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The Cold Commands (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Richard Morgan

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Title:The Cold Commands (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Authors:Richard Morgan
Info:Gollancz (2012), Edition: Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, 496 pages
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The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan (2011)

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My reaction to this book was almost exactly the same as it was to the first book. I LOVE the writing style, there are some very cool visuals and ideas, the world feels real but the plot seems a little scattered. It's maybe a little to much like real-life, the hero starts to kind of have a purpose, then almost dies, there's a bunch of surreal kind of wandering, forget about that - change course, then there's something going on on an island, then forget about that he kind of dies, and then kinda saves the world (or at least the city). Not sure what to make of some of it. Just seemed kind of disjointed.

Seriously though, if I could pick a style of writing to emulate it would be this. His words flow when they're supposed to flow and cut when they're supposed to cut. It's tight, gritty writing and the narrator fits perfectly. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 17, 2013 |
As good as The Steel Remains?

No, not quite, but pretty good. The book starts off slowly, with the characters spread out over the world. But the pace gets faster, the writing tighter, and the plot lines intersect as the book progresses.

The big problem is that it finally hits its stride and comes close to perfection in the last 50 pages or so, leaving you praying for the as-yet-unannounced (but highly desired) sequel. Hopefully the wait will be less than 4 years this time. ( )
  eviljosh | Mar 30, 2013 |
The sequel to Morgan’s gay barbarian swordsman book The Steel Remains, this one is at least as grimdark—there are notable amounts of rape and other atrocities, many instigated by the main characters/closest thing the book has to heroes. Morgan combines sf (apparently high-tech machines with agendas of their own) with fantasy (elvish/fairy types who were kicked out of the human realms and aren’t too thrilled with that situation, along with dragon invasions and other sundry magic), and in this book he adds in a riff on the Arthur myth that works because of its brazenness. If you like GRRM, this might appeal (and is a lot shorter), but heed the warnings. ( )
  rivkat | Sep 16, 2012 |
The Cold Commands definitely has the middle book syndrome going on. The three are separated. Ringil is off doing some slaver slaughtering, Archeth is involved in politics working on keeping people alive and putting together an investigation into a strange island. Egar is busy getting into trouble with other people’s wives and discovering Dwenda cults.

So a bit on the slow side at times with things not coming together until the end with Ringil becoming rather more Kane-like as time goes on.

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2011/12/the-cold-commands-richard-morga... ( )
1 vote BlueTysonSS | Dec 16, 2011 |
A good read, the same modern, gritty, brutal fantasy that was The Steel Remains. The ending was a bit contrived to my linking and rushed too, with a major storyline abandoned mid-way -- but then, that's somewhat typical for Morgan. ( )
  vslavik | Nov 25, 2011 |
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I tell you, it's no game serving down in the city.

—J.R.R. Tolkein,
The Two Towers
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The Cold Commands is for V.
who has given me something to hold
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When they got down into the fringes of the forest beyond Hinerion, Gerin saw the heat shimmering off the scrublands ahead of them, and knew the crunch had come.
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Named changed from 'The Cold Commands' to 'The dark Commands' pre-publication as at July 2009
Published as "The Cold Commands" in October 2011 in UK
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"With The Steel Remains, award-winning science fiction writer Richard K. Morgan turned his talents to sword and sorcery. The result: a genre-busting masterwork hailed as a milestone in contemporary epic fantasy. Now Morgan continues the riveting saga of Ringil Eskiath--Gil, for short--a peerless warrior whose love for other men has made him an outcast and pariah. Only a select few have earned the right to call Gil friend. One is Egar, the Dragonbane, a fierce Majak fighter who comes to respect a heart as savage and loyal as his own. Another is Archeth, the last remaining daughter of an otherworldly race called the Kiriath, who once used their advanced technology to save the world from the dark magic of the Aldrain--only to depart for reasons as mysterious as their arrival. Yet even Egar and Archeth have learned to fear the doom that clings to their friend like a grim shadow. or the curse of a bitter god. Now one of the Kiriath's uncanny machine intelligences has fallen from orbit--with a message that humanity faces a grave new danger (or, rather, an ancient one): a creature called the Illwrack Changeling, a boy raised to manhood in the ghostly between-world realm of the Grey Places, home to the Aldrain. A human raised as one of them--and, some say, the lover of one of their greatest warriors--until, in a time lost to legend, he was vanquished. Wrapped in sorcerous slumber, hidden away on an island that drifts between this world and the Grey Places, the Illwrack Changeling is stirring. And when he wakes, the Aldrain will rally to him and return in force--this time without the Kiriath to stop them. An expedition is outfitted for the long and arduous sea journey to find the lost island of the Illwrack Changeling. Aboard are Gil, Egar, and Archeth: each fleeing from ghosts of the past, each seeking redemption in whatever lies ahead. But redemption doesn't come cheap these days. Nor, for that matter, does survival. Not even for Ringil Eskiath. Or anyone--god or mortal--who would seek to use him as a pawn"--… (more)

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