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Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He has 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.

Now all Konowa wants is to be left alone with his misery. But for him, nothing is ever that simple. The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he 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 magic long vanished from the earth. Rebellion grows within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds. It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself---even if the entire affair appears doomed to be a suicide mission. And the soldiers recruited for the task are not at all what he expects. Worse, his key adversary in the perilous race for the Star is the dreaded Shadow Monarch---a legendary elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination spread deeper than Konowa could ever imagine.

©2008 Chris Evans; (P)2008 Tantor

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Pleasantly surprised...

I bought this on a whim but I am glad that I did. It has kept me entertained. A little slow in the beginning but not bad once you get into it. Looking forward to more books.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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worth my time

This book, while i agree is not a unique one, is one that i enjoyed. it took me a little bit to get into it but once i did i was really upset to find that it has no sequel yet. i love series' that i can get into and this would definately suit me better than alot of books i've found lately. it progressed straight toward an obvious conflict at the end, but as the first in a series, Evans did a good job letting us get to know the characters well enough for me to see this as an intro. and i really do expect the next book/s to be even better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Darkness Formed in Fire

Excellent! I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was very vivid and the characters and plot are enchanting. Very enjoyable!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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interactive

I really enjoyed this book of the series, and I am looking forward to the next one. The characters were lifelike, and there were times when I had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard. I highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • FM
  • 12-12-08

Will buy books 2 and 3 when they come out

As one other reviewer said, it is a little slow to get started, but the character development and plot pick up quite nicely after the first chapter or two. At first, it seems like another standard D&D/fantasy book with the good guy finding incredibly awesome powers to defeat the ancient evil, but it turns into a book with characters that you start to care about what happens to them. I listen to books during the commute to work, and it's been hard to wait until I get back in the car to find out what happens next.

Michael Kramer does a good job on this book. He is easy to listen to, and his different character voices are distinctive enough that you have no problem knowing who's talking.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Sherwood, OR, United States
  • 11-24-13

Michael Kramer is amazing - the story was just OK

I selected this audio book because I'm a fan of Michael Kramer (the narrator). As always, he does an amazing job. The story itself was good but not great. It seemed to lack depth as if background information about the characters had been edited out. I enjoyed the book but not enough to pick up the second book in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly enjoyable! Very entertaining!

Have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters and the plot were not as predictable as others in the same genre. As for the narration, Michael Kramer was definitely the guy for the job. He managed to personify the depth in each character and the true feeling of the book that I am certain Chris Evans desired. Several chapters gave me goosebumps. The climax and ending to the story were great!

This book was in my Audible library for a very long time before I finally managed to listen to it. Now I am kicking myself for not listening to it sooner or at least soon enough to put the second in the series on my download list last month.

Thank you Audible for making my commute something I actually look forward to each day. Ok, well maybe "look forward to" is a little much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a light fantasy

It's pretty middle of the road. Elves, Dragons, and Various other monsters. If you are a fantasy addict you'll probably get some enjoyment. If you looking for "something different" - I'd try somewhere else.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Mims, FL, USA
  • 03-09-09

Engaging

I am a Tower and the Hive, Dragonriders of Pern, The Vor Game, and Eve Dallas(J.D.Robb) Patricia Cornwell Fan. This was a refreshing change for me. Keep my attention and even has we wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cecilia
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 12-16-08

A Book Forged in Skill

There is no doubt that Chris Evans is not only a masterful storyteller, but also a really good writer; one who is able to weave magic with his words.
It is also very clear that upon starting A Darkness Forged in Fire the reader is making a commitment to what I believe will be one of the greatest fantasy sagas ever written. This first book of the Iron Elves fulfills its role of introducing us beautifully to the premise, the characters, the setting and the exposition of what will be an intricate storyline, while leaving us with a hankering for more.
I cannot wait for the second book, promised, I believe, for July of 2009. In itself, this first book is entertaining and moving, the language filled with moments of poetry, humour and raw emotion.
Do yourself a favour, read this A Darkness Forged in Fire and embark upon a magical adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful