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The God King

(Heirs of the Fallen #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Heroes are not born, they are forged in the fires of apocalypse...

Steeped in tragedy and hardship, mercenary Kian Valera wants nothing more than to hang up his sword. But he cannot go home yet. Against his better judgment, he agrees to take a spoiled prince into the Qaharadin Marshes, a treacherous place all sane men avoid.

After arriving at a deserted temple, the prince va
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services
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Ella Medler
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The God King by James West – An Experience Of Epic Proportions
Posted by Ella Medler at 09:45, February 4th 2012.

This book had me fooled. It claimed to be a debut novel and yet, right from page one, the writing style showed the energy and maturity of a well-seasoned writer.

James West picked up the simplest human story, seen so many times under many guises throughout history, and fitted it inside the most amazing fantasy world I’ve ever read about. The clear des
James Sundquist
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The God King

Sunday, June 3, 2012

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

In the heavens above, the three moons crash together, streaming fire and death in their wake; below, the seas rage as the roiling face of the world shatters. After Prince Varis Kilvar steals powers to transform himself into a god, chaos reigns from the king's city of Ammathor to the forbidding walls of the Black Keep. At his heels marches a demonic army torn from the very bowels of the Thousand Hell
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
Guarding a spoiled prince on his travels through the country sounded like a fairly simple and lucrative job, but mercenary Kian Valara and his companions hardly expected to sign up for a dangerous trip through the Quaharadin Marshes to a deserted temple in which said prince, driven by an insane lust for power, unleashes horrors beyond imagination from the Thousand Hells. Imbued with immense powers he can barely control, Prince Varis sets out to claim the throne, with an army of the undead in tow ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-or-unknown

The God King is James A. West's debut novel and the first in the Heirs of the Fallen series.

I've had the pleasure of not having been disappointed in any one of the five novels I read in May. The streak continued in June with The God King. There seems to be scant few novels these days that are able to grab my attention within the first few pages or chapters, and James A. West showed me that it was still possible.

Kian Valara is our hero, albeit very unwillin
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Title: The God King
Author: James A. West
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Heroes are not born, they are forged in the fires of apocalypse...
In the heavens above, the three moons crash together, streaming fire and death in their wake; below, the seas rage as the roiling face of the world shatters. After Prince Varis Kilvar steals powers to transform himself into a god, chaos reigns from the king's city of Ammathor to the forbidding walls of the Black Keep. At his heels marches a demonic army torn from t
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The three moons crash and burn and the Sacred Tower falls down. Sister Ellonlef scrambles through the dust and rubble to save the lives of survivors, but this is only the beginning of the end. Magi believe there are no gods. Sisters believe the Creator will save. And Prince Varis believes he’s made a pact with the ruler of demons so he can conquer the world. Meanwhile a troop of mercenaries struggles to survive in the swamp as a God King reaches for his ill-gotten throne.

James West’s epic fantas
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book because it was a Kindle freebie of the day. The reviews were good, so I gave it a shot.

James A. West presents a decent fantasy story in the vein of Robert Jordan. It's not as gritty as George RR Martin (on whose work I've given up on) although it does have some ick that is easily skimmed over/skipped. I liked the characters and the fact that in the first chapter the gods were revealed as having been dead a long time. Don't see that twist every day! The sequel takes place 200 yea
Jennifer Barstad

I loved the story and the way it was written. The ending left enough to make me want to get the second book to see what else happens.
Amaris Gray
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book it was fun and full of suspense. The characters were awesome and the story dog you reading. Can't wait to read the next one.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-e-book, fantasy
Surprisingly good

I received this ebook free several years ago. I finally got around to reading it. Very good fantasy story. I will probably buy book two in the series.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so . Shelley MA
Patricia Reding
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of The God King as a free download on Amazon. In exchange, I offer the author this, my honest review.

At the outset, I will note a couple of things that under most circumstances might have made me set this book aside—both are issues wholly personal to me and are not likely to speak to other readers. The first is that I am one of those readers of fantasy who does not appreciate the use of the apostrophe for the names of people or things. For example, how exactly do you pronou
Pierre Armel
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a long time between purchasing that book and reading it. I was afraid to be disappointed because of the "indie" status. Well, I was wrong. James West has created a thrilling fantasy novel with strong characters. Not your usual Tolkienesque fantasy though as the world is very dark but I liked it and thought it gave quite a unique edge to the world. I grew fond of the four main characters and was really looking forward reading four tomes of their adventures. That it did not turned out t ...more
John Hugh Glen
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A Review of “The God King Heirs of the Fallen” (Book 1) by James A. West
Review by: John H Glen
Date; [Publish Date]
Format: E-Book (Kindle)
ASIN: 1484122275
My rating: 4 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

Heroes are not born; they are forged in the fires of apocalypse... Mercenary Kian Valera 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 missi
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, indie
I’m not sure what to think about this book. It was a nice, rather quick read but there were elements that annoyed me. The biggest of those is the love in it. To avoid spoilers I will not say too much about it, but for me it happened too quickly. While it wasn’t exactly instant love or love at first sight, it was still too close to it. I like to see people fall in love slowly.

Sometimes the book feels rushed. There are no subplots or whatsoever and because of this, the book lacked depth. The main
Jackie Miller
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another Fantasy win for me with this book. It has a well-thought out world and characters. Something very important in Fantasy novels is that while being fantastical, everything is still believable within the 'rules' of the world. That stands true for The God King.

