They say the Malar Dorah is unbreakable. For five centuries, the Realm’s mightiest fortress has stood unconquered. Now it is the final bastion of a retreating northern army, and the culmination of the long-raging Diamond Wars. The warlord Belerod stands at the Dorah's doorstep with a southern horde at his back, set on testing the meaning of unbreakable with his war-golems. Fourteen of Belerod’s creations waded into the Diamond Wars. Only eight remain. Their second-youngest, Task, has seen every bloody battle; every crippling defeat and valiant push. The attack on Malar Dorah is supposed to be the dawn of peace. But now, at the end, the soldiers whisper of a wizard hiding behind the Dorah's vast walls. For the first and last time in the Diamond Wars, magic will fight magic. ——— Shards is a short story set several centuries before the events of Ben Galley's award-winning standalone novel The Heart of Stone. Shards is a prequel tale of Task's beginnings in the Diamond Wars, and a fierce and action-packed look at a time when war-golems were not so rare.
Mercenary. Murderer. Monster. Task has been called many names in his time. “Echoes of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch.” – SFF World “Grimdark with heart and soul.” – Anna Smith Spark, author of The Empires of Dust Trilogy “A very, very good read." – Fantasy Faction Best Self-Published Fantasy Novel – 2017 Booknest Fantasy Awards ——— Golems are built for war and little else. In centuries past, they were a terrifying staple of the battlefield. Empires were conquered on the backs of golems. Now, time and fear have whittled their kind down to a precious few, kept only by kings and warlords. Task of Wind-Cut is one such machine of war. Task was built to kill. Built to win. Thousands have died at his stone hands. He cared once, perhaps, but far too many years have passed and too much blood has been spilled. Task has become numb to the chaos he wreaks for his masters. A slave to the spells that bind him. Now, Task has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund is in the grip of civil war, tearing itself in two over coin and crown. This time, Task will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory. Beneath his formidable stone, Task longs for change. For an end to this cycle of warfare. For proof of light and good amongst the foul darkness of humanity and war. It will take the mind of an unusual stable-girl to change his.
This is one of the initial scenes to my epic, military fantasy standalone The Heart Of Stone. This is when you are first introduced to the main character of this story. It tells the story of an immortal war-machine called Task, a golem made of stone, yet cursed with the ability to think and feel. He has fought countless wars, and in this scene, he is arriving in Hartlund after being purchased by his newest master: a young general who seeks to win a bitter civil war. Task longs for change. He longs for somebody to prove him wrong about war-hungry humanity. It will take the keen mind of a young stable-girl to show him different. That's why The Heart of Stone is not just a military fantasy, but a book about human nature, sacrifice, and love.
Two decades have passed since the Last War, since the sky was filled with fire and magic. The world has all too easily forgotten the time of the Written and the Arkmages. In their place, a new empire has arisen, one that has finally brought order to the war-torn lands. An empire that has dawned the Age of Magick. At last, it seems that peace has come to Emaneska. Or, at least that is what the emperor would have Emaneska believe. On the fringes of the Arkan Empire, a different story is being written. Those who show magick talent must join the empire or live as an outlaw. It appears the war is still being fought, homestead by homestead, and a young peasant girl is about to be thrust into the violent world that exists beneath the lies of empire. Welcome back to Emaneska. ——— This new short story from author Ben Galley tells the tale of the aftermath of the Emaneska Series, and sets the scene for the next chapter of this epic saga: The Scalussen Chronicles, coming 2020.
The endgame has begun. The battle for the emperor’s throne grows ever fiercer. The City of Countless Souls cowers behind locked doors as the whims of the downtrodden and the powerful bring the great game of Araxes to its chaotic conclusion. With the soulblade at his hip and magic in his soul, Caltro’s freedom is almost within his grasp. But as Temsa’s reign of murder clashes with Widow Horix’s plans, the locksmith’s fate becomes all the more entwined with the needs of dead gods, vengeful royals, and the Cult. While the Core Districts descend into chaos, debts left unpaid in the desert haunt Nilith’s long-awaited arrival in the city. A new foe is hunting her through the streets, an enemy with enough power to rival even that of the Cloudpiercer. Yet all their struggles pale in comparison to the dark omen that is spreading through the empire, lurking beneath their feet: The River Nyx is drying up.
