The Written

The Written

by Ben Galley


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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, on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor, or at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956770004
Publication date: 12/24/2010
Series: Emaneska
Pages: 436
Sales rank: 231,617
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Written 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Melianofvalinor More than 1 year ago
I'm a very hard person to please with a story, but this book had all the twists and turns you could want. I wasn't able to figure out the ending which made it wonderful and there is so much intertwined in the story. I wish the ending was a little more direct but I am hoping it ended this way because there is to be a second. If that is the case, then I can not wait to get ahold of that book!!!
Ladymagpie More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a debut novel this good since Eragon. I lovevd this well told complex fantasy. Great twists, mages, dragons, vampires and other mythical creatures.
chuck-c More than 1 year ago
I've been reading fantasy novels for about 45 years and this one did not disappoint. The world created by Mr. Galley is fully developed and the characters and plot are well thought out. The story moves along at a good pace with a few twists and turns along the way. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because it does get a little predictable towards the end. But it if you like magic and mayhem, give this one a try. I think you will like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a great story with adventure, a touch of romance and very real characters you genuinely care about, I cannot recommend this book too highly. The author creates word pictures so beautiful I could see the scenes he describes. The characters are complex and fully developed. The plot moves swiftly and is never boring. There are twists and turns which make this book hard to put down. I love how the author uses his amazing imagination to create a new world which fascinates and surprises the reader. As a cat lover, I have to mention what a treat it is to have a cat play a part in the story. An impressive first book from a very talented young man. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
Tyler Lampert More than 1 year ago
Really good with characters u cared about. I thoroughly enjoyed the series. But why did one guy put only one star? He even said he liked it. Oh well.
mpeg More than 1 year ago
For a first book this is a very good fantasy story. I couldn't put it down and I hope the writer is already working on a second one. If you like fantasy this is awesome.
SmaugIaint More than 1 year ago
For his first book it was pretty good. I thought some parts given the story line were a bit dodgy and hard to believe that some charactes would go in that direction. Also, thought the magic was just ho hum, I mean given the training, and inking of the written (the title of the book, for crying out loud) one would have liked the magic to be a bit more vibrant, compelling, and, well, awesome. That to me was a bit disappointing. But again, for a first book not to bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! Couldn't put it down and am anxiously waiting the second installment! Definitely fantasy/sci-fi story. I can't believe it's his first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cleverly conceived and masterfully written. Look forward to #2
julie alexander More than 1 year ago
Loved this from start to finish. Read it with baited breath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is long but it's a great action packed fantasy. After finishing it I was excited there were more books in the series because after I finished I wanted to know more. The world and character building are perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best free fantasty l have found yet. A little rough writing in parts but not enough to spoil it. The main character is fairly well written and the story moves well enough to keep your interest. Worth another read if more stories follow.
naffled More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I could not put this down, and read through over half of it in the first day. Don't take it as this means it's a short book, it's over 800 pages which pleased me immensely! I was skeptical at first hearing that it included vampyres and lycans, since it seems that most of the free nook book that have them are some stupid cheesy "romance" that's thinly veiled porn for those looking to fulfill a fantasy of some other vampire book. If that's what you're looking for, move along.. I've been reading this genre of novels for as long as I can remember, and I've played fantasy based games.. So for this author to be able to give me more detail of the realm than what I've already been introduced to was a clincher for me. The extra aspects that Ben gives is amazing. He's given another personality to mages, and dragon riders while keeping the core of them true to nature. You're given just enough detail of the main character that leaves you wanting to know more of who he is and what made him into what he is so that you're eager to continue reading just to find out more. I have read the reviews stating that there are editing errors that for some have ruined the book, and quite honestly I'm not sure how. The small amount of them did not take away from the book as a whole. You still get a very clear idea of what's trying to be conveyed. I did read up on this author to see what more he had out there and found that he's done everything himself. From the writing to the editing and everything in between. So I can overlook some small errors. The book isn't riddled with them as you can be lead to believe. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great fantasy adventure. It did leave me with some surprise twists, and I seriously could not put this book down. Find him on Facebook, and you'll be tantalized with excerpts from what he's currently working on as well as any upcoming book signings and what's new. I'm going to be looking forward to him coming to the states!
