A Darkness Forged in Fire

A Darkness Forged in Fire Now in mass market the first novel in the thrilling series of epic storytelling and adventure reminiscent of J R R Tolkien and Bernard Cornwellwhere musket and cannon bow and arrow and magic and di

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Now in mass market, the first novel in the thrilling series of epic storytelling and adventure reminiscent of J.R.R Tolkien and Bernard Cornwellwhere musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy all wield power in an empire teetering on the brink of war In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire s elite Iron Elves, is anything bu Now in mass market, the first novel in the thrilling series of epic storytelling and adventure reminiscent of J.R.R Tolkien and Bernard Cornwellwhere musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy all wield power in an empire teetering on the brink of war In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire s elite Iron Elves, is anything but ordinary He s murdered a Viceroy, been court martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most the forest All he wants is to be left alone with his miserybut for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple Brimming with high adventure and intrigue, this is a splendid read for fans of both science fiction and fantasy military adventure Highly recommended Library Journal.
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  • Cynth says:

    There are so many things wrong with this book that frankly I'm surprised I was able to finish it. I'll tell you from now, there was a lot of eye rolling on my part. 1. Some fantasy authors do a great job introducing the readers to a different world filled with magic and mythical beings. Evans does a poor job. His fantastical world is barely believable. This is probably due to the way he introduces readers to the story and of course his poor analogies (eye roll and "oh please"). You eventually bu [...]

  • Jim says:

    This is a very creditable first novel & a good start to a trilogy. Interesting magic in lands peopled by all sorts of interesting critters including many varieties of dragons. Not all are huge monsters such as the skunk-dragon. The characters were good & memorable such as the main character, Konowa Swift Dragon, an elf who doesn't like trees or well, I don't want to tell too much. Some of the characters started off as a caricature & wind up being surprising. In the audio edition, it [...]

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    In the far west of the Hyntaland, the land of Elves, lies a dark mountain covered in flesh-eating trees whose roots have burrowed deep into the rock. At the pinnacle rests a single sickly Wolf Oak, a corrupted tree that bonded with an Elf who has become as twisted as the tree: the Shadow Monarch.To the far east, in the land called Elfkyna by the Calahrian Empire that rules it, the leader of the Iron Elves lives in the forest, exiled for killing the Viceroy who was an emissary of the Shadow Monar [...]

  • Lucinda says:

    Chris Evans 'The Iron Elves' trilogy completely overwhelmed me entirely and i cannot commend the books highly enough. It was only by a very slim chance that i picked up 'A darkness forged in fire' off the bookshelf because it really did not stand out at all with such a pale cover, but little did i know at the time that it was the best descision that i had ever made in terms of choosing a book to read. At first when i read the blurb i looked in disbelief at the words Elves next to muskets and i t [...]

  • Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    I liked this book. Perhaps against my expectations. No, really, it is rather good. The protagonist has a really catchy name too. Konowa Swift Dragon is an elf and former leader of the Iron Elves. He is also in exile and out of favour with just about everybody. The Elves don't like him because he doesn't adhere to the same beliefs about nature (The Iron Elves are so called because they use metal weapons such as Sabers and Muskets as opposed to the other Elves who shun metal, opting instead for wo [...]

  • Sarah says:

    I wanted to read this book because the premise of an elf who hated the woods was interesting. I thought that perhaps Evans would break through the typical fantasy elf/dwarf/etc barriers and create something completely new and absolutely different and refreshing. This book was superbly average. The romance was cliche, the dialog was stilted, the characters were not as unique as I had hoped. The plot was predictable. All of the standard dimensions of three-star fantasy were in place from the roman [...]

  • Sarah says:

    For my 250th review (on Shelfari, where I copied this from), I was honestly hoping to write cunningly written, insightful rave about my latest book. Instead, I'm going to write a review about "A Darkness Forged in Fire".*Possible* spoilers throughout this review.To be fair, it wasn't a TERRIBLE book. Not really. The book opens with glowing promise. Our intrepid hero, banished for a dishonorable deed done for all the right reasons, has been recalled to possibly restore his tarnished honor. He mee [...]

  • Abigail says:

    It amazes me how many different ways people can write about elves. Everyone has their own opinion to what elves are like, but one thing that remains constant is the tie of elves to nature. And "A Darkness Forged in Fire" is no different. The thing that really stood out to me was the fact that some elves use muskets, and the main character, Konowa actually hates the forest. It really helped make the Iron Elves or the "fallen ones" stand out among other elves I have read. The book had a strong ope [...]

