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About J.W. Webb
Then at 18 years daft, I found myself thrust deep into the Queen's Household Cavalry. How I arrived there I cannot quite recall. The result was a sharp dose of reality. But not a cure - the affliction ran deep. I left the regiment, and for a time wandered hazy through life hitting nails with hammers, sailing brigantines through southern waters, drinking venomous concoctions with venomous companions, and yes, reading lots more ghastly fantasy books. At 27 years I became to a degree sensible. I married my beloved Rae, a watercolour artist and passionate Celt, and got a sensible career hauling trucks around the British countryside. The trouble with hauling trucks around the British countryside is that it lets the mind ramble willy nilly, when not being tortured by local radio. The result of that rambling was more stories flittering around inside this errant trucker's dizzy head.
Then, during one dark winter night back in 1993, whilst parked forlorn outside a dreary inn, something profound happened. I stumbled into Corin an Fol: a moody, rather difficult individual, mooching about in a deep tangled wood (my imagination). That wood grew into a world (not as hard as it sounds when you write fantasy stuff). The world became Ansu, home to all manner of mismatched mortals and grumpy gods. Late 2001 a plot appeared through the murky trees. It found Corin lost and wandering and introduced him to some other unruly types, resulting in The Shattered Crown. This epic debut was scrawled out with biro ink on paper and still lurks somewhere close. I'm too scared to read it. But The Shattered Crown couldn't contain its characters. These were (and still are) a very rough lot. They demanded a sequel. Instead (just to show who the boss was,) I focussed on a prequel, Fall of Gol being the result. But still the characters would not leave me alone. And so started The Legends of Ansu a forthcoming series of otherworldly tales, mostly involving Corin and his friends.
In late 2012 Rae lost her battle with cancer. I had always promised her a Cornish ghost story based on one of her evocative paintings. And so was born a novella called The Haven. A spooky yarn blending mystery and suspense with past and present. I hope that she likes it. We both loved Cornwall where we lived for many years. During our time there I met with Roger Garland the Tolkien Illustrator, who kindly consented to creating some fabulous images and illustrations for my work. And also designing this superb website! During 2013 I left the world of big wheels behind and focussed instead on writing full time. I moved to Georgia, married my gorgeous former shipmate Joanne, who I've known for 30 years.
Since then I have rewritten Fall of Gol shortening it's title to Gol and finally (with substantial assistance from my erudite and excellent editor, Catherine Romano) re-shaped The Shattered Crown into a rivetingly nasty read. After twenty-one years in the woods, I was more than ready to unleash these first two offerings in the Ansu series along with The Haven. The Lost Prince followed in 2015, and this year (2017) has seen the release of The Glass Throne, Gray Wolf, and The Legends of Corin an Fol Boxed set, (The Shattered Crown, The Lost Prince, and The Glass Throne in one.) 2018 will witness two more books in the Legends series: Journeyman, and The Giant's Dance. The journey will continue with more books blending myth and legends, sword and sorcery, with gritty dialogue and cold hard steel. JWW 2017.
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Recently captured and made a slave, Savarna hides a dark secret and doesn’t plan on staying in chains for long. She wants to escape, slip inside the Golden Palace and kill the Empress of Shen. When she meets the exiled warrior from the North, she finally may have her chance.
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As mighty nations ready for war, enemies surround the trio on all sides. They must unite not simply to stay alive, but also to fulfill their quest: Kill the witch Sheega before she destroys them all.
Blood Feud is the start of a new trilogy set in the world of Ansu.>/b>
Raiders stole his childhood. It's time Corin made them pay.
When his parents are murdered, and his sister taken by raiders, Corin's world crashes in on him. Wild and willful, he joins the elite Wolf Regiment but swiftly falls foul of its swordmaster, the brutal Taskala.
The regiment becomes embroiled in a vicious civil war between the sultan of Permio and rebel tribesmen. Corin, caught in the treacherous power play between rival factions and corrupt leaders, struggles to survive. Torn between his quest for vengeance and growing hatred for the sadistic Taskala, Corin has to intervene when the woman he loves becomes the latest target of Taskala's wrath.
Gray Wolf is the first book in a trilogy featuring Corin an Fol, a man chosen by the gods to walk a dark path. The novel forms part of the Legends of Ansu, a spellbinding fantasy series. If you like tough action featuring gritty characters set to a vivid fantasy backdrop of war, and vengeance, then you are going to love this new tale by JW Webb.
