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. User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. They have their own unique personalities, cultivated and grown over the course of the three books and it is easy to feel for them. There are lists of bad guys, nobles, slaves, officers of the army, alliances and alliances, etc. Your blade would be behind glass in a museum, and no use for it even if it were not. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Richard K Morgan Find more information about:

Don’t have an account? To ask other readers questions about The Dark Defiles , please sign up. I only wish I had time to re-read the trilogy and savor it all together. Publisher Synopsis The Dark Defiles is best of the series. Home About Help Search. I encourage fans of George R. Finding libraries that hold this item I h I could hardly put down this dark sword and sorcery tale from it being so engaging and disturbing.

But this path of heroic doom going from the Grey Places to lost Kiriath cities to the Wastes to the Majak steppe and back to the Grey Places is surprisingly… well, flat. Neither of them makes sense.

Gil and Archeth, in particular, seem to develop new powers whenever and however needed. The heroes, such as they are, commit almost as many crimes as the villains. A Land Fit for Heroes wraps itself up in this novel.

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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. In the story except, Egar Dragonsbane beats a bunch of randy soldiers senseless for interrupting his brothel daark.

That is what Morgan writes. 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.


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The character as he is now strikes ddark as quite the Mary Sue, tbh. 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. Well worth the read, though not a good entry point into the series, start with the first one. He fights the Dwenda, named Seethlaw, but is captured and taken to the Aldrain Marches, the grey places between worlds.

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Richard Morgan on rebooting Syndicate”. I really enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed my first read sefiles the second book. It was as if we lost some integral part of the story along the way, hence my feeling about the previous books’ flaws. I’ve been a fan of Morgan since Takeshi Kovaks, so full disclosure, i’d probably read his alphabet soup. I thought Th was reading a story about 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.

I waited forever for this book, and once I got an ARC, I waited another forever to finish daek because I didn’t want it to be over. 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.

It just added to to my overall confusion with this book. According to Morgan’s official website the series was “an artefact of limited appeal” and is unlikely to be continued, although he has other comic projects in development. One long, rambling and vague to avoid spoilers review ahead. It also does a great job of concluding the trilogy – sure, I love the world setting but at least no cliffs are let unhung. 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.


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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?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It’s just a perfect story and it grabs the heart and doesn’t let go. Ringil rampages through the book, tearing his way into the annals of thee fantasy.

View all 19 comments. In the vast sea that is fantasy fiction, I’d humbly say that I’m an above-average swimmer.

May 23, C. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. While some might feel it was a poetic ending, I just thought that it was wasted potential.

The main characters spend most of the story slogging through pointless journeys that serve no purpose in terms of the plot. Just really didn’t do it for me.

Do not expect your favorite characters to escape unscathed. Which is funny when it’s a chapter or two and boring when it’s most of the book.

This last installment is not going to disappoint: