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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Evans Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Iron Elves Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400178360
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Strong storytelling, a compelling cast of heroes and villains, and a keen knowledge of military tactics of the Napoleonic era make this...a splendid read. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “I’m always thrilled by seeing a new author press the boundaries of the conventions of fantasy. Chris Evans does just that—taking the broad sword and sorcery archetypes and placing them squarely in a new and exciting environment.”

    R. A. Salvatore

  • “A masterful debut—if J. R. R. Tolkien and Bernard Cornwell had a literary love child, this would be it.”

    Karen Traviss, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fascinating…combining the best touches of fantasy and military storytelling.”

    John Ringo, New York Times bestselling author of the Legacy of the Aldenata

  • “An earthy, sardonic antihero, Konowa (Swift Dragon) stands uneasily at the crux of a complicated network of loyalties while flanked by a large, colorful cast…A truly worrying conclusion hooks readers for book two.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 S. A. | 5/10/2011

    " I seldom don't make through a book, but this one was so deadly I couldn't finish. A lot of uninteresting characters wandering to nowhere, interminably. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 3/5/2011

    " I gave up after chapter 14.
    I have such limited time to read that unless a book grabs me, konks me over the head, and sucks my life into it, I have a had time finishing just to say I finished.
    Very witty writing, but the plot just wasn't enough to grab me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 2/20/2011

    " to jumpy for me, I don't like switching all the time from character to character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orla | 1/15/2011

    " Excellent book, grips you from the start. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxann | 8/15/2010

    " I never got into this book. I found it difficult to follow. I never could figure out the main characters were really about. The creatures and others were interesting and unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reader73 | 7/22/2010

    " I liked the characters and the story but unfortunately it didn't reach "really liked it" status. Some things were to silly, like the squirrel they fired to hit the canonball in mid air. "

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About the Author
Author Chris EvansChris Evans is also the author of The Iron Elves saga: A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes of a Black Frost, as well as the nonfiction book Bloody Jungle: The War in Vietnam. He is a military historian and former editor for Random House and Stackpole Books. Born in Canada, he lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.