This project’s purpose is to fund the creation of an illustrated hardcover edition of Ben’s bestselling fantasy book, The Written. First published in 2010 and the beginning of an epic four-book saga called The Emaneska Series, the books follow the story of Farden, a Written mage cursed with saving the world and a horde of his own personal demons. It’s an action-packed fantasy stuffed with dragons, magic, monsters, and Norse mythology, and in its time, The Written has been compared to LotR, Game of Thrones, and the works of John Gwynne and Steven Erikson.
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Ben’s plan is to create a very special edition of The Written, with:
- a whole new interior 350+ page design
- 5+ custom colour illustrations
- 2x maps
- a foil stamped cover
- never seen before appendices about Emaneska
- and if we hit the stretch goals, sprayed edges, and all sorts of extra fun stuff
The Written is the first book in the Emaneska Series, and as it happens, Ben’s debut fantasy novel. It basically started it all, from the dark and brutal world of Emaneska and the 7 books that feature it, to his whole career as a professional author. And 11 years on, to be producing this edition, gives him all the joy. Here’s a little blurb for you!
Game Of Throne meets Die Hard in this explosive epic fantasy, packed with tattooed mages wielding unbridled spells, meddling gods, dragon-riders, and twisted Norse mythology.
Only half the recruits that undergo the Ritual survive to become Written mages. Only they can wield the fiercest of magics, to protect the Arka, until either death or the madness takes them.
Five scholars of Arfell have been assassinated. A spellbook has gone missing – a powerful summoning manual from the time of elves and fire-born daemons. The Arkmages are running out of time and options, and the world is once again on the brink of war with the Siren dragon-riders. It falls to Farden – one of the Arka’s most powerful yet troubled Written mages – to keep Emaneska from falling into chaos.
Entangled in a web of lies and politics, Farden is tasked with hunting down the assassin, and recovering the spellbook before it falls into the wrong hands, and the world is cast into shadow.It will mean fighting his way across savage Emaneska and back, a land infested with wyrms, marauders, and betrayal. It will take every fibre of his will, every scrap of magic in his bones, and if he falls, so shall the world.
Welcome to Emaneska.
As for Ben, he is the author of The Written and 15 subsequent fantasy books, ranging from epic fantasy to grimdark, weird western fantasy, and a lot of stuff in between. He’s a Brit currently living in west coast Canada, a gamer, whisky aficionado, and traveller whenever he can be, and passionate about fantasy fiction, fantasy artwork, and publishing in general. Being an author is his life 24/7, and something he has always wanted to be since he could first write. Here’s a full bio if you want to know more! www.bengalley.com/about-ben-galley/