Nothing is certain in Araxes. Not even death. Stolen from the widow’s clutches, master thief and ghost Caltro Basalt must learn new ways to survive the cutthroat society of the Arctian Empire. His one hope for freedom and justice? A gift from the dead gods, who continue to beg for a saviour. “This book swings for the fences with a potent mix of political backstabbing, religious symbology, and tense action.” – Adam Weller, Fantasy Book Review Breaking a soul takes time, and Caltro’s spirit is far from broken. Many try to weave him into their plots, but he is set on salvation by no means but his own. “A heavy hitter, this follow-up to a gruesome, sometimes funny, and riveting tale, Grim Solace is a runaway winner.” – Grimmedian As Caltro finds himself ever ensnared in Araxes’ cruel games, Nilith fights to survive the Dune Plains in her quest for redemption, Sisine continues her game of claiming ruler, and Temsa works toward his reign of chaos, one noble at a time “A brilliantly grim and funny follow up to Chasing Graves. Bring on book three!” – Laura M. Hughes, Author of Danse Macabre The board is set. The players chosen. Who will win the great game of Araxes?
“One final task before the fall...” The battle of Cirque Kadabra is over. The Bloodmoon has cut its crimson path across the sky, leaving both leech and lamprey reeling in its wake. With Rhin captured by Sift, and Lilain and Lurker left behind in Washingtown, Tonmerion Hark alone returns to London, where the fate of the Empire lies in the clutches of the devilish Lord Dizali. In his quest for revenge, the young Hark must recruit an unlikely and dangerous ally. Together, they must outwit the barbarous Order and bring the greatest enemy they have ever faced to his knees. “...One last move before we end this game.”
A Bloodmoon is rising, and with it the power of the Scarlet Star. With Fell Falls put firmly behind him, Tonmerion Hark has only one desire: to make his way east across the Endless Land and once again feel the soil of his own Empire under his boots. But blood has been spilt. Machinations of the powerful and rich foiled. Scores have been scraped in the desert sand and now they must be settled. A new power is growing in London, and now it wants revenge. As Tonmerion, Rhin, Lilain and Lurker are pursued over prairie and wasteland, their strange new family must put their fate in the hands of a travelling circus, headed straight for the shores of the Iron Ocean, and perhaps a ship home. All will be settled on the night of the Bloodmoon.
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 threatens the entire future of Emaneska. Sorcery, death, drugs and the deepest of betrayals await. Welcome to Emaneska. ——— ABOUT THE WRITTEN The Written is the first volume in The Emaneska Series and the debut book of dark and epic fantasy author Ben Galley. Packed with magic and monsters, gods and demons, The Written is perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin.
Farden is the main character of the Emaneska Series - a powerful mage that finds himself at the centre of a plot to return Emaneska to a time of chaos and subjugation. Farden is a Written mage, powerful, stubborn, and throughout The Written, plagued by dreams that come from an unknown source. Find out more about The Written, Farden, and the world of Emaneska at bengalley.com, or get the ebook for just 99c / 99p on all stores.
The Written is an epic fantasy novel set in the Norse-inspired world of Emaneska. One of the proudest races in Emaneska are the Sirens, or commonly known as dragon-riders. A uneasy peace exists between the Sirens and the rest of the frozen world. It's this tension that brings the constant threat of war to Emaneska. A war Farden the Written mage will do anything to stop. Find out more in The Written, available for $0.99 from all Amazon stores, or get it for free by signing up to Ben's VIP Club mailing list at www.bengalley.com
Want to know what The Written is? Just think Lord of The Rings meets Sin City, and you'll be on the right track. The Written is the first volume in the epic Emaneska Series - a fast-paced tale of sword & sorcery, packed with dragons, magic, demons and monsters. The Written ebook is available from all stores for $0.99. You can also enjoy it in paperback. The epic sequels Pale Kings, Dead Stars - Part One, and Dead Stars - Part Two are also now available. Follow Ben on Twitter and YouTube @BenGalley, on Facebook and Instagram at @BenGalleyAuthor. Or, sign up for a free copy of The Written at www.bengalley.com
When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood, his only son Merion Hark finds his world turned upside down and inside out. The Prime Lord’s last will and testament forces Merion west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. To a place they call Wyoming. In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger and the railway. Merion has only one ally to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel the mystery of his father's murder: a faerie warrior named Rhin, and a twelve inch-tall outcast of the fae realm. Revenge and redemption are never easy. There are dark forces at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths, brigands or the savages. Secrets lurk in Merion's bloodline. Secrets that will redefine the young Hark, and open up a whole world of magic buried by empire and industry. ——— ABOUT BLOODRUSH The first book in the Scarlet Star Trilogy, Bloodrush is a coming-of-age and weird western fantasy set in an alternate 1867. It is a time when steam and clockwork seek to push the boundaries of the known world, even if it means trampling an ancient one. An action-packed mix of western and dark fantasy, Bloodrush is perfect for readers of Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Lila Bowen and Stephen King’s Dark Tower.
