The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan
4 Stars , Reviews / September 16, 2014

What I can’t get over with this book is just how beautifully written eviscerations can be done. Seriously, Morgan’s prose is just wonderfully written with a beautiful and poetic feel. This carries through for every part of his book, including the dark and gritty, violent sections like when the prose is describing disembowelment. Yes, this book, like the first one has graphic sex and violence. This series is not for the faint of heart. And just like I said in my review for The Steel Remains, I don’t think the sex scenes in this are any more graphic than many books with heterosexual sex scenes, but I feel they get more attention because they are homosexual. There are some reviewers that will always complain about this level of graphic sex scenes regardless of the genders of the participants, but I think the fact they are homosexual is beyond some readers comfort levels which is just sad. People are people and sex is sex. These characters and the sex scenes are very real and down to earth and I see absolutely no reason to complain. The Cold Commands has 3 story arcs, each following a familiar character from The Steel Remains. Ringil, of…

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
4 Stars , Reviews / October 13, 2013

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan is a beautifully written epic fantasy. I enjoyed Altered Carbon, but I can’t say I noticed Morgan’s prose as much as I did in this. There are three points of view in this, and I have to admit to a strong preference for Ringil. I feel like he is the star of the book and the other two POVs are there just to support his story. Initially I had trouble connecting with either Archeth or Egar’s chapters. I did come around, but never lost my strong preference for Ringil. There were places that felt the story lagged, so between that and not connecting as strongly with Archeth or Egar I gave the story 4 stars out of 5. Ringil is a fascinating character. He would have been a hero in his world, if not for his open homosexuality. He is every bit the strong warrior, every bit the motivating leader. He is sharp, good with people, but determined to not allow himself to be confined by the restriction of accepted societal norms. Sitting down to write this review, I debated how much to discuss Ringil’s sexuality. Honestly, as a reader and a person,…