The Cold Commands

Book Two of A Land Fit For Heroes

The Cold Commands UK PaperbackRingil 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. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn – Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II.

But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode …

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More Books in the A Land Fit For Heroes Series:

1. The Steel Remains (2008)
3. The Dark Defiles (2014)

Takeshi Kovacs Novels

1. Altered Carbon (2002)
2. Broken Angels (2003)
3. Woken Furies (2005)

Stand-Alone Novels

1. Market Forces (2004)
2. Black Man / Thirteen (2007)

Omnibus Editions:

O. The Complete SF Collection (2013)

Book Details:

UK / ANZ Print Edition
Publisher: Gollancz / Hachette Australia
Date: Aug 2012
ISBN: 9780575084896
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99 / $AUS19.99

North American Print Edition
Publisher: Del Rey
Date: Sep 2012
ISBN: 9780345493071
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: US$16.00 / CAN$14.99

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Del Rey (US)
Date: Oct 2011 / Oct 2011
ISBN: 9780575088405 / 9780345523037

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Tantor Media (US)
Date: Oct 2011 / Oct 2011
ISBN: 9781409133919 / ??

German Edition
Publisher: Heyne Verlag (Das Kalte Schwert)

French Edition
Publisher: Bragelonne (À Pierre Fendre)

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The Cold Commands (A Land Fit for Heroes, #2)

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Reviews and Plaudits:

“The complex thematic arguments about religion, society, sexuality, morality and what becomes necessary for survival that underlie the book make its adventure-and-intrigue plots emotionally engaging, the world-building is absolutely genius, and the characters are gripping. The Cold Commands does what a second book should do: resolves a conflict of its own while opening up a greater, much more dangerous challenge for the next book.”
– Brit Mandelo,

“This series is fast becoming one of my all time favorites, not the least because it’s damn hard to write intelligent escapism the way Morgan has here. There’s just the right amount of realistic detail, juxtaposed with hallucinatory fantasy sequences; plus, there are sentient swords and dirty sex scenes and people taking drugs in a world full of magic and dragons.”
– Annalee Newitz,

“Morgan’s world is a dark, dank, dismal place, haunted by ghosts, gods, evil magic, invading lizards and the specters of vanished super-beings, where life for most tends to be nasty, brutish and short … A full-immersion experience, uncompromising and bleakly magnificent.”
Kirkus Reviews

“It is always a pleasure to read a fantasy novel that steps outside the parameters of the usual formulae … Richard Morgan is also an accomplished, award winning Science Fiction author. He has the inventive ability to take the mundane and layer it with complexity in order to produce an exciting story.”
– Pauline Morgan, British Fantasy Society

The Cold Commands is an intense and gripping roller coaster of a novel. Morgan’s writing is gritty and realistic, never flinching from the grimy truth of the characters and world he has created. The braiding of each storyline into one is beautifully handled and in no way contrived and the wonderfully constructed races and realities Morgan has crafted are stunning.”
– Matt Freeman, British Science Fiction Association

“Richard Morgan is an accomplished author at the top of his game and The Cold Commands stands as a testament to this fact … Sharp, fast, furious, and well written, The Cold Commands is a must read for anyone who likes gritty, edgy fantasy that is unafraid to explore complex or difficult issues. ”
– Michelle, The Ranting Dragon

The Cold Commands is a great book that should be at the top of any genre reader’s ‘to consume instantly’ list. Morgan is at the top of his game here, creating a taut and riveting tale that manages to hook you in the book’s first pages and refuses to let go until its explosive ending.”
– Chris, Iceberg Ink

“I loved this book. I really can’t see anyone who enjoyed The Steel Remains not getting, at the least, the same level of enjoyment out of The Cold Commands. I just can’t wait to see how Morgan brings this thing to a close.”
– Megan, The Turned Brain

“This is a character-driven and intelligent fantasy novel, but Morgan doesn’t forget to bring the mayhem. There’s a midnight raid on a temple that Robert E. Howard would have approved of, more swordfights and murders than you can shake a stick at and a few rare but impressive displays of sorcery.”
– Adam Whitehead The Wertzone

The Cold Commands (A++) is a superior effort to The Steel Remains and an excellent novel, though one that’s definitely not for everyone”
– Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic

“It’s hard to see how Richard Morgan can top what he has come up with in The Cold Commands, here is a writer clearly on top of his game and revelling in the energy of his writing. I’ll be around to see what Morgan pulls out of his hat for the next instalment.”
– Graeme Flory, Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

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