the books, it might be difficult to keep track of eve The Red Rising trilogy was a very pleasant surprise for me. I'm not a huge fan of scifi or dystopias, but after hearing all the blurb about these books I gave them a chance, and ended up falling in love with the world and characters created by Pierce Brown. I'm really excited to see this world in full color and to learn more about Ares, about what happened before Darrow's time and in that sense, this comic works perfectly. If you haven't read the books, it might be difficult to keep track of everything that's happening, plus major spoilers of the main story, so be warned. For the fans of the trilogy though, this a great treat. I enjoyed every bit of it. I'm giving it 4/5 starts only because the art style wasn't 100% my cup of tea, but will definitely keep reading. Great read to start 2018! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was a fun little backstory for Fitchner, and how he became who he was. The story is a fast paced action adventure about Fitchner trying to get by despite being the outcast, the black-sheep, yet he excels past his peers. When he falls in love and has a baby with a Red all is good...or so he thinks. When you find out what happens to his wife and kid he must go on a mission to save the ones he loves. Good: I enjoy the art at parts a lot, gritty and fucked up. I also thought Fitchner had a inte This was a fun little backstory for Fitchner, and how he became who he was. The story is a fast paced action adventure about Fitchner trying to get by despite being the outcast, the black-sheep, yet he excels past his peers. When he falls in love and has a baby with a Red all is good...or so he thinks. When you find out what happens to his wife and kid he must go on a mission to save the ones he loves. Good: I enjoy the art at parts a lot, gritty and fucked up. I also thought Fitchner had a interesting point of view and gave a little bit more meat to the characters. The fights were fast paced and exciting as well. Bad: It didn't give any big surprises and if I didn't read it no big loss. I also thought sometimes the art made it really hard to understand what was happening. This was a fun little add on to the Red Rising series. While not as good as any of the novels it still was solid enough to recommend. A 3 out of 5.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    So this was a good-but-not-great sidepiece to Brown's Red Rising series, covering the backstory of [REDACTED], [REDACTED #2]'s birth, and the origins of the Sons of Ares. For fans of the series, it was interesting to read, but nothing happened that really shocked me (though there's a few characters I'm reeeeeeeeeeeally hoping come up in the series proper at some point). The art was very rough, in a deliberate way. On the one hand it fits the feel of the series very well, but on the other hand it So this was a good-but-not-great sidepiece to Brown's Red Rising series, covering the backstory of [REDACTED], [REDACTED #2]'s birth, and the origins of the Sons of Ares. For fans of the series, it was interesting to read, but nothing happened that really shocked me (though there's a few characters I'm reeeeeeeeeeeally hoping come up in the series proper at some point). The art was very rough, in a deliberate way. On the one hand it fits the feel of the series very well, but on the other hand it did make it a little hard to read at times. I had difficulty telling characters' faces apart. All told, well worth reading for fans of the series, but not really a good entry point if you're not.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morris

    “Red Rising: Sons of Ares” is a must for any diehard Red Rising fan. The backstory of how it all began is interesting, and I hope it continues. One of my favorite touches was that the text bubbles matched the color of whoever was speaking. Anyone who hasn’t read the books first probably won’t find it enjoyable, so please read the wonderful series first! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    This graphic novel is a prequel to the Red Riding series and gives us the backstory of Fitchner Au Barca and the beginning of Sevro. I really enjoyed seeing how Ares came to be, along with visually seeing all the colors and even seeing a Razor in action. Pretty cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nafeeza

