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A Darkness Forged in Fire


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Chris Evans is also the author of the Iron Elves saga: A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes of a Black Frost, as well as Of Bond and Thunder, and the nonfiction book Bloody Jungle: The War in Vietnam. He is a military historian and former editor for Random House and Stackpole Books. Born in Canada, he lives in New York City.


Evans's debut military/fantasy novel, the first in the "Iron Elves" series, is not for the light fantasy reader. In it, Evans demonstrates his knowledge of military tactics, but listeners may be bored by the cliched characters and dialog. Michael Kramer's (The Devil You Know) deep voice is pleasing, though at times the low end is booming and distorted. Not recommended as an audio acquisition. [The Pocket hc was an LJ Best Fantasy Book of 2008 and received a starred review, LJ 7/08.-Ed.]-Johannah Genett, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Minneapolis Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

This uncomplicated series debut introduces Konowa Swift Dragon, professional soldier turned full-time cynic. Exiled for killing the brutal viceroy of Elfkyna, an appointee of the Calahrian Empire who secretly served the evil witch known as the Shadow Monarch, Konowa has spent a year wandering around feeling sorry for himself. When the Shadow Monarch threatens the empire, Konowa reluctantly answers the call back to service, furious to find his former elite regiment filled with ordinary men and commanded by the incompetent heir to the throne. With anti-empire elfkynan witch Visyna Tekoy and cigar-chomping journalist Rallie Synjyn as his unlikely allies, Konowa must retrieve the prophesied Red Star and put down a rebellion. Evans hews closely to the high fantasy template, and slyly humorous details--an elf who hates forests, a dark lord who saves babies and saplings--never quite redeem the boilerplate story and its grouchy hero. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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