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The Steel Remains Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,003 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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A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs Ringil Eskiath—Gil, for short—a washed-up mercenary and onetime war hero whose cynicism is surpassed only by the speed of his sword. Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but when his mother enlists his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one young woman. Grim sorceries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of the Aldrain, a race of widely feared, cruel yet beautiful demons. Now Gil and two old comrades are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Morgan has taken traditional sword and sorcery tropes and given them a hard, contemporary kick. The antithesis of the cosy fairytale, this one is for big boys.”

    Times (London)

  • “Spellbinding…There’s so much to like about the adventure.”

    Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger

  • “The well-developed characters and realistic battle scenes ring true, as do some gruesomely explicit sex scenes…[A] dark, gritty tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Market Forces brings the same iconoclastic approach to his fantasy debut as he did to his SF technothrillers…Morgan’s storytelling talent and his atmospheric, hard-hitting prose make this a strong addition to mature fantasy collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Morgan takes plot elements that are as old as those of Lord of the Rings or Conan the Barbarian and gives them a freshness by importing many of the themes that drove his sci-fi work.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Bold, brutal, and making no compromises—Morgan doesn’t so much twist the clichés of fantasy as take an axe to them.”

    Joe Abercrombie, author of the First Law trilogy

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Daniel Howard | 2/12/2014

    " Couldn't ask for a better fantasy story. I loved it despite the fact that it was so surreal in parts that I needed a second reading to fully appreciate it. Homophobes beware, though. This will definitely get your dander up, and most of us just don't want to hear it. Go back reading Mein Kampf or coloring with crayon or whatever you do for fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Keith | 2/11/2014

    " Highly interesting and original foray in to fantasy noir for Richard Morgan, but I still prefer his purely Sci-Fi Takeshi Kovacs series. Dialogue is not so great, but the story is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jesse | 2/1/2014

    " Similar writing style to Morgan's other books, the characters are no nonsense and Morgan keeps the reader buried in the action, with just enough back story to have things make sense. Definitely a departure from normal large scale fantasy and in a good way. Looking forward to more in this series. Recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Ronald Price | 1/18/2014

    " First book in a series of 3. I preferred Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series to this one. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.