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(The Legends of Ansu #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Lissane Barola hates her baron father's choice of husband Valentin. With Erun, her secret lover in a nearby village, she plans escape. But the net is closing, and the gods have marked them.
'a huge rent had opened inside the mountain. a vast cavern containing the essence of Ashmali, a demon so terrible the gods themselves had entombed him lest his wanton flames destroy the
Kindle Edition, 504 pages
Published March 18th 2015 by J.W.Webb
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Do you like epic fantasy sagas? The kind that slowly encase you in a new world, a different time and a place like you have never known? The Legends of Ansu, a new series will bring sorcery to life, place you in the midst of battle, put you at the mercy of treachery by man, uncaring gods and civil war. Gol by J.W. Webb tells of an island and its people, and the wrath of the Sea God. Political machinations tear two young lovers apart, as Lissane is to wed an enemy baron’s vile son and Erun is left ...more
Rosie Amber
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Gol is a high end fantasy epic. It is three books within one and you get a lot of book for your money. There is a huge cast of characters, mystical Gods, tricky elementals and fantasy lands to get your head around.

The book opens in castle Barola in the land of Gol, where we meet Baron Eon Barola, his three sons and daughter. The Baron is forever scheming and plotting about ways to increase his power, he has a marriage planned for his daughter which will form an alliance. But first he must see of
C.M. Rutherford
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining story. The characters and plot of the story we well crafted and engaging. The story moved at a fast pace and had plenty of action. I highly recommend this book to fans of the Fantasy genre.
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as unread-freebies  ·  review of another edition
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Gol - a review by Rosemary Kenny

An epic story worthy of JRR Tolkien, tells of the eponymous Gol - a mythical kingdom on Scaffa's Island, the legend of which will fascinate anyone who ventures into its world of imagination by the fine author J W Webb.
The first of four books in The Legends of Ansu series, Gol sets the scene with great detail, after its King has been violently and treacherously removed from the throne by his vassal barons. They have caused an impending bloody civil war, with their
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spectacular very long and detailed book, an epic saga of the fantasy genre which i would rate next to the Game of Thrones. A book about the world of Ansu and the country of Gol, divided into various factions all headed by the families of the greedy barons who rival one another and war against each other because of their greed for power. The book is full of political intrigue, plots and counter plots and a lot of backstabbing literally and figuratively which of course leads to a lot of blood an ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the story was told from various viewpoints and from different places. The story begins from Eon Barola’s point of view before switching to Lissane Barola. As the story progresses, the setting widens to include other faraway kingdoms in the Great Continent where another story was set in motion. Although there were many characters involved, I did not find it hard to keep up due to the unique names given to them. It certainly made things easier especially with the quirky and crazy perso ...more
Taylor Leasure (McCoy)
Webb’s book gives off these dazzling vibes of Christopher Paolini and Ursula Le Guin. His descriptions render you one with the page, and you find yourself wondering if you’ve accidentally put your eyes on an old classic. As the book progresses, darkness and torment frothing to uncontrollable levels all over Ansu, I feel that Webb lost his handle on precision and distanced the reader from the characters and the action.

Characters are the most important thing to me when reading a book after composi
Christina Morley
Gol is the story that happens before the events in the Legends of Ansu. There is a lot of world building with many characters whose lives you come to be invested in. They are living through a time of great change, namely the Fall of Gol. It is tragic, brutal, and emotive. It's epic high fantasy set during an apocalyptic event. Thankfully, the author uses plenty of dry humor to lighten the mood.

As the story unfolds, we meet Lissane Barola, the only child of Baron Barola who isn’t cruel and selfis
Tony Duxbury
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an epic fantasy that packs a lot of action into it. After a rebellion to take down a mad king the island of Gol is ruled by six barons. Unfortunately, the rebellion didn't bring peace and harmony. The barons distrust each other and there is continual conflict and intrigue. The baron Barola is determined to rule over all and his first step is to marry off his daughter Lissane, to another Baron's son. Lissane has fallen in love with Erun, the blacksmith's son and knows their love is doomed ...more
Erin Kelch Zerby
Intricately woven tale of war

Gol is unlike anything I've ever read in the best way possible. While I normally tear through books in an afternoon/day, this I found myself purposefully setting aside so that I could absorb the story and savour it. Devided into 2 books, Gol covers separate storylines that come together following our hero through uncertain times. I found myself thrown through a gauntlet of emotions as these characters developed. I loved and loathed my way through this book. Every tim
Zac N
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a start...

