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Ashes of a Black Frost: Book Three of The Iron Elves Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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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. When I need a break from writing and reading I head off to Central Park for a run where I imagine I'm much faster than I really am.
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.
My first nonfiction military history title published in 2013. Bloody Jungle: America at War in Vietnam, features hundreds of photos gleaned from soldiers who fought there.
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.
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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.
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.
One of the things I like about Chris Evans is his wonderful titles. This title is evocative of many things and ties so tightly to the story line that it is astoundingly descriptive. This is the culmination of a terrific trilogy. (I just love alliteration.) I highly recommend that you read both The Light of Burning Shadows and Darkness Formed in Fire before reading this final running battle. The Iron Elves are resurrected in several ways in the ultimate confrontation with the Shadow Monarch.
There is more to these books than just entertainment. The evolution of personality and the maturation of goals are just a few of the delightful nuggets of philosophy strewn through out the book and the series.
As I said in one of my previous reviews, the Iron Elves are once more the sharp point of the human empires bayonet. I don't think there is a single character that isn't transformed in some way by the intricate plot of this book. There are surprises a'plenty awaiting you! Evans does magical and marvelous characterizations though out the book. Ymit, Major Swift Dragon, Jir and Visyna are just a few of the extraordinary colorful and passionate players in this behemoth battle of wills and nature. In some ways it is just a very exciting rendition of the often confusing and confounding identification of the difference of good, evil and the vast gray area in between.
I enjoyed the book, loved the trilogy and highly recommend all three of the books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent trilogy. Colorful characters. All in all worth reading.Published 7 months ago by Michael Joubert
While waiting for GRRM to finish his damn series, I have read many pale imitations and a few excellent uses of the fantasy genre to convey true human emotions and issues. Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. Short
This book was awesome I look forward to reading more from this author in the future . I just loved itPublished on September 3, 2013 by Kblanken10
A good ending to the trilogy. It's good to get some closure, however this book is filled with deus ex machinas, people and things getting powers just in time to save the day. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Sean P. Loughran
Chris Evans continues his mastery of the genre. The eagerly awaited book three of the iron elves does not disappoint his fans. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by A.Hilliard
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. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Good finish to the series. I really enjoyed this three book set. Was worth the wait for it to come out.Published on February 28, 2013 by Sam