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The final part of Richard Morgan's fast-moving and brutal fantasy brings Ringil 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 ......

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ISBN : 9780575077942
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Number of Pages : 488 Pages
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The Dark Defiles Reviews

  • Alex Ristea
    2019-04-02 21:55

    In the vast sea that is fantasy fiction, I'd (humbly) say that I'm an above-average swimmer. I feel confident—not in a cocky "I can handle anything" sort of way, but in that I will at least try anything and can reasonably expect to survive.I've traversed the morass that is The Wheel of Time. I've tacked along the subtle tune of Rothfuss. I've ridden the comforting swells of Hobb, the whitewaters of Malazan, the unpredictable, unrelentless tides of A Song of Ice and Fire. I've even looked the maelstrom of Abercrombie in the eye without flinching.But The Dark Defiles?This feels like Richard K. Morgan sticks a staff lance in my kidneys, unceremoniously tosses me in, and then expects me to keep my head above the churning surface. But I guess I've my pride to look out for, so I keep swimming, and if I can't honestly say that I've conquered this body of water, I've at least doggy paddled my way across.What started off as a personal story in The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands gets much, much bigger. We get sucked right into the mythos and deep history of the world.Throughout, the author channels his inner Steven Erikson by giving you information either too late or too early, before you know what to do with it. There's a constant feeling as if you've missed a chapter, but it's so fucking addicting that you're all but clamouring to start the series all over again.The characters hit home with me, and are perhaps the most memorable part of this series. The reader is thrust uncomfortably deep in their minds, seeing their naked thoughts, their doubts, and their sarcastic inner monologues.Ringil, Egar, Archeth are characters who will be riding in my head for a long time yet—and to me, this is one of the best things a novel can accomplish.On top of all of this, The Dark Defiles is a confident book. It says: "I'm here. I'm fabulous. I'm going to have my way with you. And I don't give a fuck what you think."Of the series, Richard K. Morgan finally finds his stride in this book (barring another regrettable pacing issue in the middle). Unfortunately, it seems a bit late because the buzz has significantly dropped off. Perhaps, now that the whole trilogy is out, people will be rushing to buy it?I hope you do. It's dark, brutal, visceral, and honest fun. The Dark Defiles will be published on October 7, 2014 from Gollanz.

  • Pallav
    2019-03-20 16:15

    700 fucking pages of characters running around without any kind of definite closing. I loved the first book of the series, i tolerated the second book and the third book, this, it fucking pissed me off. there were good things in the book, but the overall confusion of the plot and the useless characters stuffed in the book just dilute the good things and cover them with a sheen of bullshit that i just can't swallow. reading this left me with a bad taste in my mouth. i am so angry, i don't even want to finish this review. fuck this.

  • Michael
    2019-04-06 18:22

    I could hardly put down this dark sword and sorcery tale from it being so engaging and disturbing. At 700 pages I admit I had to put it down sometimes to sleep and eat and work. When I reached its satisfying conclusion, I settled on three stars to balance feeling guilty getting so much pleasure from all its outrageous anger and violence, betrayals and retributions, surprising sexuality, and thrills of battling dragons and monsters. But after a couple of weeks, I was still missing this world. I have to up my stars. Your mileage may differ. I loved the three main characters, all feisty, trash-talking outcasts of one sort or another rising to the occasion of saving the world. Ringil is a highborn of the Empire, weary of wars, but always energized to a just cause or the chance to strike the greater of any two evils. His comrade in arms, Egar, of peasant stock from the rural steppes, has been driven from his path of becoming a clan leader by family violence and betrayal. The third is black and beautiful Areth, a warrior princess of the Empire. She is blessed with an immortal lifespan due to being half Kiriath, the race of “Sky People” who nurtured the Empire, engineered marvels of the cities, and then departed. Ringil is in bad favor with the court in part because he is gay. Areth readily accedes to her human brother sitting on the throne, but is in some disfavor for her low-class military pursuits and her lesbian ways. More character development and world building can be had no doubt from reading the first two of the series, but enough back story was presented here to keep me happy.All are in early stages of harnessing magical powers or magically enhanced weapons. Ringil and Egar have learned some limited spells from “trips” to a dreamworld, the Grey Places, with cliffs bearing runes preserved by the mysterious Book-Keepers. Areth is mastering the use of knives that can leap to her hands when needed and help project trajectories in combat. But what little magical skills the trio have gained often seem inadequate to the powers of creatures who call themselves gods and seem to appear from some other dimension. Or to the zoo of dangerous critters that inhabit the seas of this watery world and the wastelands of some terrible ancient war against beings known as the dwenda. At the beginning of the book, the trio’s party is sent on sea expedition to a distant land to seek artifacts in the grave of an ancient avatar of the dwenda. But their party is attacked by a privateer fleet. Ringil gets separated from Egar and Areth, each in desperate straits they must surmount. The narrative alternatingly follows their paths through much of the book. They learn the Empire is now at war with a coalition of trader nations, the League, which the dwenda are corrupting for their task of world domination. Fortunately, at least some of the gods and a partly crippled A.I. left behind by the Kiriath do not favor that prospect. In their forms of intervention they seem to have their own mysterious agendas. With lovely chutzpah and hubris, our heroes find righteous paths to stand up to being used as chess pieces.If you are unsure if this plot scheme will float your boat, perhaps some prose samples can help clench your choice. Such as here when Egar lives up to his nickname as Dragonbane:Across the wind, out of Kiriath pits below them, it came and split the air. A shrieking, piercing cry he’d thought he’d never hear again outside of dreams. A cry like sheets of metal tearing apart, like the denial of some bereaved warrior goddess, vast, immortal grief tipping over into the insane fury of loss. Like a drawn-out, echoing rage of some immense, stooping bird of prey.“It’s a dragon,” he told them simply. “Pretty big one, too, by the sound of it.”And here is Areth when she finally gets a chance to press one of the goddesses, Takavitch (the “Lord of the Salt Wind”) on their meddling and manipulation of people, and gets some quite human pushback: “How about a little respect” … Not too much to ask, it it?Archeth shrugged, “Respect is earned.”“Earned?” It came out in a whisper, built rapidly to a rasping fury. “Fucking earned? You cheeky half-blood bitch. You know what? I give up. No, I’m done. Really. This is too hard. It isn’t fucking worth it. Cannot believe you just said that. …We run around, we answer prayers. We grant wishes and favors by the shovel-load, try to fucking balance everything along the way … You know what that is, daughter of Flaradnam? It’s fucking ungracious.”“I don’t pray. To you or anybody else.”And here is Ringil, humbled by how little he really knows what’s going on after a pep talk from another goddess, the “Mistress of Dice and Death”:…the Truth, it turns out, is a delicate, ineffable thing. It will not fit in his head any more than the wind will fit in a helmet. It tumbles and falls away instead. Bruises on impact, like fruit off some heavily laden market barrow, while Ringil Eskiath, sorcerer warlord apparent, runs around grabbing and groping for the scattering. rolling pieces.His fondness for a vision of a future society in blissful peace is something the goddess pooh-poohs:Do you think they could stand to have you in their midst—a bloody-handed monster, a living, breathing reminder of all they do not appreciate or understand?..But this—this is a lie to yourself that you carry around in your heart because you’d rather not face the truth. …That there is rest and there is motion. And once set in motion, none of us are ever truly at rest again as long as we live. That the only truly important thing is to move well while you can, to go to rest only when rest is all that remains.“Yeah? So where does that leave me?”The dark queen looks almost embarrassed for him. “Well”, she says. “What else, aside from slaughter with sharp steel, are you really good for?”……”I suppose a blow job’s out of the question”, he says at last.I have long snobbishly avoided fantasy books with magic and rode with “hard” science fiction because of its illusion of plausibility. Even if, say, teleportation is highly unlikely, its use in fiction doesn’t feel like an arbitrary phenomenon that magic usually seemed to me. But if the story was good enough, as with Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter books, I would readily cross the lines. These days there is so much writing talent devoted to fantasy, it’s foolish to deprive oneself from reading pleasures with such barriers of sensibility.What was it Arthur Clarke said about magic? Aha, thank Google: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And, oh look, a blog discussion headed “Technology isn't magic: Why Clarke's Third Law always bugged me”. Lively discussion there, with one respondent posing the counterpoint, “Any magic sufficiently analyzed with sufficient rigor is indistinguishable from science.” Anyway, it is no wonder that a sci fi fan might be taken with this noir fantasy tale. Morgan is the author of the noir science fiction novel, “Altered Carbon”, which earned 5 stars from my pleasure meter (less luck in my aborted attempt on a sequel volume).This book was provided as an e-book loan through the Netgalley program.

