By Chris Evans

We don't worry the flame, even though it burns us,
We don't worry the fireplace, notwithstanding 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 gorgeous 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 strength in an Empire teetering near to war.
In this global, Konowa fast Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is regarded upon as whatever yet traditional. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, visible his cherished regiment disbanded, and eventually been banished in shame to the only position he despises the main -- the forest.
Now, all he wishes is to be left by myself together with his misery...but for Konowa, not anything is ever that easy. 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, potent immediately.
For within the east, a falling pink famous person 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 whole affair looks doomed to be a suicide mission...
and that the warriors recruited for the duty usually are 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 ever imagine....

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Then there was the puzzle of why the sun came out during the day, instead of at night when the light would come in useful. * THANK YOU, BOY, said the skull. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? 舖Uh,舗 said Mort, 舖Mortimer 舰 sir. 舗 WHAT A COINCIDENCE. 舗 Death considered this. No, he said, I DON舗T THINK SO. * Death leaned over the saddle and looked down at the kingdoms of the world. I DON舗T KNOW ABOUT YOU, he said, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY. 舗 YES? 舗 The blue fires flared deep in the eyes of Death. HAVE YOU EVER BITTEN A RED-HOT ICE CUBE?

Or had got up in the night as it might be, to go to the lavatory. On the other hand, many of the less law-abiding citizens were wide awake and, for instance, climbing through windows that didn舗t belong to them, slitting throats, mugging one another, listening to loud music in smoky cellars and generally having a lot more fun. But most of the animals were asleep, except for the rats. And the bats, too, of course. As far as the insects were concerned 舰 The point is that descriptive writing is very rarely entirely accurate and during the reign of Olaf Quimby II as Patrician of Ankh some legislation was passed in a determined attempt to put a stop to this sort of thing and introduce some honesty into reporting.

She hadn舗t maintained forest-credibility for forty years by ever admitting ignorance. * Granny grinned. 舗 * 舖Hoki舗s a nature god,舗 Granny said. 舗 * A boxful of marzipan ducks on a nearby stall came to life and whirred past the stallholder to land, quacking happily, in the river (where, by dawn, they had all melted: that舗s natural selection for you). No one can out-stare a witch, 舗cept a goat, of course. Granny meanwhile, was two streets away. She was also, by the standards of other people, lost.

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