3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good, but feels like it's cut from a larger whole,
This review is from: The Steel Remains (Gollancz) (Paperback)
The cover gives the impression that this will be some sort of hack-and-slash fantasy novel; apparently a lot of people then got offended when instead of the whole thing being knee-deep in gore, there were occasionally men having sex with other men. Oo-er! Gosh! How awful! Etc...
If you're not distracted by that into some frothing-at-the-mouth-with-rage-because-it-wasn't-just-burly-men-and-women-with-chainmail-bikinis, then the book's fairly enjoyable. I don't think it ranks with Morgan's best work, because I feel a bit cheated; while he builds what seems like quite an interesting world, where lots of things have happened, we really don't get much detail on most of what has happened that's made the characters who they are. It feels more like a play where there's a battle occurring off stage and we're just hearing noises off, twenty years on.
When there finally is a battle, that gets covered oh-too-quickly, as though Morgan was tired of it and wanted to get it over with. So while he did a good job of creating a sense of a tangible place and characters that you're interested in, he omitted to have them do very much. Perhaps a prequel or a sequel would do the setting more justice.