Title: The Written (The Emaneska series 1) by Ben Galley
Date Published: 1st December 2010
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.
As with my last review I said I wanted to read more fantasy, so I ended up reading two in the space of a week lol!
I want to thank the Write Reads Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The Written in exchange for an honest review.
Farden is a member of The Written, an elite group of magicians. When a book of dark magic is stolen from a group of scholars, it brings Emaneska to the brink of war. Farden is tasked with finding who is behind it. But who can he trust?
Goodness me, The Written is a rip roaring adventure, full of magic, mayhem and talking dragons!
I feel like it’s a real balancing act with the start of a fantasy series, getting the right amount of world building coupled with introduction of characters and leaving enough unanswered questions or storyline threads for the next novel. Ben Galley manages this so well with The Written. It’s jam packed with vivid imagery, great world building and action that I really enjoyed.
My favourite aspect was of course the talking dragons. I love dragons in general, but the way they were written was a new an interesting way, at least to me. Each dragon has their rider, a siren, and they have an unbreakable bond which I thought was kind of sweet.
Now, the main character Farden is not all that likeable. He has a cocky attitude and lone wolf mentality but I think the author explain why he is the way he is well and I still ended up wanting to succeed and actually liking him a bit.
A little warning for those of you who don’t enjoy swearing, drug usage, blood or violence this may not be the novel for you. I personally had no problem with it as it wasn’t too overdone.
I have to be honest there was a bit of predictability with the story, I sussed the bad guy out quite early on, which meant for me certain parts of the story dragged a little, especially near the end but of course that’s just my opinion.
This is such a good start to a series and I’d recommend this to anyone who loves action packed adventures, even if you’re not a fan of fantasy novels.
About The Author:
Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.