Rejected by their own kind for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, the Iron Elves chose instead to serve with the human armies of the Calahrian Empire, hoping through their dedication and discipline to wipe out the stain of their birth.
Their reputation is legendary - until their commander, Konowa Swift Dragon, takes it upon himself - for the best of reasons - to assassinate the Viceroy. Court-martialled and exiled to the forest he despises, his beloved regiment disgraced, dishonoured and disbanded, Konowa finds himself suddenly recalled and ordered to re-form the Iron Elves for one last reconnaissance mission.
But the new Iron Elves are not at all the same as they were before, and the mission is a suicidal one, with more at stake than Konowa could possibly have imagined. For the Shadow Monarch and her allies have harnessed destructive forces with the power to tear worlds apart - and those who bear her mark have a destiny greater than they know.
So begins an heroic journey in the company of a motley band of misfits, rebels and outcasts, with a central character whose engaging, brilliantly realised blend of cynicism, dry humour, duty and anguish make him unlike any other in fantasy fiction.
About the Author
Chris Evans was born in Canada and now lives in New York City. He is a historian as well as an editor of military history and current affairs books. The Light of Burning Shadows is his second novel.
"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 of Star Wars: Legacy of the Force-Revelation and City of Pearl
"Fascinating...combining the best touches of fantasy and military storytelling."
-- John Ringo, New York Times bestselling author of the Legacy of the Aldenata and The Council Wars series
"A thrilling epic from beginning to end, filled with wit, intrigue, and twists and turns reminiscent of Glen Cook's The Black Company. A grand new entry in the field of fantasy masters!"
-- Richard A. Knaak, New York Times bestselling author in the Dragonlance, The Dragonrealm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo series
"A fantasy in which the gritty realities of war and politics are as important as the magic -- and all are handled very well."
-- David Drake, national bestselling author of the Lord of the Isles and Hammer's Slammers series
"Imagine Napoleon's armies invading Middle Earth, mixing gunpowder with magic, monsters, and heroes. The Iron Elves will march across the landscape of fantasy and claim new territory. Chris Evans gives us an entertaining debut, with the promise of more great adventures to come."
-- Charles Coleman Finlay, acclaimed author of The Prodigal Troll and Wild Things
"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
"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."
"Evans's first novel heralds the launch of an outstanding military fantasy series unlike any since Glen Cook's beloved "Black Company" series... Strong storytelling, a compelling cast of heroes and villains, and a keen knowledge of military tactics of the Napoleonic era make this a priority purchase for most libraries and a splendid read for fans of both sf and fantasy military adventure. Highly recommended."
-- Library Journal
Number Of Pages: 577
Published: 6th July 2009
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.4 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.301