    4.5 Stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    The Red Rising series, aka "the shit men will do to avenge their dead BAEs" **READ THE RED RISING SERIES BEFORE READING THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL, as it definitely comes with a pretty big spoiler wrapped in a gigantic red bow** The story--- Nothing very original, felt very "been there, done that." Did Ares' story really need to be fleshed out? Eh, for $10 maybe, for $22 is stretching it. Ares, a gold, was the runt of the litter. The golds, ala Spartan style, left him on a rock as a baby to survive for 3 d The Red Rising series, aka "the shit men will do to avenge their dead BAEs" **READ THE RED RISING SERIES BEFORE READING THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL, as it definitely comes with a pretty big spoiler wrapped in a gigantic red bow** The story--- Nothing very original, felt very "been there, done that." Did Ares' story really need to be fleshed out? Eh, for $10 maybe, for $22 is stretching it. Ares, a gold, was the runt of the litter. The golds, ala Spartan style, left him on a rock as a baby to survive for 3 days (which he did) and then found other obstacles to throw in his way because they thought of him as weak (which he wasn't). After going through the brutal school we all know and love his friend turns his back on him, and so Ares needs to go carve out a space for himself in the universe. He takes a job on a down on its luck planet, and there he meets the love of his life (who happens to be a red). They marry, have a son, and soon enough the forces of golds are out to get them. The only truly interesting part of the story was the relationship between Ares and his best friend, Arturius. Was it just me, or did anyone else get that there was some sexual tension coming from Arturius? I think Arturius loved Ares, and that is why he was so butt hurt that Ares ended up choosing a red woman over him. Or maybe I am reading too much into it, but I thought that this could have been an interesting factor to explore in the story. Alas, it might have been only in my head. On the other hand his love with the red lacked everything. She loved him because he is perhaps the only gold who would have thrown his life away in order to save a red, and he loves her because... I don't know? She barely seemed to have a personality. Very little character development, we are just supposed to go with it. THEY JUST FELL IN LOVE OKAY?! BTW why did they need to bring the red's sister along for the ride? They never even explain that. Such a short graphic novel that isn't supposed to make you attached to any of the characters, it is just showing you what happened in gritty art form. The Art- Not my favorite. I understand why Pierce Brown would lean towards this kind of art for the series, it is very gritty and masculine with a dark color scheme, but I felt like it really lacked clarity and at times felt very repetitive (the setting was also not very creative or imaginative, just bland and boring). Everything felt like it was drawn without much details, specially faces and backgrounds. I did like getting to see the gold's weapon of choice in action! Also, the artists drew an Iron Rain! Woohoooo. I think Pierce Brown was meant to write long-ass paragraphs that punch you in the gut, instead of this water down version of his talents. Definitely read the original saga before hitting this bad boy so you don't miss Pierce Brown in all his glory (plus extra perk: then you would understand that THAT tiny baby is SEVRO and that just seems crazy to me! How cute is THAT? I guess he wasn't just born a full fledged wolf) HOWWWL.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    I’m not a fan of the Red Rising novel series. I think it’s safe to state that seeing that I’ve never successfully made it through the first book without falling asleep. I want to like it – there’s no reason I shouldn’t like it- but the audible version just hits my snooze button instantly. For me, with the trouble sleeping I have, that’s not actually a bad thing, but it doesn’t bode well for my opinion of the book. So… I knew I was taking a risk in checking out Red Rising: Sons of Ares. However, I’m not a fan of the Red Rising novel series. I think it’s safe to state that seeing that I’ve never successfully made it through the first book without falling asleep. I want to like it – there’s no reason I shouldn’t like it- but the audible version just hits my snooze button instantly. For me, with the trouble sleeping I have, that’s not actually a bad thing, but it doesn’t bode well for my opinion of the book. So… I knew I was taking a risk in checking out Red Rising: Sons of Ares. However, I hoped the graphic novel format would keep my attention a bit better. I was right. I thoroughly enjoyed Red Rising: Sons of Ares Vol 1. The writing in Sons of Ares is well-done. The story told was surprisingly engaging (though to be honest it did take a couple of issues before I got fully involved with it). I wasn’t expecting to find myself rooting for Fitchner and Brynn, but by the end of the novel I was goggle-eyed at what I thought was going to happen. There might have been a few swears and threats made in the direction of the pages a few times. Speaking of swears… I wasn’t a fan of the fact that some had apparently taken a black marker to the curse words, though. I mean, if you’re old enough to read about graphic violence that involves people getting limbs cut off, I think you can handle a dirty word or two. Especially given that right after a few swears are marked out, there’s threats of ‘sack’ removal. Someone’s priorities are a bit sideways, yeah? The pacing for Red Rising: Sons of Ares was great. There was the perfect amount of action. The dialogue was believable. The plot was interesting and I was happy by the end of the volume because I felt like it had been a solid mini story arc. I didn’t like Fitchner, but I don’t feel like I was supposed to like him either. I did like Brynn, though, and there were a few panels that had me cheering her. My only issue with the graphic novel was the art. The quick, sketchy art style always looks to me like they were more concerned with pushing the issues out rather than taking their time and doing it properly. I’m aware some people like it and feel that it suits the story. I’m not one of them. So I really think it’s just personal preference. Overall, Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a captivating story that managed to keep my attention even when the art did nothing for me. I know it’s a prequel, but given that I haven’t managed to read the books themselves, I can’t say if it gives any spoilers for the series. It’s worth checking out. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from Edelweiss for review consideration.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    Artistry? 3.5 stars Story? 5 stars Wow. Hello and welcome to the first book by Pierce Brown I’ve rated below 5. Truly it’s because of the artistry. I get that Fitchner is weathered/rugged... but you never see his eyes and I’m sorry but a gold should not have that many wrinkles boo. I wished we got to see people’s eyes in all their hues. Great story that shows how far Fitchner went for his family and a bloodydamn great way to show how he became Ares. I’d *love* to see more from this world, especial Artistry? 3.5 stars Story? 5 stars Wow. Hello and welcome to the first book by Pierce Brown I’ve rated below 5. Truly it’s because of the artistry. I get that Fitchner is weathered/rugged... but you never see his eyes and I’m sorry but a gold should not have that many wrinkles boo. I wished we got to see people’s eyes in all their hues. Great story that shows how far Fitchner went for his family and a bloodydamn great way to show how he became Ares. I’d *love* to see more from this world, especially graphic novels of the first Iron Rain!!!! But please, get you an artist who does eyes. And doesn’t make the faces look like unfinished blobs with wrinkles.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mayank Agarwal

