The Dark Defiles

The Dark Defiles

by Richard K. Morgan


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Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold meets George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones in the final novel in Richard K. Morgan’s epic A Land Fit for Heroes trilogy, which burst onto the fantasy scene with The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands.

Ringil Eskiath, a reluctant hero viewed as a corrupt degenerate by the very people who demand his help, has traveled far in search of the Illwrack Changeling, a deathless human sorcerer-warrior raised by the bloodthirsty Aldrain, former rulers of the world. Separated from his companions—Egar the Dragonbane and Archeth—Ringil risks his soul to master a deadly magic that alone can challenge the might of the Changeling. While Archeth and the Dragonbane embark on a trail of blood and tears that ends up exposing long-buried secrets, Ringil finds himself tested as never before, with his life and all existence hanging in the balance.

Praise for The Dark Defiles
“A finale that displays all the purposefully hard edges and grim magnificence that made the first two volumes stand out.”Kirkus Reviews
“Morgan brings his mammoth A Land Fit for Heroes fantasy trilogy to a rousing conclusion. . . . Expect surprises and suspense, along with the usual derring-do and entertaining characters.”Booklist
Praise for Richard K. Morgan and his acclaimed series, A Land Fit for Heroes

“Bold, brutal, and making no compromises—Richard K. Morgan doesn’t so much twist the clichés of fantasy as take an axe to them. Then set fire to them.”—Joe Abercrombie

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

“A crisp stylist who demonstrates equal facility with action scenes and angst.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A full-immersion experience, uncompromising and bleakly magnificent.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345493101
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Land Fit for Heroes Series , #3
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 293,551
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of The Cold Commands, The Steel Remains, Thirteen, Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2003. The movie rights to Altered Carbon were optioned by Joel Silver and Warner Bros on publication, and a film version is currently in development with Mythology Entertainment. Market Forces was also optioned to Warner Bros, before it was even published, and it won the John W. Campbell Award in 2005. Thirteen won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2007 and is currently under movie option to Straight Up films. The Steel Remains won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award in 2010, and its sequel, The Cold Commands, appeared in both Kirkus Reviews’ and NPR’s Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of the Year lists. Morgan is a fluent Spanish speaker and has lived and worked in Madrid, Istanbul, Ankara, and London, as well as having traveled extensively in the Americas, Africa, and Australia. He now lives in Scotland with his wife, Virginia, and son, Daniel.

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The Dark Defiles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
IRONIC ENDING Archeth and Egar are engaged in trying to lead a motley band home across the Kiriath Wastes despite the monsters harbored there and to avenge Egar’s brothers’ treachery on the Majak steppes. Archeth’s final and most poignant desire is to return home to Ishgrim. Ringil Eskiath becomes a dark sorcerer as he masters the binding magic of the ikinri ‘sca with the assistance of Hjel, the dispossessed gypsy prince. Gil needs every weapon at his disposal and the assistance of the Dark Court as he invades his homeland of Trelayne, battles the Dwenda, seeks to thwart the Dwenda’s efforts to resurrect their legendary warrior sorcerer champion, the Illwrack Changelling, and to overcome the treachery of a Helmsman. Some of the elements of the book such as the purpose of the ikinri ‘sca, the Dwenda’s secret weapon, Talons of the Sun, involving something akin to the helmsmen called the Codes and the Source, are a bit hard to take in. However, the book is action packed and the loose ends are all tied up with more than a little irony.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brutal and unforgiving, Morgan's first foray into dark fantasy is a treat to read that will keep you up late into the night.
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