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Corin returns from an aborted mission in Permio to discover a female assassin has taken Silon’s daughter and means to sell her into slavery. Corin is charged with getting Nalissa back before they lose track of her captor. What follows is a hectic chase over land and sea, as Corin fights to keep his job and the skin on his back. Meanwhile, new enemies, treacherous allies, and a lethal shapeshifter all conspire to work against him.
Legends of the Longsword is the second book in a new trilogy featuring Corin an Fol, and the latest novel in the epic fantasy series, Legends of Ansu. If you like gritty action, tough characters, dark humour, swordplay and passion, you’re going to love this new adventure starring Corin an Fol. Pick up Legends of the Longsword to discover this exciting series today.
His parents murdered, and childhood obliterated, Corin an Fol joins the wild Wolf Regiment and immediately falls foul of its brutal Swordmaster, Taskala. The situation soon spirals out of control, sparking off an epic adventure comprising revenge, loathing, lust, and love – charting Corin’s journey from childhood dreamer to lethal warrior.
The Mercenary Trilogy tells of Corin’s early days before his continuing adventures in The Crystal Crown Trilogy. The Boxed Set includes the novels: Gray Wolf, The Legends of the Longsword, and Wolves and Assassins introducing Corin an Fol, a man chosen by the gods to walk a dark path. The trilogy forms part of a stunning new fantasy series called Legends of Ansu. If you like tough action featuring gritty characters set to a vivid fantasy backdrop of war and vengeance, then you are going then you going to love the Mercenary Trilogy by JW Webb.
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Meanwhile Rael the Assassin of Crenna is hot on their tail again. Furious at being fooled in his own castle, Rael has vowed to slay them all, except the queen who he will deliver in chains to Caswallon. Corin, for his part, has sworn to kill the Assassin and avenge the death of a friend. In Permio Ariane’s friend, the merchant Silon, meets with a desert chief in secret. Together they plot the downfall of the despised sultan. Silon knows that with Permio onside they can bring the fight back to Caswallon. But the usurper is informed of their various plans by his goblin spymaster, Gribble. And once again Caswallon’s net closes on Queen Ariane and her desperados.
The Lost Prince follows on from The Shattered Crown. The series will continue with The Glass Throne in 2016
When Queen Ariane dreams of her realms invasion by a foreign force, she consults her Goddess and sets out on a perilous quest to find answers. Once inside enemy country, the nets are cast around her. The noose tightens as Caswallon sends his creatures to abduct the queen.
But the sorcerer doesn’t know about Corin an Fol. Promised gold, the ex-mercenary rides out to aid the beleaguered queen. The two make a formidable pair. But will Corin’s big sword and Ariane’s sharp tongue prove a match for Caswallon’s sorcery and cunning...
Caswallon, hearing of his enemies success re-forging the crown, sends Vaarg the Dragon south to destroy them. During the attack Corin and friends are lost, Zallerak and Prince Tarin flee with the crown, while Corin and Tamersane stumble blindly into the mythical land of the Rorchai, a place where they are both expected and most unwelcome...
As winter’s hold deepens throughout the Four Kingdoms, and Caswallon’s net tightens, Corin, Queen Ariane, Prince Tarin and Tamersane, find themselves not only fighting for survival but also for the continued existence of their world. Meanwhile, far to the north Shallan dreams of seeing her lover again, but she and Barin face a sea of foes as they cross troll-infested lands to reach the besieged city of Car Carranis. Corin has vowed to join her there but his chances look slimmer by the hour, and even if he survives the horrors sent against him how can he reach his beloved Shallan before that city falls?
The Glass Throne concludes Corin an Fol’s story when he has to confront his greatest enemy and in doing so fulfill his destiny. But time is running out. The Gods have returned to Ansu to face their terrible brother Old Night who’s seeking to claim back his planet. And so, the final lines are now drawn for a battle fought not only on land and sea but in the skies high above...
Queen Ariane trusts her dreams, so listens when a sorceress calls out to her from the void. Ysaren warns the queen must find her missing cousin, Lord Tamersane who vanished after the war. Feared lost in the hostile City of the Clouds. He alone has the strength to wield the legendary bow of Kerasheva against the power-crazed emperor of Ptarni.
