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The Steel Remains

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This character driven sword and sorcery science fiction fantasy focuses on the three heroes, flaws and all

Ringil Eskiath, the hero of Gallows Gap, found fame brought notoriety due to his sexual preference, which led to exile from his ashamed aristocratic family as his saving humans from the Scaled Folk is superseded by his being gay. Legally as a degenerate the state shoul...
Ringil Eskiath, the hero of Gallows Gap, found fame brought notoriety due to his sexual preference, which led to exile from his ashamed aristocratic family as his saving humans from the Scaled Folk is superseded by his being gay. Legally as a degenerate the state should execute him. He remains alive due to his family connections; his heroism; and his speed with the sword that matches the speed of his temper. Angry by the prejudice he faces and the lack of gratitude for risking his life, he has become an out of shape has-been residing in the squalid boondocks Gallows Water where he earns room and board at a dive talking about his glory days and pocket change using his Kiriath sword to battle the mighty mite populace.

His mother Ishil arrives to demand Ringil search for his cousin Sherin, whose husband Bilgest legally sold her into slavery. Reluctantly he returns to Trelayne where he acts like a bull in a pottery shop flaunting his sexual proclivity. He angers Poltar, shaman of the nomadic Skaanak, who wants to dispose of the clan master Egar the Dragonbane for his blasphemous ideas learned in the Kiriath city Yhelteth. The Emperor sends the last Kiriath, Archeth Indamaninarmal, to investigate the destruction of Khangset. She, Ringil and Egar meet as they did once before when they defeated the Scaled Folk, but that seems like a picnic compared to their foe, the Dwenda magical race that ignores the laws of physics when it comes to the time-space continuum.

This character driven sword and sorcery science fiction fantasy focuses on the three heroes, flaws and all, as they prepare for a second adventure of a lifetime. The world is detailed so it seems genuine as a wonderful hyperbole of our country (even with Richard K, Morgan being a Scottish author). Although much of the story line is inner musings and angry diatribes over unfairness, the military battles are exhilarating. From the opening gay encounter, Mr. Morgan provides a deep look at what happens to heroes when they choose to behave differently than the societal expectations of what a champion must be.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 11, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An "Altered Carbon" Fan extremely disapointed

I abosultely loved the Takeshi Kovacs novels and thought Market Forces innovative. Then Thirteen - thought it missed the mark, but was generally enjoyable.

Now Mr. Morgan makes an attempt at fantasy. I cannot say I enjoyed much here. The character types felt reused f...
I abosultely loved the Takeshi Kovacs novels and thought Market Forces innovative. Then Thirteen - thought it missed the mark, but was generally enjoyable.

Now Mr. Morgan makes an attempt at fantasy. I cannot say I enjoyed much here. The character types felt reused from other fantasy series. The plot was predicatble and bland (except for the chapters overly dependent upon sexuality - shock value?).

I apologize to anyone who is a bigger fan than I am, and was able to take away something from this. I failed at gaining a appreciation for Mr. Morgan's new genre.

I hope, eventually, he returns to cyberpunk sci-fi.

posted by Please_return_to_sci-fi on March 16, 2009

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    This character driven sword and sorcery science fiction fantasy focuses on the three heroes, flaws and all

    Ringil Eskiath, the hero of Gallows Gap, found fame brought notoriety due to his sexual preference, which led to exile from his ashamed aristocratic family as his saving humans from the Scaled Folk is superseded by his being gay. Legally as a degenerate the state should execute him. He remains alive due to his family connections; his heroism; and his speed with the sword that matches the speed of his temper. Angry by the prejudice he faces and the lack of gratitude for risking his life, he has become an out of shape has-been residing in the squalid boondocks Gallows Water where he earns room and board at a dive talking about his glory days and pocket change using his Kiriath sword to battle the mighty mite populace. <BR/><BR/>His mother Ishil arrives to demand Ringil search for his cousin Sherin, whose husband Bilgest legally sold her into slavery. Reluctantly he returns to Trelayne where he acts like a bull in a pottery shop flaunting his sexual proclivity. He angers Poltar, shaman of the nomadic Skaanak, who wants to dispose of the clan master Egar the Dragonbane for his blasphemous ideas learned in the Kiriath city Yhelteth. The Emperor sends the last Kiriath, Archeth Indamaninarmal, to investigate the destruction of Khangset. She, Ringil and Egar meet as they did once before when they defeated the Scaled Folk, but that seems like a picnic compared to their foe, the Dwenda magical race that ignores the laws of physics when it comes to the time-space continuum.<BR/><BR/>This character driven sword and sorcery science fiction fantasy focuses on the three heroes, flaws and all, as they prepare for a second adventure of a lifetime. The world is detailed so it seems genuine as a wonderful hyperbole of our country (even with Richard K, Morgan being a Scottish author). Although much of the story line is inner musings and angry diatribes over unfairness, the military battles are exhilarating. From the opening gay encounter, Mr. Morgan provides a deep look at what happens to heroes when they choose to behave differently than the societal expectations of what a champion must be.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    A Hardboiled Detective Story AND a Sword & Sorcery Epic!

    This was a terrific read. If you're looking for a noir, tough hero detective story like Altered Carbon (with a complex mystery, steamy sex, etc.), this is your book. If you're looking for a tale of an epic swordsman, dark magic, and ancient rivalries between gods, this is also your book.

    Morgan has taken the best of his Takeshi Kovacs series and mixed it into a fascinating world that will satisfy fantasy lovers (like me). Highly recommended if you're looking for a book to draw you in and race you to the finish.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Thank you for your useless review

    Your review said nothing about the book but plenty about your ignorance and hate filled bigotry. Is morality, your own standard no less, a good critiria to judge a book? Are you the kind of people who would trash a painting because the subject is naked? Seriouly.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great take on the cynical protagonist

    Morgan continues to write new and exciting fiction. Great twist on the fantasy theme. Highly recommend this one if you like the thrill of a good read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    My kind of fantasy

    Simply the best fantasy I've ever read. If you like dark, human stories that are also "sword and sorcery" and are tired of "heroes and happy endings", this book is for you. And a hint of "magic is simply science beyond our understanding".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    DARK & INTENSE

    A fascinating read with incredibly well developed characters, non-stop action, blood, gore, and a terrific otherworld setting.

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