The Written (Emaneska #1)
So let's start at the good points:
- The idea of tattoos giving someone power, and different tattoos giving different powers, was really neat.
- I liked the bond shared between dragon and rider, which altered the rider's appearance. Though, this is not the first story I've read where dragon and rider become inexorably linked.
- The theme of addiction, wh...more
Farden is a member of the Written, a group of elite mages with special words of power tattooed on their backs. He is charged with th...more
1. the writing. Word choices were repetitive and uninspired. If the main character was referred to as "the mage" in basic prose one more time, I would h...more
(EMANESKA SERIES #1)
When Ben sent me this book to read and share my review with you the first thing I noticed was THE MOST AMAZING AND EPIC cover ever! I absolutely loved it, and if I was about to buy a book merely based on its cover I would definitely buy this one.
His name is Farden and he lives in icy cold Emaneska. They call him dangerous, but that is only half of the truth. Then one day something goes missing from the libraries of Arfell, and five scholar kids are fo...more
Firstly, Emaneska is a richly imagined and highly original world. From the many different races to the exposition of the world itself I struggled to find anything derivative. Okay, so elves are one of the older races th...more
Aside from the various grammatical errors throughout the book, at the beginning the story itself was too much like a straight up D&D campaign. Thankfully, as the story progresses, the author does start to move the story in a more original direction.
The use of tattoos as the source of power was done very well. There were a lot of typical fantasy elements thrown in here, but they work well. The dream sequences we...more
Overall Rating = 3 & 1/2 Stars
Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic
ANALYSIS: The Written is a debut book that I had no clue about but thanks to Mark Lawrence, I was clued to its existence. Usually it’s said never judge a book by its cover but in this case, I was ready to make an exception. The understated cover really drew my eye with its stark color usage, so in this case I was ready to make an exception. The book blurb didn’t really do justice or give any idea about the plot content....more
I've got to open with the most obvious comment, the cover art for this title (and indeed the for next in the series) is Stunning. It completely sold the book to me, which I know is awful on my part. My Shallow is showing. Not only that, but the quality of the book itself, it's genuinely a thing of beauty. I've been reading this one at work quite a bit, and the number of colleagues who aske...more
I was instantly entranced when I started reading it. I found myself wanting more the more I read. A must have for anyone who enjoys Skyrim.
The Written was a pretty decent read. The story flows along smoothly enough, the characters are decently defined and the experience was a relatively positive one on the whole.
The part that was a let down was the ending... as several people have mentioned previously. I don't mind book series. I am a huge fan...more
The story is about a mage named Farden who lives in a world populated by humans, Sirens, and dragons (amongst other thin...more
Ben Galley does have a way with words, and is definitely descriptive in his writing - possibly a little too much, at times. His characters are admirable, and are very true to the text. The plot develops appropriately, but I found the novel to be missing something, particularly towards the end. I don't know exactly why...more
I also enjoy books where the author's skills as a writer allow the story...more
I have just finished the first chapter and I have decided that I will not read any more because:
1. The first chapter reminds me of my college freshman creative writing workshop class...and that is NOT a good thing.
2. Actions taken by the characters were summarized rather than described while the setting or inanimate objects are overly described.
3. There are cliches - "He smiled like a wolf..."
4. The word(s) "Suddenly.." or "All of a sudden..." were u...more
This is not your usual hum drum usual template fantasy (you...more
The two books (Written and Pale Kings) stand together as a single stor...more
I finished the book feeling like there is something about Farden that we don't know yet, and since this is the first book, I trust Ben Galley plans to fill us in. More than reluctant hero, not just a wanderer at heart and unable t...more
I found myself so angry at the end to find out that he had simply been a pawn in the hands of those he called his friends, even the woman he loved. B...more
'Haha, and without you, old fools, I would have nothing.' The smile was instantly gone, replaced by thin lips and a narrowed gaze. With a sudden burst of immense speed the mage drew his sword in a silver blur and furiously slammed the blade into Innel's chest."
I expect this is the single worst book I will read this year. No stars, and my Cino help the soul of Ben Galley.
I don't feel like spending a long time tearing this book apart, so I'll just say it briefly. The writing is just very poor.
"All of a sudden" and its like are overused. The drama is summarized and told rather than shown. The characters are flat and seem to be the author's favorite D&D personas, not real people. Descriptions are filled with mad-lib-esque adjectives of a poor, and often repetitive, nature. Nothing pops.
I'll be honest. I picked it up because of the cover art, and it just wasn't...more
So by chance I came across the self published star Ben Galley on twitter, and in all honesty I was impressed by his online presence and open manner, and hence I downloaded The Written.
Let's get straight to it, the plot really starts 60% into this book. ( I say 60% as we all know kindles suck and its all it would tel...more
I first came across this book at the beginning of the year when Ben Galley ambushed a friend of mine in Waterstones begging her to buy his book. She was terrified, but I was amused and yes, intrigued. The book seemed to tick all of my boxes and the cover art is really amazing. I kind of hate the matte-type feeling, but I let that one slide. Needless to say, it has taken me a long time to finish it,...more
I only stumbled across Ben Galley and this, his first book by chance and to be honest this is the first 'fantasy genre' book I have read. I have always been a reader of detective and crime novels and also of classics by Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell and so on. Fantasy books had never really appealed to me, however after reading a small sample of Ben's work (just a few pages) I decided to take a chance, try something different and so purchased a copy ofThe Written.
Ben's passion for his work,...more
This novel is set in a world called Emaneska, the Arka are ruled from their capital city Krauslung by the magick council & the Arkmages. To become a mage one must first go through the intense school of training and finally undert...more
At 25, Ben is a young author from sunny Englan...more