Determined, Ariane sends Captain Garland to find her lost kinsman deep in the heart of enemy country. But Garland and his men vanish in a maze of witchcraft, illusion and treachery. Ariane worries she has sent them to their death. Now she must conquer her own demons before she can face this new enemy head-on.
The Emerald Queen is volume seven in the epic fantasy series Legends of Ansu. If you like gritty characters, magic and mystery, woven into witty dialogue and fast-paced plot, then you going to love this latest book by JW Webb.
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King Nogel of Kelwyn seeks to hunt in his forests unaware that a crazed killer is after his head. Mercenary Corin an Fol is summoned north to protect the king. Enter the trap. Corin soon realizes someone from his past is out to get him first.
Corin, having escaped disaster in the desert, returns to Raleen and finds Silon waiting for him. Again, promised gold, he makes for the Woods between the Waters in a far corner of Kelwyn. Someone is killing nobles up there. Word’s out the king’s next. Silon suspects Caswallon’s hand, believing that schemer wants King Nogel dead to secure his rise to power. A vicious gang of outlaws is operating in the vicinity. Corin’s task: watch them and wait. Report back. Do nothing rash! So much for good advice…
Wolves and Assassins is the concluding book in the Mercenary Trilogy featuring Corin an Fol, a man chosen by the gods to walk a dark path. The novel is the latest book in a stunning new fantasy series called Legends of Ansu. If you like tough action featuring gritty characters set to a vivid fantasy backdrop of war, and vengeance, then you are going then you going to love this new tale by JW Webb.
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Pawn of Destiny
His parents murdered by raiders and his childhood love lost to drinking and wildness, Corin an Fol’s only desire is to escape his troubled past. But the meddling gods have other ideas for this former mercenary and rebel. The Witch at the Ford urges Corin seek out his ‘real’ father in the mountains, and on returning to his village, Corin finds Silon the Merchant waiting for him with dire news of the High King’s death and the loss of his Crystal Crown.
The usurper is Caswallon, an ambitious sorcerer who seeks to crush all Four Kingdoms, his only challenger, the feisty newly-crowned, Queen Ariane. Silon persuades Corin an Fol to ride out and find the beleaguered Queen as she seeks council from her goddess deep inside Caswallon’s stolen realm. Little does Corin know that as he embarks on this journey, the fates have chosen him for the fulcrum, the deciding pawn in the third and final war of the gods.
Set against Corin are spirits, goblins, dragons, sorcerers, rival mercenaries, and worst of all, Caswallon’s ace hand -- the master assassin Rael of Crenna. Aided by Queen Ariane’s champion and the giant, Barin, Corin an Fol must journey over land and sea, cross dimensions and fight numerous foes before he is ready to face his nemesis at Laras Lassladden the island that shifts through space and time.
When a vengeful sorcerer unleashes a Fire Demon to destroy his rivals he sets off a chain of events that will eventually destroy Gol, a war-ravaged continent at the other side of the world. Unaware that time is running out Gol's scheming barons overthrow their king and strive to seize control, unleashing a bloody civil war. Baron's daughter Lissane, and commoner Erun find themselves caught in the web of murder, treachery, and sword and sorcery threatening to destroy their existence.
The lovers plan to flee Gol before its foretold ruin. But Baron Barola already has plans for his daughter and sends his brutal sons to deal with Erun.
Gol mingles, mystery, myths and legends with gritty action and snappy dialogue, woven to an epic tapestry of dark fantasy. The novel introduces the reader to the Legends of Ansu, a spellbinding new fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones. If you like tough action featuring gritty characters set to a vivid fantasy backdrop of war, treachery and vengeance, then you are going to love this new tale by JW Webb.
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When Richard and Kate Harrison venture exhausted into The Haven (a quiet Cornish cove) they happen upon strange events. Richard – unhappy and lost – is haunted by the vision of a beautiful stranger. Fascinated and obsessed, he is soon ensnared in a very dangerous game. Nothing is as it seems, the past has returned to take hold over the present. Their marriage falling apart, Kate and Richard watch their world dissolve as spiralling events threaten their very existence.
The deeper Richard digs into the Haven's dark secret the more trapped he becomes. Only Kate can save him from this course of self destruction – but does she care, or is she just another player in the game? Meanwhile the Maid of Haven waits down on the beach alone – knowing that the time for her revenge draws nearer. It is for you that she waits…