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The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
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Jun 16, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, fantasy

Plot of this fantasy is written around the lives of its three main characters, old friends and veterans, who parted ways after the last war. Ringil, a legendary warrior, lives off retelling stories of famous battles. Egar returned to boring life of his herding tribe. Archeth, a half-human abandoned by her kind, an advanced technological race. Their paths converge on their way fighting a new battle against darker evil, a new danger to humankind.

Albeit not a fantasy fan, I decided to give this book a go owing to the excellent impression left from Richard K. Morgan's other books. With this one he decided to broach into genre of fantasy after exclusively writing science fiction for some time. I'd call this a success.

The fantasy avoids the pitfalls of deus ex machina in critical points of the plot. The invented elements resemble science-fiction by not straying away from established principles, the explanation of them is gradually revealed in the course of the book and I sympathized with the characters' own struggle to understand the forces behind the magic.

The writing style is outstanding and the English of the prose is stellar, unfailingly enjoyable during the entire read.

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