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The Written (Emaneska Series Book 1)

The Written (Emaneska Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Galley
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"Ben Galley is not yet as good an author as Gemmell but the thing that I find exciting is that I honestly think that he could be." - Fantasy Book Review "There are certain twists that will surprise the reader by genuinely coming out of the left field." - Fantasy Book Critic "Spell-binding." "Ben Galley's debut novel The Written is a tour de force. A fantasy of epic proportions." "Breathtakingly vast, chillingly dark, brooding, and dangerous." "Harry potter meets Sin City!" - Reader Reviews

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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.


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, or on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446136515
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:; First Edition edition (1 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ELJOY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Galley is a young indie author and purveyor of dark fantasy from rainy old England, and isn't shy about admitting that he still believes in dragons.

As well as being the author of the epic and gritty Emaneska Series, Ben also works hard as a self-publishing consultant, sharing his passion for writing and publishing with upcoming authors. His newest book: Shelf Help - The Pocket Guide to Self-Publishing, can tell you all you need to know about self-publishing. Ben is also the proud co-founder and director of indie-only eBook store Libiro, which can be found at

When he's not causing mischief for the local populace, Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter (@BenGalley), or at his website

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big potential, let down by execution 4 Jan 2013
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I normally don't accept self-published novels for review for all the usual reasons given, but the most important one is time. With work, the girls, and Wiebe, my reading and blogging time is limited and if I'm going to read and review something do I want to risk reading a lot of not so good books to find that one gem or stick with non-self-published work and run less of a risk that at least the writing is up to scratch? I chose to go with the latter even though I realise I might miss out on some really good books that way. So you might be surprised to find me reviewing The Written by Ben Galley, which is a self-published book. However, I'd seen some good reviews of his work though and read an interesting interview with him on Mark Lawrence's blog, so when Ben approached me to review his work, I decided to take a leap and say yes. And on the whole I'm glad I did. The Written being Galley's debut novel there are some first novel mistakes, I had some issues with the writing that are completely an issue of taste, and there is one problem with his female characters that really bothered me, but in essence The Written is a good story and one I mostly enjoyed.

So what were those first novel mistakes? First of all, there is a lot of head-hopping going on, sometimes within the same paragraph, which often forced me to go back and reread the last few lines to figure where exactly the switch took place. There's a similar problem with dialogue, which made it unclear who was speaking. Secondly, at times his prose felt a little purple, though I'd say it was more lavender than purple actually. Galley often employed quantifiers or descriptors where to me they seemed unnecessary, which when eliminated would have made for a tighter narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 28 Feb 2013
Excellent! A powerful and well-written debut.

Farden is a Written, a Mage who exists to serve the Arka and its surrounding areas. After a tragedy and a horrific betrayal, he finds himself becoming weaker and weaker at the hands of a very evil man indeed. How will Farden get out of it?

Finding his strength coming from an unexpected source, Farden battles his daemons, external and internal alike, and finds out just how strong he can truly be.

This fantasy has everything, epic battles and fights, magic of many sorts, kings and princesses, dragons, vampires, and twists you would just never see coming. I see a really bright future for Galley and am going to try to read everything he rights. Super enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book from a talented new author 6 Oct 2012
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Highly enjoyable fantasy romp in the Gemmell/Cornwell mould. I met Ben Galley doing promotion in the Nottingham Waterstones. Jolly nice chap, and kudos for self publishing and getting his ideas out there. The author's website at is well worth a visit, especially if you are an aspiring writer looking at self publishing. This introduction to the world of Emaneska is gripping and well paced and should please fans of the dark fantasy genre. Looking forward to reading the sequel Pale Kings now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fantastic! 25 Jun 2012
By hels
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I couldn't put this book down, it's definitely one of the best books I have read in a very long time. From the amazing artwork on the cover to the very last page, this book does not disappoint. Ben uses language beautifully to bring the imaginative plot and characters alive. Farden is a brilliant main character with a slightly dark side, who I found myself really caring about. It's a real page turner with twists and turns to keep the reader interested. I love the world that Ben has created. I feel really passionate about this book and cannot recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sin City Meets LoTR ? 20 Dec 2011
Action packed , viable characters , believable background. This author's descriptions detail the nuances , plot striding through the landscapes , subtle references , a great read .
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, I'm afraid. 9 May 2012
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Kudos to Ben for getting his work out there largely through his own efforts. His fantasy setting has got some interesting ideas, and the characters and plot have potential.

Unfortunately - I'm sorry, this is going to sound a bit horrible, but it's really poorly written. Sentences that don't flow, words used inappropriately, repetition, typos... Ben needs to develop the craft to match his vision. Possibly also to get an editor on board while he does it. At the moment I'm stalled partway through the book, and can't recommend it, which is a shame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Written 31 May 2014
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This is well written, (no pun intended!) & the sort of book I normally love; but (& you knew that was coming) I just couldn't get on with it & have only read just over 20% of it.

Why? I wish I knew. It just didn't engage me enough. I think it may be because I couldn't sympathize with the main character. It's all well and good for a man to be driven to drinks & drugs to help him forget unpleasant memories but Faran (I think that's his name) seems to have everything a man in his position would want. Perhaps the necessary explanations for such behaviour came too late for me, but I suspect the writer is aiming for 'mysterious troubled hero's & missing the mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 14 May 2014
By Simon
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Wow!! really enjoyed this, had to get the follow up straight after, you wont regret reading, well done Ben Galley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I really enjoyed this book, can't wait to read the other ones in the series. I hope there will be more books the characters were believable, and I loved the dragons too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh
Refreshing new ideas, very well written and enjoyable read, can't wait to read the next one !bring me more!! !
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great story and great read
Well written, like the written themselves! I loved every line in this book, well structured and a good pace with a great magic system.
Published 5 months ago by Alasdair
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
I like this book and have bought the follow ups. It can get a bit YA in parts but maybe that was his intended market.
Published 7 months ago by Pamela Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Engaging
This is an excellent start to what should be an epic series with roguish heroes, magic and the odd Dragon thrown into the mix. I look forward to reading the next instalment!
Published 7 months ago by MBT
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and still intrigued
For his first book I am pleasantly surprised. It started off strongly and with the exception of a few places the story bounded along well ending in the final battle for which I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and readable, even for those who aren't big fantasy fans
I'll say up front that I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I loved the idea of what is written being such an important part of this story, and that was what attracted me to it -... Read more
Published 8 months ago by allonymbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
well crafted....once you start reading it it's hard to put down! Now need to track down the other two :)
Published 8 months ago by Glynis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Love this! Good plot, interesting characters and some fantastic traumatizing twists, fans of Tolkein, Feist etc will love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DeaneL
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Really enjoyed this read. The characters and the plot are good, believe-able. Good to look for part two now, there are so many things I want to understand better in that world.
Published 10 months ago by Vinnie
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