New Author Spotlight: Chris Evans

Author Spotlight is a new series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today’s spotlight shines on Chris Evans.

Chris Evans’s books include:



Here’s the cover copy for A Darkness Forged in Fire:

First in a stunning debut 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 that 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….

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3 thoughts on “New Author Spotlight: Chris Evans”

  1. I loved Chris Evans books! A bit like Steven Erickson’s Malazon series, except tighter plots, more likable characters and just plain more fun. Then cross that mix with Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon series. These two books (and Richard Morgan’s The Steel Remains) are my favorite fantasy novels of the last several years. Can’t wait for the third book in Evan’s series, Ashes of a Black Frost, which is out next summer.

    I’m very surpirsed Chris Evans’ novels are not more popular. He deserves to be ranked among the best fantasy writers. Still pissed off at GRR Martin’s overwrought and never ending fantasy series? Try Chris Evans, he’ll make you like fantasy again.

  2. I agree, he should be better known.  I found reading his books to be like watching TV.  It’s very quick paced and carefully detailed so you can picture everything without getting bogged down with too much description.

    I actually had a hard time coming up with the “If you like…” books, as I found his to be entirely unique.  Elves with guns!  Worked for me.

  3. i found these books unreadable. i would not compare them to erickson’s malazon books, which are much better written, not to say much better conceived; rather, they strike me as the work of someone trying to cash in on a misperception of fantasy fiction as nothing more than misogyny, sexism, and purely uninteresting situations that can be saved with elves.

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