The Steel Remains

Book One of A Land Fit For Heroes

The Steel Remains UK PaperbackRingil, 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 veteran 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. Where he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

Archeth – pragmatist, cynic and engineer, the last of her race – is called from her work at the whim of the most powerful man in the Empire and sent to its farthest reaches to investigate a demonic incursion against the Empire’s borders.

Egar Dragonbane, steppe-nomad, one-time fighter for the Empire finds himself entangled in a small-town battle between common sense and religious fervour. But out in the wider world there is something on the move far more alien than any of his tribe’s petty gods.

Anti-social, anti-heroic, and decidedly irritated, all three of them are about to be sent unwillingly forth into a vicious, vigorous and thoroughly unsuspecting fantasy world. Called upon by an Empire that owes them everything and gave them nothing.

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More Books in the A Land Fit For Heroes Series:

2. The Cold Commands (2011)
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 2008
ISBN: 9780575084810
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99 / $AUS19.99

North American Print Edition
Publisher: Del Rey
Date: Jan 2009
ISBN: 9780345493040
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: US$16.00 / CAN$14.99

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Del Rey (US)
Date: Sep 2008 / Jan 2009
ISBN: 9780575086074 / 9780345513441

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Tantor Media (US)
Date: Mar 2011 / Feb 2009
ISBN: 9781409133902 / ??

German Edition
Publisher: Heyne Verlag (Glühender Stahl)

French Edition
Publisher: Bragelonne (Rien que l’Acier)

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Reviews and Plaudits:

“This is a good book. It may very well be part of a really great series. It’s an extreme book, a challenging book in all kinds of ways – themes, content, and style. It reaches the parts most epic fantasies don’t reach and many fantasy readers may not want to have reached.”
Joe Abercrombie, author of the First Law series and Half a King

“if you like your fantasy somewhat epic and dark-edged but with a good dollop of sword-and-sorcery panache, you should read this book. Now.”
Anne Lyle, author of the Night’s Masque series

“After five science-fiction novels that explored the seamier side of corporate machinations in grittily realised futures, Morgan turns his hand to classic fantasy, with barbarians, assassins, warlords and demon hordes. What remains constant is his flair for setting, complex political feuding, and strong characters forever on the outskirts of society.”
– Eric Brown, for The Guardian

“The Steel Remains (****) is dark, brooding, bloody, visceral and absolutely takes no prisoners. But the story it is telling is compelling, the characters are well-defined and the world throws up some refreshingly new ideas and concepts (some heavily influenced by Morgan’s SF background). Some may find it all a bit too much, some may find this world too full of pain and darkness to actually be worth saving, but amidst the gloom Morgan carefully plants a few seeds of hope and optimism which the reader can cling to.”
– Adam Whitehead, The Wertzone

“If you’ve enjoyed Richard Morgan’s SF offerings to date, and are not allergic to fantasy motifs, The Steel Remains is worth checking out. Conversely, if you’re a fantasy aficionado, The Steel Remains would make an excellent introduction to Morgan’s strengths as a writer of adrenaline-tinged, throught-provoking, memorable speculative fiction.”
Simon Petrie

“If you are looking for something new and refreshing; rich, imaginative, and immersive; often dark and violent yet at the same time with a sense of hope and redemption, pick up this book.”
– Philip Witvliet, Grimdark Fantasy Reader

The Steel Remains is a tightly-woven, fast-paced action fantasy with deep echoes of science-fiction. Its author, Richard Morgan, pulls no punches when it comes to explicit content. The book is at once terrifically violent, and uncomfortably sexual.”
– Erik Kain,

“an edgy and violent tale featuring an anti-hero in a gloomy, war-torn world who is drawn into a complex drama involving criminals, creeps, conspiracies and cover-ups, upon which the very fate of civilzation itself will ultimately hang.”
– Thomas M. Wagner,

“Not for the squeamish or easily offended — explicit descriptions of torture, mutilations, mostly homosexual sex both with humans and human-like aliens/wraiths, and repeated profanities fill up the book — The Steel Remains is a very dense novel … Highly recommended.”
– Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic

“any fantasy fan who likes to experience something new should pick up The Steel Remains.”
– Marc Aplin, Fantasy Faction

“If [Morgan’s] goal was to shock me, then yeah he did it. Very graphically. Yet while shocking my system … he leaves me begging for answers. I’m drawn to him like a train wreck, I can’t turn away.”
– Jon Snow, Best Fantasy Books

The Steel Remains is one of the darkest, most intense epic fantasy novels I’ve read to-date. I also think it’s a fantasy novel that doesn’t so much transcend as extend the genre, into the sort of thematic territory that the majority of fantasy writers wouldn’t even consider going anywhere near.”
– Darren Turpin, The Genre Files

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  10. Neil McLeod

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the great writing,always entertaining,thought provoking and a bloody good ride. Keep up the good work, and I hope one day that you get at least a few films out based on the books.. Hopefully a boost to the bank balance ! :-)