By Chris Evans
We don't worry the flame, notwithstanding it burns us,
We don't worry the hearth, although it consumes us,
And we don't worry its light,
Though it unearths the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
-- Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a beautiful debut sequence, A Darkness cast in hearth introduces an unforgiving international of musket and cannon...bow and arrow...magic, international relations, and oaths -- each one wielding bad energy in an Empire teetering near to war.
In this global, Konowa speedy Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is regarded upon as something yet usual. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, obvious his cherished regiment disbanded, and eventually been banished in shame to the single position he despises the main -- the forest.
Now, all he desires is to be left by myself along with his misery...but for Konowa, not anything is ever that easy. The mysterious and welcoming 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, potent immediately.
For within the east, a falling crimson superstar heralds the go back of a magic lengthy vanished from the earth. uprising grows in the Empire as a frantic race to arrive the megastar unfolds. it's a probability for Konowa to redeem himself -- no matter if the whole affair seems to be 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 scary Shadow Monarch -- a mythical elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination unfold deeper than Konowa may ever imagine....
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