By Chris Evans
We don't worry the flame, notwithstanding it burns us,
We don't worry the fireplace, notwithstanding it consumes us,
And we don't worry its light,
Though it unearths the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
-- Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a beautiful debut sequence, A Darkness solid in hearth introduces an unforgiving global of musket and cannon...bow and arrow...magic, international relations, and oaths -- every one wielding bad energy in an Empire teetering on the point of war.
In this international, Konowa quick Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is regarded upon as something yet traditional. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, visible his liked regiment disbanded, and eventually been banished in shame to the only position he despises the main -- the forest.
Now, all he desires is to be left on my own together with his misery...but for Konowa, not anything is ever that straightforward. The mysterious and welcoming Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out within the risky wild with a royal decree that he resume his fee as an officer in Her Majesty's Imperial military, potent immediately.
For within the east, a falling purple superstar heralds the go back of a magic lengthy vanished from the earth. uprising grows in the Empire as a frantic race to arrive the famous person unfolds. it's a probability for Konowa to redeem himself -- whether the whole affair looks doomed to be a suicide mission...
and that the warriors recruited for the duty usually are not in any respect what he expects. And worse, his key adversary within the perilous race for the megastar is the scary Shadow Monarch -- a mythical elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination unfold deeper than Konowa may possibly ever imagine....
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A Darkness Forged in Fire (The Iron Elves, Book 1) by Chris Evans