Being a fan of Epic fantasy I dug into this book with enthusiasm. It's a little darker than what I'd normally read but I was able to finish it. Personally I think there was too much time spent on harrassing the protagonists and not enough time developing them. The idea of trying to get your characters recognized, enjoyed, maybe even liked and then killed off all within one book? Not my favorite, I also spent a lot of time skipping over detailed surroundings, and under-detailed cha
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot, needs editing

The story itself was interesting, worth a read if you get it free. The book needs editing very badly. It seems like the author used a thesaurus without always understanding the real meaning of the word he chose. For example, I don’t think the word “redundant” was used correctly a single time, and it appeared at least 4 times. One of its uses was to describe a “redundant blanket” that got put on an otherwise naked person... which means it want redundant. Hire an editor!! B
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very long, but good read. At times some of the descriptive got a bit pedantic, but one could read our browse it as one wished without distorting the story. The characters were all fun and real, as if they were part of a true history. I was unable to see how the hero would transform into something even likeable, let alone story hero, but transform he did, until all that was left was his naive love of his childhood sweetheart. Lissanne was such a main character, yet she had such little impact o
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Behold the fans of Game of Thrones, here comes the adventure, action, violence, sorcery, and God filled series of GOL. GOL by J.W.Webb is a book of provinces, politics, and wild ambitions of their rulers. GOL continent was ruled by a king named Flaminius. As expected, many were not satisfied by being an underdog; therefore, they plotted against him, murdered him, divided the continent into six provinces, and distributed each province among themselves. Today, the continent has six rulers — one fo ...more
Myla Aguilar
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow I love this! Mr. Webb took the time to write a well written lengthy novel instead of some 300 pages or less book and in doing so wrote an epic fantastic tale with a unique world, well written characters who have you feeling their emotions, twisted plots that keep you wanting to know what is next, epic action and war, some brutality, loyalty and love. I definitely will read the next book in this series . I am truly impressed!
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lissanne has ideas of escape but her father the Baron has different ideas. He wants her to marry Valentin, but she dislikes him. She already has someone, Erun and they plan on escaping, but it doesn't look good for them. An amazing book that combines three stories in one. Something that you can't put down, keeps you reading until the end and then you want more
Tara Martin
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I liked it, as convoluted, twisted, back and forth, tortuous reading as it was I didn't open another book until I finished the ENTIRE series. hard to classify, Lord of the Rings? nope ummmm, the entire Belgariad cycle, sort of, one truly MAJOR nasty but so many other nasty villains. many baddies got their's but oh dear, our poor good folk.
Kerry Dillenburg
Epic. Should become a classic.

I couldn't stop reading until I simply had no choice. A truly wonderful world with all of man's foibles and traits that barely keep us redeemable for another generation. You cannot help but become engrossed in the creativity of J.W. Webb!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read.

At no point was I ever lost in the book but the writing was solid. There was quite a bit of redundancy (saying the same thing in often the same way in subsequent sentences and paragraphs). I did not mind the small number of typos. A good read.
Brian Anderson
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I really enjoyed reading the book and will get the next one. It was long, but kept me interested all the time. I highly recommend the book. I will definitely read the next in the series. His writting is exceptional.
gerald morson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a find ,a fantastic book ,full of great characters jumping from one to another ,and the story line gripping ,recommend it to everyone ,what a fantastic read thank you JW Webb
Teray Harris
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish it

I only got to page 30. The main hero was such an awful and frivolous bore that the idea that he would amount to anything was laughable. Teenage angst at it's worst.
Dan Mibourn
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

Fiction, fantasy, dream, wish, any of then or all of them, call this story what you will it was entertaining, a read worth the time necessary to complete. Congratulations on a labor well done.
Wendy Fread
Underdeveloped but a good story.

An original slant on a timeless saga, but the story was underdeveloped at the most crucial times. The story read more like an outline in too many scenes.
Tom Davidson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting saga

This is the story of people in a land doomed by the Gods and what becomes of them. Interesting to follow the good as well as the bad. At times a bit confusing but all becomes clear for a good read
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How true is to never judge a book by it's cover. Literally.

I absolutely loved this book. Everything in it is wonderfully written and developed throughout the book.

A Must Read!!!!

Sylvie Parris
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the complex weaving of characters, where the heroes have flaws and the enemies have some redeeming characters. It's also a tragic tale of loss, the folly of the quest for power and how such a quest can ultimately destroy everything.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I was lost but I think that it was more from the names and which country they belong to. The beginning to each part moved slowly due to all the set up of the events to come. I found that the book and people drew me in and I was invested in the stories and characters.
Barbara Ann  Mabutho

This book kept me captivated right until the very end. A long story, true, but I wouldn't have minded more of it. Made me shed a few tears here and there. Definitely movie material!
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