The Cold Commands (Land Fit for Heroes) Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011
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Praise for The Cold Commands:
"Morgan brings a fresh approach to epic fantasy, giving his world a hard edge and blending in such sf elements as machine intelligences and extraterrestrial races...Morgan's protagonists, with their tough outward demeanor and lofty ethics, lend depth and seriousness of purpose to high fantasy and should appeal to fans of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series." --Library Journal
Praise for Richard K. Morgan's "The Steel Remains, "
Book One of A Land Fit for Heroes
"Bold, brutal, and making no compromises--Morgan doesn't so much twist the cliches of fantasy as take an axe to them."--Joe Abercrombie
"The award-winning author of "Altered Carbon "and" Market Forces" brings the same iconoclastic approach to his fantasy debut as he did to his sf technothrillers. . . . Morgan's storytelling talent and his atmospheric, hard-hitting prose make this a strong addition to mature fantasy collections."--"Library Journal"
"Spellbinding . . . There's so much to like about the adventure."--"The Star-Ledger"
"Morgan has taken traditional sword and sorcery tropes and given them a hard, contemporary kick. The antithesis of the cosy fairytale, this one is for big boys."--"The Times" (London)
"A powerful turn-everything-up-to-eleven reading experience . . . Morgan is a gifted writer, and his gifts are lavishly on display here."--Adam Roberts, author of "Yellow Blue Tibia"
"It compels you to read on with its gritty, visceral writing and intelligent plot. It's tense and fascinatingly peopled, and given that the follow-ups will doubtless be tremendous you're encouraged to jump on from the start. Just, ahem, steel yourself.""--SFX"
"From the Hardcover edition."
"Heroic fantasy [with] several surprising twists."--The Wall Street Journal
"[Richard K.] Morgan brings a fresh approach to epic fantasy. . . . [The Cold Commands] should appeal to fans of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series."--Library Journal
"Pulpy and hard-core, but with a heart of gold . . . Imagine a drawing by Frank Frazetta, come to life in an intelligent story full of dry wit and characters you actually care about."--io9
"Passionate, fast-paced, smart and furious . . . This is a character-driven and intelligent fantasy. . . . Robert E. Howard would have approved."--SFX
"The action sequences are sheer brilliance. . . . Morgan's writing has a power and energy that few can match."--SFRevu --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantasy: harder, faster, bloodier. The king of noir SF takes on Fantasy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
There was a really long wait between the publication of the first book of the trilogy and this one, the second – and it appears that the author did not think about it at all in the intervening period. The overall story is not moved any further forward, at all. The ‘teasers’ from the first book mostly aren’t addressed. The protagonists are not developed any further. We learn nothing more of significance about the villains and their aims. While the original plot lines lie fallow, some new stuff is introduced (satellites?) to give the appearance of narrative development, but it is not taken anywhere. A final battle is pulled out of nowhere as a finale. And that’s it.
The whole is very slow and grotesquely padded out.
This book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It felt like the author did not actually have a book and just threw some stuff down on paper because volume two was overdue. But I paid money for this, and spent time reading it, and that is not okay.
it is a better story then part one. only one or two sex scenes, still lots of drugs, but more realistic storytelling. ringel is growing up. but why only 3 stars?
i was looking forward to the journey, on which the new helmsman was trying to send archeth. this does not happen and story ends before it.
egar ends up doing john rembo stuff in the same city as ringil and archeth. it was good in the end but i can't even remember why he went on the temple raid, other then the fact that he was bored. the author kept changing pov at annoying times.
the mythical grey places or the world of possibilities was used again. ringil meets his future lover, but remembers him. the dewinda that was his lover/enemy last time, is still there. ringil gets taken there again, is hurt/tortured badly but gets well again. a bit of a let down. i was dreading and looking forward to reading how ringil would cope with is injuries and still be the hero. but all that was taken away by a twist.
ringil's true identity, clues that he is a powerful magician and is beginning to use his abilities was exciting.
some good bits but still not brilliant. this should have been part one.
Although The Cold Commands lacks the narrative punch of the first in the series (the Steel Remains), it expands the cultural and political backdrop of the setting, and deepens the excellent characterizations established with the first book. It also continues to tie together the fates of the three protagonists.
Readers of the Game of Thrones series will find much to appreciate here. Morgan's work lacks the majestic scope of Martin's Game of Thrones, but his characters are every bit as compelling, and the series has a unique "fantasy noir" feel that recalls the work of Michael Moorcock's "Elric of Melnibone" series, the Theives' World books, and Frutz Leiber's "Fafhard and the Grey Mouser" series. The same moral ambiguities and pallor of doom pervade in both, though Morgan's is more of the post-modern, slow tramp into catastrophe rather than Moorcock's looming, apocalyptic feel.
What I find most interesting about this particular work of his is that all the characters seem to be struggling with the issue of age and nostalgia. Each feels that they are somehow past their prime, and becoming increasingly irrelevant in a landscape where they or their people once reigned high and mighty. They all feel that they have at least one more great adventure ahead, one last chance to make a legend in a world increasingly ruled by petty politics, cruelty, and greed. It's that issue, a very human dilemma, that really drives the novel more than the high adventure, violence, and "sorcery" elements, though those are all _very_ well done.
As with all his other works, I find that I couldn't put this one down until the end. I imagine most discerning readers will feel the same way!
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The main characters are still likeable, Egar gets a bigger part here and Ringil is changed.Read more
Finding the over descriptive sex a little boring and unnecessary
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