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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

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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Product Details

  • Series: Land Fit for Heroes (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345493109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345493101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Morgan was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joseph TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2014
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This is a challenging, exciting book. I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it, but I couldn't put it down, so I'll give it five stars.

With the series now complete, Morgan has written a gritty, cynical take on the fantasy genre that shakes loose a lot of the conventions to produce something interesting. Set in a science and sorcery setting, the Land Fit For Heroes trilogy followed three companions through a widening set of challenges: Ringil, a deadly swordsman/black mage; Egar, basically a barbarian clan chief, and Archeth, the knife weilding last daughter of a race of technomagical aliens.

This is definitely not your father's Tolkein, but more like an even grittier Gene Wolfe. While Morgan includes a grand helping of mythic elements, he revels in dark realism. His characters swear, spend a lot of time discussing or experiencing sex, both gay and straight, and generally end up chopped, tortured, traumatised, and otherwise savaged by the war in which they find themselves.

There's an overarching plot that I can't really describe without spoilers, but it ultimately explains everything, satisfies the reader (at least me) and leaves enough of a twist at the end to leave me wondering how things turned out. But at bottom, this book doesn't depend on plot - it's more of a breakneck ride, where once the action gets going, almost every chapter has a life or death struggle that ends with a cliffhanger. Once things got going, I found it hard to put down.

I think the series also succeeds very well with the characters - I felt for and was interested in everyone from the heroes to their enemies to the random side characters, which is impressive.

My only gripe is the names.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikolas P. Robinson on April 18, 2015
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A little more than six years ago I began a journey that started with reading The Steel Remains by Richard K Morgan. That journey ended today as I finished reading The Dark Defiles, the third novel in the brilliant 'A Land Fit for Heroes' trilogy.
This is one of those stories that I will likely remain sad to have seen reach an end. Each book in this trilogy has stuck with me long after I've finished reading the final page and I suspect that the whole trilogy will be sticking with me for a long time to come now that I've closed the cover on the final novel.
As a supporter of gay rights I was happy to have spent so much time in a fictional world where the main protagonist happened to be an unabashedly, openly homosexual warrior. The realms of fantasy tales are populated altogether too often by stereotypes; even when those stereotypes are fully fleshed out and three-dimensional, they are still painfully familiar templates that the author has chosen to propagate.
The character of Ringil Eskiath takes the dispossessed warrior prince character that is familiar enough to any of us who have read fantasy literature and turns it on its head. Not only is Ringil a gruff, cynical veteran of wars and battles that took place long before we are first exposed to his world, but he is perpetually involved in a balancing act between being a war hero of incomparable prowess and a pariah and outcast in large part because of his sexual preferences.
George R. R. Martin has done an excellent job of populating his fictional world with homosexual characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, but those characters typically lurk in the background and rarely display their proclivities with openness and pride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CT on October 15, 2014
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There is no better "grimdark" fantasy or SciFi out there.

This is the best SF/Fantasy series since the Heroes Die books. Super nasty, smart, complex, brutal, sad, genius. I don't know how anyone can write like this.

This last book has the largest sweep of the three. Things aren't just pulled together as in some third books - - the scope is actually broadened first, and only then slowly resolved. Or mostly resolved . . .

Mr. Morgan must have felt pretty good to get this done. I don't know what he is going to do next, but I hope he's got a lot more stories on the way. They bring me joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on October 11, 2015
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There is a lot to admire in this book. The plot twists are surprising enough. The main character is gay which is a welcome relief from the heteronormative standards in literature (especially fantasy where most writers don't even bother trying to write non-heterosexual characters). The historical material is mysterious and weird with ancient demons, immortal beings, self-conscious weapons annoyed that they couldn't commit genocide and gods who are playing with the main characters and betting on the outcome. Even though the book quickly coalesces into two separate hero's journey narratives, it never falls into the cliches of The Chosen One story where you got your Harry Potter who is always expected to win even if things get difficult.

Yet despite all there is to admire, I cannot recommend this book without reservations. The two main ones are the length and the lazy use of profanity.

I admit that I found myself skimming the book and even skipping chapters. As much as Morgan uses cliffhangers to end chapters, I still felt myself wanting to just get on with the story. Even though Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin have created a market for doorstop books, there is a difference between a book that gets long because it is on a huge canvas that needs to address most of the concerns of the author and a book that's padded out because the need to edit was not addressed well enough. Since this book is basically two separate journeys for a magic woman and a gay barbarian, it does not really justify its 632 page bloat. What is intriguing in small doses becomes tedious over that length.

However, the main issue I had with the book was the profanity. It doesn't work here. First off, it's used so often that it doesn't mean anything.
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