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The gods are dead. Their age-old reign destroyed by sorcery and war. A young queen must steer her people through the wreckage left behind. 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. The gods are dead. Their age-old reign destroyed by sorcery and war. A young queen must steer her people through the wreckage left behind. 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. Pick up The Emerald Queen to discover this exciting new series today.


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The gods are dead. Their age-old reign destroyed by sorcery and war. A young queen must steer her people through the wreckage left behind. 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. The gods are dead. Their age-old reign destroyed by sorcery and war. A young queen must steer her people through the wreckage left behind. 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. Pick up The Emerald Queen to discover this exciting new series today.

48 review for The Emerald Queen: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Emerald Queen is a fantasy story. Imagine being a puppet for the gods to play with and use for their own gain. It makes me angry honestly. The story is unique and odd. It is dramatic and intriguing. The characters are flawed and complex. Overall it's a good read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. The Emerald Queen is a fantasy story. Imagine being a puppet for the gods to play with and use for their own gain. It makes me angry honestly. The story is unique and odd. It is dramatic and intriguing. The characters are flawed and complex. Overall it's a good read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Ariane is a rather unusual heroine, I think, and an unusual Queen. Profane, strong in character and integrity, she seldom has to second guess herself. If only we all possessed her determination and strength of will! This is Book Seven of the ongoing Legends of Ansu Series, involving epic fantasy, swordplay, and witchcraft, plus magic, mystery, betrayal and strong characterization.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cath

