Coward’s Truth: A Novel of the Heart Eternal #1 by Chris Freed
Welcome to Ghendis Ghadanisban. City of god-kings. City in turmoil.
The god-king is dead! Whispers of murder spread through the city known as the Heart Eternal. His death allows an ancient evil Razazel to return and resume its quest to dominate all life. As if that isn't enough, warring factions threaten the jewel of the desert. The only way to prevent this is by a group of reluctant heroes to escort a young boy filled with the dying god's essence to the ancient mountain of Rhorremere so the god-king can be reborn. It is a quest bound to claim lives, for evil never stops.
Far off in the mountains, a squad of stranded space marines sells their services in the hopes of being rescued. Their search brings them in conflict with too many enemies. Forced to join the quest, it is a decision that may prove their ultimate doom.
Fate and destiny clash as agents of good and evil set forth to stake their claim.
Welcome, friends, to the Heart Eternal.