By Chris Evans
We don't worry the flame, even though it burns us,
We don't worry the fireplace, even though it consumes us,
And we don't worry its light,
Though it finds the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
-- Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a beautiful debut sequence, A Darkness solid in hearth introduces an unforgiving global of musket and cannon...bow and arrow...magic, international relations, and oaths -- every one wielding poor energy in an Empire teetering on the point of war.
In this global, Konowa rapid Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is seemed upon as something yet usual. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, visible his cherished regiment disbanded, and at last been banished in shame to the single position he despises the main -- the forest.
Now, all he desires is to be left on my own along with his misery...but for Konowa, not anything is ever that straightforward. The mysterious and inviting Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out within the harmful wild with a royal decree that he resume his fee as an officer in Her Majesty's Imperial military, powerful immediately.
For within the east, a falling purple megastar heralds the go back of a magic lengthy vanished from the earth. uprising grows in the Empire as a frantic race to arrive the famous person unfolds. it's a likelihood for Konowa to redeem himself -- no matter if the full affair appears to be like doomed to be a suicide mission...
and that the warriors recruited for the duty are usually not in any respect what he expects. And worse, his key adversary within the perilous race for the famous person is the feared Shadow Monarch -- a mythical elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination unfold deeper than Konowa may possibly ever imagine....
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