    This is a hard one for me. It was a long read, even though it is under 400 pages long. The manner in which it is written and all the characters you have to follow and keep track of, just makes it a book you can’t read really quickly! The Gods are all thought to be dead from a monstrous war some seven years previously, won through sorcery and lack of faith or need in their Gods anymore. The young queen Ariane must try to do what is right for her people and stave off any possible war with the powe This is a hard one for me. It was a long read, even though it is under 400 pages long. The manner in which it is written and all the characters you have to follow and keep track of, just makes it a book you can’t read really quickly! The Gods are all thought to be dead from a monstrous war some seven years previously, won through sorcery and lack of faith or need in their Gods anymore. The young queen Ariane must try to do what is right for her people and stave off any possible war with the power crazed emperor from Ptarni. Ariane sends her Captain Garland off on a rescue mission, to find and locate Lord Tamersane, her cousin, and return him to her side. The queen has asked for this to happen, from a dream she had of happenings in the void. She has been blessed or cursed, with the royal ability for ‘Dreaming’, which provides visions during her dreams. Garland and his team of trusted men, will be manipulated by one of the three witches, of the story. An old enemy, Sulo, is after Lord Tamersane and takes his wife, Teret, as prisoner. Tamersane has to then stop wallowing and rediscover his true self and seek out his wife and safe her before Sulo kills her or sells her as a slave. Each of these groups: Garland, Tamersane and Teret, have to follow their own paths, with the help of the people they meet along the way. All are part and parcel of the story and are manipulated by one of the witches and the Jinn. The Jinn will meet them at a junction of paths and leave them to make their own choice of which path to follow. Some paths are dangerous and lead the teams into separate parts of the void between their worlds. Some are transported through time, others by place. Each team is asked by a different witch to find the Bow of Karasheva – the only item that can free them from the magic each witch is imprisoned by. They are drawn to the evil Graywash Hall and must make their way through to the Castle of Lights. Here they will finally all come together and find out more about the three witches and the reality of the Gods and their presence in the lives of those around them. A real mix of fantasy and evil monsters, travel through time and place – in the void, and the tests each main character is put under to see if they will come out at the other end and who they may have become on this trip. You also find out the truth, in a way, of the Emerald Queen of the title. This is the first book I had actually read by this author, but even though it took ages to get through, once it got going, I was really interested in the characters and the story being told. I have even gone onto reading Gray Wolf, by the same author. The Emerald Queen is a good read, once you can get stuck into it. I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Seven years after the gods have been destroyed, Queen Ariane has a Dream that has her sending Captain Garland after her cousin Lord Tamersane. Following the war, Tamersane and his wife Teret had vanished into a city in a distant land, but he is now the key to staving off a power hungry emperor, the only one who can use the mythical bow Kerasheva. Simple enough, but three ancient sister sorceresses have their own games to play with Garland, Tamersane, and Teret. Fortunately, it brings them all to Seven years after the gods have been destroyed, Queen Ariane has a Dream that has her sending Captain Garland after her cousin Lord Tamersane. Following the war, Tamersane and his wife Teret had vanished into a city in a distant land, but he is now the key to staving off a power hungry emperor, the only one who can use the mythical bow Kerasheva. Simple enough, but three ancient sister sorceresses have their own games to play with Garland, Tamersane, and Teret. Fortunately, it brings them all together in a race for the bow, but the question should be why these rival sisters want it. Book descriptions are often a reader's first introduction to a book. They give a taste of what you can expect and what the story is about. As a reader, I expect accuracy. With this book, I feel like I was duped, and that leads to a general feeling of resentment towards this book, so take my review with a grain of two or salt. The description paints this as the story of a queen pitted against a power hungry emperor. As the description says: "Now she must conquer her own demons before she can face this new enemy head-on." I can count on one hand how many times we actually see Queen Ariane, which is a shame because she seemed like the most fascinating character. I'd love to know more about her demons and actually meet the emperor as he's only ever talked about. Description aside, this book followed three main threads: war veteran Garland who will do as his queen bids, fallen and haunted man Tamersane who turned to drugs, and his ever-loyal wife Teret. Throughout the story, they are manipulated by the annoyingly cheerful and completely unhelpful Piper/Jynn and three sister sorceresses who are at odds with each other and do everything they can to play each character against the others as a means to an end. Overall, I feel largely indifferent about this story. On one hand, it keeps moving and each move is logical. On the other, it wasn't entirely compelling to me. It's basically a really long journey into foreign lands and has the main characters on a quest while being manipulated by magical beings. Standard fantasy fare that adds little to the genre. What I did find intriguing, and confusing at the same time, was the world. The wheel metaphor describing different times and dimensions was confusing until the end and, honestly, it felt like a stretch for much of the book, but it did create an interesting world of time and place converging. Of note, Rundali was quite fascinating with its movable forest (that I would never want to be caught in, but loved reading about). However, the world did feel a little out of focus. It was much easier to read about if I didn't focus on trying to figure it out, especially those woods since each experience was similarly terrifying but altogether different. Described as a stand alone, it definitely can, but I wonder if I would have benefited if I had read the previous books. Maybe the world would be crisper. I can't not mention the writing. It kind of felt like I was reading a dialect of English. Considering the author is from England and currently lives in Georgia, that may very well be true! But it was annoying reading this book with a great deal of words like a, an, and the missing. Sure, I get what "go to table" means, but "go to the table" would have made for a smoother reading experience. There was also quite a bit of cursing and some very sex-hungry females that was a little off-putting to me, but nothing I couldn't gloss over. Overall, the writing felt a bit coarse and rough. Unfortunately, it was annoying and impacted my reading enjoyment. The bottom line: a typical fantasy storyline where you don't have to read the previous books to understand it, but it might help. Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    This is a new series in The Legends of Ansu and this time we go on an amazing trip with a group of people who are all looking for one another following in each other’s paths but not being able to meet up because they are being manipulated by the three sisters who are sorceresses and a Jinn. Teret has been kidnapped by Sulo who is out for revenge and intends selling her as a slave, Tamarsane, her husband leaves in search of her before it is too late. On his travels he encounters Stogi the Tseole This is a new series in The Legends of Ansu and this time we go on an amazing trip with a group of people who are all looking for one another following in each other’s paths but not being able to meet up because they are being manipulated by the three sisters who are sorceresses and a Jinn. Teret has been kidnapped by Sulo who is out for revenge and intends selling her as a slave, Tamarsane, her husband leaves in search of her before it is too late. On his travels he encounters Stogi the Tseole who joins him on his search. In the meantime Teret escapes from Sulo and joins up with Carlo Sarfe and they travel on together. Also Captain Garland has been ordered by Queen Ariane of the swords to go in search of her lost cousin Tamarsane. All somehow encounter one or the other of the three sisters and all are sent on a quest to find the bow of Kerasheva and bring it to them. The sisters Cille, Elerim and Ysaren all want this bow to kill off one another. They are led through the fantastical Randal Woods, they pass through Graywash Hall and on to the Castle of Lights however so many things happen to them on the way. The hub of the wheel is turning and the gateway between worlds during the conjunction when the veil would be at its thinnest will once again open, and this time was upon them. This was a fantastical book where the Gods were still very much in the fight amongst themselves and where they played around with the lives and minds of the group of humans who without scruple they used as they saw fit to meet their own ends and what a road they led them on! An amazing adventure full of way out happenings which reminded me of Alice in Wonderland when she went down the rabbit hole where things were never what they seemed to be, thanks to the Jinn, the biggest trickster of them all!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    The Emerald Queen: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy, my sixth read from author J.W. Webb. Great characters, non-stop action, a great read/listen, my first read not about Corin an Fol, but written in the same style. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing. Andrew McDermott’s excellent narration & accent again add to the book's enjoyment. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). The Emerald Queen: A Legends of Ansu Fantasy, my sixth read from author J.W. Webb. Great characters, non-stop action, a great read/listen, my first read not about Corin an Fol, but written in the same style. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing. Andrew McDermott’s excellent narration & accent again add to the book's enjoyment. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The Emerald Queen is an action adventure that is well written with great world building and strong well developed characters especially Queen Ariane. She is so confident of her abilities, she just marches ahead without a second thought. This is a wonderful story which is part of a series but starting in the middle does not detract. Very enjoyable story. Received a copy from Hidden Gems and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chrissi

