Golden Sun picks up right where Red Rising left off and we find Darrow in the next phase of his training out of the institute. The second book plays a lot more to the epic struggles between the top houses and the politics between it all. The struggle between Darrow and the Jackal is epic as they are both scheming behind each others’ backs for control. This book is a little slower than the first book, but still had enough in it to have me flying through it. It ends on a huge cliff hanger and sets the third book up to be the best one yet.