  • Alissa
    2019-04-18 22:11

    If you made it this far, you probably like the tale and its hyperbolic elements. This last installment is not going to disappoint: the action is still very explicit, the story is a triumph of cynicism and excess, the character development reaches its apex and the author builds great tension across all the protagonists’ story arcs, delivering an epic finale and skillfully leaving some ends open to speculation.I liked the overall experience with this story and its damaged characters. I particularly enjoyed the political intrigue, the focus on the pitfalls of transition after a victorious war, the reflection on people chained down by social mores and their own competence; I also appreciated the sci-fi touches, the many quotable passages and the overarching drama.Plotwise, I raised a few eyebrows at one of the main characters’ all-encompassing prowess (who’s hell-bent on a my-destiny-is-not-mapped-out-for-me course of destruction) and there were some confusing events which I struggled to interpret. Granted, that’s probably normal considering there was little linearity and the tale did become even more tangled with all the stakeholders openly joining the game board, so maybe it was just me not getting the nuances as I should have.I believe the whole story was plotted from the outset; however, I can’t shake this sense of something missing.I don't mind difficult/oblique (nay, I love it) when there is coherence, purpose and the author succeeds in making me care for the characters and for the reveals, not to mention applaud the execution and the world building. This is not an easy feat to pull off because it is but a short step from “subtle” to “abstruse”, and Morgan treads a fine line between clever gory entertainment and highbrow-ish pulpy drift.In this regard, I still have mixed feelings about the trilogy, although the third book is my favorite and it also marks an improvement over the narrative flaws of its predecessors.Some fantasy literature background helps in getting the most out of all the anti-hero tropes, counter-tropes and fantasy clichés at large that the author plays both with and against, since this series is clearly grimdark but it’s also a criticism to the “conventional” fantasy narrative and its readers’ expectations (and to the anatomy of fantasy names, unless he’s genuine about all those perverse Kiriath terms and that’s not a thought I want to entertain).Problem is, while some of his choices were fun and thought-provoking (the Gods, priceless!), Morgan often goes overboard in his challenge to “mainstream” tastes with the escalating bloody rampage, some paint-by-number plot devices, the bleaker-than-black reality, the devaluation of sexuality and his emphasis on shock-value for shock-value’s sake.He laid it on a bit thick when dealing with Ringil’s proclivities, too, but I’m not really complaining here.A Land (un)Fit for Heroes is not a light-weight series for both themes and structure, and it’s surely best appreciated back to back because it relies on the audience’s memory and perceptions.I would recommend it only to irony-minded readers who like sex&dirt&gore, because there is plenty, and unbowdlerized.It’s also more rewarding to those who enjoy complex, character-driven grimdark stories with memorable casts. Not only Ringil, Egar and Archeth, but also the Emperor, the Kiriath, the Dwenda, the Gods and several supporting characters are well-rounded and effective.Morgan is an unquestionably gifted storyteller and character writer, therefore I truly wonder about the point behind such exacerbated violence&vulgarity in an otherwise interesting (if a bit convoluted) story.Maybe this series is deliberately designed to make you doubt your intelligence, or maybe it’s a ground-breaking grimdark which I failed to fully appreciate. Nonetheless, I liked it. I was engaged and I had fun, so the point is probably moot."What else, aside from slaughter with sharp steel, are you really good for?"There’s a long, quiet pause, broken only by the roar and suck of the sea. Ringil feels the sound stuffing itself into his ears, emptying him out. They stand, goddess and man, a foot and a half apart, like two statues carved from the granite underfoot."I suppose a blow job’s out of the question", he says at last.

