A Darkness Forged in Fire

  • by Chris Evans
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Chrystal

A Story Without a Hook

I went back and forth over whether this was a 2 or a 3 but in the end I decided 3 stars is reserved for books I at least finished. This book is right on the borderline.

The concept for the world is a good one but the story is told in such a boring and cliche way that there's just no in. For all the long physical description of meaningless objects and settings the author fails to sell the world or give it the least believability. It's especially amusing when he wants to make sure that you understand that a character is evil, he lays it on so thick he must have used a trowel.

I can't help thinking that a slight adjustment in the narrative might have made this book tolerable. Perhaps if the narration were less overwrought or if the story had focused on the main character earlier and at greater length. Except the more I heard about the main the less sympathy I felt for him. The idea of an elf who can't connect with nature is interesting for about 5 minutes but then he manages to be so distasteful that I ceased to care about his problems at all.

The narrator reads this story like he is either bored and falling asleep in mid-sentence or having trouble with all the big words. I can't help thinking he shares my opinions.
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- Alyssa "I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio