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The Shattered Crown

(The Legends of Ansu #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Corin an Fol, Longswordsman and ex mercenary has but one objective: retire early and settle down. Unfortunately the gods have other ideas. When Corin arrives home after many years fighting foreign wars, he finds bad news waiting for him. The High King has been murdered and his crystal crown, the Tekara, destroyed.
The Tekara is no ordinary crown. Wrought of solid crystal
Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published by J.W.Webb (first published March 5th 2015)
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Gritty epic fantasy for adults, The Shattered Crown by J.W. Webb brings the best of a fantasy to life in full detail. Easy to read, easy to follow, this journey is ripe with danger, adventure and a world that almost breathes.

An ex-mercenary wants nothing more than to leave his old life behind to re-create roots in the town he knew long ago. A life of peace and quiet is not in the cards for Corin. The expert swordsman must complete a journey to save the kingdom he left behind. The High King is d
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, fantasy
True Rating 3.5 stars!

This review is based on a digital copy I received from Author J.W. Webb via Book & the Bear Marketing. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

This is the second book in the Legends of Ansu series but the story takes place one thousand years after then end of book one. This installment can be read as a standalone and I think that this is a great example of heroic fantasy! In case you are not familiar, a he
Kevin Potter
***Obligatory Disclaimer***
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher at my request and have chosen to write this unbiased review.

Herein we have a good story in a dark and gritty world told from an omniscient viewpoint.

But first, the narrator.
Andrew McDermott has a fair array of distinct voices, but unfortunately they all sound male. His accent worked well for character voices, but in the narration it made things just a bit difficult to understand at times. What dropped his per
Ri v

Let me just start off by saying, WHAT AN ADVENTURE!

I have to admit that i got pretty confused at times to situate who is who, and who is allied to who...there are so many characters! But the effort was so worth it because all the characters bind together and form part of this intricate action-packed plot! Each and every character was super well written and unique, you could tell
Vikki Patis
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in The Legends of Ansu series, The Shattered Crown can be read without reading the first book, Gol, and it stands well on its own. I suppose it would fit into the grimdark fantasy category, alongside the likes of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie. The Shattered Crown is dark, gritty, adult fantasy.

I can take or leave grimdark, if I'm honest. Sometimes it's too gratuitous or brutal, but sometimes the author gets it right. Webb gets it right. He strikes a balance between violence and s
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.W. Webb keeps up the fast pace of his legends of Ansu fantasy reads, this the second book is a thrill from start to finish and phew what a finish! Corin an Fol, the Gray Wolf turns mercenary in this book and is given a job by Silon, this to protect Queen Ariane and lead her safely to the well of the Goddess Elanion. This group of rebels is also made up of Roman, the queen's bodyguard, Galed her squire and later joined by Bleyne the archer, servant to the goddess and Cale. The adventure in the ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read the whole series, so I will my general review. As two stars say it was okay. Story is pretty standard but I do not mind that, I rather love reading clichés if they are done properly like The Riyria Revelations Series which is one of my favorite series. Needless to say this series is not up to the standards. Author's prose is fine, storytelling also but nothing special. World lacked something to me, I never felt emersed in it .There are some grammatical errors and stupid sentences but ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Shattered Crown is a gripping story that takes the reader on a journey through enchanted forests, magical lakes, and worlds full of creatures that would give anyone chills!

Though the story of the Tekara, Queen Ariane, and Corin an Fol is a very well desgined and well written story, there is plenty of other content that is unnecessary to the storyline. For example, the
Shivani McFarland
I had just finished the most recent book written by Miranda Honfleur in her Blade and Rose series and was looking for something in the same genre to tide me over. I came across the Legends of Ansu series and became immediately hooked. The first book in the Crystal King Trilogy, part of the Ansu series, is The Shattered Crown and it's a wonderful sword and sorcery adventure. Though not quite as romantic as Honfleur's books the battles, struggles and rakish character of Corin is so relate-able.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shattered Crown: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy: Crystal Crown Trilogy, Book 1, my third read from author J.W. Webb an author I’d wanted to read since I got Gol: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy #1: Dawn of Legends, back in January of 2017. I was given an Audible copy of this book in October of last year & am voluntarily reviewing. Andrew McDermott’s excellent narration & accent again add to the book's enjoyment. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Amazingly fun epic fantasy! This is a grand take of adventure in the style of Tolkien and Brooks. Despite a few modern terminology slips the world building is beautiful and vast. Likable and detestable characters both and some serious cliffhangers at the end of many chapters kept me reading well into the wee hours of the night. Definitely left me craving the next book!
Brian Anderson
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book by a great author, JW Webb. I'm really enjoying reading this series and look forward to the next one. His descriptions put me right there pulling for the good guys. In spite of the hero's inperfections, I keep wondering what his heritage is. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes swords, wizards, and other mythical creatures. Good and evil play a staring role.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy these books. There is no lull and the characters. I enjoy and appreciate how the legends are explained in the writing and plot instead of pages of just legends. And come on and give these characters a happy ending. Thank you for a great series and a great book.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, audible
This one spends a little more time on what is happening behind the scenes. Getting ready to dive into the next book.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
**This book was reviewed via Book and the Bear Blog Tours**