  • Liviu
    2019-04-06 16:04

    started this and seemed a bit "interesting dialogue but who cares" and I started reading forward and then the ending which is really, really powerful so I went back to read it end to end; has some great stuff so far, though it is really dark no question about itI finished Dark Defiles and on first read I felt it was very good - maybe not fully satisfying as I thought RK Morgan went a bit overboard in trying to do "anti-fantasy" so there were moments the book read like a parody where Ringil (or the other two main characters, Archeth and Egar though somewhat less evident there as Egar was still an impulsive barbarian and Archeth a cool superior-race - ok partly as she was half human after all - intellect) did something utterly contrarian just to do it and say "f.. you" to everyone (while RK Morgan implicitly said f.. you to the fantasy reader so to speak); but there were tons and tons of powerful moments, most of the stuff from earlier 2 books was explained, and there was a mostly definite conclusion;As the novel stayed with me, i felt i needed a full reread of all 3 books (Steel remains, Cold command, dark Defiles) and after that I notched up my appreciation of Dark Defiles and the series overall and now i feel that it is indeed one of the best fantasy series of recent times: very powerful, very well developed and thought out and full of memorable quotes. While the content is modern, the structure is really old fashioned with all 3 books forming a huge one novel tapestry - while more recent top notch series started fragmenting the storyline into definite parts and either expanding the universe or raising the stakes, rather than pretty much introducing all the main stuff in book 1, however indirectly and veiled there, with books 2 and 3 mostly piling revelations, action and depth; the one drawback is that a lot of the finer points are appreciated only at the end when one knows what's really what and with 6 years from book 1 to book 3 one really needs the full series is one such quote that is not that spoilery, as I blanked the names:"Ringil rubbed his chin. “Did ***** do something to you?”“Please—”“And yet you sent him to die on a spike.”“That*…” A spasm of pain twisted **** face. “It was the law.”“So is this. It’s recent legislation, you may not have heard. Harm those I care for, and those you care for will be harmed. How does it feel?”and one more:"Supposing I could take you to that city—how would you live there? Your blade would be behind glass in a museum, and no use for it even if it were not. The languages you speak would be millennia dead. What would you do for money, for food? Do you see yourself cleaning tables, perhaps, in some eatery whose owner does not mind your halting attempts at the local tongue? A brief career as a tavern whore, maybe, while your looks last? Do you see yourself washing dishes or mucking out horses, as you grow old and gray? Does that appeal?He grimaces. Well, now you come to mention it … Quite. And here is our difficulty. Your daydreamed retirement is no more honest than the daydreamed heroics of young boys who’ve never picked up a blade. It is a fantasy staple—stale, learned longing, incurious of any human detail, a mediocre hand dealt out from the grubby, endlessly reshuffled myths and legends and comforting lies you people like to tell each other. There is less weight to it in the end than in all your boyhood fantasies of a life with the gypsies, out on the marsh at Trelayne. That at least was something you might once have attempted, a path you might have taken. But this—this is a lie to yourself that you carry around in your heart because you’d rather not face the truth.And what truth would that be?........................I want them dead, he says quietly. I want them all ****ing dead. Ah. The Mistress of Dice and Death puts a companionable arm around his shoulders. Her touch bites through his clothes like freezing iron. Now that’s more like it."Overall a fantastic series

  • Lady*M
    2019-04-05 21:14

    One long, rambling and vague (to avoid spoilers) review ahead.I will have to think more thoroughly about what I have read and, possibly, re-read the series once more, but... I am disappointed. The book illuminates the flaws of its predecessors. I enjoyed the books both times I've read them, but that is the thing - you cannot judge a part of the whole completely until the whole is in front of you. Having read all the books now, I am left dissatisfied.The lost opportunities are the first thing that comes to mind. Starting as a personal quest (first book), only to turn into possible fight for the fate of the Empire and possibly the world (second book), I expected the trilogy to end with the big bang. With all three protagonists being scarred and irreverent war veterans, the forces that rise against them and gods circling around like vultures, with fantasy merging with science fiction (see what Arthur Clarke says about technology and magic), I expected The Dark Defiles to explode and blow our minds. What we got was not a bang but a whimper.The first third of the book was slow, but than it rushes on so fast you can hardly catch up with it. As the pages vanish, you start to wonder how will Morgan have the time to give you a satisfactory ending. Well, he doesn't. Our (anti)heroes are sent on their meandering ways, they stumble across a few info-dumps, get the power boosts that seem tacked on, have a few, admittedly, great fights (though not as great as the ending of the second book) and... never fully reach the promised potential. I wanted to be on the edge of my seat worrying about them, I wanted to scream at the pages when something bad happened to them, I wanted to see the depth of their friendship and weight of their shared history. Morgan never managed to get me fully involved with them as he did in the first, and to some extent the second, book. I had to remind myself several times why they were doing some things. When he ended one of the protagonists less than two thirds into the book, instead of feeling sad my reaction was: What? No! That's it!? While some might feel it was a poetic ending, I just thought that it was wasted potential. Morgan holds the cards close to his chest to the last possible moment and then hits you with revelations/resolutions one after another without leaving time for anything to sink in. I had to go back several times to re-read the parts of the book to clarify what happened and still at the end we lack conclusion. It was nice that our protagonists pretty much say "Fuck you!" to the powers that are trying to use them (the ones that survive at least), but the things are set up in a way that makes you believe that at least one of them will eventually play into their hands. In the end, one dies, one's story remains open-ended, one gives you 'WTF' headache. Yup, not what I was looking for. I don't mind when bad things happen to the main characters, I don't need everything resolved at the end of the book, but there has to be some resolution. The characters have to change in some fundamental way (I'm not counting power boost as a change). The world in which they live in needs to change in some way.Do not get me wrong. This is not a bad book. But, until the very end, it doesn't read like the last book. It was as if we lost some integral part of the story along the way, hence my feeling about the previous books' flaws. Even my ratings reflect that: first book - five stars, second - four and this one - three. It could be that I had too high expectations. It could be that I shouldn't have read this book after Malazan series (Erikson is the king of vague and mysterious, but the payoff is mind-blowing). I would have to re-read the entire trilogy again at some point to see if my impression would change when I read the books back to back. At this point, I feel that this was a valiant fantasy effort on Morgan's part; the potential for being great is there but it was unfulfilled.

  • Freakout
    2019-04-10 22:09

    excellent !!!

