The Steel Remains
Cover of the first British hardcover edition
|Author||Richard K. Morgan|
|Series||A Land Fit For Heroes|
|Publisher||Victor Gollancz Ltd|
|August 7, 2008|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Pages||352 pp (Hardcover)|
|Followed by||The Cold Commands|
The Steel Remains (2008) is a fantasy novel by Richard K. Morgan. It is the first fantasy book by Morgan, a noted science fiction author known for the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy and the standalone novels Market Forces and Black Man.
The Steel Remains is the first book of a planned trilogy named A Land Fit For Heroes, a series title also used by Phillip Mann. A Land Fit For Heroes was originally the working title of the first volume, and was retained as the series title after first Morgan and the UK publisher, and then the US publisher, decided to use the current title The Steel Remains. The following two volumes, The Cold Commands, and The Dark Defiles, were published in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
Almost ten years after the Human-Kiriath Alliance repelled the invading Scaled Folk in a terrible war, three of the war heroes still have difficulty adjusting to the uneasy peace and the renewed conflict between the northern League and the Yhelteth Empire.
Ringil Eskiath lives in self-imposed exile from his native Trelayne, exchanging war stories for board and lodging in a small village's inn; to most people he is the hero of Gallows Gap, but his own family shuns him because he is gay. Lady kir-Archeth Indamaninarmal, the only human-kiriath half-breed, was left behind when the Kiriath abandoned the world, and finds herself more and more unable to tolerate the decadent court of the Yhelteth Emperor. Egar Dragonbane, a Majak mercenary, returned to his people after the wars, but having seen the wonders of the civilized world he feels out of place as a nomad clan leader in the steppe.
- 2008, Great Britain, Victor Gollancz Ltd, ISBN 0-575-07792-1, Publication date August 7, 2008, Hardcover
- 2009, United States, Del Rey Books, ISBN 0-345-49303-6, Publication date January 20, 2009, Hardcover