Crown of the Setting Sun (Book 2) (Heirs of the Fallen)

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Chains that bind the soul are stronger than iron...In the two centuries since the Upheaval and the fall of the God King, the Faceless One’s rule has encompassed the world. He is revered, worshiped, merciless, and he stands unopposed…. Sixteen-year-old Leitos crushes stone by day, and by night shivers in a cramped cell. A slave’s life is brutal and short, but absolute obedience ensures the gifts of peace and bread. All that changes when his grandfather rises against their inhuman slavemasters, forcing upon Leitos a freedom that he never sought.Now, hounded by the Faceless One’s demon-born Hunters, Leitos struggles to heed his grandfather’s last words: “Seek the Brothers of the Crimson Shield.” Those words are his only hope to discover the truth of his people’s enslavement, his only guide to find a secret order of heroes … and they are the words of a madman. ***Q & A with James A. West—Crown of the Setting SunQ: So how did Crown of the Setting Sun come about? JW: When The God King ended, the very next scene I wrote in the Heirs of the Fallen series became the opening chapter for Crown. I found myself curious why Leitos, the new hero, would trust demonic slavemasters more than his own grandfather. I also wanted to know what had happened to Kian and the gang in the two hundred years since we last saw them. So I kept writing—maybe I should say digging—and each new answer led me to new mysteries and surprising revelations.Q: You mentioned the idea of substituting writing for digging. What do you mean by that?JW: When I write, I allow myself to believe the worlds that I create actually exist. With that in mind, my writing process is comparable to searching for buried treasure without a map. I know there’s some kind of loot waiting to be found in the ground of this alternate universe, but I never know if it’s a stash of gold, or a box of grim secrets. So I keep digging, brushing away a bit of soil here and there, then digging some more. I don’t stop until I find what is hidden.Q: Crown of the Setting Sun begins by throwing the reader into a critical and rather hair-raising moment in the young hero’s life. Is there any particular reason for leaping so quickly off the starting line?JW: Say you’re buying a lottery ticket at a gas station, and next thing you know there’s a gun jammed against the back of your head. Until that moment, you might have been thinking about dinner, or work, or maybe you were just zoning out. Now, let’s assume all goes well and you escape. For at least a little while afterward, even the most mundane things have meaning and purpose in your life, and you start to question the purpose of everything. I start stories in the thick of things, because life often meanders along in a humdrum manner until the moment a catalyst brings everything into sharp focus and forces you—or, in this case, our young hero, Leitos—to look for answers to questions you never knew you had. Q: Who is Crown of the Setting Sun targeted at?JW: Fans of The God King will enjoy Crown, as will readers who devour big name fantasy writers such as George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorecock, and Patrick Rothfuss. While my writing style is similar to theirs, I’ve chosen to keep a tight rein on my cast of characters—the entirety of Crown, for example, is seen through Leitos’s eyes. This style keeps my writing crisp and focused, and ensures readers stay glued to the edge of their seats. As usual, I shy away from standard settings, but at its heart, Crown of the Setting Sun is part of an epic fantasy tale that leads readers into a strange and thrilling new realm full of twists and turns, and unexpected dangers. Reading order:The God King (book one)Crown of the Setting Sun (book two)Shadow and Steel coming (book three)Wrath of the Fallen (book four)Heirs of the Fallen OmnibusOther series by James A. West: Songs of the ScorpionReaper of Sorrows (volume one)Lady of Regret (volume two)

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Bargain Book Finds Crown of the Setting Sun (Book 2) (Heirs of the Fallen) Chains that bind the soul are stronger than iron...In the two centuries since the Upheaval and the fall of the God King, the Faceless One’s rule has encompassed the world. He is revered, worshiped, merciless, and he stands unopposed…. Sixteen-year-old Leitos crushes stone by day, and by night shivers in a cramped cell. A slave’s life is brutal and short, but absolute obedience ensures the gifts of peace and bread. All that changes when his grandfather rises against their inhuman slavemasters, forcing upon Leitos a freedom that he never sought.Now, hounded by the Faceless One’s demon-born Hunters, Leitos struggles to heed his grandfather’s last words: “Seek the Brothers of the Crimson Shield.” Those words are his only hope to discover the truth of his people’s enslavement, his only guide to find a secret order of heroes … and they are the words of a madman. ***Q & A with James A. West—Crown of the Setting SunQ: So how did Crown of the Setting Sun come about? JW: When The God King ended, the very next scene I wrote in the Heirs of the Fallen series became the opening chapter for Crown. I found myself curious why Leitos, the new hero, would trust demonic slavemasters more than his own grandfather. I also wanted to know what had happened to Kian and the gang in the two hundred years since we last saw them. So I kept writing—maybe I should say digging—and each new answer led me to new mysteries and surprising revelations.Q: You mentioned the idea of substituting writing for digging. What do you mean by that?JW: When I write, I allow myself to believe the worlds that I create actually exist. With that in mind, my writing process is comparable to searching for buried treasure without a map. I know there’s some kind of loot waiting to be found in the ground of this alternate universe, but I never know if it’s a stash of gold, or a box of grim secrets. So I keep digging, brushing away a bit of soil here and there, then digging some more. I don’t stop until I find what is hidden.Q: Crown of the Setting Sun begins by throwing the reader into a critical and rather hair-raising moment in the young hero’s life. Is there any particular reason for leaping so quickly off the starting line?JW: Say you’re buying a lottery ticket at a gas station, and next thing you know there’s a gun jammed against the back of your head. Until that moment, you might have been thinking about dinner, or work, or maybe you were just zoning out. Now, let’s assume all goes well and you escape. For at least a little while afterward, even the most mundane things have meaning and purpose in your life, and you start to question the purpose of everything. I start stories in the thick of things, because life often meanders along in a humdrum manner until the moment a catalyst brings everything into sharp focus and forces you—or, in this case, our young hero, Leitos—to look for answers to questions you never knew you had. Q: Who is Crown of the Setting Sun targeted at?JW: Fans of The God King will enjoy Crown, as will readers who devour big name fantasy writers such as George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorecock, and Patrick Rothfuss. While my writing style is similar to theirs, I’ve chosen to keep a tight rein on my cast of characters—the entirety of Crown, for example, is seen through Leitos’s eyes. This style keeps my writing crisp and focused, and ensures readers stay glued to the edge of their seats. As usual, I shy away from standard settings, but at its heart, Crown of the Setting Sun is part of an epic fantasy tale that leads readers into a strange and thrilling new realm full of twists and turns, and unexpected dangers. Reading order:The God King (book one)Crown of the Setting Sun (book two)Shadow and Steel coming (book three)Wrath of the Fallen (book four)Heirs of the Fallen OmnibusOther series by James A. West: Songs of the ScorpionReaper of Sorrows (volume one)Lady of Regret (volume two) https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41OYcWXUbbL._SL160_.jpg
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