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His name is Farden. 

They whisper that he’s dangerous. 

Dangerous is only the half of it. 

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. 

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await. 

Welcome to Emaneska.

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Want to know what The Written is? Just think Lord of The Rings meets Sin City, and you'll be on the right track. The Written is the first volume in The Emaneska Series and the debut book of young UK author Ben Galley.

The Written is also available in paperback and special edition hardback. The epic sequels Pale Kings, Dead Stars - Part One, and Dead Stars - Part Two are also now available. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenGalley, on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor, or at www.bengalley.com.

If you want to review The Written and would like an eBook copy, contact Ben at hello@bengalley.com.

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The Written
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4.4 / 5
Written by Ben Galley
May 4th, 2015
A great fantasy, full of portal travel and daring dragons. Sometimes over ripe in descriptions but got me hooked.
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Interesting reading
February 23rd, 2015
A good first book. With many flaws, yes, and not particularly original but overall well written and enjoyable. What worked As a debut novel, Galley tried to craft a fantasy world standing on its own feet. He created the maps, invented names of people and places, crafted legends and the history of his imaginary world called Emaneska. Ultimately, he succeeded in creating a rather simple but believable universe. This is no small feat and he must be commended for a work that surely has taken its time. I could clearly see the passion he tried to infuse in this fantasy world, trying to describe it with the best skills he could master. Considering that he wrote and published this book in his early twenties, I was overall impressed by his ability to write in an enjoyable way, although maybe a bit too, shall I say, elaborate or confusing at times (most of the chapters would have greatly benefit by a less sophisticated and pompous writing. To fill up a simple sentence with a dozen adjectives is not always cool). What didn’t work This story has in my opinion many flaws, the characters and the story itself being only two of them. It seemed to me that all the characters were rather flat and uninteresting, starting with Farden, the main character. I could not connect with him or with his aspirations and motivations. He was as interesting as a grain of sand in a desert. The same goes for the other characters, with the exception only of a couple of dragons, which Galley obviously love to describe. Something else made me think of Galley’s still not completely mature style. Only three girls are part of the story, all of them being secondary or tertiary characters. No one particularly smart or interesting. The plot itself is not particularly original. Apart from the drug abuse theme and the way the mages use their powers (via tattoo) everything else, dragons, elves, werewolves etc, etc, have been seeing thousand of times in other fantasy novels. Conclusion Galley’s book is a good companion if you keep your expectations low. Considering he wrote The Written when he was still 21, it’s a noteworthy work and an enjoyable although not particularly original reading.
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Good story of magic and character
February 1st, 2015
I enjoyed the story about the benefits of a good mentor. Of overcoming what life would make of us. Read and enjoy.
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The written
December 6th, 2014
A great imaginary world story. I was suprised at the end. What did the cat day? Do the baddies keep going?
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The Written by Ben Galley
December 3rd, 2014
This book started a little bit slow and needed to develop the characters a little more. This is the author's first book and I believe he will gain better writing skills as he moves forward. But don't get me wrong Ben you still get two thumbs up!!! Great job and I look forward to reading the sequel's!
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Brilliant
October 10th, 2014
Fantastic can't wait for the next one
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The written
September 13th, 2014
I enjoyed your book very much, mostly read on my iPad in the early morning hours
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Great book!
March 21st, 2014
Great book. Original ideas. I highly recommend it.
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The written
March 11th, 2014
Fantastic read. Fast paced adventure with dragons and heroes. Twists and turns galore. I've bought the next one and am diving in now!
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Loved it
January 15th, 2014
Well written. Bit sweary...
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The written
December 23rd, 2013
Best read for the year
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Wowzers
December 21st, 2013
I loved it, very interesting, great characters. Can't wait to read the next one!
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Awesome
December 14th, 2013
Very well written and a page turner did not want to put it down. Can't wait to see what comes next
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The written
December 12th, 2013
Really loved this book always like to think that maybe dragons and magic did exist in this book they really came to life great
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Written
December 2nd, 2013
A good yarn that kept me engaged and obviously I want to read the sequel. The "reversals" of the Arkmage (can't remember his name - I've read an electronic copy of the book and can't go back while I write this review) and Vice were plausible, but not of Cheska. I found her "reversal" was implausible or forced. There were some typos that had slipped through, and I found one sentence with an unnecessary word in it, presumably left from a previous draft. Overall, I found the plot satisfying and the characters and mythical universe believable, along with the action. I also enjoyed the smattering of witty jokes.
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Very good!
November 30th, 2013
A different take on magic and the like. Very well written and a smooth read. I can't wait for the second!
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Great book
November 24th, 2013
Such a good book filled with suspense, can't wait to read the next one!
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F#@king Awesome
November 15th, 2013
It was a delightful read. I want to know what happens to Farden next. More please!
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Nice work, Ben Galley
November 14th, 2013
I enjoyed reading this and I hope the author grows with every book he writes. Looking forward to more of his work.
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The Written
November 5th, 2013
A very imaginative set of characters twined into an exciting storyline. This is a fantastic new take on sci-fi fantasy and I applaud the author and will definitely be reading more of his work!
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