The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

Book - 2011
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780345523037
0345523032
9780345493064
0345493060
Branch Call Number: SF MORGAN RICHARD
Characteristics: 496 p. ; 25 cm

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mexicanadiense
Nov 20, 2014

I wasn't terribly impressed by this follow-up to "The Steel Remains". The plot just seemed to leap about from place to place, I never felt like any of the 3 main characters were ever in any legitimate sort of peril, and the main protagonist, Ringil, begins using all kinds of ill-defined new powers and abilities...just because, I guess? Disappointing after it took so long to come out, one almost suspects that the first and second half of the book were written at completely different times, perhaps years apart.

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love_not_lost
Jun 12, 2012

this book is really good the story line is awsome it was interesting that the main characters are gay and lesbian...cool book

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Apr 14, 2012

It's really very interesting that this fantasy's main characters are a lesbian and gay. Sorta impacts the storyline but not really. I can't think of any other fantasies that have dared to break stereotype.

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