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|Author Name||J.W. Webb|
|Start Date of Tour (Allow at least 4 weeks notice)||06/06/2016|
|Author Website/Blog Link||Legendsofansu.com|
|Blurb/Synopsis of Book||Gol. A continent on the brink of destruction. Once a mighty kingdom, now six provinces torn apart by treacherous barons.
In one province two young lovers strive to stay together when all else prises them apart. Lissane and
Erun must survive to guide their people through the coming storm. The odds are stacked against
them. Erun, dreamer and fool, is chosen for a dark path. Whilst Lissane is given away by her father
the baron to wed the brutal son of a rival ruler.
Meanwhile, at the far side of the world a sorcerer has freed the fire demon, Ashmali, setting off a
chain of events that could ultimately bring about Gol’s long foretold ruin. Caught between rising
seas, civil war, and approaching fire the continent’s time is fast running out.
Gol features beautiful sketches and maps by Tolkien illustrator, Roger Garland. It opens the doors on a new epic fantasy series titled Legends of Ansu. Within its content lies an sweeping tale of love, hatred, vengeance and destruction. In Gol the high courage of a few individuals is all that stands against the will of fickle gods and treachery of men.
|Review Quotes||I read a lot of fantasy and mythology books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. Having read another of J.W. Webb’s books recently – “The Haven” and really enjoying it, I was curious
to see how he would deliver in this one “Gol – The Legends of Ansu”. Mr. Webb is unarguably a very talented writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-
building and sheer creativeness on many levels. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well),
when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless
from the intensity and violent passion. For such a long book I finished it in less than a week, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I was hoping for a different
ending, but it was bittersweet (and more powerful this way) nonetheless. A must read for fans of high fantasy. (5 stars)
2. I really enjoyed “Gol” by author J.W. Webb, even though “epic” fantasy isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I recently read
3. This book was great… lots of fun to read and very creative. Describing it is a hard task! All sorts of interesting characters, creatures, humans, and non-humans, and a terrific mix of
This book contains book one and two in The Legends of Ansu series. Many of the conflicts are dealt with, but the story is far from over. A brand new land is introduced in this book. There are many different tribes or clans, each with their own issues and unique characteristics. Lissane is the daughter of the leader of one such area. Her father has three bloodthirsty sons and a desire to take over everything using whatever vile means he wishes. Lissane falls in love with the son of the blacksmith, Erun. Fate and Lissane’s brothers separate Lissane and Erun for many years.
>There is a lot of mythology and paranormal creatures in this story. The gods mess with the humans as mythical creatures cause havoc. The story reminded me somewhat of the Hobbit. The same artist for that series is used to create drawings and maps for this book. The characters were numerous; I had trouble with keeping them all straight. There were so many settings and names, I was overwhelmed. The story was very rich, though and well written.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. This story is appropriate for an adult audience. The book was not too explicit, but there were a lot of descriptions of unpleasant bodily functions. Sex, bathroom functions, even picking a nose, was described multiple times. I felt as if a teenage boy was fighting to escape the author. The story would be great for young adults if the sexual descriptions and situations of rape would have been left to the imagination. The forced couplings between the aristocracy and the serfs and slaves were discussed the same way a scene of characters eating would be discussed. I am giving the story 4 stars.