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A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris  Evans
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
Read on February 01, 2012

This book grew on me. I liked the main character, Konowa, from the start. He's a former Iron Elf commander who killed a government official because the official was in thrall to the Shadow Monarch, who is the evil -- but his actions got him banished and the Iron Elves disbanded. However, the Shadow Monarch is on the rise again, and Konowa is ordered back from his banishment to head up a reconstituted, and very different, band of Iron Elves -- one in which he is very nearly the only member who's an actual elf.

Most of the other characters are straight out of Central Casting and have very little depth -- there's a naive human soldier, an irascible dwarf, a buffoonish Prince, and a piece of eye candy for Konowa -- but the plot has some interesting twists. By the end of the book, I liked it very much.

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