  • Shanon says:

    The creatures were unique and interesting but I didn't feel most the characters were all that engaging. There was a lot of action but little character development throughout it. There was really only two characters that stood out to me, Alwyn & Yimt, neither of which are really the main characters of the book. Alwyn is a young man who really isn't suited for the life of a soldier and had many doubts throughout the story. Yimt is a seasoned warrior and a dwarf. His humor provides a much neede [...]

  • Forgotten Realms Queen says:

    I was finally able to obtain a complete copy (thanks Mr. Evans!) and it is still very much worth picking up.As i said before, good concept of an evil elf witch on top of a mountain that needs destroying, well paced, and had very believable characters that you could both love and hate. Yimt was my favorite, as I'm sure he will be with everyone else who reads the story. C'mon, who wouldn't love a crotchety old dwarf soldier with a silver tongue? (Sweet knobby kneed nuns!!!)They didn't reach the wi [...]

  • Kati says:

    First read in 2009. Re-read in August 2011: Much better the second time around. Bumping the rating up from 3 stars to 4. I'm really intrigued by the book now and can't wait to read part 2!First in the "Iron Elves" series. And quite good, actually. Once you get used to muskets and cannons in a fantasy book. I liked Konowa and his inability to connect with nature despite being an elf. I loved the dwarf Yimt and the bespectacled Alwyn. I liked Rallie the reporter and her drunk pelican Wobbly. What [...]

  • Mike (the Paladin) says:

    This book started out well and caught my interest. The story seemed promising and the elves without a "nature sense" were a good idea. The conflict much like discrimination toward the Iron Elves and then the betrayal scenario faced by the Iron Elves added even more interest.Unfortunately it all sort of fell apart for me. I didn't care for the way the story went and the ending was weak (at least for me). I don't plan to continue the series.This is one of those "sad for me" books in that I had hig [...]

  • Joseph says:

    The elf Konowa Swift Dragon used to lead Her Majesty's regiment The Iron Elves, but has spent the past year living in the forest after being banished in disgrace and getting his regiment disbanded for killing someone who, admittedly, did need a certain amount of killing.Now he's called back into service and his regiment is reactivated, filled not with veteran elves but with the dregs & cast-offs of the rest of the army, and sent on a mission through a hostile wilderness to retrieve an artifa [...]

  • Quantum Thief - Dark Puppet Angel 01 says:

    Action? Check. Fantasy? Check. Military Fantasy? Double check. By far this is the best series I have ever read! So let me explain on how I got my hands on this book. I was at my public library looking for books in the adult fiction section. Anyway I found the books i wanted to get when my eyes saw A Darkness Forged by Fire and I knew I wanted to read it when I saw whaat it was about. Now I'm reading the second book,which is just as good as the 1st. Plus I cant wait to read the third book.So can' [...]

  • Erika says:

    The cover of the UK mass market edition of A Darkness Forged in Fire is a mish-mash of images evocative of the American Civil War, Legolas, and Aragorn. About the only thing either of those have in common with Konowa Swift Dragon--implied cover art figure and protagonist--is the Elvishness and choice of weapons. This book would have been a lot better if Konowa was anywhere near as tortured or rugged as Aragorn.I’m not going to compare this book to Lord of the Rings. Let me get that out of the [...]

  • Ranting Dragon says:

    Chris Evans’ debut novel A Darkness Forged in Fire, the first installment in the Iron Elves Trilogy, shows off Evans’s passion for military history and fantasy as he joins the two in a gritty, imaginative marriage where army life and Napoleonic era tactics coexist with fantasy staples. The trilogy continues with The Light of Burning Shadows and will be completed by Ashes of a Black Frost, due for release in summer 2011.As the story begins in A Darkness Forged in Fire, Konowa Swift Dragon has [...]

  • Blodeuedd Finland says:

    I do like good old fantasy, rich worlds with complex histories, that is what world building is about. This was good fantasy.The book begins and we learn that the former Governoner of Elfkyna was murdered, but a decorated officer named Konowa. But the governor was working for the dreaded Shadow Monarch, still there was a price to be paid. The Iron Elves were sent away and he was sent to the forest. He is not a normal elf, he was born with the dark mark and he does not care for trees. That is what [...]

  • Lyle Kimo Valdez says:

    I found this story quite hard to get into but once I got past the first about 100 pages or so I was sucked in and couldn't leave it down. There are some different concepts at work here, not radically different, but just different enough. Elves in particular take on traditional and non-traditional roles, but done very well. The evil Shadow Monarch, who is really a master of the powers of cold, opposes all life. The Long Watch elves who guard the trees oppose her, as well as the Empire, and the Ir [...]

