Red Rising author Pierce Brown is in the process of delivering a followup to his trilogy. While the release of the sequel book has been pushed off to January 2018, Brown has confirmed that this new story will be set ten years following the events of Morning Star, and will involve four different perspectives, unlike the original Red Rising books, which were all told from Darrow's perspective.
Three of Iron Gold's POV characters have been revealed already. One is Darrow, another is a new character named Lyria, and the most recent POV character is none other than Lysander au Lune, grandson to Octavia. Lysander was just a boy during the events of the Red Rising trilogy, but the recent description for his part in Iron Gold has us looking back at the things we know about this intriguing character.
Before we get to that, here's what Random House sent out to fans awaiting Iron Gold a few days ago...
Since we have months to wait for Iron Gold to hit shelves (January 16, 2018), all we can do is wait and speculate. With that in mind, while Lysander wasn't a central character in the Red Rising series, the original books do offer us some interesting insights and potential clues about who he is and where he comes from. Obviously, we can't say for sure which pieces will prove to be relevant to who he is in Iron Gold, or the story that's set to play out. But given that the character is being brought to the forefront of this saga, I was inclined to try to connect some dots. Or at the very least, lay them out while we wait.
Naturally, this article is full of bloodydamn Red Rising book spoilers.
He was raised through childhood by Octavia au Lune.
Lysander spent the early years of his life under the guidance and influence of his ruthless grandmother, Society's Sovereign, Octavia au Lune. From what we saw of him in Golden Son and Morning Star, it seemed like Octavia kept Lysander close by, often exposing him to the work she did governing Society. Lysander's own grandfather had written him off as irreversibly poisoned by his grandmother's influence. And to be fair, considering what we know of the cunning former Sovereign, who knows what Lysander might have picked up from his dear old granny before she passed.
Beyond the potential for some dark seeds sewn into his impressionable young mind, all signs point to Lysander being a bright, observant boy who thinks things through and is eager to learn. Lorn may have written his grandson off, but given that Lorn wasn't one to offer people the benefit of the doubt -- RIP Tactus -- maybe he was wrong to assume his grandson's mind was permanently poisoned by Octavia.
He idolized Darrow, as a child.
Ok, I picked a pretty ominous quote to caption this entry -- and to be fair to context, a Darrow quote that is unrelated to his and Lysander's relationship -- but I can't help but think it's worth considering whether or not the mercy Darrow showed to Lysander at the end of Morning Star will come back to bite him, especially when we take into account Lysander's initial admiration for Darrow.
During their first meeting, Lysander admitted to Darrow that he'd seen thousands of videos from Darrow's time at the Institute. Lysander is able to casually reference the names of Darrow's friends, as though they're, well, characters in a story he's been following. Of course, this was before Darrow and Mustang orchestrated the downfall of his grandmother's reign, and saw to her death. On one hand, it seemed like Lysander accepted the situation for what it was at the time. But who knows how he's feeling about Reaper and Mustang in Iron Gold's present day, given that he tried and failed to protect his grandmother in the final moments of her life. Does he still see Darrow as the great Reaper? Or does he see him as the man who destroyed the last bit of family he had left?
Lysander could prove to be lethal with a razor.
Lysander's grandfather is none other than razor-master Lorn Au Arcos. This seems particularly relevant to Iron Gold's present day for two reasons. The first, is that we might assume -- or at the very least, hope -- that Lysander has inherited some of Lorn's abilities with the razor. Whether or not that's the case may factor into the second relevant reason, which would be his training. Lorn wasn't particularly active as a teacher in the years before he died, having retired from Society before being forced back in by Darrow. Has Lysander had access to anyone who's familiar with Lorn's famous "Willow Way" style of fighting? Are there even any other options for trainers left, besides Darrow? We don't know how much time -- if any at all -- Lysander and Darrow have spent together since the fall of Octavia. It seems more likely that Cassius would have trained Lysander, and though Cassius is known to be skilled with the razor, he wasn't trained by Lorn, and -- as demonstrated in Golden Son -- wasn't as skilled at the weapon as Darrow grew to be. Regardless of who trained Lysander, I'm sure we're all very curious to see what he can do with a razor.