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The Steel Remains (2008)

by Richard Morgan

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Series: A Land Fit for Heroes (1)

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A man named Ringil, hero from a great war, living nearly forgotten and obsolete in a backcountry village, is asked to find a lost cousin, drawing him back into a world that he'd thought he left behind long ago.
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I'm not exactly sure what I've read has registered yet but I'm quite sure I loved it. Before sexy things even happened, I was like, "Damn. This book is sexy." I dunno but he made blood and guts and sex gritty yet, at the same time, elegant.

I'll have to read The Cold Commands to see if he keeps it up but this was a pretty good book. It took a few chapters for it to really get going for me so that I was invested in all the characters. I was actually surprised I could stand Ringil. In another book, I'm pretty sure I would have begged to see him gutted but he worked here. I dunno. All of it just worked. I mean, I've read a lot of books with weak ending lately and this was not one of them. I'm just really happy I read it. ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
I really really enjoyed this. Another fine novel by Richard K. Morgan. I'm looking forward to reading the next two in this series! ( )
  JonOwnbey | May 28, 2020 |
Simple plot, but great, harsh tone. ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
Well written but a bit violet and sordid for my taste. ( )
  PortiaLong | Jan 11, 2020 |
A miserable book that mistakes that mistakes being dark and violent for being serious. Absolutely every awful thing you ca imagine -- rape, child murder, torture, religious violence, the list goes on -- they're all here on every page. There is no escape from it, no momentary lightening of mood.

This is not to say fantasy novels can't be dark and depressing, but it can reach a saturation point where it overwhelms the novel. ( )
1 vote ajdesasha | Nov 8, 2019 |
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Epigraph
'I think you look on death as your friend,' she murmured. 'That is a strange friend for a young man to have.'
'The only faithful friend in this world,' he said bitterly. 'Death is always sure to be at your side.'

Poul Anderson
The Broken Sword
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This book is for my father, John Morgan, for carrying me past the seaweed.
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When a man you know to be of sound mind tells you his recently deceased mother has just tried to climb in his bedroom window and eat him, you only have two basic options.
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"Forget the law. It isn't going to help. They'll cite it where it suits them, ignore it where it doesn't. They're clerics, Archeth. They spend their whole fucking lives selectively interpreting textual authority to advantage."


Emperor Jhiral to Archeth, p.325
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