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Richard Ford
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14 Aug 2014 Steelhaven

Heroes must rise ...

The King is dead. His daughter, untested and alone, now wears the Steel Crown. And a vast horde is steadily carving a bloody road south, hell-bent on razing Steelhaven to the ground

... or the city will fall

Before the city faces the terror that approaches, it must crush the danger already lurking within its walls. But will the cost of victory be as devastating as that of defeat?

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755394070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755394074
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Richard Ford originally hails from Leeds in the heartland of Yorkshire but now resides in Wiltshire, where he can be found frolicking by the Thames, drinking cider and singing songs about combine harvesters.
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You'll find yourself looking forward to what Ford dreams up next (SFX)

Exciting and different (The British Fantasy Society)

A perfect example of tight, gritty, character-driven storytelling (Luke Scull, author of The Grim Company)

If you like your fantasy full of guts and glory and with a clever plot then this is for you (Fantasy Faction)

Violent, vicious and darkly funny. Book Two can't come fast enough (Fantasy Faction)

A series to watch. Great stuff (Falcata Times)

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Steelhaven book 2: Blood oaths are sworn and broken in a city facing total annihilation as Ford's epic fantasy series continues.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong second entry 21 Mar 2014
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Last year I was quite taken with Herald of the Storm, the first book in the Steelhaven trilogy, so I was very much looking forward to this second instalment called The Shattered Crown. I liked the setting, the tone of the first novel, and the fact that there were many different flavours of type of story in the book. On the other hand I had some difficulties with the pacing and some of the characters. I was hoping that Ford would improve on the points I found lacking and keep everything I liked. And he did, mostly.

While in the previous book the seven viewpoint characters each had their own story arc for the most part, which only overlapped some of the time, the events of said book have conspired to clump the viewpoints together in fewer storylines. This clustering of the different viewpoints created a clearer movement in the plot, allowing the pace to pick up more and the narrative feel less jumpy; even if we are head-hopping, we don't hop storylines as often, so it seems more of a continuous whole. The story arcs are now mainly divided between the palace, the Greencoats, the Tower of Magisters and the underworld of Steelhaven. There is one significant viewpoint added, which is that of Regulus, former chief of the Sho'tana, a Southern mountain tribe. His is the outsider's view and an interesting extension of our view of the world Ford's created and of Steelhaven.

The characters I had some trouble with last time, mostly were better in this book, but unfortunately there is also a character that became decidedly less enjoyable than last time. Whereas I thought Rag and River could have been easily been omitted from the previous book, this time around Rag was vital and I loved her story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better pacing compared to the first book... 7 April 2014
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I did really enjoy this book much more then the first entry in the trilogy [Herald Of The Storm] and was kept interested throughout thanks to he faster pacing, that I will happily buy the concluding entry into the trilogy myself rather then rely on Vine.

True; there are sometimes bog standard elements of the fantasy genre that occur in the plot, but the characters are strong enough that I don't mind. I also think the mix of fantasy, adventure and mystery elements in the plot are nicely balanced, and now I am eager to get to know the rest of the cast a bit more a we find out what happens next in the concluding trilogy entry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the next! 6 April 2014
By Book Critic VINE VOICE
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Following on from his wonderful debut Herald of the Storm, Richard Ford continues his Steelhaven fantasy, with this, the second part of the series. This second volume is every bit as good as the first, opening with a murderous bang before continuing where the first book left off, picking up and running with every loose thread. The pace never slackens, the characters are beautifully crafted, wonderfully real. It ends nicely, satisfyingly, but with so much left unsaid, it has left me genuinely excited for the next book in this terrific series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choice of allies 30 Jan 2014
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A fantasy novel. Second in a trilogy. That began with Herald of the Storm (Steelhaven: Book One) (Steelhaven 1) All about the city of Steelhaven, which faces threats both military based and internal.

This volume runs for three hundred and ninety one pages. It's divided into fifty four chapters. Plus a prologue and an epilogue. The lack of anything much in the way of exposition as to what went before means it's not a good jumping on point. So new readers should start with book one.

Those who have read that, read on.

As with said first book, this one contains strong language and some very brutal moments of violence.

When we left the story at the end of book one, River and Waylian both had missions. Merrick and Kaira had new roles. As did Rag. Nobul was still with the Greencoats. Janessa has to face up to new responsibilities.

Once again, the story focuses on the group of viewpoint characters that were introduced at the start of the series, with a different one the subject of each chapter.


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one of them barely features. And one is added to their ranks. Regulus, a warrior of the Zatani people from the south of the realm. Who has brought a group of warriors with him on a quest for great honour. The first couple of chapters to feature Regulus could seem like clichéd noble warrior savage moments, but there's one gloriously evocative bit of scenery in his first chapter. And then when you realise where his storyline might go he starts to grab.

Meanwhile, as the threat of invasion draws ever closer and turmoil grips the city, it's leaders face stark choices for he fight ahead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced fantasy action 18 Jun 2014
By Paul Fillery VINE VOICE
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Firstly, make sure you've read Book One (Herald of the Storm) or you will be totally lost.

Done? Ok. Well, rest assured Book Two resolves the cliffhangers from the first book, before ramping up the action quite considerably. Characters become more vividly drawn, the plot threads tighten and merge, before spinning off in unseen directions, motivations change, and blood flows. Plenty of blood. Meanwhile, the city of Steelhaven (the best character in the book) broods over all.

Ford is a good writer. Really good. The pacing of this book is better than the first, and the disparate storylines and viewpoints start to come together, sometimes in unexpected ways - it's a much easier book to follow, and all the better for it. I won't award 5 stars until I've read Book Three as I want to know that the promise building up in this book pays off in the next one, but suffice to say I WILL be picking up Book 3.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book.
I felt that the first book in the series was a bit rough around the edges, and showed promise. Unfortunately the things that niggled me in the first book were worse in the second. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. E. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Still going well
Having read Herald of the Storm earlier this year, I was hopeful that this book would be able to build on that solid start. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows Growth Since Book 1!
This is the second book in the series, and it is even stronger than the first one. The author has pared back on excess words, and really leapt straight into the action on this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
A decent follow up to the first book in the series. I enjoyed reading it. It is a lot more straightforward than Songs of Ice & Fire. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars Read book 1, first!
This does well in pulling together the loose ends from the cliffhanger of book 1 but almost immediately scatters them far and wide in its intricate plotting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Chakotay
5.0 out of 5 stars Second volume of good series
Set in a sort of middle ages, bit of a "Game of Thrones" world - kings and princes, magicians and mercenaries, plots and counter plots - the story clatters along with seven... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Shackelford
4.0 out of 5 stars shorter than the first book.
This is shorter and more compact than the first book, and while it neither feels rushed nor cramped, I was still disappointed that it ended, especially as there are some questions... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mad Saint Uden
4.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues
This is book 2 of the Steelhaven series and continues on from the King's death and how and what the characters and city prepare for the oncoming attack. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Steelhaven rules
The second Steelhaven title from Richard and one that continues to expand upon the wonderful world building of its predecessor as the reader is thrown in to hard-boiled fantasy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking second instalment
Great follow up, can't wait to tuck in to book three. Great story, excellent characters and managed to retain a sense of suspense. Not predictable!
Published 3 months ago by Peter Gregory
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