  • Cathy
    2019-03-25 00:18

    This was a bad book and a very bad ending to what I thought was a trilogy. Most of the book was pointless wandering around by characters I used to care about. It wasn't fun and it wasn't exciting. Then Archeth took on a quest that made no sense to me. I thought I was reading a story about...I have no Idea what I thought the story was about by this book, to tell you the truth, but the mystery of the Helmsmen and magic and the dwenda definitely not an endless trip back into steppes for revenge for something that I barely remember happening and don't care about. I seriously didn't understand so much about this book and about this series. I loved the first book. The second book was puzzling, slow and wandering. But this was a huge, disappointing mess. And then the end was just terrible, everything about it was wrong. I kept reading the long slow journeys because I was sure I'd be rewarded in the end. But then it was as if Morgan had saved all of the interesting and exciting bits of books two and three and clumped them all in the last fifty pages. It was deus ex machina after deus ex machina, the answers had nothing to do with anything that had happened for the thousand plus pages I'd read for three books. Why was I supposed to be excited, thrilled or interested in any of that? The series wasn't full enough of mysterious creatures and rivalries and human politics and physical wars and rivalries, so let's toss in a few more things to confuse everyone? But let's do it too late for anything interesting to be done with them after I've wasted the last thousands of pages that I've just made my readers slog through, great idea! It` was supposed to explain some things to me, where the Gray Places came from, who the dwenda are, but it made it even more complex and confusing. I like complex when it's useful. But no, now it's a whole new story. The book really, really needed recap and reminders. I had no idea who Hjel and his people were, who the gods supposedly were, I vaguely remembered the dwenda from the first book but barely remembered anything from the second book at all. I needed to be reminded who Anasharal was, that was really significantly important. It was all super confusing. It wasn't just that I have a terrible memory, which I do, it had been an extra long time in between books two and three, but the author plunged in and carried on throughout like I knew exactly what was going on. The only time there was a reminder was when a minor character who had a grudge against Ringil was introduced. It was very frustrating very often. What's a Helmsman? What's the deal with Ringil's sword again? I did finally get some of it after about two hundred pages, but I just bits and pieces. I'm very glad not to have infodumps, but there should be a happy medium. And just as a design issue, I couldn't tell the difference between italics because it was people, primarily Ringil, thinking to themselves and italics when people are having conversations in the Gray Places or various other circumstance or it was another language or honestly I just couldn't tell what was going on and what the italics are supposed to mean, it was just very unclear. It just added to to my overall confusion with this book. I couldn't make rhyme or reason of it. There's a point where Ringil makes a speech in italics, then thinks to himself in italics a few lines later. I can't tell what's internal and what's spoken. And the point that he was making a speech was important, but it got lost, the italics de-emphasized it, I just don't understand the point of them. Also, there are no quotation marks in these sections, though they're used in other parts of the book, giving me even less cues to what's going on. I just don't understand this editing choice or convention, or maybe it was the author's choice. I'm sure there was a logical system to it that I just didn't take the time to figure out, because I shouldn't have to. After 600 pages it should have come clear and made sense, not been a constant annoyance. It was constantly visually and comprehensively confusing in a book that couldn't afford any extra confusion.There's a scene very near the end where Archeth stares through the empty air still trying to figure out what just happened. After a while she gave up trying to figure it out and just walked away. I know exactly how she felt. Throwing in a bunch of new elements in the last fifty pages of a huge fantasy trilogy isn't fun. Changing all of the rules and switching up all of the explanations for your mystical elements isn't fun. Reveals are fun but there has to have been some hints, some build up so you can feel in on the reveal, be amazed by how cool it was and how all of the pieces came together to form such a cool puzzle. Not be amazed at what bizarro curves the author keeps throwing out at the last second one after the other after the other. I put the time into the long, slow slog of this book because I thought I'd be rewarded in the end and I was very disappointed. The bulk of the book wasn't fun and the end wasn't fun. There are a lot of intriguing elements that suddenly appeared at the end that it would have been fun to know more about, but the way that they're introduced takes all of the enjoyment out of them. I just don't understand what Morgan was trying to do with this book. And if there is going to be another book in the series I won't be reading it, he's lost me on his fantasy books. I'm terribly disappointed to say it, I've been a huge fan of his, but I just don't want to waste my time on these books anymore.

  • Jaclyn Hogan
    2019-04-15 20:02

    Ahh, they moved the publication date! Ahh, no, no, no! Whhhyy?!***I received a digital ARC from Netgalley.I waited forever for this book, and once I got an ARC, I waited another forever to finish it because I didn't want it to be over. (I also have what I call book specific ADD, but really I just didn't want it to be over.)This might be my new favorite fantasy series. The world Morgan has built in these novels is so dense and multi-layered. We get enough of a glimpse to guess at some of the aspects that the main characters don't understand, but we remain nearly as in the dark as they are, fumbling around and saying, "Hey, that looks familiar..."Ringil, Egar, and Archeth are wonderful new-style fantasy characters, and Morgan has clearly taken the time to consider diversity. Ringil is a homosexual, as is Archeth who is also black skinned and the last remaining member of an alien race. Their differences are considered and essential to the plot, not just tossed in for tokenism. Maybe the overarching theme of Land Fit for Heroes is 'no one gets a happily ever after.' Clean and pretty endings are the exception, not the norm. George R.R. Martin knows this as well. If we take a fantasy world seriously, there is going to be some nastiness. How much is up to the writer, but if humans live in this world, it's going to have problems. This is a satisfying end to a fabulously well conceived series, and if I'm sad it's over, I'm also really glad I got to go on the ride.

  • Jed
    2019-03-23 23:09

    Last night I finished The Dark Defiles: I'm reading an ARC thanks to the publisher and it's a great conclusionof the Ringil Eskiath story. As one would expect, this book which I rate as extraordinary, would be greatly weakened without reading the first 2 books but even if your memory is as dubious as my own, it should serve well enough to get you into this chilling conclusion. Having said that, I will not put anything spoilerish here because I found this to be utterly absorbing and I would not deprive you of one moment of the thrills. It is very clear why it took so long for this book to be released. It is complex and resolves many question from the earlier books. It also does a great job of concluding the trilogy - sure, I love the world setting but at least no cliffs are let unhung. I found this book to be the most emotional of the 3. I had to stop and recover from time to time. Of all my grimdark collection, this trilogy has even displaced such masterpieces as The First Law. It's just a perfect story and it grabs the heart and doesn't let go.If you haven't read the first 2, I'm sorry to learn how incomplete your life is. Be grateful that they are in print and you won't have to travel to the grey places to find your copy. I will buy the hardcover the day of release and will buy the audio version as soon as available and listen with my grimdark lady friend who calls herself Archidi.

  • Mihir
    2019-04-06 22:14

    The Dark Defiles is the concluding volume of the Land Fit For Heroes, in this volume we begin directly after the events of The Cold Commands. Ringil Eskiath, Archeth, and Egar Dragonbane are back and in worse shit than before as the author manages to mix some heavy SF elements such as semi-sentient computers and aliens along with magic, battles and fantasy races. Richard K. Morgan manages to combine these different aspects and yet makes this story work. There's also the heavy action sequences along with gory violence and language (very Richard Morgan-esque). Lastly the only thing that detracts from the this concluding volume is that the way the story ends, it's a tad unsatisfactory and leaves a lot of threads up in the air.So keep that in mind, but nevertheless this series is a different read from most series out there and for dark fantasy fans, you definitely can't go wrong with this one.

