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A darkness forged in fire, Chris Evans

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A darkness forged in fire
Title
A darkness forged in fire
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Chris Evans
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eng
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Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as 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. Now, all he wants is to be left alone with his misery ... but for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple. The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty's Imperial Army, effective immediately. His assignment: reach the Red Star (a star heralding the return of a magic long vanished from the Earth) before the dreaded Shadow Monarch, a legendary elf-witch.--From publisher description
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Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
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  • Konowa Swiftdragon, once commander of the Calahrian Empire's renowned Iron Elves, is now a disgraced ex-soldier. Though elvish, Konowa is more comfortable with metal and fire than with nature and, like all the Iron Elves, was marked at birth for an ill-omened destiny by the malevolent Shadow Monarch. When a prophetic Red Star falls, awakening lost magic, Konowa is recalled to find it with a new regiment of Iron Elves—except this bunch is the dregs of the military and not even elves. Their journey is plagued by monsters and an unforeseen rebellion, but the worst is to come. The Shadow Monarch's play for the Star is a ruse masking another intent that Konowa doesn't see until too late. An earthy, sardonic antihero, Konowa stands uneasily at the crux of a complicated network of loyalties while flanked by a large, colorful cast. Though knotty political machinations confuse the beginning, they eventually add richness to Evans' militaristic fantasy world, in which magic users mix with musket-wielding soldiers. A truly worrying conclusion hooks readers for book two. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 07-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 21, p48)
  • 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) --Staff (Reviewed May 19, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 20, p39)
  • /* Starred Review */ Anathema to his own elven people for bearing the birthmark of the Shadow Monarch, which enables him to handle the forged weapons that burn most elves, Konowa Swiftdragon had served the Calahrian Empire as leader of the Iron Elves, an elite company made up of others like him who could fight with musket and sword. His murder of a Viceroy of the Empire resulted in his court-martial and exile and the disbanding of his company. But when the fall of a Red Star marks the return of legendary monsters, Konowa is reinstated as commander of a newly reformed—and very different—Iron Elves and sent on a deadly mission. Evans's first novel heralds the launch of an outstanding military fantasy series unlike any since Glen Cook's beloved "Black Company" series. Konowa, a hero worthy of both admiration and scorn, struggles with his heritage and his conscience as supernatural forces gather around him. Strong storytelling, a compelling cast of heroes and villains, and a keen knowledge of military tactics of the Napoleonic era make this a priority purchase for most libraries and a splendid read for fans of both sf and fantasy military adventure. Highly recommended. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed July 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 12, p70)
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272216
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BTCTA
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Evans, Chris
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
LC call number
PS3605.V3645
LC item number
D37 2008
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fiction
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True
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Book one of the Iron elves
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0001
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  • Soldiers
  • Magic
  • Magic
  • Magic
  • Soldiers
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A darkness forged in fire, Chris Evans
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24 cm
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1st Pocket books hardcover ed.
Extent
419 pages
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9781416570516
Lccn
2008298291
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A darkness forged in fire, Chris Evans
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24 cm
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1st Pocket books hardcover ed.
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419 pages
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9781416570516
Lccn
2008298291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
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(OCoLC)180756194

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