A Land Fit for Heroes

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,131 ratings

The Steel Remains Publisher's Summary

In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs the footsteps of Ringil Eskiath - Gil, for short - a washed-up mercenary and onetime war hero whose world-weary cynicism is surpassed only by the quickness of his temper and the speed of his sword. That sword, forged by a vanished eldritch race known as the Kiriath, has brought him unlooked-for notoriety, as has his habit of poking his nose where it doesn't belong.

Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but that doesn't stop his mother from enlisting his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery. Grumbling all the way, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one luckless young woman. Grim sorceries that have not been seen for centuries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of an all-but-legendary race known as the Aldrain, cruel yet beautiful demons feared even by the Kiriath.

Now Gil and two old comrades are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease.

©2009 Richard K. Morgan (P)2009 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • The Steel Remains

    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 935
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 690

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This isn't your father's gay hero!

    • By Tizroc on 01-23-09

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Steel Remains

    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap, is a legend to all who don't know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteren of the wars against the lizards, he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire's slave trade. There, he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable read, but not for the delicate

    • By Kevin on 04-06-11

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • The Cold Commands

    • A Land Fit for Heroes, Book 2
    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 563
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 520
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521

    Only a select few have earned the right to call Gil friend. One is Egar, the Dragonbane, a fierce Majak fighter who comes to respect a heart as savage and loyal as his own. Another is Archeth, the last remaining daughter of an otherworldly race called the Kiriath, who once used their advanced technology to save the world from the dark magic of the Aldrain - only to depart for reasons as mysterious as their arrival.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Graphic / Edgy / Entertaining

    • By Adnan on 11-01-11

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Cold Commands

    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising Story and Good Action

    • By Ola Vea on 02-22-12

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 3

    • The Dark Defiles

    • By: Richard Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Compared to Michael Moorcock and Joe Abercrombie alike, Richard Morgan's fast moving and brutal science fantasy reaches its final volume as Ringil comes to his final reckoning and sees the world tipping into another war with the dragon folk. And, most terrifying of all, the prophecy of a dark lord come to rule may be coming true very close to home...The Dark Defiles is a supremely fast moving 240,000 word epic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Morgan writes great action

    • By Ian on 02-06-16

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Dark Defiles

    • A Land Fit for Heroes, Book 3
    • By: Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 24 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411

    Ringil Eskiath, a reluctant hero viewed as a corrupt degenerate by the very people who demand his help, has traveled far in search of the Illwrack Changeling, a deathless human sorcerer-warrior raised by the bloodthirsty Aldrain, former rulers of the world. Separated from his companions - Egar the Dragonbane and Archeth - Ringil risks his soul to master a deadly magic that alone can challenge the might of the Changeling.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • …..NC-17 Sword and Sorcery…..

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 12-12-14

    Regular price: $27.99