The Cold Commands (Land Fit for Heroes) MP3 CD – 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 Science Fiction takes on Fantasy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In terms of the story and world it always seemed to come to life whenever it was dealing with the pseudo-science fiction/fantasy elements. Any scene featuring the helmsmen or the dark council members caused me to become far more interested in the story. Herein lies my problem with the book though, when not dealing with the weird science/magic elements the book feels very average in that I've read far better/similar "gritty/mature" fantasy books over the last decade. There just isn't anything to make it stand-out when it's not delving into the weird. This could be partly with the story itself as there are very few "big" moments and it focuses more on indvidual skirmishes. There are some well choreographed fights but it never seems to escalate into anything "substantial". I was also frustrated by how two-thirds of the book sets up a "quest" only for it to be abandoned or left for the next installment. In defense of Richard, he does make the reason why the quest is side-lined an organic consequence of one of his characters storylines so it may be a case of the character determining the plot.Read more ›
My biggest gripe is the fact that Morgan seems to drift in and out of love with this book, whether or not he was distracted by other projects, it's difficult to say, but certain passages seem to be written with care, whereas others seem to be rushed (approaching deadlines?). One example of this is the incredible way (yes, I know it's fantasy, but even so) in which Ringil escapes death a few times by going into the Margins. That just seems to be a bit of a cop-out to me. I sincerely hope that this will not be a recurring theme in the next book, which I will buy if it doesn't take a couple of years to appear.
The main characters are still likeable, Egar gets a bigger part here and Ringil is changed.
There is plenty of action but the plot is more straight-forward than the first.
Ringil's occasional use of magic is a bit odd, or perhaps more correctly it is odd that he doesn't use it more.
This has a similar weakness in the use of gods as a crutch although we do get a slight insight into what the gods are.
Unfortunately the ending is weak, everything is just finished too easily and cleanly, it is clearly leaving it open for further books but even so it needed a better ending.
Now Egar, Archeth and Ringil face separate mysteries. A bar-room brawl and reports of slaves being held in unusual circumstances leads Egar into an ill-advised confrontation with the Empire's dominant religion. A warning from the Helmsmen sends Archeth on a mission into the wastelands to recover a valuable item, an item which comes with a dire warning. And a chance encounter between a runaway slave and Ringil results in blood, mayhem and revelations of a dark kind.
The Cold Commands is the long-awaited sequel to Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains, the author's first foray away from SF and into the arena of secondary world fantasy. The Steel Remains was a blood-soaked, swords and sorcery adventure, black of humour and fairly brimming over with violence and sex (most of it graphic and gay, to the disquiet of some readers). It was solid enough stuff, though perhaps not as good as the billing suggested. Morgan's SF is so good because he writes with anger, flair and passion, and is at its best when he is clearly ticked off about something (in Black Man, particularly the self-destruction of a society which cannot talk to itself, only throw up barriers and tear itself apart). The Steel Remains, though a reasonably solid novel, lacked the vitality of his earlier SF.
The Cold Commands has that energy back, and in spades.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't get enough of Richard's books - fantastic plots and the characters come to life.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoying this series so far and looking forward to the last book.
Finding the over descriptive sex a little boring and unnecessary
The second part of Morgan's trilogy is a steady buildup to events that I presume will unfold in part 3. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greatbeast
Didn't enjoy this half as much as the first book. I don't like the fact that Ringil spends entire chapters wandering around in the 'grey places' getting nothing done and not adding... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James
I thought this was a bit of a step down from the first book but mostly because I found it very difficult t grasp what was going on for significent portions of the book.Published 12 months ago by Chris
I've just re-read to refresh for the next installment, great story, great characters, love the interplay too. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paul Kilmurray