The Written – Ben Galley: First Chapters Review

Hey there again, book lovers!

As a member of The Writereads Group, I’m lucky enough to take part in blog tours with a number of international bloggers and connect over our mutual love of books. This time around, we’re connecting over Ben Galley, Adult Fantasy writer. I’m actually reviewing two books this time around because Ben’s books sounded like ones I’d really enjoy.

Today is the LAST DAY of the blog tour, and I’ll be talking about ‘The Written’, of which I’ve only read the first few chapters of Part One, but they’ve left quite the impression!


His name is Farden.
They whisper that he’s dangerous.
Dangerous is only the half of it. 

A spellbook has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell – a very old and extremely powerful spellbook from the time of dark elves and demons. Five scholars are dead, the magick council is running out of time and options, and the Arka is once again on the brink of war with the Siren dragon-riders.

It falls to Farden the Written mage to keep the world from falling into chaos. Entangled in a web of lies and politics, Farden must recover the spellbook before an ancient enemy rises, even if it takes journeying halfway across icy Emaneska and back.

In his fight for answers, Farden will unearth a secret that not only shakes the foundations of his world, but threaten the entire future of Emaneska. Sorcery, death, drugs and the deepest of betrayals await.

Welcome to Emaneska.

Thoughts:  This book reminded me a lot of the world of Game of Thrones. It’s not all happy and hopeful, everyone has their own story and struggles, and no one is as they seem. I’m very intrigued by the mages and how they seem to be all-powerful as well as not totally trustworthy, and I’m eager to find out why. The world is very dark and intriguing, and the creatures are very dangerous.

Farden seems to be a very interesting main character, and whilst I’m still being introduced to him and his abilities, he’s definitely someone who mostly follows orders, but tends to break the rules from time to time, and also seems to be hiding away from the trauma of his past. It seems like he just wants to hide away from the big happenings and politics of his world, but that may not be in the cards for him.

The mystery of the spell-book is also always at the back of my mind – I wonder what the spells will be used for in the evil mage’s hands, and what measures the mage will actually go to keep the book from going to anyone else! I will definitely be finishing this book to find out what happens to him!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

That’s it from me today, lovelies! Hope you have a lovely night, and be sure to check the other bloggers out!


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