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Gol: Dawn of Legends: The Legends of Ansu Series Prequel by [J.W. Webb, Roger Garland, Catherine Romano]

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In the reviews and synopsis of Gol, a comparison is made to Games of Thrones. Since reading this I can concur that, in my opinion, readers of GoTs will enjoy the Legends of Ansu! With a world set up with treachery, mad kings, Baron's daughters, and a blacksmith's son, plus the 'help' from otherworldly beings, this is an epic adventure to lose yourself in. 

Lissane and Erun Cade are
star crossed lovers who want nothing more than to be together. Destiny will not allow this though, and they are cruelly parted. Lissane is actually told that Erun Cade is dead, and perhaps he is. At least the boy that she once knew is gone. Instead, he is honed and sharpened on an Isle that sounds a lot like that of Scáthach, of Irish Cú Chulainn fame, to become something that is so much more than what he once was. 

With different stories in play, the common thread is Erun Cade, later known as Kell. He is the link between them all, but you do get to see what happens to Lissane too. I will be honest here, and say that I didn't actually think much of her. She is a strong character, yes, but her prideful and cold nature doesn't exactly make her likeable - even when she is trying to be nice!

With elements of the
Norse Gods, this is an epic tale that will take time to read so why not savour the time spent, and allow yourself to be swept away. Definitely recommended by me. Goodreads review.

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Okay -- What's the story about?Gol introduces the reader to Legends of Ansu an epic fantasy series that will be enjoyed by fans of Game of Thrones. A prequel to the other books, Gol can be read as a standalone or gateway to the series. All the books feature beautiful sketches by a Tolkien artist.  How does Gol relate to the other books you've written?The harrowing events in Gol take place 1000 years before the other books. The novel was written in a caravan in 2012 while my late wife was fighting cancer. That's part of the reason why Gol is such a passionate and heart-rending story - its pages resonate with the anger I was feeling at that time.How many books are there in the series?There are currently eight novels available for purchase. Legends of Ansu is an ongoing series - there will be three more books out in 2019 and another three in 2020.Where can I learn more about your fantasy series?Visit the website and join the newsletter on the homepage. You'll also find me on Facebook and Twitter, BookBub and Goodreads.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00UW2FGZ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ J.W.Webb; 1st edition (March 17, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 17, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3112 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 218 ratings

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I was born near Doncaster England in the early sixties but later moved south to Sussex, where I lived for many years. One of my (several schools) was at Battle, a small town named after that historic conflict in 1066. You know the one, it culminated with poor Harold getting that arrow in his eye and those rude Normans invading our green and pleasant land. Growing up so close to that scene of ancient carnage awarded me a fascination for all things Dark Age. I'd fallen victim to a weird and random imagination, resulting in a love of epic stories and epic story telling. This affliction prompted me to delve deep into the worlds of Tolkien, Peake, Eddison and Moorcock. Also about this time I commenced drawing imaginary maps and inventing stories about wonderfully nasty folk, doing wonderfully nasty things, whilst pent up in gloomy unpleasant places.

Then at 18 years daft, I found myself thrust deep into the Queen's Household Cavalry. How I arrived there I cannot quite recall. The result was a sharp dose of reality. But not a cure – the affliction ran deep. I left the regiment, and for a time wandered hazy through life hitting nails with hammers, sailing brigantines through southern waters, drinking venomous concoctions with venomous companions, and yes, reading lots more ghastly fantasy books. At 27 years I became to a degree sensible. I married my beloved Rae, a watercolour artist and passionate Celt, and got a sensible career hauling trucks around the British countryside. The trouble with hauling trucks around the British countryside is that it lets the mind ramble willy nilly, when not being tortured by local radio. The result of that rambling was more stories flittering around inside this errant trucker's dizzy head.

Then, during one dark winter night back in 1993, whilst parked forlorn outside a dreary inn, something profound happened. I stumbled into Corin an Fol: a moody, rather difficult individual, mooching about in a deep tangled wood (my imagination). That wood grew into a world (not as hard as it sounds when you write fantasy stuff). The world became Ansu, home to all manner of mismatched mortals and grumpy gods. Late 2001 a plot appeared through the murky trees. It found Corin lost and wandering and introduced him to some other unruly types, resulting in The Shattered Crown. This epic debut was scrawled out with biro ink on paper and still lurks somewhere close. I'm too scared to read it. But The Shattered Crown couldn't contain its characters. These were (and still are) a very rough lot. They demanded a sequel. Instead (just to show who the boss was,) I focussed on a prequel, Fall of Gol being the result. But still the characters would not leave me alone. And so started The Legends of Ansu a forthcoming series of otherworldly tales, mostly involving Corin and his friends.

In late 2012 Rae lost her battle with cancer. I had always promised her a Cornish ghost story based on one of her evocative paintings. And so was born a novella called The Haven. A spooky yarn blending mystery and suspense with past and present. I hope that she likes it. We both loved Cornwall where we lived for many years. During our time there I met with Roger Garland the Tolkien Illustrator, who kindly consented to creating some fabulous images and illustrations for my work. And also designing this superb website! During 2013 I left the world of big wheels behind and focussed instead on writing full time. I moved to Georgia, married my gorgeous former shipmate Joanne, who I've known for 30 years.

Since then I have rewritten Fall of Gol shortening it's title to Gol and finally (with substantial assistance from my erudite and excellent editor, Catherine Romano) re-shaped The Shattered Crown into a rivetingly nasty read. After twenty-one years in the woods, I was more than ready to unleash these first two offerings in the Ansu series along with The Haven. The Lost Prince followed in 2015, and this year (2017) has seen the release of The Glass Throne, Gray Wolf, and The Legends of Corin an Fol Boxed set, (The Shattered Crown, The Lost Prince, and The Glass Throne in one.) 2018 will witness two more books in the Legends series: Journeyman, and The Giant's Dance. The journey will continue with more books blending myth and legends, sword and sorcery, with gritty dialogue and cold hard steel. JWW 2017.

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