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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,589 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard K. Morgan Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Land Fit for Heroes Series Release Date:
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The Cold Commands continues award-winning author Richard K. Morgan’s brilliant epic fantasy series begun in The Steel Remains.

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. The Illwrack is 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. He is wrapped in sorcerous slumber, hidden away on an island that drifts between.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Igor Raffaele | 2/14/2014

    " Ringil's still gay. The Black Folk are still gone. The Helmsmen are still stupidly cryptic. There are some new interesting bits in the gray lands... but you won't be bothered. Ah, in order to make things more balanced, there's a lesbian scene, though Morgan clearly has more fun writing man-on-man scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andan | 2/7/2014

    " The pacing was slower than The Steel Remains, and some frustrating for that. Contains some gems I am very glad to have savored. Overall, pleased. Eager for the next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Weakley | 1/25/2014

    " The second book in Land Fit for Heroes storyline. This story picks up shortly after the end of the first so I would recommend that you read The Steel Remains first. Otherwise, you might not understand what is going on and why. Each of the triad of main characters are enjoyable to read. They are complex and really not the kind you would expect to be heroes, but they are there doing what needs to be done. I cant wait for the 3rd book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter Smiley | 12/30/2013

    " Superb, beautiful imagery and enthralling "

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About the Author
Author Richard K. Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives in Scotland.