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The Light of Burning Shadows (Iron Elves #2)

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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 the Calahri
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Pocket Books
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And now the Iron Elves (most of whom are not, in fact, elves) have sailed across the sea to a desert kingdom to continue the fight against the forces of the Shadow Monarch (think: Galadriel who succumbed to the temptation of the One Ring) and others who would stand between them and their prize. More adventure, more dark magic, more musketry, complications ensue -- yeah, it's a middle book, but it's an enjoyable middle book, and I'm cheerfully continuing on to the third.

Blodeuedd Finland
This book continues where book 1 left off. Konowa and The Iron Elves are destroying the Shadow Monarchs trees on islands on their way to the desert on the south. There Konowa hopes to meet up with his exiled men, the true Iron Elves and with them take up the fight to banish the Shadow Monarch. But as they come closer darkness is growing, and there are rumours about another Star falling in the desert. Everyone wants the starts power for their own purpose, and Konowa knows that he held it once and ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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THE LIGHT OF BURNING SHADOWS is Book Two of The Iron Elves series by Chris Evans. I recently reviewed the first book, A Darkness Forged In Fire, and was thrilled to have THE LIGHT OF BURNING SHADOWS sitting here waiting or me. I was excited about continuing the story ofKonowa and his men, yet at the same time I was nervous. I didn ’t know if the second book could hold up to the first but I was pleasantly surprised. THE LIGHT OF BURNING SHADOWS held up wonderfully to the expectations set forth in ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Red Star will stay with the Elfkynan people, but more stars will certainly fall. Konowa Swift Dragon and his Iron Elves now realize the full weight of the curse they are bound under and fear their immortality of service. Konowa and his men want the curse to end, but they don’t know how to end it. To strengthen and reinforce their numbers, Konowa sends the Iron Elves south to look for the former elven members of the group. With the Shadow Monarch still alive, the new Viceroy of Elfkyna under ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, čj
Vojenská síla, magie, vše se splétá dohromady a každý se vydává na hon. Hvězdy, předměty obrovské magie schopné měnit svět, se vracejí. Kdo získá hvězdu, kdo koho chrání a kdo koho zachrání? Hvězda v Elfkyně byla zachráněna a nese lidu naději na svobodu, na osvobození od Impéria, které jej potlačuje. A teď se vrací Pouštní klenot, hvězda země pouští. Kdo získá tuto hvězdu? Železní elfové, vojáci Impéria svázaní krvavou přísahou, kterou otrávila zlá Temná vládkyně? Nebo jiná moc, která hoří bílým ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with various fantasy epic series I've read, there are different story arcs in this plot. You have the main plot; to stop the Shadow Monarch. Then you have Konowa's quest, which is to free him and his Iron Elves from this dreaded Blood Oath and to also recruit back his original Iron Elves army. Then you also have the interesting plot of Renwar, a soldier in the Iron Elves who has trouble with visions, and hears voices. He realizes he is different from the rest of them and wants desperately to ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2009.FWFTB: oath, troublemakers, elf-witch, desert, library. Trawling through my books on GR, I came across the earlier book in the series and remembered that I really enjoyed it. So, when I found this second book in the library, I really had no choice but to read it. The style of writing just suits me down to the ground. It is not overly clunky or overworked - it is succinct and descriptive at the same time. I love the humour that runs through the book. It is not manufactured; in other words, ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to A Darkness Forged in Fire improves immensely over the first book by doing one thing; cutting out the filler. Although the length of pages is close to the same amount, the spacing in between lines is noticeably larger, making the book seem longer than it really should be. There is less to read, but the meat is left unharmed. In a lot of ways the writing is the same and the plot is still a bit predictable, but the book introduces a major theme, and incorporates its supporting charact ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Light of burning shadows is the second installment in Chris Evans epic fantasy trilogy 'The Iron Elves' and if anyone has read my review and thoughts on book 1 (A darkness forged in fire) then you will already know how much i love his work. When a first book in a series or trilogy is so good and has set the bar high as a concequence it is then hard for the author to maintain that same momentum into the second book and to keep the readers attention engaged, but with this fantasy trilogy you d ...more
Jessica Strider
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Iron Elves series starts immediately where A Darkness Forged in Fire finishes. The Iron Elves are clearing the Shadow Monarch's sarka har and rakkes from the 7 islands in the Onmedan Sea before heading to the desert to pick up the original Iron Elves. Or so Major Konowa believes. It turns out there are other reasons to head for the desert, and other magics at play. For a second star is returning, and several powerful people would like control of it.

