The Cold Commands by Richard K.Morgan

With The Steel Remains, award-winning science fiction writer Richard K.
Morgan turned his talents to sword and sorcery. The result: a genre-busting
masterwork hailed as a milestone in contemporary epic fantasy. Now Morgan
continues the riveting saga of Ringil Eskiath—Gil, for short—a peerless warrior
whose love for other men has made him an outcast and pariah.
Only a select few have earned the right to call Gil friend. One is Egar, the
Dragonbane, a fierce Majak fighter who comes to respect a heart as savage and
loyal as his own. Another is Archeth, the last remaining daughter of an
otherworldly race called the Kiriath, who once used their advanced technology to
save the world from the dark magic of the Aldrain—only to depart for reasons as
mysterious as their arrival. Yet even Egar and Archeth have learned to fear the
doom that clings to their friend like a grim shadow . . . or the curse of a
bitter god.
Now one of the Kiriath’s uncanny machine intelligences has
fallen from orbit—with a message that humanity faces a grave new danger (or,
rather, an ancient one): a creature called the Illwrack Changeling, a boy raised
to manhood in the ghostly between-world realm of the Grey Places, home to the
Aldrain. A human raised as one of them—and, some say, the lover of one of their
greatest warriors—until, in a time lost to legend, he was vanquished. Wrapped in
sorcerous slumber, hidden away on an island that drifts between this world and
the Grey Places, the Illwrack Changeling is stirring. And when he wakes, the
Aldrain will rally to him and return in force—this time without the Kiriath to
stop them.
An expedition is outfitted for the long and arduous sea
journey to find the lost island of the Illwrack Changeling. Aboard are Gil,
Egar, and Archeth: each fleeing from ghosts of the past, each seeking redemption
in whatever lies ahead. But redemption doesn’t come cheap these days. Nor, for
that matter, does survival. Not even for Ringil Eskiath. Or anyone—god or
mortal—who would seek to use him as a pawn.

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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