The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan
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“Pulpy and hard-core, but with a heart of gold.”—io9

The otherworldly Kiriath once used their advanced technology to save the world from the dark magic of the Aldrain, only to depart as mysteriously as they arrived. Now one of the Kiriath’s uncanny machines has fallen from orbit, with a message that humanity once more faces a grave danger: the Ilwrack Changeling, a boy raised to manhood in the ghostly realm of the Gray Places. Wrapped in sorcerous slumber on an island that drifts between this world and the Gray Places, the Ilwrack Changeling is stirring. When he wakes, the Aldrain will rally to him and return in force. But with the Kiriath long gone, humankind’s fate now depends on warrior Ringil Eskiath and his few, trusted allies. Undertaking a perilous journey to strike first against the Ilwrack Changeling, each of them seeks to outrun a haunted past and find redemption in the future. But redemption won’t come cheap. Nor, for that matter, will survival.

About Richard K. Morgan

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Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. Morgan sold the movie rights for Altered Carbon to Joel Silver and Warner Bros. His third book, Market Forces, has also been sold to Warner Bros. He lives in Scotland. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 11, 2011 by Del Rey. 514 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Morgan’s gory fantasy delves deep into the war-torn world introduced in 2007’s The Steel Remains. Three veteran warriors, briefly reunited, split up once more to take vastly different paths. The semi-

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Mr. Morgan offers deep layers beneath the fantasy surface and is still setting matters up for the volume-three finale.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Since his groundbreaking science fiction–noir trilogy featuring Takeshi Kovacs (Altered Carbon [ 4 of 5 Stars Sept/Oct 2003], Broken Angels [ 4 of 5 Stars Selection July/Aug 2004], and Woken Furies [2005]) a few years back and after winning an Arthur C.

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Shades of Sentience

The action and plot make this a very worthy book and we see growth from all characters, especially Ringil – I don’t think anyone could manage to read this book without shuddering at some stage at what Morgan puts poor Ringil through.

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