This book deals primaril
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The following review is for both A Darkness Forged in Fire and its sequel The Light of Burning Shadows.


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

Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first installment long enough ago that I couldn't remember much of the plot or characters. Note to self: never start reading a series with the second book. This book jumps in right where the first book left off (apparently) and assumes you're up to date with the happenings from before (which I wasn't, as years and many books have passed since then). For me, then, this reading was a struggle to remember why meaningful glances were meaningful, the difference between black frost fire and ...more
Even better than book #1! Chris Evans has an amazing ability to combine humor, adventure and incredibly likable characters. And his character development is one of the best I've found in a book in ages, see the relationship between Konowa and Prince Tykkin, for example. In the first book, Prince Tykkin was an arrogant prick of the highest order. In this one, he and Konowa start finally working together and even agree on stuff, which shocks both of them. And I literally cheered when Prince Tykkin ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I listened to this on audiobook, and I have to say, the guy reading this was AMAZING. Definitely the best narrator for any audio recording I've ever heard. Props to him.

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,
A good sequal, that find's it's place in between the simple continuation of the first part and enough of an own identity to not be boring in comparison to it.

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
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed that this book stayed true to the feel of the Iron Elves #1. A slight mix of Tolkien-type creatures amidst war and mysticism once believed to be fable. Without giving away too much, this is not a book you want to try to read without reading A Darkness Forged in Fire first. I read the first story a while back but I feel like this one had much more action in it. Although the story was intriguing, adventurous, and well-written I was slightly disappointed that it seemed like the middle por ...more
Ryan Mishap
Fairly tame for adult fantasy, but not aimed at youngsters, probably. Book 2 continues much like the end of the first with the newly re-cast regiment known as the Iron Elves setting off for the desert wastes to find the original Iron Elves, a lost library, and the location where the next Star will fall.

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,
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read Chris Evans until I picked up the first book, A Darkness Forged in Fire, which was fantastic. The Light of Burning shadows continues his excellent writing style and knowledge base of Napoleonic style battles mixed with British Colonialism, and the possible politics that go on in the ranks of the officers and common soldiers. He has mixed these elements with fantasy that draws the reader in and leaves them wanting more the way Steven Eriksons Malazon Book of the Fallen series, or Ro ...more
Carol Evans
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It’s been a while since I read a fantasy adventure, and I think this is the first book I’ve read this year that I actually recommended to my husband. The book grabbed me in the first chapter and never let go.

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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for book 2 in the series quite as much as I loved book 1. In many ways, this one is a classic "second act", upping the tension and the potential stakes (Yimit! Ally!) but not actually advancing the plot very far, instead positioning people for the climax in book three.

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.
Book #1 was a good read this #2 and I hope to remember to look for #3 as the author is slow.
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.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best way i can come up with to give a feel for the ambiance,feel,attitude of this book is with a direct quote from it.
..."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 point"
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The story took an odd turn where the main character really didn't have much of a front and center role and has become more of a flat character in the sense that all he does is hate and not much else. The character hasn't grown.

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.
Haralambi Markov
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“The Light of Burning Shadows” manages to keep up with the buzzed up enthusiasm that “A Darkness Forged in Fire” ignited in me as a reader and elevated the world and the bigger story to further, epic scales.

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
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It feels unfair to judge this book too harshly, as it's main purpose is to progress the plot but not to reach a resolution. In romance aspect, this is true - it's only briefly referred to. Otherwise, the plot picks up momentum and stakes keep getting raised higher. Looking forward to the third book.
Amanda Meggs
I found this book really heavy going. The first one also took a while to get started but this one was a bit depressing. The characters didn't really catch a break all the way through, poor Konowa has a terrible time - no one likes him, everyone lies to him, he is very isolated. I'm not sure if I will continue with the series as I didn't enjoy it as much as no. 1.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. I couldn't put it down. It didn't complete what I thought was a main story line and kept it hanging. So of course now I am hoping the next book is already published and I don't have to wait for book 3.
Mary  Ann
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: epic-series
For some reason I just cannot get into the characters in this story, It is your typical middle earth type fantasy, with elves and dwarves and magic but I find my mind wondering as much with this story as with my textbooks. Could be that I have just read too many of this genre?
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