Kian is a born-tough kind of man. He's survived many physically and mentally trying things in his life. He may not be leading man handsome, but he draws you into the story all the same. I really liked his history and relationship with
Brianna Kilcrease
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read a fantasy book in a while when I picked this book up on my kindle. For some strange reason this book really made me want to read The Game of Thrones series. It also made me want to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss again.

I liked this book alot but I give it a three because of the format I had to read it in. I had pdf and on my kindle I can't read pdf files because the writing is so small and when I zoom in it's just a big mess. So I have to read pdfs on my laptop and th
Andreea Pausan
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
To my surprise, I actually enjoyed the book. One spoiled prince, the 13th or 14th in line to the throne, decide to break a prison of demons. He becomes imbued with supernatural powers, the powers of creation, he does not know how to control and begins to create havoc in order to rule the world. The story seems typical so far. Only, when the powers of creation were unleashed, some portions slipped into another human being, the mercenary the prince had hired to bring him to the hidden prison in th ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for its fast paced action and good pitfalls and epic story line. In the beginning (view spoiler) ...more
Lily Baker
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun and original page-turner! Highly recommend

I stumbled upon The God King while searching for fantasy books, and decided to read it. I am so glad I did; this book is fun! It is very well done, and it pulled me in from page one. The story flowed well; I was never bored. There was a lot of action and suspense, but it also has very in-depth characters. There are strong, tough men but there is also a really cool strong woman. The author was very good at making me care about them. I also LOVED the s
BJ Haun
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
An overall enjoyable read, though it does fall flat in a few places. I enjoyed the interesting portrayal of a fantasy-setting apocalypse, and found the characters to be likable, if a bit one note. However, despite the the apocalyptic setting, and the authoring doing everything he could to convince me that the main villain was powerful, I never really felt that the protagonists were in any real danger ((view spoiler) ...more
Allan Ashinoff
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I downloaded this book for free.

I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy but I do enjoy switching things up from time to time. That said, I downloaded The God King by James A. West. The story is about a Prince with very little hope of ascension who seeks out fabled power and finds it. Unknown to him this power comes with a cost and his more base attributes in conjunction with this desire to prove his is a god wrecks havoc on his his nation and its immediate neighbors. Naturally, where there is evil be
Paul Trembling
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, free
A readable and well paced sword and sorcery story. The writer shows a lot of vivid imagination and has some colourful descriptions - especially of monstrous beings and unpleasant deaths. Not so good on character development, though - even the main players are two dimensional, and for that reason I didn't find it very absorbing. The plot seemed a bit contrived in places as well, relying on some unlikely events and happy coincidences to keep it moving in the way the author planned it. Certainly no ...more
Gerald Black
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
How do I begin? This begins as a tale of a prince, Varis seeking power, egged on by a deceptive goddess. Power is acquired, but a portion is also transferred to his hired guide, Kian who becomes his mortal enemy and who alone in the world has the power to defeat Varis. A man of honor, Kian and his barbaric companions join a priestess in a seemingly futile mission to destroy the foul king. There is dark undertone to this fantasy that I enjoyed. The action was fast paced and at times bloody. The s ...more
L.K. Evans
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this wasn't a half-bad fantasy. It was a quick read with likable characters, though somewhat underdeveloped. I wish we would have spent more time with Kian and less with Varis. It would have helped me ease into the romance between the two protagonists. As it is, the romance was a little quick, though what love story in a fantasy book isn't?
I think some of the descriptive passages were amazing, and it flowed well for me. I was able to picture each scene clearly while using my own i
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Despite the usual typos of a free Kindle version of a book, I found this to be an engaging, intelligent fantasy adventure. It has the usual elements of a reluctant unkillable hero and his loyal sidekicks, a brave and beautiful romantic interest, and the 100% evil and ugly antagonist. The imaginary lands are skillfully described, and, of course, it leads to a sequel.
It satisfied my escapist tendencies and helped in the wait as another eon passes before the next installment of George R. R. Martin'
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Caroline by: found on an amazon trawl
Shelves: 2013
This is a good, entertaining, fantasy novel, that builds its momentum and delivers a great ending. I found the start slightly obtuse, with perhaps too many adjectives in Chapter 1, but it feels like the writer relaxes as the story progresses, so his style loosens up and this happens less (they are used more effectively) and the story can build. One or two minor typos in the edition I have. A good holiday read. Would recommend.
David Teachout
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
A good adventure story along the lines of old-style D&D, though with not much thought given to the details of the magic, only vague allusions to energies. The people wielding the power do so as a means of furthering the plot, not as any real learning. The result is the creation of an enemy that is entirely too powerful too quickly and dealt with unbelievably. Still, there's fun to be had and the characters are human enough to connect with.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in this genre
Nice, captivating read! Really didn't want to put it down most times.

The main characters were nicely done, as was the story line. The author made good use of filling in the fine brush strokes to help add great depth to the story as well.

All in all I really enjoyed, kinda looking forward to the next installment!
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James A. West is the bestselling author of the ongoing 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 i

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Heirs of the Fallen (4 books)
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  • Shadow and Steel (Heirs of the Fallen, #3)
  • Wrath of the Fallen (Heirs of the Fallen, #4)