  • Sadie Forsythe says:

    This was a middle of the road read for me. Some aspects of it I quite enjoyed, like the dwarf and the spectacled kid, as well as a few of the other low ranking soldiers. And I thought it had a quite dramatic ending. But there were other aspects that didn't work for me. There is NO chemistry in the romance, none. I thought no one reacted realistically to the odd things happening around them and I thought the battles went on and on and on. I think I'll probably read the next one in the series, sin [...]

  • Chris says:

    I may not finish this-some parts are adequately written but the style is mixed and the writer is obviously trying to write the usual trilogy or more. I doubt I will bother with the sequel. It was a gift so feel obliged to at least start.And I did end up finishing this. This is a strange mixture of several different styles of fantasy and the author has not decided whether this is a Tolkein style with elves and magic or a faux Napoleonic wars musket fantasy. As it is neither fish nor fowl, it is a [...]

  • Haralambi Markov says:

    I can state with a great deal of personal conviction that “A Darkness Forged in Fire” is a strong and stable debut, which is a seldom find. Bordering between traditional fantasy, which is centered on a quest and the greater balance between good and evil, and military fiction as a hybrid it can easily secure a mixed audience.I loved it. Despite all the kinks, which I perceived as unimportant enough to ruin my experience, the story and its charged took over my critical approach as a reviewer a [...]

  • David says:

    When I first picked this book up at the bookstore, I was intrigued. Elves with muskets? That was new! So I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.Without giving anything away, the plot was good without getting bogged down. The characters were well thought out, and I loved their interaction.Keep in mind this is the first in a series, so it leaves more questions than it answers. Still, I think if you're looking for something light and different to read, this is a good book to try.

  • Jeffrey says:

    I liked this book. Its a good fast read and a pretty good first novel. I liked Konowa as a character a lot, however where I thought the book was deficient was in explaining the iron elves, how they got guns etc.We never learn who all of the characters are and we do not learn all of the powers of the magical people, but clearly the book is part of a trilogy so I would expect to get more information later.

  • Alley says:

    Bleh! It had potential and just never seemed to find its footing. I can't honestly recall the last time I read a book that left me so disinterested in the plot & characters. It was a relief to finish but not in any sense of caring about the story. This read was a total chore. sorry Mr. Evans better luck to your future endeavors.

  • Paul Game says:

    Sharpe becomes an elf, has a magic musket.

  • S.A. Bolich says:

    I seldom don't make through a book, but this one was so deadly I couldn't finish. A lot of uninteresting characters wandering to nowhere, interminably.

  • Ann says:

    I picked this book up at first because of the title. It's a damn good title. Makes me want to know more.And there's my love of people doing interesting things with high fantasy tropes. This is essentially a book about a typical high/epic-fantasy type world it's got humans and elves and dwarves and other fantasy-type races and beings but set forward in time from what you typically see in high/epic fantasy. That is, it ain't the middle ages. They have gunpowder technology. No combustible engines, [...]

  • Stephen Holtman says:

    This book centers on a group called the Iron Elves and their former commander Konowa Swift Dragon as they try to find the fallen red star that has the potential to bring back the magic that has been so long gone. The writing in this one was so reminsint of the old style of the fantasy stories of such standing as the lord of the rings and the Shannara series. It was nice to see such an intriguing,captivating fantasy tale that never failed to keep the story going at such a strong style. I thought [...]

  • Moira says:

    Kniha mě zaujala anotací, jelikož elfy a podobnou havěť neuvěřitelně miluji, a krásnou obálkou. Samotná kniha má perfektní stylistické řešení a já jí po této stránce dávám pět z pěti hvězdiček. Kdybych byla uštěpačná, napsala bych, že si malý kluk splnil svůj sen. Zpočátku mi totiž kniha připomínala hraní kluka, který si stavěl vojáčky a bojoval své bitvy. Ne, nenechte se zmást mými slovy, kniha není špatně napsaná. Naopak, je to strhující dí [...]

  • Samantha says:

    Chucked it at 65 pages for a few reasons.First, I don't have time for this lazy writing. There's some big, bad villain, named the Shadow Monarch, who lives (or is jailed) in the woods and (I think) communes with a dark, evil, powerful tree. Much scared. So evil. Wow. Most of the time she's referred to as "Her" with an uppercase H. It's so lazy.Second, the book jumps around from character to character without spending enough time to allow the reader to get a feel for any of them, or the world, or [...]

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