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The God King (Book 1) (Heirs of the Fallen)

The God King (Book 1) (Heirs of the Fallen) [Kindle Edition]

James A. West
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The adventure begins here…

Heroes are not born, they are forged in the fires of apocalypse...

Mercenary Kian Valara wants nothing more than to retire from a life of blood and butchery. But when an arrogant princeling offers him enough gold to buy a throne, Kian straps on his sword for one last mission. And besides, what could be easier than guarding a prince who wants to sow his royal seed in every backwater fortress and village throughout the realm?

Turns out, dying would’ve been easier.

Kian discovers too late that the prince’s ambition has shattered the foundations of the world, and that he intends to remake all Creation.

As the moons collide and the skies burn, Kian and his devastated company of warriors hound the demented prince across a nightmare realm. At every turn, Kian must fight for his life against demons escaped from the underworld, and those who they have transformed into blood-hungry terrors.

Along the way, Kian meets a powerful and beautiful woman who prepares him for a battle he has small hope of winning. To triumph, Kian must summon all his skill and courage, he must sacrifice more than he ever imagined he could, and he must embrace the dark secret that binds him to the power-mad prince.

Only one thing is certain: if Kian fails, the world of men will burn in the fires of apocalypse, and the God King will rule unchallenged and unpunished.

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-final volume)

Other series by James A. West: Songs of the Scorpion
Reaper of Sorrows (volume one)
Lady of Regret (volume two)
Skin of the Dragon (coming February 2014!)

Dystopian Thriller

Beasts of the Field
Look for book two in the Fall/Winter 2013

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066VM122
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,681 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there. 3 Nov 2013
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This was an above-average indie fantasy with a decent setting, a self-contained plot (though there are apparently more in the series), and an apocalyptic scope that a Hollywood blockbuster would be proud of. It's relatively well written (though, see below) and was just as good as a lot of published fantasy I've read. A few things kept it from being among the top of the indie pile, however.

First, the book starts almost in the middle of the turning point that sets the whole thing off, and it would have been nice to get a bit more into the characters first. This would have allowed us to see how they are affected by the world-changing events that follow, but as it is we don't have much to contrast it with except brief back-story. As it was, the characters' defining strengths and weaknesses aren't clear as they are carried along by the apocalypse, and as a result some of their choices seem plot-based rather than personal, and at other times they don't really get choices at all. This made it hard for them to develop personalities that we cared about, and to be honest the villain is the most interesting (as they often are). This all leads in the end to a quite confusing final show-down (though they often are hard to keep hold of when such massive powers are at work), and though there are clearly further adventures in store for these heroes, I'm not sure I'll be reading them...

Style-wise, in contrast to some of the other indie ebooks I've recently read, this was at the wordier end of the spectrum. While it was nice to read prose that was reasonably rich without being too purple, it did tend to drag the story down at times. We spend a lot of time inside characters heads without much happening outside, and though the pace picks up and the story never stagnates, there was too much introspection and perception going on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 4 Jan 2014
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As this was a free book I wasn't expecting much. But it surprised me by being a good read. I liked this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the god king is a page turner 2 July 2014
By Alun
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If you like your hero's big and bad with some kick ass sidekicks pitting themselves against overwhelming odds then this is a better read than Enid Blytons Noddy ever was. Don't start reading late at night or if you have something important to get up early for. Insomnia never had a good stablemate. Roll on book two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun 2014
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Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 22 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed this book and it was a very cheap price for it. Looking forward to the next one. Hope it's as good
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Wow what a fantastic book from cover to cover it held me in it's grip,
I would suggest over 12's as parts of it could be disturbing for the younger reader especially if they have an active imagination and are able to see in their minds eye the picture(s)
James A West is painting
I took this book purely because it was free on Kindle at the time, I will soon be purchasing the rest in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 1 Feb 2014
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A good book with a nice story and interesting characters. However I was disappointed at the back of build up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many names and characters 11 Nov 2013
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Found this a tiring reads there were too many clans and individuals that are named but do not seem to have much importance, and are pretty underdeveloped. Half the characters and slowing the ae of introducing ne ones would have aken me further. I didn't get past the third chapter
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