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Product Details

  • Series: Iron Elves (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439180660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439180662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Evans is the author of Ashes of a Black Frost, A Darkness Forged in Fire, and The Light of Burning Shadows. He’s a historian as well as an editor of military history and current affairs, including the highly successful Stackpole Military History series. Born in Canada, he now lives in New York City.

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www.ironelves.com
Twitter: CEvansAuthor
Facebook: Chris Evans (Iron Elves)
They tell me I was born in Canada. I do like hockey, and I am wary of polar bears so they're probably right. I now live in New York City and can often be found in my favorite diner, the Gracie Mews, where I simply nod and my usual is served, which is great except on the days when I don't want the usual. When reading, researching, writing, and editing are called for, as they pretty much are every day of the week, you'll find me at the New York Society Library. If I'm not hungry, and need a break from all the writing and reading, I'll be off running in Central Park and imagining I'm much faster than I really am.

Most days I hover around 98.6 degrees, plus or minus the degrees in English/History, Political Science, and Masters in Military History. I started out in publishing as an editor at Ballantine/Del Rey of Random House before moving to Stackpole Books where I edited history and current affairs/conflicts books as well as the Stackpole Military History Series (you may have seen them, usually with green borders and a military medal on the cover and spine). After 13 years as an editor, however, I finally made the leap to full-time writing in July 2013.

I'm also the author of the Iron Elves fantasy series which includes A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes Of A Black Frost. The Iron Elves series has been translated into Japanese, Russian, French, Czech, and German, and luckily for all the Japanese, Russian, French, Czech, and German readers out there I'm not the one doing the translations.

My next fantasy comes out in 2014, but we still don't have a title! If we can't agree on something I might just call it The Book That Dare Not Show Its Title. If you enjoyed the Iron Elves then I think you'll definitely like this new one. If you didn't enjoy the Iron Elves you're probably not reading this.

My first military history books come out this fall. The first, Bloody Jungle: America at War in Vietnam, is a photo book gleaned from soldiers who fought there. Some really fantastic stuff. Following that is Steel Thunder on the Eastern Front, a photo book on German and Russian artillery in WWII.

For more information, or least the same information told differently, please visit my Simon & Schuster author page at http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Chris-Evans/46195026 or check out my website at www.chrisevansauthor.com where you can find out more and even read my blog, or try me face to face at Chris Evans (Iron Elves) on Facebook, or me being a twit at @CEvansAuthor on Twitter...just please don't tell the polar bears where I'm at.

Cheers,

Chris

Customer Reviews

I shall look forward to the next Chris Evans mind-stirring book.
Amazon Customer
I've been reading science fiction and fantasy novels since the early 80's and this trilogy was one of the most entertaining I've read in quite a while.
Brandon Jubar
In fact I was tempted to drop it but persevered just to find out what happened at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.Hilliard on April 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This version of the Trilogy is incomplete. Someone did not do their job properly. Everything was fine up until page 420 when some other book was substituted for the original book,very disappointing. Not the Authors fault,but the publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mystccwby on January 15, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third and final installment of the Iron Elves trilogy.
Evans has created some memorable characters faced with external and internal conflicts.
Swift Dragon remains the main focus but many we see grow and exceed who they were while others grow but it is less obvious as in the case of the prince.
As they race toward the final confrontation with the Monarch many join in the race on both sides of the conflict with an ending that was both surprising and yet fitting all at once.
This book draws on military history as well as ancient lore and magic making it both an odd combination but just as well and in some cases brings flashes of Glen Cook's Black company.

I would highly recommend this and also look forward to future endeavors by Chris Evans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Booknut on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The last volume in this excellent series picks up exactly where part 2 finished and from there the story moves on with almost relentless pace. Featuring compelling characters, conflicting loyalties, remorseless and driven adversaries, intersecting story lines and stirring battle scenes - where the author shows his usual mastery of the battlefield narrative. The final confrontation is very dexterously handled and well done.
This is one of those books where you have to resist the temptation to skip ahead to see how things turn out. With each succeeding volume Chris Evans has continued to improve on his impressive first book. A fitting conclusion to a great trilogy. Write something new soon Mr. Evans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John V. Rauscher on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ashes Of A Black Frost: Book Three Of The Iron Elves
By Chris Evans

Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Author Chris Evans has concluded his Iron Elves series with a bang.

The trilogy, pitting Konowa Swift Dragon and his reconstituted and once revered regiment, The Iron Elves, against the Shadow Monarch - a corrupted sorceress bent on seeing the world twisted and deformed - has left fans impatient for its conclusion. They won't be sorry!

Konowa, an elf tainted by the Shadow Monarch's Black Frost, possess all the attributes and foibles one would expect of a hero. He's dashing, impulsive, and very, very angry. Fans will relish in the tension as pitfalls and impasses confront the group - bent on the Shadow Monarch's destruction and the Empire's resurrection.

This, his third and final volume in the Napoleonic Era Military-Fantasy blend is Chris' best effort yet. He has noticeably matured as an author. Volume three is more fluid, the characters more comfortable, and the relationships defined. Ashes presents a fast reading, action packed conclusion to this author's first effort - and a trilogy at that! While Chris is no stranger to the literary world, editing existing works and composing an original work are two vastly different endeavors, and he has shown he is up to the task. Teens and adults alike will enjoy his imagery - my 11 year old nephew is enthusiastically anticipating this release.

Readers won't be disappointed by the twists and turns this conclusion presents, and we can only look forward with relish to what Chris will present his readership with next as he skillfully blends historical fact with his original flavor of fantasy worlds.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ghostcat56 on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Iron Elves have seen two Stars arrive, and still they are oath-bound. Ashes Of A Black Frost picks up where the second book, The Light of Burning Shadows, left off. The regiment has won the battle, but not without cost. They have lost much. There are missing soldiers, missing friends, and missing family. And Konowa Swift Dragon has become determined that this war must go directly to the enemy, the Shadow Monarch. But getting to the coast let alone Her mountain is a fight in itself.

Ashes of A Black Frost is the third and final installment of the Iron Elves Trilogy and it grabs and doesn't let go. Chris is a terrific storyteller and this story doesn't disappoint. It's exciting and action-packed, with many surprises along the way. As well as heart-ache. It held me spellbound and is a first rate conclusion to a trilogy full of characters I've come to love, a world I find myself immerse within, and stories I've thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to many more worlds and stories from this author in which to explore along with his characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Major Konowa knows his Iron Elves' Swift Dragon unit fought valiantly against the elf witch. Those who survived the epic combat need time to heal, but the adversary still comes at them relentlessly. Konowa knows his courageous battered force is in trouble as the Shadow Monarch continues its evil assault though somewhat abated.

Struggling with what to do next, Konowa decides his side has one chance, which is to take the war directly to the enemy rather than retreat. He understands waiting to heal is lethally dangerous so he chooses a seemingly suicidal mission, which ironically will not be appreciated by the people of the Calahrian Empire who his Iron Elves try to protect as the tattoo on them symbolizes their subservience to the enemy that they fight against with their blood and guts. The major will soon learn probably too late the evil enemy he fights against is nothing compared to the real evil enemy lurking in the fog and chaos of war.

Book 3 of the Iron Elves military fantasy (see A Darkness Forged in Fire and The Light of Burning Shadows) is a super entry as the beleaguered Swift Dragon struggle to keep fighting while those they keep safe (mostly humans) loathe them. The story line is action-packed and at its best when the focus is on combat, military readiness and the impact of war on the soldiers and the civilians. When the plot turns romantic it detracts from an otherwise excellent blood and guts thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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