  • Kdawg91
    2019-04-19 19:12

    If you have not read Richard Morgan's trilogy A land fit for heroes, stop what you doing and get them and read them.Incredibly good dark fantasy for grown folks, its a great read from top to bottom.

  • Matt Watkins
    2019-03-30 18:14

    Final(?) novel in RKM's fantasy trilogy. The trilogy as a whole has some nice features: each novel tells a complete story and can be read stand-alone, though they do form a complete narrative arc across the trilogy as well. The trilogy is appropriately grim-dark for this particular age of fantasy; the heroes aren't actually, the monsters and mythology are menacing and interesting, and the violence is quite gritty. Two of the series's three main protagonists are gay, and the graphic depictions of sex in the novels respect this ratio. The action is unrelenting and the books are entertaining.Here's the thing though. Perhaps some of Morgan's project is going over my head, but this all feels like ground that is already well trod and somewhat tired at this point. You have a dark anti-hero, cynical ruminations about the dark side of human nature, quests that turn out to be futile, destinies that are actually mockery, a distinct lack of identifiable morality, and motivations that run the gamut from selfishness to revenge to malice to pure wanton destructiveness. In other words, the same themes that have been explored by Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson and R. Scott Bakker and, of course, George RR Martin, etc etc over the last decade or so. Ringil (the main protagonist of Morgan's trilogy) is monstrous. But so are Caul Shivers and Karsa Orlong and Anasurimbor Kellhus and Daenerys Targaryen. I don't notice any particularly new insights from Morgan's characters along these lines: Erikson has an environmental and historical vision that eclipses Morgan's, Abercrombie's The Heroes and Red Country are far better meditations on war and colonialism than Morgan's, Bakker's ruminations on politics and religion and the human psyche outmatch Morgan, and Martin draws better characters. Morgan just doesn't seem to be saying anything new. And he relies too often on deus ex machina rescues (more than once the gods actually show up and stop time to get characters out of pickles), world building through exposition, and liberal use of New Powers As the Plot Demands. (Ringil is an especially egregious example of this trope, though Archeth also is a beneficiary.)All that said, Morgan has constructed an interesting world here, with a potentially fascinating history, which he unfortunately explores only through dribs and drabs, except for a vague and unsatisfying few paragraphs of exposition near the very end. The Helmsmen, the Margins, Hjel, the Kiriath, the Scaled Folk, the Talons of the Sun, the Dark Court and their relationship to the Bookkeepers are all fantastic concepts, a rich tapestry of imaginative ideas populating a well-drawn world.

  • Adam
    2019-04-10 23:03

    Disappointing, at best. I really enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed my first read of the second book. Very little happens in the second book, and this one is even worse. The main characters spend most of the story slogging through pointless journeys that serve no purpose in terms of the plot. The characters don't develop in any meaningful way. In fact, all of them regress a bit by the end. The writing is repetitive and a bit bland in many places. How many times do we need to read about how shocking it is for someone's Kiriath steel blade magically jumping to hand without conscious thought? You would think that our smart, jaded, world-weary heroes might learn the nature of these blades after several dozen educational experiences. The most disappointing thing is that most of the mysteries in the story end up falling by the wayside or dismissed with unsatisfying explanations. The scifi/fantasy hybrid that seemed to offer so much potential in the first book doesn't receive the attention it deserves, and has no real impact on the story.There's very little in the way of dramatic conflict. It's hard to even tell who the protagonists and antagonists are, because everyone is so grim, dark, and deplorable. The primary threat in the story is supposed to be the Dwenda, but the fact that they never really do anything makes it hard to find them particularly threatening.The choice to make Ringil gay is interesting, but ultimately serves very little purpose aside from providing a bit of explanation for his me-against-the-world, contrarian attitude.Not recommended.

  • Dustin
    2019-04-06 20:19

    I have to say, I am rather disappointed with this book. I quite enjoyed the first two parts of the series, but I feel like this one is not on the same level. The storytelling is needlessly complicated, he opens up tons of new questions, only to finish all of them of in the last 20 pages. The pacing in general is sub par, he builds up to a grand finale but compresses the finale itself to maybe 20-30 pages. Another point that quite annoyed me was the character development of the protagonist. While Ringil still showed some errors resulting in consequences in the first two books, now he is seemingly invincible. Whenever something bad is about to happen some mythological buddy of his jumps out of the bushes, shouts hoorah and the problem is solved. The character as he is now strikes me as quite the Mary Sue, tbh. Excuse my ramblings, but English isn't my first language and I'm writing this at my workplace, but I'm just rather disappointed, I was expecting more of this. Though I have to admit, the second book wasn't nearly as good as the first either.

