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Shadow and Steel (Book 3) (Heirs of the Fallen) [Kindle Edition]

James A. West

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His soul demands a reckoning…

After a grueling year, the Brothers of the Crimson Shield have molded former slave, Leitos Valara, into a deadly warrior. And during that year, the Faceless One’s hordes have relentlessly sought the Brotherhood and their island sanctuary.

And now they have found them.

The brutal attack crushes the Brotherhood. Those who are not slaughtered are chained and loaded onto a slave ship—including Leitos’s father. Vastly outnumbered, Leitos and the remaining Brothers mount a desperate rescue.

With hope fading, Leitos and the others give chase, setting sail into a storm as fierce and unpredictable as their future. Little does Leitos know that destiny has forced him onto a treacherous path of shadow and steel. And the Faceless One is waiting.
Q & A with James A. West—Shadow and Steel

Question: Shadow and Steel is the third installment in the Heirs of the Fallen series. What is this novel about?

James: Our young hero, Leitos, had to overcome a lot of hardship and uncertainty in order to find out who he is, and what role he plays in the broader struggle between demon-born and humankind. He is no longer a slave-boy, but neither is he the hardened warrior he needs to be. The grueling tests he faces in Shadow and Steel put him on a collision course with the Faceless One, an enemy far closer to him and more terrifying than he could have ever imagined.

Q: Escaping chains, especially unseen chains that bind the soul, is a common theme in this series. Why is that important to you?

JW: Slavery of any kind is appalling, no question there. But I often find myself horrified and saddened by the idea of people voluntarily shackling themselves in trade for some nebulous promise of security. From a historical perspective, all too often the promises prove to be empty, yet the chains remain. More troubling is the idea that the chained willfully convince themselves they have lost nothing. In small part, Heirs of the Fallen focuses on those who have decided they no longer want to be enslaved.

Q: Unlike the previous books in the series, Shadow and Steel ends with all the main characters hanging in the balance. Did you plan for a cliffhanger?

JW: Not really. In the final chapters I saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, and decided that leaving the readers dangling on the edge of the abyss just worked well for this book. More importantly, it forced me to dive right into the next book and get it written as fast as possible.

Reading order:
The God King (book one)
Crown of the Setting Sun (book two)
Shadow and Steel (book three)
Wrath of the Fallen (book four)
Heirs of the Fallen Omnibus

Other series by James A. West: Songs of the Scorpion
Reaper of Sorrows (volume one)
Lady of Regret (volume two)
Queen of the North (May 2014)

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About the Author

James A. West is the bestselling author of the epic fantasy series Heirs of the Fallen, and the heroic fantasy series Songs of the Scorpion. Between gritty quests, he recently decided to dip a toe into the primordial sludge from whence he sprang, and penned the dystopian thriller, Beasts of the Field. James is a native of the Pacific Northwest, but life is a road of many turns. He served in the US Army, spent a year as a long-haul truck driver with his wife (who also happens to be his high-school sweetheart), and attended the University of Montana. He lives in Montana with his wife. His bodyguard, a Mini-Schnauzer named Jonesy, is always near to hand. James has been known to work for chips and salsa. While James spends most of his time navigating alternative realities, he periodically comes up for air at:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story with an awesome twist. 8 Jun. 2013
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Wow, this book just blew my mind. When I finished I just sat there dumbfounded, I didn't know how to feel or what to think about the way it ended that is why it took me a day to get to writing my review. The story picks up a year after the end of book two and then everything get crazy, this is a very fast paced action packed violent story that I wish could go on and on but fear not I have it on good authority that there will be a book four (cannot wait!). If you are a fan of this series you must read this book and hold on tight because this is one heck of a ride. If you are not familiar with this series then go purchase The God King and get hooked. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Held my attention from beginning to end 31 Mar. 2014
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Great book in the series! this was/is a fantastic series and I was sad to finish the last book. I will definitely be checking out more of the authors work. if you love action and adventure books I strongly suggest you give his work a try. when reading a book paints images in your mind that make you feel like you are watching a movie, the author has done a great job. thank you mr. west
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but a bit dissappointed 17 April 2015
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I liked all three books, including this one. Author is a good writer, better than most in the Kindle publications only world. The problem I have with book three is the plot, not to give away any spoilers I will only say that I think author went for a shock value, it didn't make sense that character from one of the previous books would play the role it played. Also reasoning of the main character at the end of the book to do certain things was a bit stretched, artificial. I will definitely get next book, they are all good reads and want you to know what happens next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 27 Feb. 2014
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I just completed this book and truly enjoyed it. Each book in this series gets better and better as Mr. West grows as an author. I have been reading fantasy and sci-fi for a very long time and I believe Mr West definitely has a place on my book shelf. His characters are believable and interesting. He paints a good picture of his world without going into so much detail that it leaves the reader with no room to use their imagination. If you tried the first book in this series and didn't enjoy it (though I .can't imagine why)I would suggest giving Mr West another try.
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more! 6 May 2014
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This was awesome ! Action and adventure , a potential new love interest, I'm totally hooked. I need to go and see if there book 4 out!
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