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Dead Stars - Part Two

(Emaneska #4)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  36 reviews
North, is where the battle will take place.
North, is where Farden must go.
But to death, to glory, or to both?

The Arka have chosen their champion, and now he must lead them to the top of the world - The Spine, where the black mountains belch fire, and where the battle against cataclysm will take place upon the ice.

As they travel north in a warship clad in iron, the Kr
Paperback, First Edition, 544 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by (first published May 29th 2013)
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Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Having read part 1 of Dead Stars I was expecting this to be the end of this series, but I was wrong.

There are one or two flaws in this book. I won't go into detail as there will likely be those among you who will want to read the whole series, however many books it turns out to be.

There was too much description again for me. Added to that, Galley brings politics into it too and that is an instant turn-off for me.

I was expecting a grand finale but what I got felt rather weak and just seemed to b
Martin Belcher
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
This book is AMAZING. I've loved every page of the four book Emaneska series by the wonderfully talented young author, Mr Ben Galley. I'm so glad I stumbled on this fantasy series by accident by walking into Waterstones in Southampton and seeing the first book "The Written", I was hooked almost immediately by the main character, Farden, a Mage, a written. So deep, so scarred by his experiences, someone you can identify with.

Well on to a review of this final book "Dead Stars, part two", following
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to the series, although Galley left it open ended, and hence there are possibilities of more stories in the world of Emaneska. Galley himself has said that he would perhaps write another series in Emaneska, but, it's due for some other time. I enjoyed this more than the part 1 of the book, mainly because of the setting, character development, the thrilling plot, and the bloody action.

The events start right after the end of part 1. Modren's wife Elessi is in a daemon injur
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this series, I tried to make it last because I knew it was going to end, well end it has and I enjoyed every minute, it has everything you'd want in a high action fantasy. But don't take my word for it, just read it! ...more
Paul Nelson
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books-read
A riveting finale to the Emaneska series, fast paced, action packed with some wonderful characters. This is a highly recommended dark fantasy series littered with magick, tattooed mages, daemons, dragons and Gods in an epic battle of good versus evil.
If you've not read any of this series the first & second novels, The Written & Pale Kings are both available on Kindle for an excellent price and its well worth following the flawed hero as he battles both himself and the insurmountable odds thrown
Damien Black
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So now that I've come to the end of the Emaneska series I can give my final thoughts.

Bloody Brilliant.

The characters are fantastic! The Siren race feels like it has existed along side the standard elves and dwarves of so many years. The protagonist is one of the realest feeling characters of any fantasy book I've read, adding a few twists on the archetypal hero. The supporting characters are excellent, the final battle is truly Epic and the story had me grinning like a baboon in places.

The only
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good read, with some pretty epic scenes. Sadly, it is suffering a bit from the lack of imagination where the gods are concerned. If you are not writing actual norse mythology (like the Iron Druid Chronicles, for example), don't steal some of their gods for your world. Or at least change their names to make it less obvious.

The book has both a satisfying and an unsatisfying ending. The ending itself is epic, but while the immediate plots have been resolved, there are still some important plot ar
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Awesome! This is a fantastic book to end one of the best fantasy series I have read, ever! My only disappointment is that the Emaneska series has come to an end.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I finished this book a little while ago, but I wanted to take some time to let it sink in before writing a review. This book has a lot going for it, a lot to enjoy, but in the end I found it less satisfying than, perhaps it could have been.

This book picks up just after the end of Part 1 and the aftermath of the demon assault. Farden is still Farden; angry, bitter, and still suffering the effects of 15 years of nevermar use. While he slowly is regaining his confidence and strength, for the most
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I feel bad rating this one so poorly, but I really didn't enjoy it at all.

I thought the first book in the series was not great but not bad, and a worthy first offering.
I thought the second book in the series suffered from too many characters, but had an OK story that kept my interest.
I thought the third book in the series had really good writing, got rid of a lot of useless characters, and focused on an interesting story for about 2/3 of the book, but kind of lost steam at the end. If the author
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion to the Emaneska series while leaving just a few loose ends in case the author ever wants to return. I really enjoyed this series. The characters were compelling, the story line was interesting, and I was often surprised by certain plot twists. I have to say the last third of the book is so action packed that I stayed up until 1AM to finish it.

The only critique I have, and in my eyes this is minor, is that the manuscripts for these books need a proofreader. There were some
Agnes Conway
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Satisfying ending, though there are a lot of loose threads - perhaps he intends to write more books in the series? I hope so, and I'd buy them.

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Max André
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What more can i say!!!!

I can't believe the saga has come to an end, so invested I was with the character and the storyline. And yet with the way the story end I have my fingers cross for a surprising more stories to come!!!

Thanks Ben for sharing this journey with us!!!
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Basically some good ideas but quality of writing variable. Unsatisfying end to an odd series.
James Casey
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Farden,still without his magick, together with his brave uncle Tyrfing and also his other loyal friends board an Iron clad ship and go north to where the last great battle will be fought against his almighty daughter Samara. He also has a quest to find the answer which will bring Elessi (who lies in a deathly coma) back to life and also to find the Scallussen armour which will protect him against anything and everything. While travelling through the ice in the frozen north they surprisingly find ...more
Nigel P
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic

Can’t remember if I starred all the books, if not sorry - they all get 5*. Absolutely no point starting with this book it’s the last one. Buy them all and start st the beginning then lose a few days as you read them all, non- stop. Looking forward, very much, to whatever Ben Galley dreams up next - it’s bound to be interesting.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story! All of it.
So well written , could hardly put the book(s) down. And yet, I was dreading the end, because then it would be over.

So you can imagine my joy when I heard from the author himself no less that there's more of Emaneska to be read!

Also, give him a follow, he's a very nice guy. And better yet, READ HIS BOOKS 😉
Angie Holland
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic finish! Great series, magik, mages, werewolves, vampires, dragons, gods, demons, love, hate, trust, regret, sadness, joy and practically everything else. It's taken me an age to get through all four books, what with life and that, but every opportunity was taken and I was totally invested in Farden! Thank you Ben Galley! ...more
Andrew Gilchrist

I tell you what this guy sure can write a finale. A
strong ending to every book not least this last one. Ben deserves to be up there - this last book is a good as Brandon Sanderson’s best. His writing has grown each book. Keep going fella, bat on my friend. Great read.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment. I love Fardens character and the journey he has been on. This story was 4.5 stars ⭐️ for me. Just some small details but they didn’t detract from the story enough for me to not enjoy. Thanks Ben Galley it truly has been a journey 👍😁
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The final book in the series did not disappoint. Gripping to the end, and what an ending! Some unexpected twists at the end has made this series one of the best I have read since Robin Hobb Farseer Trilogy.
Hanna Garrison
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing series!

This series was one that u couldn't put down, it was rich with adventure and imagination! I highly recommend it!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing to see the writing improve over the course of these four books. I thoroughly enjoyed this last book and will seek out all of Ben's books in the future. ...more
Patricia birch-Hawkins
Loved the characters

Can’t wait for more stories involving these characters great reads miss them already hope there’s some more soon or similar
Jake Cruise
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great finish to a great series. Loved the ending
Alan Behan
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series, it has everything a fan of fantasy will love and more, thank you Ben Galley it was pleasure reading your work and can't wait to read your other series...😃 ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fitting ending to what has been a rollercoaster of a ride. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this book was definitely my favourite of the four.
Renee Norris
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better!!
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Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of epic and dark fantasy novels, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The

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