The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan

The Steel Remains

byRichard Morgan

Kobo ebook | September 18, 2008

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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.

Title:The Steel RemainsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575086076

ISBN - 13:9780575086074

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from uhm... Please let me preface this review by saying that I'm not disturbed by sex. I can appreciate a sex scene(s) in a novel. I'm also comfortable with a homosexual scene. This story though was a bit awkward, happening to throw multiple narratives and scenes of intensely described anal fingering, and the intoxicatinfg scent of semen. This thing busted out into gay pronography. And I'm okay with pornography. But not in the main fantasy/scifi section of the book store. I'm not saying this should be censored or anything, but at least give me heads up on the jacket that I'll be subjected to intense and graphic scenes of anal penetration and semen seeping rim jobs. Otherwise, it was a fairly good, modern fantasy. A bit Brandon Sanderson-ish.
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Strange book The Steel Remains picks you up on the first page and thrusts you right into totally unfamiliar territory. You constantly feel like there is something you missed. A paragraph, a page, a whole other book. There is no gentle lead in as with so many other fantasy books. Explanations of every person, town and species. Rather you are expected to just go with the flow and trust that the author knows the backstories and histories and is not leading you astray. Morgan breaks away from the high fantasy genre and leads the story with a main character who is openly gay and extremely flawed. Part of the story are extremely violent and shocking. So much fantasy tends to have that feeling of PG13 movies. Violence with no blood and cleans deaths. Or on the other hand, excessive violence with equally excessive explanations, usually blamed on pure evil. This book is simply blatant and shocking. Morgan breaks many of the expected rules of fantasy and it's great. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get away from traditional high fantasy and into something new and different.
Date published: 2010-07-19