By: Chris Evans
Synopsis: Even in this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire’s elite Iron Elves, is anything but ordinary. He’s murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most – the forest. All he wants is to be left alone, but then an unexpected royal decree orders him to resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty’s Imperial Army, effective immediately. For in the east, a falling Red Star heralds the return of a long-vanished magic, and rebellion is growing within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds. It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself – but the entire enterprise appears to be a suicide mission… and the soldiers recruited for the task are not quite what he expects. Worst of all, his key adversary to obtain the Star is none other than the dreaded Shadow Monarch, whose machinations for absolute domination spread deeper than Konowa could ever imagine.
Format: A Darkness Forged In Fire is the first book in the Iron Elves series. It introduces us to Konowa Swift Dragon, and his struggle for redemption in the eyes of his peers as well as himself. My copy is 620 pages long and was published in 2009 by First Pocket Books.
My Thoughts: This book takes you on quite the adventure. It is one of those books that never truly mentions the overall villain, yet leaves you without a doubt of their evil. The Shadow Monarch is a threat on the horizon, hard to believe in yet undoubtedly real. You can easily sympathize with the characters that have trouble believing in that evil, as you yourself find it hard to believe. Fantastic writing for the “bad guys” overall in this book!
Not only that, but this book shows the true flaws in the good versus evil dimensionality. The main characters, who are on the good side, are working for goals that can be competing and leaving everyone in doubt with what is truly good. The plot highlights that good and evil are a matter of perspective. Right and Wrong are based on who is in control of the story, and are almost a matter of luck. Yet despite all odds, the main characters can make decisions that show the world they are trying to be morally right.
I can go over, in detail, how amazing this book’s plot is, how the world and politics are clearly painstakingly created, how the characters move you to be a better person. I could go over how the book will keep you awake at night, and if you aren’t reading it you will be wishing you were. I can even say it will change how you view the world. But these are all things you should experience. Go out there and get this book!
Then let me know what you think about it of course 🙂