The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

by Richard K. Morgan

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Kirkus Reviews  • Fantasy Book Critic


“Pulpy and hard-core, but with a heart of gold.”—io9

The otherworldly Kiriath once used their advanced technology to save the world from the dark magic of the Aldrain, only to depart as mysteriously as they arrived. Now one of the Kiriath’s uncanny machines has fallen from orbit, with a message that humanity once more faces a grave danger: the Ilwrack Changeling, a boy raised to manhood in the ghostly realm of the Gray Places. Wrapped in sorcerous slumber on an island that drifts between this world and the Gray Places, the Ilwrack Changeling is stirring. When he wakes, the Aldrain will rally to him and return in force. But with the Kiriath long gone, humankind’s fate now depends on warrior Ringil Eskiath and his few, trusted allies. Undertaking a perilous journey to strike first against the Ilwrack Changeling, each of them seeks to outrun a haunted past and find redemption in the future. But redemption won’t come cheap. Nor, for that matter, will survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345493071
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Land Fit for Heroes Series , #2
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 321,061
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of The Steel Remains, Thirteen, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. Morgan sold the movie rights for Altered Carbon to Joel Silver and Warner Bros. His third book, Market Forces, has also been sold to Warner Bros. and won the John W. Campbell Award. He lives in Scotland.

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The Cold Commands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Warrior Ringil "Gil" Eskiath is an outcast exiled even by his family due to his sexual preference. Recently he has drawn the ire of slave traders as he has raided and freed their merchandise. However, he needs a haven since the slave traders seek his head. Gil goes to Yhelteth where his friend the last remaining Kiriath, Archeth Indamaninarmal serves as adviser to the emperor. Her race stopped the deployment of the dark magic by the Aldrain, but vanished afterward. A Kiriath built machine falls from its orbit with the message that the Illwrack Changeling sleeps on an unknown island but was raised in the Grey Places where Aldrain was exiled to by the Kiriath. The machine claims the human lad is showing signs of awakening. When the Changeling arises, Aldrain plans to use it so he can return to this world triumphantly. Gil and his only two friends Archeth and Egar the Dragonbane Majak fighter are the only hope to save mankind. The second Eskiath fantasy (see The Steel Remains) is a fabulous tale as the intrepid trio and other allies venture off to prevent the awakening. None of the threesome wants to go, but each has the other's back and a sense that they could obtain some redemption for deeds they have done. The Changeling is a fascinating "villain" who has spent a short lifetime trapped in the other realm while sleeping in this tone. Loaded with action, award-winning science fiction author Richard K. Morgan shows he a skilled a fantasist with thisgreat character driven quest thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 11 months ago
This+is+really+shaping+up+to+be+a+good+series.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
BOOK TWO OF A LAND FIT FOR HEROES Ringil Eskiath or Gil is brutal, cynical and bitter. He rejects the tag of hero that many try to apply to him. Nevertheless, he demonstrates a hidden core of idealism and his own code of honor. He hires and leads mercenaries against slavers even though it results in his father declaring him outcast and outlaw and a bounty being placed on him dead or alive. The half Kiriath royal advisor, Archeth, leads an expedition to recover a helmsman that has fallen from the sky in order to deliver a message. The Majak Egar discovers an alliance between the church (the Citadel) and the Dwenda but finds himself in the Emperor’s dungeon for murdering the high-ranking military commander husband of his love interest. Ringil attempts to earn Egar’s release and the Emperor’s forbearance by climbing the Citadel and assassinating a high-ranking invigilator, Paha Menkarak. In the process, he encounters his nemesis, the Dwenda Risgillen and her cohorts. This world has many new and unique twists. The obvious discrepancy is the unlikelihood that the Kiriath that had the capability to travel to different dimensions through the veins of the earth and create mechanisms or creatures (Helmsmen) that are nearly omnipotent would have relied on bladed weapons rather than introducing advanced weaponry like laser weapons or at least automatic rifles. However, obviously advanced weaponry would have subverted the intended sword fantasy genre.
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This was a great read and sequel to The Steel Remains. Very dark and intense. Ringil is one of my favorite heroes in fantasy fiction.
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Continuation from Steel Remains with more adventures of the first books characters in a fantasy story line with hints of higher technology and mystic magics added for a touch of uniqueness. Same characters from Steel Remains, but explored more in depth of their past and the ongoing threats and adventures of their current lives. If you read the first book you'll love this second book.
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"The Steel Remains" is the first book- and it is excellent.
Divvy More than 1 year ago
If you will notice, the cover print says 2nd book in the Land Of Heroes series. Well I can't find any such book anywhere. I'm baffled.