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The Light of Burning Shadows

The Light of Burning Shadows

Book Two of the Iron Elves

(Part of Iron Elves)
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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 Calahrian Imperial Army has been forcibly returned from exile to resurrect the regiment he once led, the Iron Elves. These elves, born bearing the mark of an elf witch known as the Shadow Monarch, are shunned by their own people. In hopes of proving the mark false, the elves volunteer to fight for the Calaharian Empire in its quest to rid the world of dark magic. The regiment became legendary for its fighting ability, but all was lost in an instant when their commanding officer, Konowa, murdered the Calaharian Viceroy of Elfkyna, casting the loyalty of the elves into question. The regiment was banished to the desert, while Konowa was court-martialed and disappeared. Now, having found the mythical Star that was rumored to have fallen from the sky in a remote land, things couldn’t be worse for Konowa and the Iron Elves regiment as they trek through the blazing desert on their quest to defeat the Shadow Monarch once and for all....

Packed with wit, high adventure, and political intrigue, The Light of Burning Shadows will have readers hooked on this bold and exciting fantasy series.
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  • Pocket Books | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439164587 | 
  • July 2009
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Military Historian and Novelist Chris Evans: The Iron Elves series

Book Two of the Iron Elves trilogy sees conflicted hero Konowa Swift Dragon and the tattered remants of his regiment battling impossible odds to defea

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The Light of Burning Shadows


There were two of him now, and neither one knew which was sane.

He stood atop the ridgeline running the length of the island and waited for the sun to drown. The ocean darkened. Shadows bled up the windward slope toward him. Bodies pierced by the trunks of obsidian trees became shrouded in the gloom. The smell of putrefying flesh fled as the heat of the day leached from the air. It was as if nothing had happened here. No horrors to relive, no nightmares to endure.

He might have believed that if... see more

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Q. how did you come to write The Light of Burning Shadows?

A. I'm fascinated by T.E. Lawrence, and the movie Lawrence of Arabia with its vast panoramas of sand and dunes inspired me to set a fantasy in a desert locale. With the setting determined, I then set about developing the characters further, especially their views on the Blood Oath and the Empire.

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