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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Oct. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00607BRJK
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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