Second in Webb’s Legends of Ansu series, The Shattered Crown follows Corin an Fol, mercenary for hire, is traveling home, ready to drown himself in well-earned drink. When his horse plays lame, Corin decides to stop by the forge of a friend, in hopes of drink and rest for his horse. What Corin finds is a robbery in progress. He flashes into action, taking out one robber and incapacitating the other two. When the blacksmith, knocked out b
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A millennium after the previous book, Gol, The Shattered Crown focuses on a new hero, a mercenary named Corin An Fol. Just as calamity has struck Gol a thousand years before, now the same thing happens within the Four Kingdoms and the surrounding land as war is threatening to begin anew. The murder of the High King is only the beginning of everything.

The few new characters introduced at the end of the previous book are introduced as the main characters of The Shattered Crown. Upon rereading the
Lindsey Roberts
Original Review Here

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Having (eventually) enjoyed Gol: Legend of Ansu, I decided to give The Shattered Crown a go. You don’t have to read the first book to understand and enjoy the second. While some information meant more to me because of prior knowledge, this book can be read as a stand-alone and make sense!

The Shattered Crown was a more enjoyable read than Gol. Corin’s character was introduced swiftly and the reader could conn
James Webb
Mar 19, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The Shattered Crown is Book Two in The Legends of Ansu series. Not only is this a fabulous read but it also features many stunning sketches by former Tolkien artist, Roger Garland. The Shattered Crown opens a thousand years after the dramatic conclusion of Book One: Gol. This next legend focuses on the struggles of longswordsman, Corin an Fol. An orphan, whose parents were murdered during a raid on his coastal village, Corin has since spent many years fighting in foreign wars. He has a serious a ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
In the follow up to Gol, a thousand years have passed. The kingdoms that Erun Cade set up are well in place, and his name has passed down into myth and legend. Corin an Fol is a mercenary at a loose end, which is never a good thing. Luckily for him, times are changing and the gods are playing. This means that there is betrayal, murder, dark magic, dragons, Dog Lords, plus lots more for him to pit his sword against. Of course, it's not all bad. He has new friends by his side, including the Queen ...more
Corin al Fol is a mercenary, a longswordsman with a varied past. He would like nothing more than to settle down once more in his home land, but fate intervenes and gives him a quest that will change his fate. The High King has been murdered and his ancient crown forged with magical powers, the Tekara, has been shattered and Prince Tarin, the heir, captured. Now, Corin has been hired to help Queen Ariane find the Prince and the Crown. However, it is not just humans that the group is up against. C ...more
“The Shattered Crown” er anden bog i serien, men kan læses selvstændigt uden at kende til forgængeren. Det gjorde jeg – jeg kendte intet til historien og vidste faktisk ikke helt hvad jeg skulle forvente mig. Jeg blev blæst bagover af person- og omgivelsesbeskrivelser. Desværre rakte min benovelse ikke hele vejen igennem, men yderst velskrevet og meget fængende.

Jeg elskede beskrivelserne i bogen. Corin an Fol er en slagsbroder med en attitude der ville få de fleste til at løbe væk. Men han har o
Megan | A Page to Turn
I would compare this book easily to LOTR or Game of Thrones - it's a very gritty, epic, fantasy. The world building was my favorite part of this story! I loved how concise it was, I could picture everything easy, but the descriptives weren't as drawn out as a Tolkien story! HA! This is the second in a series, and I feel like I didn't even need to read the first - I felt like this book stood alone. This book has it all - mystery, myth, action, and romance!

At the start, we find him returning to h
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and entertaining, this read by J.W. Webb blends well-known fantasy tropes and new ideas and the result is something quite unique, yet very comforting and readable! “The Shattered Crown” is the second book in the “Legend of Ansu” series, but the way it is setup it can be read first or second, as the first really is just more of a prequel (but very good, check it out!) But in my opinion there was a bit of a decline in tension and stakes from book one to book two, and even though I gave the fir ...more
Charlie Vasquez
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Shattered Crown” reads quickly after a bit of a slowish beginning. J.W. Webb has an impressive flow to his writing. The words roll casually across the pages with descriptive ease and clarity. He has created very relatable heroes/heroines and amassed a stellar group of supportive characters. It was a little tropey in some regards and the writing was a little choppy at times but overall the meat of the story was so good that I have no problems what so ever over looking these things. I think my ra ...more
Julie Jensen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to read the next one! From the beginning, this book drew me into the world of the Legends of Ansu. The story moves quickly and it is hard to put the book down to take a break. This is not my usual genre, and the author is British, so I had to adjust a little bit to that. However, it did not interrupt the flow of the story and once I was immersed, it was not noticeable. For those who have not read the first one, you can catch up pretty quickly. I recommend this book as one to read wh ...more
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