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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Us Edition edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345493036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345493033
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Noir SF author Morgan (Thirteen) delivers a promising but obscenity-laden epic fantasy trilogy opener. As the Yhelteth Empire recovers from a devastating war, embittered veterans Archeth, Egar and Ringil embark on parallel but vastly different journeys. The emperor sends drug-abusing Archeth to gather details about a rumored invasion. Egar becomes a steppes clanmaster, but the other horsemen despise him for seducing teenagers rather than leading. Ringil attempts to locate and free a cousin sold into slavery. All three soon discover the dwenda, a race of magical beings thought long dead. Despite stereotypical plot elements, including a prophecy that states A dark lord will rise, the well-developed characters and realistic battle scenes ring true, as do some gruesomely explicit sex scenes. The intriguing conclusion to the dark, gritty tale will have readers hoping for a more plot-heavy and less visceral sequel. (Jan.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

After reading his film noir take on the future in his science fiction novels, critics were eager to see how Richard Morgan would handle fantasy. In this respect, reviewers were pleased, noting how Morgan takes plot elements that are as old as those of Lord of the Rings or Conan the Barbarian and gives them a freshness by importing many of the themes that drove his sci-fi work. Several critics were a little disappointed by the pacing of the novel, though they seemed to find it more acceptable when they thought of the book as the first of a series. Every critic also warned readers that while they don't detract from the overall quality of the work, many scenes from The Steel Remains contain an awful lot of explicit sex, violence, and harsh language. Perhaps such scenes are right up your alley ...
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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

It's nice to see not one but two homosexual main characters.
Both the homosexual and heterosexual sex in this book are a little too focused on the mechanics of it all to be really enjoyable.
Sometimes Morgan makes a bit too much of it, as the reader gets the point relatively quickly, but it's a minor problem.
B. Capossere

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By ^*^ on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like another reviewer, I wasn't gonna wait until this book made its debut in the U.S. I, too, ordered a copy from the U.K. Money well spent!
So, below is my original review.

Y'know I wasn't going to bother. But the only other review for this book (the paperback version, that is) seems to be unduly distressed about the homosexuality of one of the characters. That's sorta like watching "Titanic" and complaining about Leonardo DiCaprio's tuxedo -- you're missing the point.

The Steel Remains is a gut-wrenching look at an archetypical sword & sorcery novel. Swordfights? Yep. Sorcery? Yup. But it's not clean. It's not Disney. Richard Morgan shows us how horrible such a world would really be. His discriptions of violence are deeply disturbing; they unflinchingly portray what happens when a swordblade strikes a person. His "heroes" aren't heroes at all, they're simply survivors (who often survived because they were lethally competent killers). I find this oddly refreshing. So many other fantasy authors seem to forget how awful a world dominated by swordsmen would be. Particularly if you, yourself, were an unarmed shopkeeper, peasant, or slave. The Steel Remains is a Dragonlance novel for grown-ups.

Having said all that, I STRONGLY recommend this book. It's not for everyone, granted, but it's an excellent tale with plenty of action. And sex. And violence. It follows the tales of 3 former comrades who find themselves together again, fighting a semi-mystical enemy bent on invasion and conquest. Rather than give any of the plot away, I'll simply say, Richard Morgan has written another winner. I look forward to his next novel, in whatever genre.
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125 of 151 people found the following review helpful By shenjanno on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the spirit of full disclosure, I should start off this review by admitting that:

A.) I'm a big fan of Richard K. Morgan's work. I devoured the Takeshi Kovacs books. I really enjoyed Market Forces. Hell, I even liked Thirteen. As a friend of mine says, Mr. Morgan should be: "chained to his desk and forced to write novels for me." A sentiment I wholly agree with.

Which leads me to my second admission...

B.) I was so excited for this book, Mr. Morgan's fabled, long rumored departure from sci-fi and his first foray into noir-ish fantasy, that I ordered the book from England. It doesn't come out here in America until January or something like that and quite frankly, that was too long for me. I couldn't wait. So, I actually ordered a fantasy book "special" from overseas...

So bare those things in mind as you read on...

In a nutshell, my review of The Steel Remains goes like this: Fantastic. Great. Very, very good. I really enjoyed it and I excitedly await the second... which I will probably order from England.

So it goes like this:

Ringil Angeleyes is a once storied Hero-of-Legend living off his reputation at the edge of the World. Egar Dragonbane once rode a Dragon down to its fiery death and now wallows in a life of boredom amongst his goat herding, steppe wandering, superstitious hick kin. Archeth Indamaninarmal is the last of her kind, a half breed left behind by her Father's people and now serving an Empire she no longer believes in and an Emperor barely worth his crown.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Richard Morgan is an extraordinary writer whose prose flows off the page and wraps you up in the scenes. His prior science fiction works, as noted by others and my prior reviews, are classics. Steel Remains carries over his talent into the Chainmail and Broadswords category. The initial imagery and creatures are reminiscent of Michael Shea's work "acrawl with grotesqueries" but the characters are distinctly Morgan's own.

When Mr. Morgan stated that he wanted to do "something different" however, you need to understand that he is doing something truly different and challenging many preconceptions about the genre. Other reviewers have pointed out that two of the three main characters are openly and not-so-openly gay. All of the normal anti-gay sentiments are presented in many variations from the differing factions in the setting, but the reader needs to be prepared for lurid sex scenes of a homosexual nature. This is certainly different and will throw most casual readers of the genre for a loop. Most read the genre for he-man derring-do, not for male-on-male action. Mind you, there is a strong potential in later books, should there be any, for equally lurid female-on-female action, which might prove a balm for some aggrieved readers, and there is one character who carries on a frankly hetero relationship with a sixteen year old, but one absolutely must have an open mind to the author's intentions - to set certain conventions on their head, so to speak, and test the limits of his readers.

For those who can comprehend and deal with that challenge, there is a rich reward in terms of storyline and intrigue. This is a stronger work than Thirteen, more compact and faster paced. The action is almost nonstop and the scenes of combat and conflict are superb.
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