Gol" by J.W.Webb was a different type of book for me as I'm not a hugefantasy reader, although I do enjoy the genre. I'd read and enjoyedanother novel of J.W.Webb's ("The Haven" - Check it out!) and when I saw this one as being appealing for fans of "Lord of the Rings" and "Gameof Thrones" - two sagas that I really like, I thought I'd give this atry and see how I liked it. That said, here are my thoughts: I likedthat it was fast paced and with plenty of action, especially for a longbook. It wasn't predictable at all... and it kept my attention the whole way through. I don't think I was able to stop reading the last 30% orso! There were many characters, and I had no real concept of theindividual personalities, looks, etc... I did appreciate theintelligent, multi-layered plot - it forces you to pay attention andthink -actively engage the story. So not some easy breezy fluff beachread. To my surprise I found myself really sucked into the story, somuch so that I shed a few tears and may have cursed a few charactersalong the way. Was satisfied with the ending, but not *happy* if thatmake sense. But it's okay... Overall an enjoyable read that I'drecommend to others, and I'm really glad I gave it a shalt. Will readmore from this author anytime Tabitha - Gooodreads
A complex fantasy novel combines a young man's quest, a noblewoman's nightmare, and a long-slumbering demon.
For me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break anovel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know thatthe author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but istelling HIS story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I've read my fairshare of books from authors who are 'trying' to emulate better, moreaccomplished authors in their genre. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Mr. Webb's writing style has the confidence anddelightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro... I know he's written another book, but this feels, reads, and presents like a master of hiscraft. The characters had that elusive 'flavor' that only comes whenthey are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easilydone, especially in a novel of this depth and magnitude of complexissues. A great read, and will be looking for the next one from him.Recommend for older teens through adults. Sherri - Goodreads
There were so many things I loved about this book, I hardly know where to begin. First, I loved the cover. And those amazing illustrations are done by Tolkien's illustrator? Wow, that is so incredible! Second, I love the way J.W. Webb writes characters and especially dialogue and action scenes. I really feel like I am inside the story, as a part of it, instead of being on the outside looking in and having a story "told" to me. Mr. Webb's vivid descriptions and lyrical prose creates a beautiful portrait and a frightening, mystical world that one can get lost in for hours and hours. This books seriously has everything good--action, fantasy, romance, good and evil, magic, ...I wish this series could be made into a movie, although it probably wouldn't be as good as the book anyways. But I thought the plot was highly creative, even for a fantasy, and wasn't just a re-telling of the same overused plot devices we always see. Although I had to a few times, I truly didn't want to stop reading until I'd finished. And I had some tears at the end! Ready for the next ones by J.W. Webb. Claire - Gooodreads