    Strictly for fans of the series, the story itself is good, the art disappointing for an overall mediocre experience. Not enough of the world is shown for newcomers to appreciate the world of Red Rising, those who will come from reading the series will be disappointed with the limited scope of the events covered in the graphic novel. The storytelling is on the events leading to the foundation of Son of Ares. The focus is on Fitchner, his younger days and how he met his wife, them having Sevro and Strictly for fans of the series, the story itself is good, the art disappointing for an overall mediocre experience. Not enough of the world is shown for newcomers to appreciate the world of Red Rising, those who will come from reading the series will be disappointed with the limited scope of the events covered in the graphic novel. The storytelling is on the events leading to the foundation of Son of Ares. The focus is on Fitchner, his younger days and how he met his wife, them having Sevro and the reason why he became Aries. The art was good in very few panels, mostly it is dark, with rough sketches and obscured faces. With all faces looking identical, most of the background plain, it just didn’t work for me. Well, with little dialogue and dull art it’s a quick read, so go ahead and give it a shot but don’t expect anything special from it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Great art work and great background to one of the most interesting characters in the Red Rising series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Flockhart

    “I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter... But I'm no fucking lamb.” I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, but Red Rising is one of my favourite series, so I decided to give this prequel a shot. Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a story about Ares, one important character in the series. In this graphic novel, we get to know his origins as a Peerless Scarred and what leads him to become the leader of The Sons of Ares. Although this one is a prequel, I think it's nece “I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter... But I'm no fucking lamb.” I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, but Red Rising is one of my favourite series, so I decided to give this prequel a shot. Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a story about Ares, one important character in the series. In this graphic novel, we get to know his origins as a Peerless Scarred and what leads him to become the leader of The Sons of Ares. Although this one is a prequel, I think it's necessary to read at least the first book of the series first, because the identity of Ares is revealed from the first page of this graphic novel, when in the books this takes time to be revealed. The story it was just ok for me. I definitely liked more the art than the script. Although I much preferred the design of the characters by Toby Cypress than the one by Eli Powell—but the art of the settings by the latter is just incredible. Unfortunately, the designs by Toby Cypress are only included as covers of each of the six issues in this graphic novel. So overall, Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares was an okay read for me. I don't think it contributes anything to the story, but at least it allows us to see more of Ares. “Through pain and loss, they made me this way. But in darkness, far from light... Even monsters can fall in love.” P.S.: I'm not English, so if you see any mistakes let me know so I can correct them, please.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    A graphic novel prequel to the Red Rising series? An interesting concept executed wonderfully. It was really cool to see the world in color even if the art wasn't my favorite. I received an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however all opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    A great insight into another aspect of the Red Rising 'verse. I wanted a bit more detail though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Not a great fan of the art in this, but it was nice to see things like the torchships and spring razors in action. The art's kind of muddy and sketchy throughout--would love to see this in the hands of a more talented artist. But the story is what makes this worthwhile. You get to see the youth and background of Fitchner and what motivated him to start the revolutionary group The Sons of Ares. Fitchner was born a Gold but became disenchanted with his society, eventually falling in love with and Not a great fan of the art in this, but it was nice to see things like the torchships and spring razors in action. The art's kind of muddy and sketchy throughout--would love to see this in the hands of a more talented artist. But the story is what makes this worthwhile. You get to see the youth and background of Fitchner and what motivated him to start the revolutionary group The Sons of Ares. Fitchner was born a Gold but became disenchanted with his society, eventually falling in love with and marrying a Red, who gives birth to fan favorite Sevro (featured as a baby/toddler in many sequences here). But this marriage is heretical in this society. Good lead-in/prequel to the Red Rising series. It helps a lot to have read at least one Red Rising book before this comic, though I imagine non-readers could follow this story, too. It just won't be as meaningful (there are a number of characters and Easter eggs here that tie-in to the larger series). I'd be very interested to see what a film version of this (not necessarily this graphic novel, but the Red Rising storyline in general) might look like some day.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lulai