    This book is perfect for those who love twisty adventure stories. The characters are well developed and strong individuals. The author has crafted a wonderful world, filled with all manner of 'people' and fantastic lore. There is something in here for every type of reader. This book is perfect for those who love twisty adventure stories. The characters are well developed and strong individuals. The author has crafted a wonderful world, filled with all manner of 'people' and fantastic lore. There is something in here for every type of reader.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maurice Jones

    A beautiful continuation of characters involved in WEBB'S "LEGENDS OF ANSU" epics! Actually,a sort of "prequel" of events that occurred before "LEGENDS". Just as entertaining and riveting as the original series,a MUST READ!! A beautiful continuation of characters involved in WEBB'S "LEGENDS OF ANSU" epics! Actually,a sort of "prequel" of events that occurred before "LEGENDS". Just as entertaining and riveting as the original series,a MUST READ!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Numerous characters, complicated not for a beginner reader, take your time, some characters have multiple names

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim Lewandowski

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Nelson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    If you've read and liked other books set in this world, my review may be absolutely useless to you. Since I've not read them, I'm unable to judge how much of my concerns might be resolved by reading the more of the books. The information on NetGalley specifically states that this book can be read independently. It's book one of a new trilogy on the same world as other books the author has written. However, although I read the entire book, I'm still confused on what was happening. I feel like someo If you've read and liked other books set in this world, my review may be absolutely useless to you. Since I've not read them, I'm unable to judge how much of my concerns might be resolved by reading the more of the books. The information on NetGalley specifically states that this book can be read independently. It's book one of a new trilogy on the same world as other books the author has written. However, although I read the entire book, I'm still confused on what was happening. I feel like someone handed me a bag of puzzle pieces and while I was able to put some of them together, there are gaping holes and the connections between them are tenuous and I'm not really sure some of those pieces have quite the right curve to actually go together. I'm definitely lacking the edge pieces. I want to avoiding risking spoilers, so some of my comments here may come off as obscure. Sorry about that. Even when I do not care for a book, I must be cautious to avoid potentially ruining the experience for someone else who might have different taste. I also have trouble connecting the book I read to the blurb. For example, it says, "Now she [Ariane] must conquer her own demons before she can face this new enemy head-on." Yet Ariane barely appears in the book. Of course the blurb is also in a draft state on NetGalley, I assume, so perhaps that has been reworked for release. I am a reader who prefers character-driven fiction. The blurb I saw contributed to my expectation that this preference would be met. But that I prefer character and the author didn't write that is not the fault of the author, simply a matter of taste. It does influence my rating. If you don't share this preference, you can consider the book rated at least one star higher. The story is told through a wide range of perspectives, some of whom appear very minimally. These numerous and frequent shifts make it difficult for me to connect with any of them and, as someone who isn't very good at names, some of them tended to blur together. So I didn't really care much what happened to the characters. I think the underlying problem, though, was that I really lacked the edge pieces. The world did not make sense to me and none of the names of people, countries, or gods meant a thing. And there wasn't enough information within this book for me to make sense of it. The conclusion left me feeling blah because I didn't care about the characters or have enough context. Some may wonder why I finished it if it wasn't working. The biggest reason is because I kept hoping the author would pull it all together and everything that confused me would suddenly make sense. Everyone was heading for something, and I thought that it might get put together when that happened. Unfortunately I didn't get the connections I needed. The second reason is because I don't like to write negative reviews without finishing the book just in case. Sometimes an author turns things around in a big way and I like to give them that chance. I read quickly, so I'm not usually investing a week in a book, although this one took me more days than usual. So my conclusion is that one of three things happened or some combination: 1) Although the blurb on NetGalley appealed to me I was a very wrong reader for this book. 2) The book relies more heavily on others in the series than the author realized. It happens easily that an author's brain fills in information and never recognizes it isn't all on the page. 3) Things just didn't quite come together. I was reading an ARC, so it's possible significant revisions were made after the copy I accessed. For me it's a 2 star read. If you don't prefer character-driven stories, you can maybe add a star. If you have read and liked others in the world, probably best to ignore me completely.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mr N Hopkins

