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Preview — The Written by Ben Galley
His name is Farden.
They whisper that he’s dangerous.
Dangerous is only the half of it.
"Galley's imagination is a truly beautiful thing. The plot here is rich and intricate, and the characters are a delight... I believe Mr Galley may well be one to watch.”
– Fantasy Bytes
"Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings."
– NottingHarp, Amazon Reviewer
"There are cer ...more
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
Liking the maturing character but waiting to see which way he’s going by the author.
Will be buying the other books in this series and I will be adding the author to my keep me informed shelf. ...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
For a debut novel, I thought this was well done. The storyline was good, though the characters are somewhat over-powerful but then why have a hero if he or she can be killed by the flick of the wrist? Early on in the tale, the travelling is very fast, though this is later explained by 'quick-doors' which enable fast travel.
I like the involvement of dragons in th ...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
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
As for a round-up of t ...more
Did I like reading it? Yes.
Did I like it enough to continue the other books? Nop.
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
'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.
There are wizards, dragons, dark elves, vampires, daemons, werewolves, and other tropes meshed into the s ...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
Farden the main protagonist is a Written, dragged into a deadly game of politics when he is sent as an emissary to Nelska to seek help from an ancient race of dragons and to prevent war, but there is treachery around every corner.
This is a good old fashioned fantasy. We have Wizards, Vampyres, Dragons and a few Elves and Daemons thrown in.
I loved the characters so much that I went straight into book two.
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
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
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
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
This is not your usual hum drum usual template fantasy (you ...more
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, ...more
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
First up, I don't often read high-fantasy; the worlds are usually too dense to easily get into. The world in this book was interesting, but I'm not sure how much of that was actually intended and how much of it was me projecting onto the scaffolds. I ended up pl ...more
When he isn’t conjuring up strange new stories or ar ...more