by Hobie, August 3, 2009 5:08 PM
The Steel Remains is, like all of Morgan's books, visceral. If you enjoy Glen Cook, George R. R. Martin, or Steven Erikson, I recommend this title for you. It's dark, and none of the characters are particularly nice people. There is no childhood prophecy or any of the usual trappings so common in much of modern fantasy. It's to-the-point and concisely written. In other words, the characters don't wander around looking at trees, whining about how crappy everything is, while being pursued by some ancient evil and/or soldiers. Where there is a love story, it isn't what you would expect, nor does it end how you would expect. The characters take decisive action, and that is what drives the plot. Its only shortcoming is its obvious need for a sequel.