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Everything about this book is new - new world, new magic, new characters. The hero is a disenchanted war hero - and gay. This is significant because homosexuality is illegal in his world.You'll know all this having read The Steel Remains.
Ringil Eskiath is such a strange character. Charismatic but too confrontational and savagely judgmental, a sublime warrior but without a creed that others can understand. Only he would give himself the task of destroying the slave trade and address the supreme Radiant Emperor as the 'Shiny' Emperor.
His support cast is magnificent: vibrant Lady kir-Archeth Indamaninarmal (say that name with a couple of beers under your belt) - also gay and the sole remaining member of her race that left this world (no clear reason why, yet) and loyal Egar Dragonbane. Detailed characters with depth and scope. These are not one dimensional people who are too good to be true. In fact, even the minor characters are rich and complex and deeply flawed.
Simon Vance is an excellent narrator - experienced and unflappable.
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What did you love best about The Cold Commands?
Believable characters. Close and dirty fighting. Cold and comfortable love making. Beautiful betrayals. Surprising story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Egg. He is a mean mofo.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I finished listening to the 16 + Hours book in two days. While I made drawings for my blog
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I'm not often or easily impressed, little more so these days by the vast amounts of fantasy fiction out there. However, Richard Morgan is a serial risk taker, a devils who goes outside the lines at every opportunity. Only 1 in a million can do this and it pay off everytime, that's exactly what Morgan is. I thought Steel Remains was a great book, and it is, but what do I call The Cold Commands? Nothing short of an excellent book by a brilliantly talented author who has one of the most vivid imaginations I've ever had the pleasure of being able to explore.
Simon Vance is another surprise here, an absolute professional and master story teller. All the range this type of story needs and a perfect paring for the series.
I am beyond impressed, this is fantastic book and an incredibly brilliant story I will enjoy again and again.