Darkness Forged in Fire : The Iron Elves Book 1 Paperback
by Chris Evans
Rejected by their own kind for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, the Iron Elves chose instead to serve with the human armies of the Calahrian Empire, hoping through their dedication and discipline to wipe out the stain of their birth.
Their reputation is legendary -- until their commander, Konowa Swift Dragon, takes it upon himself -- for the best of reasons -- to assassinate the Viceroy.
Court-martialled and exiled to the forest he despises, his beloved regiment disgraced, dishonoured and disbanded, Konowa finds himself suddenly recalled and ordered to re-form the Iron Elves for one last reconnaissance mission.
But the new Iron Elves are not at all the same as they were before, and the mission is a suicidal one, with more at stake than Konowa could possibly have imagined.
For the Shadow Monarch and her allies have harnessed destructive forces with the power to tear worlds apart -- and those who bear her mark have a destiny greater than they know. So begins an heroic journey in the company of a motley band of misfits, rebels and outcasts, with a central character whose engaging, brilliantly realised blend of cynicism, dry humour, duty and anguish make him unlike any other in fantasy fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/07/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781847393814
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Review by wyvernfriend
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.Konowa Swift Dragon was the commander of the Iron Elves, an elite company. Now he's disgraced and the Iron Elves disbanded. They're reformed, but now as a rag-tag bunch of elves, humans and dwarves. Their oath means different things to them now, and will change the way things go.In the background there is the Shadow Monarch, who wants power and control and is willing to do anything to get it. She has some influence on some of the Iron Elves but theres a core that the elves have that she's finding it hard to influence.I did find it hard to get into, and there were times that the various threads got a bit tangled in my head and I couldn't help thinking that while this wasn't a bad story, there was a better story lurking under it, if only some of the superficial layers could be peeled away.