    I am a big fan of the Red Rising series and I was delighted to read this comic book which is a prequel to the original saga. Here we will follow the story of the Sevro's father and how he will fall in love with his mother a Red and the complications that entails. I must say that this book is a real bonus for fans of the series. Sevro is a favorite for many and I must say that his father who has a key role was in my eyes a mystery. Discovering his past and how Ares started is something I loved rea I am a big fan of the Red Rising series and I was delighted to read this comic book which is a prequel to the original saga. Here we will follow the story of the Sevro's father and how he will fall in love with his mother a Red and the complications that entails. I must say that this book is a real bonus for fans of the series. Sevro is a favorite for many and I must say that his father who has a key role was in my eyes a mystery. Discovering his past and how Ares started is something I loved reading about. I just have a little flat on the graphics, which I personally did not appreciate. I like the features a bit finer with more details but that does not change the quality of the story. As I said before, this comic is a real bonus for fans but I'm not sure that it will be appalling to the novices of this universe as much. Thank you edelweiss for providing me this bok against a honest review

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    4.5 stars I am a die-hard Red Rising fan, so I was thrilled when I learned that Dynamite would be publishing a prequel to the series. In fact, I purchased and read the single issues each week that they were released. I'm impatient. Overall, I really loved the graphic novel. Powell's art is strong, graphic, and intense, which plays well against the harsher nature of Brown's story. We're given very real characters fighting a system that's designed to beating them down. It’s harsh, cruel, unfair, and 4.5 stars I am a die-hard Red Rising fan, so I was thrilled when I learned that Dynamite would be publishing a prequel to the series. In fact, I purchased and read the single issues each week that they were released. I'm impatient. Overall, I really loved the graphic novel. Powell's art is strong, graphic, and intense, which plays well against the harsher nature of Brown's story. We're given very real characters fighting a system that's designed to beating them down. It’s harsh, cruel, unfair, and, more often than not, depressing. But also uplifting. The thing about this overall series is that you leave with hope, and that's something oh so beautiful. Do I think you have to read the series prior to reading the graphic novel? No. But do I recommend it? Absolutely. The book series adds a level of depth and context that lends to the comic and makes it feel more "complete."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I am a huge fan of Red Rising Saga and couldn't resist the opportunity to review this prequel set in the same world. After this, I will not be reading any more graphic novels in the near future. I didn't get the depth and details I experienced with the novels. Perhaps it's more of a "It's me, not the author" because I've devoured everything else Brown has written. I wouldn't recommend reading this as a stand alone but as a compliment, if you enjoy graphics. Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Bo I am a huge fan of Red Rising Saga and couldn't resist the opportunity to review this prequel set in the same world. After this, I will not be reading any more graphic novels in the near future. I didn't get the depth and details I experienced with the novels. Perhaps it's more of a "It's me, not the author" because I've devoured everything else Brown has written. I wouldn't recommend reading this as a stand alone but as a compliment, if you enjoy graphics. Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for my review copy.

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