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Web of the Spider Queen (Song Of The Ancestors Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 62 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Fast-paced and full of action, the novella follows parallel storylines, switching between the glorious last stand of armies upon the battlefield and the desperate quest of the heroes throwing themselves into the heart of darkness. The sense of impending doom is tangible, but it never descends into the realm of bleak helplessness.  While we, as readers, may not be so optimistic, there's a strong feeling of hope shared among the characters (complete with a little flirting-in-the-face-of-death) that really holds it all together. -Beauty in Ruins Blog.

From the Author

All four books of the Song of the Ancestors Series are now available:
Book 1: Web of the Spider Queen
Book 2: The Human Condition
Book 3: Ballad of the Fallen
Book 4: The Ashes of Orum 

Thank you for your interest in this series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (February 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077XXRMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,065 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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John Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi. He resides in Massachusetts and completed a creative writing course at Boston's Fisher College. He is a member of the New England Horror Writers.

Some of his more recent credits include Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella, The Song of the Ancestors fantasy series, Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, Epitaphs: Journal of the New England Horror Writers, The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, Wrong World, The Silver Blade, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora Wolf and more.

He is the author of several collections, novellas and novels including the recently released If God Doesn't Show-an apocalyptic, Cthuhlu mythos novel published by Permuted Press. Please visit his website or his facebook author page for more information.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on April 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What do you get when you hand a horror author the skeleton keys to a fantasy kingdom already under siege by the forces of darkness? If you're lucky, you get a story like Web of the Spider Queen.

For the most part, this is a straight-forward fantasy tale, one that dispenses with the preliminaries and launches right into the heart of the story. As readers, we're dropped into a hopeless situation, with the elves, fairies, and amazons of Orum on the cusp of defeat at the hands of Sinnia, the Spider Queen. It's a grim situation, marked by overwhelming odds, a seemingly limitless supply of monsters, and an all-powerful villainess who is (almost) justified in her supreme arrogance.

It's here where Grover's horror roots come through, with a more detailed exploration of the monsters and their carnage than is generally found in fantasy. In establishing the nightmare horrors of his world, he provides all the gory, grisly, gratuitous details for which a reader could ask. This is definitely not a tale for the squeamish, especially once the heroes head underground, but one that will definitely satisfy those readers with a taste for the grotesque.

This is not just a story of monsters and carnage, however. The heroes here are surprisingly well-developed for such a short novella, and we get just enough background on their races to truly appreciate their situation. In addition, while most of the story takes place on the blood-soaked battlefields and in web-strewn caverns of Sinnia's realm, Grover smartly takes us into the beauty of the last remaining forest of the elves, providing us with a brightly illuminated symbol of what the world has lost to the spiders and their Queen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ashworth on April 26, 2012
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Web of the Spider Queen is certainly a fast-paced and intense fantasy adventure with a lot of horror influences. The action begins right from the start, and hence easily grasping the reader into the story's setting. We are introduced into a world with three races: the elves, the amazons, and the fairies, and together they must unite and defeat the spider queen, who took control of their land with her dark magic and legions of monstrous creatures.

The story has a good pace to it, without ever dragging out on any scene for longer than necessary, and it is very action heavy. Although at times the deaths of some characters are easily predictable, it is still a fun fantasy horror novella, and I am definitely looking forward to part 2.
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By Hippy_Lettuce on October 15, 2013
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Usually not a good mix for me, but this series I made an exception. Well written plot and very interesting characters. This is a quick reading story, and the author does a good job of character development in this short work.

The quest gets started in a timely manner, meaning not some long drawn out reason why this or that character is part of the group. This one is simple, meet the Spider Queen with the ashes of the previous hero's. One representative from each of the three races come together and bond with each other, amid the old untruths each believe about each other.

The item I liked the most about this novel, is for once it is not a novel about violent and bloodthirsty Human's running the show and being the instigators of any war. There are no human's in this world, but they are hinted thru out the book.
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By Fan reader on October 22, 2015
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This is different. Since this something I haven't seen before on many ways in one. And it's different in some ways.
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By C. Craig Coleman on August 16, 2015
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Little credibility in the fantasy elements throughout.
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