MercedesMud More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this for free so wasn't expecting anything spectacular. Definitely a good read though. Can't wait until he comes out with more, I will definitely buy them!
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R_Lythgoe More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I loved the cover (nothing new there, right? Great cover), my interest was piqued by the blurb, and because I read good things about it. I really wanted to like it, but... at best I came away with mixed feelings. Galley has made use of some truly beautiful prose, but it is unfortunately buried in a hailstorm of adjectives and repetition that tangled the flow rather than moving it along. He tells an interesting story about an unusual character, but... his choice of wording put a distance between me and the characters that was only exacerbated by poor grammar. I read about these people, I didn't feel them, couldn't become invested in them. They felt shallow. The dialogue was frustratingly weak, and oh, the head-hopping... The magic seems interesting—and I love the idea of the tattoos investing a person with particular strengths. I like, too, that gaining those marks was not an easy process to endure. There are hints of another, older magic, and I wish that had been explored a little more, just so that I could see that a difference actually existed. We're served a platter of typical fantasy-fare creatures: vampires/vampyres, werewolves, dragons, elves, trolls, etc. The Sirens—who are nothing at all like traditional sirens—provide a bright spot with their (not uncommon to the genre) bonding with the dragons, which inexorably changes them. They begin developing scales as well as taking on the dragon's color and personality, except in the case of the king dragon and the queen Siren, and no explanation was offered for that inconsistency. The storm giants? Awesome. The drug addiction is an unusual subject for fantasy, and the character's involvement with "nevermar" starts out strongly on both the personal and the social front. We can understand a little about his problem with it, and it promises an obstacle that is difficult to overcome. I enjoyed the idea of a hero with some very real problems, but... but... the drugs weren't one of them and his crazy uncle wore his welcome right out. For someone of Farden's age, education (hello, he's Written), and experience, he was often extremely stupid and illogical. I want either Experienced or Stupid; the two do not mix well in the same character! About halfway through, more or less, we were suddenly introduced to foul language, which not only didn't fit the scene(s) well, but served to take me right out of the story. Personal preference? To a certain extent, yes, but I thought the use felt first forced, then lazy. The dream scenes—also interesting, but could pack a little more oomph. There are all kinds of hints about things to come, and then an outright realization, but the character does the realizing on his own and I was left scratching my head. Did I miss something? Maybe. Being bludgeoned by adjectives had me skimming. The author also has a tendency to introduce chapters and sections with a mysterious "someone" that is only identified later in the scene rather than coming out and telling the reader who we're dealing with right up front. This works occasionally, but after a while it is only annoying. Potentially *good* scenes were overwritten, and I got the distinct impression of a play-by-chat RPG. As a result, the actual plot suffered. I struggled to connect the dots, especially when the army ran off to Durynas on what seemed a whim. Then the wonderful potential that kept sneaking out went all to pieces with the melodramatic—and also illogical--antagonist. I couldn't help but think of all the villains faced by Scooby Doo and the gang, which is great if you're writing a cartoon or a comedy, but hard to swallow in "gritty" fiction. The bottom line? In spite of the twitch-inducing problems, I think this could be a really fantastic story if it were put into the hands of a ruthless editor. All of the "good buts" I've mentioned could so easily become strong points and turn this book into a "must read."
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Really enjoyed the story. Looking for the sequel now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters become a part of you!
JenBibi23 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I wasn't able to figure out the ending and the last 60 pages blew my mind. I can't wait for the sequel. A wonderful, vivid world, with greatly built characters. Lots of build-up, but plenty delivered in this book, and I'm sure the next book will completely flush out the story. AMAZING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Absolutley amazing i got so into the book. I was hurt by the betrayals and excited by the action. Ben has done an amazing job. I was very shocked when i read the end of the book and it said tht the written was his book i was like no way this is way too good for this to be his first book. Yet again very amazing book probably my favorite