A Darkness Forged in Fire (Iron Elves #1)
We do not fear the fire, though it consumes us,
And we do not fear its light,
Though it reveals the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
-- Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a stunning debut series, A Darkness Forged in Fire introduces an unforgiving world of musket and cannon...bow and arrow...magic, diplomacy, an...more
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...more
*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...more
In a world where elves bond with trees known as Wolf Oaks Konowa Swiftdragon, former leader of the military regiment known as the Iron Elves, has been exiled to the only place that he would never go willingly, a forest. After he murdered the former Viceroy f...more
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...more
When I first picked up Chris Evans' A Darkness Forged in Fire, Book One of the Iron Elves in a used book stored, I was a little suspect about the whole premise of the story. The idea of having musket-wielding elves didn't quite sit right in the mind. Nothing inherently wrong with the idea, but not entirely right, either. So, it took me awhile...more
I don't read military fantasy. I've never been so glad to have made an exception.
From the first chapters, I loved the main characters: Konowa Swift Dragon and Visyna Tekoy. Between their rather obvious attraction to each other and ongoing verbal sparring, I often forgot I was reading military fantasy.
Then Yimt, the sole dwa...more
I was standing in line at the library with a tall stack of books in my hand when I saw this eye catching blue colored book jacket with a sword on the cover, prominently displayed on a rack near the checkout counter. I picked it up, read the blurb on the back, saw that the main character was an elf with the last name of Swift Drago...more
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...more
Summery-It starts out from the point of view of a squirrel, who you find out is actually a elf using magic to look like a squirrel. The elf climbs up a mountain to a evil forest where the trees are evil. They are black and they can move their braches a lot, as you fi...more
Evans, in the true to form Lord of the Rings inheritence, has his pointy eared elves who love trees and speak without using contractions; his dwarves who have huge beards, live in caves, and have deep belly laughs; and his human beings who want to take over the world with an "empire" that is bad for the natural world (which of course would be...more
As the story begins in A Darkness Forged in Fire, Konowa Swift Dragon has led...more
Konowa Swift Dragon was at one time the leader of the grea...more
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...more
As the book opens, the Monarch gains new power, a Red Star falls and augers good or ill, and the Iron Elves--disbanded after the...more
This one could have used some more editing,...more
This book deals with the reforming of the Iron Elves, only without any of the original elves except for the Captain, who is an elf who hates...more