Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Giveaway: The Iron Elves Trilogy by Chris Evans

This week the third and final book in Chris Evans' Iron Elves trilogy was published and thanks to the publisher I have one set of the books to giveaway.  Yes that's right - one complete set of this trilogy.


So you get a paperback of book #1 A Darkness Forged in Fire, a paperback of book #2 The Light of Burning Shadows and the the brand new hardback version of book #3, Ashes of a Black Frost, released 10/18.

I have my own set of these beautiful books to read and cannot wait to read and review them.  Not familiar with the series?  Here's a little more about the books, then enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter, all that is required is your name and email address.  All other entries are optional.  Open to US only, ends 11:59 PM EDT 10/26.  Books will be coming from the publisher.  Thanks to Melissa Gramstad, Publicity Manager at Gallery Books/Threshold Editions/Pocket Books at Simon and Schuster for this giveaway!

Paperback book 1 of the Iron Elves, A Darkness Forged in Fire (Pocket Books; May 26, 2009; $9.99)

Shaking up the science fiction world this summer is the exciting adventure by Chris Evans now in paperback—the first in a stunning series, A DARKNESS FORGED IN FIRE introduces an unforgiving world of musket and cannon…bow and arrow…magic, diplomacy, and oaths—each wielding terrible power in an Empire teetering on the brink of war.

In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire’s elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary.  He’s murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most—the forest.

Now, all he wants is to be left alone with his misery…but for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple.  The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty’s Imperial Army, effective immediately.

For in the east, a falling Red Star heralds the return of a magic long vanished from the earth.  Rebellion grows within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds.  It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself—even if the entire affair appears doomed to be a suicide mission…and the soldiers recruited for the task are not at all what he expects.  And worse, his key adversary in the perilous race for the Star is the dreaded Shadow Monarch—a legendary elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination spread deeper than Konowa could ever imagine.  A DARKNESS FORGED IN FIRE will keep many lights on late into the night this summer as readers find themselves hooked to the last page.

Paperback book 2 of the Iron Elves, The Light of Burning Shadows (Pocket Books; October 26, 2010; $9.99)
Shaking up the science fiction world again, the second in the thrilling Iron Elves series by Chris Evans, THE LIGHT OF BURNING SHADOWS is now available in paperback.

Musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy vie for supremacy once again in the second epic fantasy adventure from acclaimed author Chris Evans.  As the human-dominated Calahrian Empire struggles to maintain its hold on power in the face of armed rebellion from within, the Iron Elves’ perilous quest to defeat the power-hungry witch, the Shadow Monarch, takes on greater urgency.

The Iron Elves, shunned by their own people for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, and desperately wanting to forever erase this shame, became legendary for their prowess on the battlefield as the Calahrian Imperial Army’s elite shock troops.  But when their commanding officer, Konowa Swift Dragon, murdered the Viceroy of Elfkyna, he was exiled, and these brave elves were banished to a remote desert outpost, doomed and leaderless, their honor in tatters.

Recalled to duty to reform his regiment from the dregs of the Imperial Army, Konowa thwarted the plans of the Shadow Monarch at the Battle of Luuguth Jor—ensuring that the fabled Red Star, a source of great natural energy, did not fall into Her hands.  Now Konowa must cross storm-tossed seas to seek out the lost elves and the prophesied return of another Star somewhere in a desert wasteland roiling with mysterious power, infernos of swirling magic, and legends brought back to life in new and terrible ways.  And the fate of every living creature will come to depend on a small band of ragged and desperate soldiers, whose very loyalty to the Empire they have sworn to serve is no longer certain.  When death is but a temporary condition, a terrifying question arises: who is the true ally—and fearsome enemy—in a growing conflict that threatens all?  THE LIGHT OF BURNING SHADOWS will keep a strong hold of readers as they seek to find resolution in this thrilling epic.

Hardcover book 3 of the Iron Elves, Ashes of a Black Frost (Gallery Books; October 18, 2011; $25.99)

The acclaimed epic fantasy series Iron Elves by Chris Evans captured readers with A Darkness Forged in Fire and The Light of Burning Shadows, and now has followers eagerly anticipating the third and final in the Iron Elves series, ASHES OF A BLACK FROST (Gallery Books; October 18, 2011; $25.99).  Amidst a scene of carnage on a desert battlefield blanketed in metallic snow, Major Konowa Swift Dragon sees his
future, and it is one drenched in shadow and blood.  Never mind that he has won a grand victory for the Calahrian Empire.  He came here in search of his lost regiment of elves, while the Imperial Prince came looking for the treasures of a mystical library, and both ventures have failed.  But Konowa knows, as do the Iron Elves—both living and dead—that another, far more important battle now looms before them.  The campaign in the desert was only the latest obstacle on the twisted, darkening path leading inexorably to the Hyntaland, and the final confrontation with the dreaded Shadow Monarch.

In this third novel of musket and magic in Chris Evans’s Iron Elves saga, Konowa’s ultimate journey is fraught with escalating danger.  A vast, black forest finds a new source of dark power, spawning creatures even more monstrous than the blood trees from which they evolve.  The maniacally unstable former emissary of the Shadow Monarch hungers for revenge, leading an army of ravenous beasts bent on utterly destroying the Iron Elves.  A reluctant hero, Private Alwyn Renwar, struggles to maintain his connection to this world and that of the loyalty of the shades of the dead.  And in a maze of underground tunnels, Visyna Tekoy, whom Konowa counts among those he has loved and lost, fights for her life against the very elves he so desperately wants to find.

And so Konowa sets off from this Canyon of Bones, pursuing his freedom from a curse that has cast his life in darkness.  For though his long, violent trek may indeed lead him to his destiny, he is ill prepared for the discovery he will make…with the fate of the Iron Elves, and the world, hinging on the courage of one wrathful elf.

ASHES OF A BLACK FROST will engage Iron Elves enthusiasts from beginning to end, as well as entice new readers as part of a series that is “a grand new entry in the field of fantasy masters” (Richard A. Knaak, New York Times bestselling author)—a Fall 2011 adventure not to be missed.

Chris Evans is the author of Ashes of a Black Frost, A Darkness Forged in Fire and The Light of Burning Shadows in the Iron Elves series.  He is 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.  He welcomes visitors to his website at

Waiting on Wednesday - October 19

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Publish Date: 11/14/2011
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs
Wow I wish this week would work like last week.  Last week I wished for The Night Eternal and that afternoon I received it in the mail.  That was a really good day for me.  Somehow I doubt I get this one - I don't seem to make it on as many YA publishers lists as adult pubs, but that's fine, I'm not complaining one bit.

So what are you waiting on this week?