  • Kaora
    2019-04-11 21:11


  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-04-17 17:13

    The Dark Defiles is the third and final novel of A Land Fit for Heroes, which has the interesting quality of being the first grimdark story that I recognized. I'd read A Song of Ice and Fire and The Witcher beforehand but it was the excerpt from this book which convinced me I wanted to explore the genre more fully. In the story except, Egar Dragonsbane beats a bunch of randy soldiers senseless for interrupting his brothel time. I'm not going to lie: I have issues with the way Richard K. Morgan's series progress. I love his work as a whole but he seems to have serious issues following up on his initial story points. I loved Altered Carbon, disliked Broken Angels, and felt ambivalent about Woken Furies. I have a similar feeling about this trilogy having loved The Steel Remains, enjoyed the Cold Commands, and really hated this book until the final quarter. Indeed, it took me months to finish this novel and if anyone has ever read my reviews, you know I can usually plow through the thickest doorstoppers in a week. Part of this is the first three-quarters of the manuscript have nothing to do with the pressing questions of the series: who are the dwenda, what happened to the Kiriath, what about Ringil's relationship to his family, will the insane Caligula ruler of the Divine Throne be overthrown, and so on. Instead, there's an epic treasure quest which satirizes the typical Lord of the RIngs quests by having the heroes getting themselves lost and having no clue where to go for the majority of the trip. Which is funny when it's a chapter or two and boring when it's most of the book. The book finally picks up near the end with characters dying, epic battles between humanity and the dwenda, answers to all of our questions, and a good idea of where the world is going to be going in the next few centuries. It has a Michael Moorcock "*** the Gods!" sort of feel, too, which I'm not much of a fan of since I find the idea of humans telling destiny to screw itself off self-entitled since if you can tell destiny off then it's not much of a destiny to begin with, is it? Certainly, too much of the book is spent on Ringil telling the Dark Court (the local pantheon) off and you can guess any action he's going to take by asking, "Did a god tell him to do the opposite?" I also have to say much of the book depended on Egar as comic relief. He seems to be the only character who is having any fun in the story and seems to accept the world as is. Both Ringil and Archeth are Byronic heroes who loathe the world as it is. This is fine given the world sucks but their constant never-ending contempt for the way civilization is and the people inside went so far past grimdark it went around to Gene Roddenberry. "Oh, why must we be surrounded by such a disgusting race that is humanity?" Yeesh, you'd think both of them would catch a clue they're jerkasses themselves. Did I find the ending satisfying? Yes, mostly. I found the idea of a conspiracy to put Archeth on the throne less interesting than the author did. Archeth is a haughty, self-absorbed, frankly racist elf who I only realized is supposed to be considered a moral paragon. It's kind of like Terry Goodkind's books where I only realized I wasn't reading a parody deconstruction of fantasy heroes about halfway through. Likewise, the book loses a lot of energy whenever Egar isn't on page and what happens to him costs the book dearly. Still, I have to say Ringil got as good an ending as any grimdark hero. Richard K. Morgan is at his best whenever he is doing shocking scenes, torture, and nasty betrayals of what we expect from our heroes. Whenever Ringil is killing slavers, insulting dwenda, or murdering the hell out of people like an NC-17 rated version of the Punisher--the book is very good. The same with Egar making fun of Archeth for being horrified at the soldiers beating up the villagers when she's done nothing but sit in her tent and sulk the entire time versus leading them. Character moments carry the novel. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of magical A.I. and gods talking down at our hero which sinks the narrative like a stone. There's something to say about Richard K. Morgan: he finished his series. A Land Fit for Heroes wraps itself up in this novel. We find out what happens to every character, the world, and all of the major plots are resolved. With so many other books artificially extended or having uncertain futures, it's nice to have a book which really does answer all of the questions which needed answering. Unfortunately, it required a lot of filler to get to that point when the book could have been a 1/3rd less its size and lost nothing but padding.6/10

  • Arthur Zhang
    2019-04-09 22:56

    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." And that's just the way Ringil "Angeleyes" Eskiath would have it. This book is an ode to the visceral pursuit of violence and carnage. Ringil rampages through the book, tearing his way into the annals of great fantasy.Morgan (and in turn his character Ringil) is clearly someone who understands vengeance. Never have I seen such brutal comeuppance been served in a book nor have I ever been so perversely glad to see it. This book is sumptuously dark and action-packed and had me turning the pages frantically until its conclusion and then some.Ringil is one of the most tragic and darkest characters I've ever had the fortune to follow and in this conclusion to the trilogy, he has fully stepped into his role as a power in his world. He weilds the ikinri'ska and his Kiriath blade with deadly results and whenever he appears in the book, he exudes deadliness and murder.Similarly, the other two characters, while not the primary focus, are also great fun to read. They have their own unique personalities, cultivated and grown over the course of the three books and it is easy to feel for them.The only other book series I feel truly comparable with this one is Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire series. It's similarly dark (both series belong to the grimdark genre begun by Joe Abercrombie) and both feature post-apocalyptic worlds where technology has warped and destroyed the world, creating magical horrors. Both feature extremely dark protagonists and involve saving the world, albeit involuntarily. And of course, both involve the protagonist ultimately sacrificing himself to do so.This book and its series I feel are Morgan's current magnum opus and I can't wait to read his future works.

  • Liviania
    2019-04-10 17:11

    I'll be the first to say that I'm not a big grimdark fantasy fan. I like more optimistic worlds. And yet, I adore the Land Fit for Heroes trilogy. It follows the adventures of Ringil, Egar Dragonbane, and Archteth, old war hero friends who get drawn back through a long and winding road for one last quest.When THE DARK DEFILES opens, right after THE COLD COMMANDS ends, they are being separated again thanks to a sudden war and an ambush. It's the final push for what the various greater powers in play have put into motion.Richard K. Morgan doesn't give all the answers to his world, but he does give enough to satisfy me. Nor does he give all of the endings. However, it is clear enough where the characters are going for me. Ringil, Egar, and Archteth are all sharply drawn characters, even if their world has deliberately shaded edges. All of them meet ends that they can be content with.I don't recommend this series to everyone. The heroes, such as they are, commit almost as many crimes as the villains. They are cruel, vengeful people. At the same time, they aren't fans of slavery or mass murder or the extinction of the humans, which is something most readers can get behind. It isn't a series with many happy endings, either. Do not expect your favorite characters to escape unscathed.But if you like intelligent fantasy that asks you to put the pieces together yourself, characters who are loyal to their friends even in desperate circumstances, and small snatches of love piercing the hardest hearts, then I recommend this trilogy. The ending did not let me down. I only wish I had time to re-read the trilogy and savor it all together.

  • Em
    2019-04-14 20:04

    After finishing this book a couple of days ago I still find it hard to put into words how I feel about it. At times it was a struggle to get through, the story is hugely complicated and I needed to re-read several sections in order to understand what was going on. However, all three books are packed with action and fantastic dialogue and I was rooting for Ringil, Egar and Archeth right until the very bitter end!

  • Elar
    2019-04-16 21:16

    As always Richard K. Morgan is really good at fighting scenes and there are lot of them. All the book felt like adventure story on steroids as usual sword and sorcery were melded with religion and high tech. Main characters' characteristics were little bit too similar to each other, there could have been more diversity.