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Kastermans

    The Emerald Queen. This one (to me) was a tad long-winded, which made it a long read. Not to say this is a bad thing, rather that it takes a bit out of you. This novel takes us on a delectable trip through action and adventure, landing us directly in a greatly-built world as we traipse the surroundings on our characters arcs. It is an intricatley woven novel, with twisty turny plot lines.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Morier

    This has been on my Kindle forever. So much so that I forgot I'd downloaded it from NetGalley. Usually when I read, I have a policy that I have to read at least 25% of a book before I can pull the plug. However, I am allowed to stop reading earlier than that if something makes me uncomfortable, or if there are too many typos and my editor brain switches on. Well, that's kinda what happened here, folks. Forgetting that the copy I have is an unedited, unproofed ARC, I kept finding typos and eventu This has been on my Kindle forever. So much so that I forgot I'd downloaded it from NetGalley. Usually when I read, I have a policy that I have to read at least 25% of a book before I can pull the plug. However, I am allowed to stop reading earlier than that if something makes me uncomfortable, or if there are too many typos and my editor brain switches on. Well, that's kinda what happened here, folks. Forgetting that the copy I have is an unedited, unproofed ARC, I kept finding typos and eventually DNFed at only chapter two--four percent into the book. I can't really decide at this moment if it's not fair to hold that against the book and give it another shot or if the typos cause so many readability issues that I can't get into the story. I did have more problems than just the typos, though. For one, I only read two chapters and encountered at least five or six occurrences of the use of the "f" word. Now, I won't try and dictate what authors can and can't write in their books, but I wish NetGalley had given us a disclaimer that there's blatant swearing so those of us who might be uncomfortable with that should be forewarned. There's a ton of info dumped on you right at Chapter One, and it's way too much to keep track of. It's so overwhelming that you kind of just have to tune most of it out. And because of that, the most vital bits of information, like the name of the queen's consort or the name of the city in which they currently live, is either presented within that huge wave of information and you don't remember it or else not presented at all in a way that the reader would remember it. There's a ton of political stuff dumped in the first chapter, so be forewarned. Then in chapter two, we have two characters living in the City in the Clouds, the reference to which I still don't understand. Both of them have names starting with "t": Teren and Tam. There are twenty-five other letters of the alphabet, so I really wish the author could have chosen one of those for naming either of them because it definitely caused problems for me and made me have to backtrack quite a bit to remember who was who. Yeah, so even though it's not fair of me to DNF this before my usual 25%, I know for a fact I'm not going to be finishing this one anyway. I'm not enjoying myself reading it and I have far too many other books I do want to read to bother going back to this one. I think this book would be more appropriate for readers who have been following the series, or else readers who are fans of political-style fantasy a la Game of Thrones. The writing style is really dry and you kind of have to slog through it, and so I don't think I'm in the target audience; this is most definitely "adult" fantasy and I'm more of a YA fantasy girl. Because I'm not in the target audience, and I didn't get to the 25% mark, I'm not giving this one an actual rating. I couldn't even tell you what I would rate it; I'd have to read more of it and I'd rather read something else instead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna Ostberg

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bennett

    The Emerald Queen is not a quick read, there is a lot of information and some of the parts may or may not fit. Overall it is a good read, but it is definitely for a fantasy lover.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pieter Smit

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kay

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashok Sonnad

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sean Ohara

  26. 4 out of 5

    WillowRaven

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gabbigeoyahoo.Com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Roush

  29. 4 out of 5

    Len Evans Jr

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hayes

  31. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  33. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  34. 5 out of 5

    T.J. Burns

  35. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  36. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  37. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

  38. 4 out of 5

    Shivani McFarland

  39. 5 out of 5

    CURTIS F IDEN

  40. 4 out of 5

    Esmeralda

  41. 4 out of 5

    Lail

  42. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  43. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey A. Dewey

  44. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  45. 4 out of 5

    Judy Beasley

  46. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  47. 4 out of 5

    James Watts

  48. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

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