Red Rising fans likely have their own idea about what Darrow of Lykos looks like, however it's no longer entirely up to our imaginations. In anticipation of Iron Gold, the sequel to the Red Rising series, Pierce Brown has released our first ever look at a (fully-canon) depiction of the Reaper...
Darrow -- also now known as Reaper, Reap and most recently, the ArchImperator of the Solar Republic -- is seen looking serious and creased-browed in armor, his golden hair pulled back away from his scarred face. There's a cape blowing behind him, with a symbol that could be something sun-like to represent the Solar Republic. (That's just a guess, judging by the visible black spikes).
I'm loving the red armor, and what looks like a wolf's head on his shoulder. Of course, in his hand is what I'm assuming is his signature razor, taking the shape of the sling-blade.
"If your heart beats like a drum and your leg's a little wet..."
Menacing weapons aside, can we also acknowledge that Darrow is gorgeous? In fact, if this is where Darrow measures on the attractiveness scale, what exactly does handsome Cassius look like?
Because Iron Gold is set to take place a decade past the events of Morning Star, this illustration, which comes from artist Magali Villeneuve, shows Darrow in his early thirties. And it's the fourth illustration reveal for the upcoming Iron Gold, since the anticipated sequel will feature four different PoV characters. Darrow will return as one of the narrators, and he will be joined by three other perspectives, including Lysander au Lune...
And newcomers Ephraim ti Horn...
And the recently liberated Red, Lyria of Legalos.
As much as I'm holding out hope that we'll see more illustrations showing us some of the other characters -- Sevro, Mustang, Cassius and (my own personal favorite) Victra, among others -- these images seem aimed to promote Iron Gold, so we may only see the four central characters. And let's face it, after finally getting to see what Darrow looks like, can we really complain?
Pierce Brown will be spotted around San Diego Comic-Con this week. Those fortunate enough to be within arms reach of the Penguin Random House booth at Comic-Con can earn prints of these PoV character photos for Iron Gold by going to booth 1515-D and whispering "Break the Chains" (while supplies last.)
Iron Gold is currently lined up to hit shelves on January 16, 2018.