  • Steven Shaviro
    2019-04-09 18:17

    The Dark Defiles is the third book in Richard K Morgan's sword and sorcery series (following The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands). I really enjoyed this book, got caught up in its intricacies and its length (nearly 250,000 words). We have the same heroes as in the previous volumes, the warrior Ringil (whose being gay has been a subject of controversy in fan discussions) and the half-human, half-alien Archeth. They are fighting a series of natural and supernatural ills in their barbaric world that offers no real prospects of liberation. Slavery, torture, and mass slaughter are commonplace. Both Ringil and Archeth have visions that extend well beyond the limits of the world they find themselves in, but there is not much they can do except struggle to survive, and try to alleviate the worst aspects of what surrounds them. (At the same time as they are disgusted by the horrors that surround them, they are not above feeling a kind of exultation when they are able to unleash their inner violence and kill everyone around them). Here they negotiate a sort of *realpolitik* as they are beset by forces both natural and supernatural (though it is hard to say whether magic and supernatural power are mystical things, or just advanced technologies that nobody left in the world is able to understand). The brutal realism of a sword and sorcery world is something that Morgan shares with a lot of other recent fantasy (from George R R Martin on through many less well known writers); but what seems unique to Morgan is his peculiar take on how power operates (meaning by this both political power, and the sorts of powers that are enabled by access to and mastery over arcane or occult technologies). This leads to some unusually metaphysical conclusions at the end of the narrative (which I won't discuss here, to avoid spoilers).The vision of this novel is not unrelated to the vision of power and violence that we see in Morgan's science fiction novels (the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, Market Forces, and Black Man aka Thirteen). But the SF links violence and power at once to evolutionary-psychology-type explanations, AND to the particular ways that "human nature" is modulated, altered, and controlled under the harshness of neoliberal capitalism. It is this extrapolative dimension of social commentary that is missing from Morgan's fantasy (or sword and sorcery) writing, which is why, much as I have enjoyed The Dark Defiles and its precedessors, I really hope that Morgan goes back to science fiction in his future writing.

  • Greg
    2019-04-17 22:03

    This is a review of the Land Fit for Heroes series, so some spoilers follow.I really, really wanted to like this series more. It has so much going for it: Morgan, one of my favorite sci-fi writers working right now, dipped his toe into the fantasy waters and produced a gritty, dark, fantasy-noir series that turned many conventions of the genre on their heads. The first book in particular is refreshingly original while still scratching the genre itch. Morgan handles swords and sorcery as well as he does future tech. But... the story, man. The story. If Morgan had simply written a series of short adventures (something like a series of graphic novels would be perfect), we would have greatness. But he tries to do the epic fantasy thing and just can't pull it off. The story is disjointed and the pacing is all wrong. Much of the series meanders aimlessly until each book rushes into a "climactic" ending that feels forced and unexplained. At one point in the third book, Morgan interrupts the sense of urgency he's finally building for an entire chapter of scene-setting political exposition that he never even makes use of thereafter. Worst of all, the death of a major character - while hugely affecting because Morgan has so successfully crafted compelling characters here - feels wholly unearned and pointless because it has no larger significance in the overall plot.Nonetheless, there's a lot to like here: I love the world Morgan has built, exploring the idea that sufficiently advanced tech might be indistinguishable from magic. And the three main characters are so well-developed and compelling that I would follow them most anywhere. But ultimately the series left me disappointed, feeling like an opportunity missed.

  • Ender
    2019-03-22 19:02

    This ain't no place for no heroes. Yes, i might have been playing some borderlands, but it's still a good tagline for this series. I've been a fan of Morgan since Takeshi Kovaks, so full disclosure, i'd probably read his alphabet soup. Also in the interest of full disclosure, i was allowed to review an ARC via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.If you're a fan of grim antihero's cutting their way through a world with no sweetness and light to be found, you're in the right place. His characters aren't hero's, they're survivors...until they aren't. No punches pulled, the dark defiles stands proudly in the ranks with the work of Abercrombie, or the annals of the Black Company. The series has been a fun ride, and this was easily the best so far. The world is an interesting one, blending remnants of high science and high magic, being employed by various factions of immortals to decide the fate of their world... mostly by screwing over the poor bastards they've chosen as their playing pieces. Well worth the read, though not a good entry point into the series, start with the first one.

  • Chip
    2019-04-03 18:04

    2.5 stars. Just really didn't do it for me. Very reminescent of Abercrombie's First Law trilogy but just, frankly, nowhere near as good. Characters in The First Law had real depth, and development, whereas many of the players in A Land Fit for Heroes seemed to have the depth of a piece of cardboard. Too (and two), far too much deus ex machina. Gil and Archeth, in particular, seem to develop new powers whenever and however needed. (Similar to why I prefer Star Trek over Star Wars - in the latter, some are simply born with the Force and so destined to have great power (and be Heroes), and everyone else is just SOL.) Perhaps though, that's why the trilogy is called A Land Fit for Heroes? Gil and Archeth are Heroes and as such one of them vs. some soldiers, horse warriors, a few super-elves, a kraken, to entire armies, it doesn't matter. The Heroes will win - (very) old-school simplistic heroic epic fantasy in that way.

  • Tar Buendía
    2019-03-30 18:56

    Es poco usual ver sagas en fantasía con protagonistas homosexuales. Esta fue una de las primeras cosas que me llamó la atención de estos libros, la búsqueda de algo un poco más plural. Finalmente por suerte encontré mucho más que eso y siempre he sido una especial fan de las historias de venganza. La pega principal es que a veces se me hacía una lectura un tanto morbosa y Morgan para mi gusto divaga demasiado. La mayor parte del tiempo no tienes muy claro a dónde quiere ir a parar el libro y tiene demasiados momentos de parar y explicar cosas en lugar de introducir las respuestas como parte de la trama.El final me ha parecido soberbio, muy Niebla de Unamuno salvando las distancias (y no, no es porque Ringil hable con Morgan, no es un spoiler. Tendréis que leer los libros para entenderlo).Gil, Eg y Archidi se han convertido en personajes a los que he querido como a pocos.

  • Denise
    2019-03-22 17:16

    Uncompromising, packed with action and intriguing twists, gritty, bleak and absolutely epic: A brilliant and utterly satisfying finale that was well worth the wait. Ringil - war hero, outcast, reluctant black mage and entirely unwilling plaything of the gods - might just be one of my favourite fantasy anti-heroes of all time.

  • Tara
    2019-03-19 18:17

    I'm sorry to say, this was an interminable bore. Really had to force my way through. The editor should be punished. Personally have lost all interest in these mostly unlikable characters, and found the story to barely make sense. Too bad, I enjoyed the first part of the series quite a bit.

  • Tomas M
    2019-04-12 17:58

    The best high fantasy/technological meanderings and magic system I've ever read. Great protagonists, amazing antagonist characters and a perfect wrap to a trilogy.

