Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Review: The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
The world-building is a touch uneven to say the least. There are some very intriguing glimpses into cultures and history but it seems too rushed and doesn't quite fit together. I can't understand how peoples who have so recently been in contact with each other in a major war can have have such disparate knowledge on the Dwenda. Archeth's lack in this regard is deeply troubling.
This ties into a major pacing issue; the story is simply too rushed, especially from Ringil's encounter with the Dwenda onwards.
The three main characters are interesting but everything is too rushed to see them really develop. I would have especially liked the see the relationship between the three protagonist's explored further.
I'm also not a fan of an author simply inserting graphic sex scenes simply for the sake of shocking the reader without advancing the plot or character development. Morgan is certainly guilty of this.
Overall Morgan's novel is a promising one but is too rushed to develop into would it could have been. 6.75/10.