The Steel Remains

The Steel Remains

Book - 2009
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Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap is a legend to all who don't know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteran of the wars against the lizards he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire's slave trade. Where he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

Archeth - pragmatist, cynic and engineer, the last of her race - is called from her work at the whim of the most powerful man in the Empire and sent to its farthest reaches to investigate a demonic incursion against the Empire's borders.

Egar Dragonbane, steppe-nomad, one-time fighter for the Empire finds himself entangled in a small-town battle between common sense and religious fervour. But out in the wider world there is something on the move far more alien than any of his tribe's petty gods.

Anti-social, anti-heroic, and decidedly irritated, all three of them are about to be sent unwillingly forth into a vicious, vigorous and thoroughly unsuspecting fantasy world. Called upon by an Empire that owes them everything and gave them nothing.

Richard Morgan brings his trademark visceral writing style, turbo-driven plotting and thought provoking characterisation to the fantasy genre and produces a landmark work with his first foray.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780575084810
Branch Call Number: FAN F MOR
Characteristics: 392 p. : map ; 20 cm

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jasoneshoup Apr 28, 2017

An ok read: Morgan's sci-fi (Altered Carbon series) is top-notch, but his foray into fantasy simply couldn't hook me. Felt more like a piece of Joe Abercrombie (First Law) fan-fic than a well-developed original story on its own.

Worth reading if you simply want more Richard K. Morgan, but if you're looking for good fantasy, there are better options out there.

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jsrugh1986
Apr 09, 2016

The book starts out interesting enough but really lost me with the graphic sex scenes that really seemed out of place and poorly conceived. Beyond that I found the pacing to be terrible and a large part of the story to just be plain uninteresting. There are some good ideas floating around in the book and Ringil as a character is three dimensional and complex however it seemed too much like a strange union between American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin but instead of plumbing the depths like the aforementioned books this book seemed to me to stay in the shallow end without much to say and too much on its mind.

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peter_leitch
Feb 14, 2015

Boring. Unless of course you are interested in gay erotica but, I suspect you would still find it boring. You would be better of with a recent trilogy by Brian McClellan: The Powder Mage Trilogy.

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mexicanadiense
Oct 20, 2014

I always enjoyed Morgan's sci-fi writing, and his approach to the fantasy genre is equally entertaining. I especially like how the author does not spell too much out in terms of the world's history, civilizations, races, etc. but draws the reader in with snippets to let you discover on your own. On the downside, the graphic sex scenes were a little over the top, so be forewarned if that sort of thing isn't to your taste.

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FantasyFanatic
Aug 28, 2014

Great novel, I loved it! This is an excellent dark fantasy novel, well written and exciting, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves dark fantasy, or great anti-heroes!

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HelloWorld77
May 08, 2010

If you liked this book, check out Joe Ambercrombie's work.

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