The Light of Burning Shadows: Book Two of the Iron Elves (Iron Elves #2)
In the bestselling and legendary traditions of J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell, and Terry Brooks, the second novel in the acclaimed epic fantasy series following A Darkness Forged in Fire—where musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy all vie for supremacy in an empire teetering on the brink of war.
Disgraced elf officer Konowa Swift Dragon of t ...more
The Light of Burning Shadows continues the story of the Iron Elves a few months after the end of the Battle of Luuguth Jor depicted in A Darkness Forged in Fire. The Iron Elves have won a reputation as fearsome fighters with unwavering loyalty to the Calharian Empire. Their reward for success and beating suicidal odds? More impossible assignments.
Traveling to remote islands and the deserts of the Calharian Empire, the Iron Elves encounter a new supernatural enemy. As they make sense of th ...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
This book deals primaril ...more
The story itself was pretty good. It's part two of a militaristic fantasy. I'm not usually a fan of strict military stories, but this one has plenty of other magical elements to it that I enjoyed it a lot. For the most part, it was exciting and flowed pretty well. There were a few parts where I was confused by the flow of events, ...more
the author manages to put countless hints and snippets into his story, that seem to prepare for some really great explanation scenarios later in the series (trilogy?) and some big surprises. Hopefully he will be able to follow this preparations with a big bang finale.
The cast is still interesting and shows a good mixture of abilities, affi ...more
It's still good and gives more context to the Empire that Konowa fights for, but it's not as satisfying or meaty as the first book.
Still, I did enjoy it and I'm looking forward to the finish.
Magic, political maneuverings and military strategy all wind together to make this an excellent read. I do wish that I had read A Darkness Forged in Fire first. I think it would have given me more background on what was going on and the characters. I will go back and read ...more
Muskets and magic, kind of fun. Doesn't bog down in the military minutae but sticks to the plot(s) and respects the characters. The world building is good. Nothing at all wrong with this series, ...more
Finish this last night and it left me with a cliff hanger so I hope to see the next book soon before I forget the story details. #2 was NOT as good a story as the first. It seemed thin in action and heavy in characters moaning about their fate. Still, its an OK series and I'll look for the rest of the story in the future.
..."They might be doomed, damned and buggered for all eternity, That didn't mean they couldn't glitter like a diamond in the sun and grin like a skull in the moonlight on their way to oblivion.".... or " using subtlety on you lot is like a witch not wearing her hat....no point"
However, some of the side characters have gone through more development. It appears that the author wanted to focus on two other characters more than the main captain.
It’s a must-read. “A Darkness Forged in Fire” hooked me entirely and “The Light of Burning Shadows” only cemented my opinion that the Iron Elves series has been a wise reading decision
I can't wait for this summer when the third book comes out.