  • Wortmagie
    2019-04-03 18:10

    Mit geblähten Segeln verließ die Expedition den Hafen von Yhelteth. Ihre Reise führte sie zu den Hironischen Inseln, wo der Legende zufolge das Grab des Illwrack Wechselbalgs sowie die sagenumwobene schwimmende kiriathische Stadt An Kirilnar liegen sollen. Im Norden angekommen bleiben jedoch sowohl das Grab als auch An Kirilnar unauffindbar. Handelt es sich lediglich um einen Mythos? Die Expedition entpuppt sich als gefährliche Enttäuschung. Archeth beginnt, den Kampf gegen ihre zunehmende Verzweiflung zu verlieren. Gils Geduld ist am Ende. Egar ist frustriert und gelangweilt. Erst der überraschende Überfall einer Einheit Soldaten aus Trelayne durchbricht die zermürbende Monotonie. In Abwesenheit der drei Helden erklärte das Imperium dem Bund ein weiteres Mal den Krieg. Plötzlich befinden sich Archeth, Egar und Gil auf der falschen Seite eines erbitterten Konflikts, in dessen Schatten jahrtausendealte Mächte Intrigen und Pläne schmieden. Schon einmal ließ das Ringen von Kiriath und Aldrain um das Schicksal der Menschheit die Welt erzittern. Doch jetzt ist es anders. Jetzt bieten ihnen ein schwarzer Magier, ein Halbblut und ein Drachentöter die Stirn. Hier endet es. Ein für alle Mal.Was für ein Finale! Der letzte Band von „A Land Fit for Heroes“ lässt keine Wünsche offen. Ich bin hin und weg. Endlich ergibt alles einen Sinn! Während die beiden Vorgänger oft undurchschaubar und verwirrend wirkten, macht „The Dark Defiles“ Nägel mit Köpfen und klärt endlich auf, worum es in der Trilogie wirklich geht. Dafür verwendet Richard K. Morgan einen unvorhersehbaren Twist der Haupthandlungslinie, der die Geheimnisse der Geschichte offenlegt und die Fäden im Hintergrund entwirrt. Dieser Plot ist großartig und gewaltig, verschlungen und hinterlistig – eine Planung, die Göttern würdig ist. Die Seele der Menschheit steht auf dem Spiel und es braucht nicht weniger als gleich drei ungewöhnliche, düstere Helden, um sie zu retten. Ich verstehe jetzt, warum Morgan so viel Wert darauf legte, Archeth, Egar und Gil als unabhängige Individuen zu etablieren und ihrer jeweiligen Entwicklung große Bedeutung beimaß. Es durften keine Zweifel aufkommen, dass sie aufgrund ihrer Biografien, die so eng mit der Geschichte seines Universums verknüpft sind, die einzigen sind, die es vor dem Untergang bewahren können. Alle drei sind auf ihre Weise Grenzgänger, zerrissen zwischen zwei Welten und deshalb die einzigen, die die nötigen Voraussetzungen mit sich bringen, sich den hässlichen Wahrheiten der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart zu stellen und ihre Leben für eine Zukunft in Freiheit zu riskieren. Egar, der gradlinige, liebenswürdige Majak mit der herrlich polternden Persönlichkeit, gefangen zwischen Steppentraditionen und Urbanität, der beweist, wie viel ein mutiger, loyaler Mensch erreichen kann, verlässt er sich auf seine Instinkte. Gil, dieser eiskalte, schwarzmagische Dreckssack, dessen Existenz nur noch teilweise an die irdische Realität gebunden ist, weil er Macht aus den Grauen Landen bezieht und der seiner Rolle als Nemesis der Aldrain alle Ehre macht. Und natürlich Archeth, das Halbblut, die weder ganz Mensch noch ganz Kiriath ist. Oh wie habe ich mich für Archeth gefreut, weil sie im finalen Band endlich in der Lage ist, ihre Vergangenheit ruhen zu lassen. Sie lässt die wütende, trotzige, verletzte Archeth hinter sich und reift zu einer inspirierenden Führungsperson. Sie wächst über sich hinaus, entdeckt die Tiefe ihrer Fähigkeiten und ihrer Verbindung zu ihren Dolchen und lernt, wofür es sich zu kämpfen lohnt. Es gefiel mir, wie viel Raum sie in „The Dark Defiles“ erhält, denn ich habe erst jetzt das Gefühl, sie richtig kennengelernt zu haben und glaube außerdem, dass ihre starke Präsenz einen positiven Einfluss auf die Atmosphäre hatte. Diese erschien mir weniger feindlich als in The Steel Remains und The Cold Commands, einladender. Ich fühlte mich nicht länger wie ein Eindringling, sondern geduldet. Archeth ist unbestritten eine sehr harte Frau, nichtsdestotrotz aber noch immer weiblich und somit weniger testosterongesteuert. Sie stellt sich ihren Gefühlen anders als ihre beiden Gefährten – nicht unbedingt besser, doch für mich definitiv nachvollziehbarer. Ich denke, durch Archeth fand ich eine Brücke in die Geschichte hinein, die mir bisher verwehrt blieb. Umso mehr Spaß hatte ich mit den Details der Handlung, die mal schockierend, mal atemberaubend aufregend waren. Ich sage nur Kampf mit einem Drachen. Welches High Fantasy – Herz schlägt da nicht höher?Ich gebe zu, ich bin ein bisschen traurig, dass die Trilogie „A Land Fit for Heroes“ mit „The Dark Defiles“ ihren Abschluss erreicht hat. Diese drei Bücher waren exquisiter Lesegenuss – nicht immer leicht zu lesen und ohne Frage fordernd, aber auch voller unkonventioneller Ideen und unwiderstehlicher, sündhafter Düsternis. Ein Teil von mir wünscht sich, dass Richard K. Morgan vielleicht eines Tages in dieses Universum zurückkehrt, denn das vorletzte Kapitel des finalen Bandes könnte man durchaus als offenen Spalt interpretieren, den er nicht so stehen lassen müsste. Archeth ist de facto unsterblich und hat gerade erst begonnen, ihren Platz in der Welt zu finden. Gil erfüllt sein Schicksal und beweist sich als heldenhaft, was er drei Bände lang erfolgreich vermied und garantiert richtigstellen möchte. Obwohl „The Dark Defiles“ ein vollkommen rundes Finale ist, finde ich, Morgan kann die Geschichte seines Universums so nicht enden lassen. Da ist einfach noch zu viel ungenutztes Potential, nach dem sicherlich nicht nur mein Herz giert. Soweit ich weiß, schreibt Morgan sonst ausschließlich Science-Fiction. Irgendwann wird ihm hoffentlich noch einmal der Sinn nach einem Genrewechsel stehen. Aktuell gibt es keine Informationen diesbezüglich, aber wenn es soweit ist, bin ich zur Stelle. Sofort.