Gol (Legends of Ansu) (Volume 1)by J.W. Webb
The good folks at BookBear asked me to participate in the virtual book tour for “Gol” by J.W. Webb. “Gol” is a sweeping fantasy novel, the beginning of the Legends of Ansu series. I’m always skeptical when I start novels like this because, while some of them are wonderful, some of them are tiresome, or overly dense. I am pleased to say that “Gol” falls into the category of fantasy books I like.
It’s a big story, with many characters and lots of threads of varying importance. Lissane Barola is the daughter of Eon Barola, a cruel, power-hungry man, with sons even crueler and more power hungry than him. (Though not nearly as canny or smart.) Lissane is in love with Erun, a commoner. When Barola finds out, he sends his sons to dispose of the problem. Erun isn’t killed, but he is tortured, and he disappears out of Lissane’s reach, vowimg revenge.
Lissane is married off for political reasons to Varentin, who is as nasty as her as her brothers were, maybe worse. She doesn’t forget Erun, but finds her own ways to amuse herself. Erun finds himself in the tutelage of a mysterious stranger. All the while, the Barons and Princes are scheming and posturing for power. And, as if that weren’t enough, a vengeful sorcerer has captured and unleashed a fire demon who may or may not be under the sorcerer’s control and may or may not have his own destructive agenda.
The pages fly by, the characters are easy to keep up with (another problem some fantasy novels have) and the politics stay in the background instead of bogging down the plot.
Will Lissane and Erun ever be reunited? Will any of the schemes for power of the various Barons work? Or will it all be for naught because the fire demon devours them all? Read the book and find out. Click below for the Amazon link.
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