The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

Book - 2011
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Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn - Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II.

But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode . . .

Publisher: London : Gollancz, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780575077935
Branch Call Number: MOR
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 25 cm.

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mexicanadiense
Nov 20, 2014

I wasn't terribly impressed by this follow-up to "The Steel Remains". The plot just seemed to leap about from place to place, I never felt like any of the 3 main characters were ever in any legitimate sort of peril, and the main protagonist, Ringil, begins using all kinds of ill-defined new powers and abilities...just because, I guess? Disappointing after it took so long to come out, one almost suspects that the first and second half of the book were written at completely different times, perhaps years apart.

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love_not_lost
Jun 12, 2012

this book is really good the story line is awsome it was interesting that the main characters are gay and lesbian...cool book

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Apr 14, 2012

It's really very interesting that this fantasy's main characters are a lesbian and gay. Sorta impacts the storyline but not really. I can't think of any other fantasies that have dared to break stereotype.

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