[[quoteright:271:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ringil_1228.jpg]] '''''A Land Fit for Heroes''''' is a 'Fantasy Noir' trilogy by the British author Creator/RichardKMorgan (writer of the gritty Cyberpunk Literature/TakeshiKovacs trilogy). It is written in a similar vein to the Joe Abercrombie [[Literature/TheFirstLaw First Law]] trilogy; dealing with a fairly CrapsackWorld fantasy world.

The world the books are set in is, like the ''First Law'' trilogy, very far into the cynical hand of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, and the intention to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] a certain number of {{Fantasy}} tropes.

The trilogy follows three heroes of a great war that took place 9 years before the beginning of the story, fought against the aquatic [[LizardFolk Scaled Folk]] who invaded the human lands from the western ocean [[spoiler:hints are given that the Scaled Folk invaded human lands as they themselves were fleeing something even nastier in the west.]]

All three heroes, previously war-buddies, are now disgusted by their actions following the war, the way their various societies now mistreat and ignore them and are all haunted by the ones they lost during the conflict. Soon, however, they are drawn into a new adventure.

[[AC: The main characters:]]

* Ringil Eskiath - A highly skilled human swordsman who lead a now-legendary battle against the Scaled Folk and helped lift the siege of the city of Trelayne. A StraightGay, which is something of a problem in the distinctly intolerant League, although as Ringil points out ''"You don't go queer baiting when your victim has a reputation of chopping trained swordsmen into dogmeat at the drop of a hat"''

* Egar Dragonbane - Clan chief of one of the numerous northern [[BarbarianTribe Majak]] Tribes. Straight. Possibly the only one.

* Archeth Indamaninarnal - A human-kiriath half-breed who was left behind when the rest of her race abandoned the world in their 'fireships' due to her mixed blood.

[[AC: Books in the series:]]

# ''The Steel Remains''
# ''The Cold Commands''
# ''The Dark Defiles''

!!This trilogy provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Kiriath weapons, including but not limited to Ringil's greatsword Ravensfriend and Archeth's collection of throwing knives (Bandgleam, Laughing Girl and others). Ringil describes the blade as "Kiriath-forged steel, it'll cut your very soul."
* ActionGirl: Archeth
* AlienSky: There is no moon, just an accretion disc that the characters refer to as the 'Band'.
* AllThereInTheManual: Want to know what the last scene means? Go read the Kovacs novels!
* AntiHero: All three of the main characters.
* AndIMustScream: See the LosingYourHead entry.
* ArbitraryScepticism: The most recent war was against a race of lizard men led by dragons alongside an immortal race that came from within the earth, but the Aldrain are still considered a mere fairytale.
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone, but Egar deserves special mention, and not just because he's a dragonslayer
* BadassBookworm: Ringil
* BadassGay: Ringil and [[spoiler: Seethlaw]] amongst others.
* BuryYourGays: Both the League and the Empire take a rather intolerant view on homosexuality.
* TheCaligula: Emperor Jhiral, who has spent most of his reign conducting executions or playing with his Harem, seems like this on first glance. On the other hand though, he's actually fairly rational and intelligent in a crisis. [[spoiler: Later on, he reverts back to type with no crisis to deal with.]]
* CoolSword: Ringil's Kiriath-forged greatsword Ravensfriend.
* CastFullOfGay: Well, two-thirds full
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The Helmsmen.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: And how!
* ClusterFBomb: The whole trilogy.
* ChurchMilitant: The Yeltethian Church of the Revelation
* CrapsackWorld
* DarkerAndEdgier: Whoo boy
* DefectorFromDecadence: Ringil abandoning his order due to him being at odds with a certain initiation ritual...
* [[spoiler:DeityOfHumanOrigin]]: strongly hinted at with the Sky Dwellers. Subverted, the Sky Dwellers are the Dark Court and really are 'gods'.
* DeusExMachina: When the deities in question feel like it. Though they really prefer it when their subjects can save themselves.
* [[spoiler:EarthAllAlong]]
* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a military starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities.]]
* DragonAscendant: A rare good version may happen at the end of the story involving [[spoiler: Archeth.]]
* EmpathicWeapon: Implied and then made explicit with Kiriath weapons. Archeth makes clear that it's a form of MagicFromTechnology.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Let's see, among other things our hero [[spoiler: burns people alive, engages in ColdBloodedTorture and organises gang rapes]]. It leads to a lot of NotSoDifferent speeches.
* {{Gayngster}}: Grace-of-Heaven
* HollywoodAcid: Dragon venom can destroy anything on this world, even Kiriath-made items aren't safe from it. This is what makes dragons such an effective siege weapon during the old war against the Scaled Folk.
* KnifeNut: Archeth. She has names for all of them too.
* [[spoiler: LeftHanging: The main Dwenda plot is resolved. However, the Empire is still at war with the League, Archeth is still on her way back to Yhelteth with her newly sworn bodyguard who consider her a goddess and the Helmsmens' plans are still in play. For all her protestations about leaving Jhiral on the throne Archeth is going to be ''mightily'' pissed off when she finds out what he has done to her lover in her absence... It's in keeping with the spirit of the trilogy as it leaves it ambiguous as to if Archeth will usher in the golden age that the Helmsmen are trying to bring about or just be the cause of yet more wars.]]
* LizardFolk: The Scaled Folk
* TheEmpire: The Yelteth Empire
* TheRepublic: The Trelayne League
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: It's likely Emperor Jhiral will get one, now that Archeth is approaching him as he beats up her lover and furthermore Egil wants Archeth to depose the Emperor and will support her in the event of a coup]].
* KnightInSourArmour: All three main characters, but Ringil most of all
* LosingYourHead: The Dwenda like to cut off the heads of those who displease them and graft the still-living heads to tree stumps as a warning to others.
* [[spoiler:MagicFromTechnology]]: The Kiriath flashbacks make this pretty clear.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: For one thing they're aquatic, don't seem to fly and (as well as breathing fire as normal dragons) have acidic spittle
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Steppe Runners
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Dwenda
* PuppeteerParasite: Grave Mites, a rather new spin on zombies
* RapeAsBackstory: Ringil, his older brother and father are all members of their kingdom's knightly order. Unfortunately said order's initiation process is gang rape of the initiate by the senior members. This is so that all the members are bonded by the same secret shame.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ringil makes [[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Kovacs]] seem positively forgiving.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Ringil is [[spoiler:a descendant of the Dwenda race through his mother's side. He inherited a portion of their speed and looks, while his mother likely has some degree of longevity - she's known for looking younger than people decades her junior.]]
* StraightGay: Ringil, Archeth and Grace-of-Heaven [[spoiler:and Seethlaw]]
* TakeUpMySword: In both senses of the phrase. Ringil got Ravensfriend handed down to him from its original owner, Archeth's father. He also took up command of the fight against the Lizard Folk in the process.
* TheBerserker: Egar tends to get a bit angry in combat
* WhatTheHellHero: Ringil [[spoiler: in retaliation for his cousin being sold as a sex slave, has the female crimeboss responsible gang-raped for almost a whole day.]]
* WonTheWarLostThePeace: As hinted by the trilogy's title (it's meant with Morgan's usual cynicism), this is the main theme of the series.