This is the prelude for my western fantasy Bloodrush. Much of my inspiration for my books comes from mythology and fairytales, and over the years, I've come to imagine that these stories have roots in reality – that humanity has built over and forgotten the monsters and myths of ancient times. This is what inspired Bloodrush and the rest of the Scarlet Star Trilogy. It's based in a world where magic has been pushed beneath the surface, forgotten, and still lurks in the shadows. If you want to dive into this dark fantasy, weird west adventure, Bloodrush is currently 99c on Amazon Kindle
The year is 1867. Steam and clockwork are changing the world, even if it means trampling an old world beneath it. On the frontier of humanity, in a place they call Fell Falls, Wyoming, the railway is forging a path through the unknown wilderness. Among the many horrors that stand in its way, the Railwraiths are the most terrifying. They are vengeful and murderous spirits made of iron rail and wood, and extremely hard to kill. Bloodrush is the first book in The Scarlet Star Trilogy, an action-packed mix of alternate history, weird west and dark fantasy. It follows the story of Merion, a high-born orphan, and his fae outcast friend Rhin, as they search for justice and redemption in a dark and dangerous New World. Find the series on Amazon or at bengalley.com!
Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead. They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich. While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost. Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning. ———— From award-winning author Ben Galley comes a new dark fantasy trilogy. Inspired by Egyptian mythology and packed with dark humour, action, and intrigue, the Chasing Graves Trilogy is perfect for fans of Michael Moorcock, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie.
This excerpt is from the first few chapters of Chasing Graves, where Caltro – one of the protagonists – has been freshly bound as a ghost and is now being sold at a "soulmarket". This was a fun chapter because I got to show the vast city of Araxes from a visitor's eyes, and show the wonder and the horror that exists in strange harmony on the city's streets. If you want to explore Araxes and its dark world of ghosts, Chasing Graves is currently 99c / 99p on Amazon!
Chasing Graves is an epic dark fantasy trilogy set in a world where ghosts are enslaved by the rich and powerful. So much so, that whomever owns the most souls rules the empire. Society is now quite literally cutthroat, and that makes the colossal city of Araxes a very dangerous place to live. Caltro, a down-on-his-luck thief, has come to Araxes to seek redemption. Instead, he will find himself fighting for justice and freedom from beyond the grave.
Emaneska is crying out for a saviour The only question is: Can they kill a child to save a world? Emaneska’s Long Winter remains as bitter as a blade between the ribs. War is fast approaching. Gods and daemons are hovering on the horizon. Long-lost revelations arrive to haunt the lives of three men. The Pale Kings are rising. While Farden busies himself digging up his past in the strange deserts of Paraia, the storm-clouds begin to gather for Durnus, Elessi, Cheska, and Modren. Together with Farfallen and his Sirens, they must fight to survive against the Long Winter, the vicious machinations of the new Arkmage, and the arrival of something much deadlier than both combined. War, deception, and murder are quickly becoming the only paths to salvation… -------------------- Pale Kings, the explosive and long-awaited sequel to the critically-acclaimed debut The Written, has finally arrived. Harder, darker, and faster, Pale Kings aims to leave The Written quivering and whimpering in the shadows. Get the sequels Dead Stars Part One and Part Two now on eBook and in paperback. If you want to connect with Ben Galley, then you can find him on Twitter @BenGalley, on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor, or at www.bengalley.com
The sky is falling. The world trembles beneath it. Emaneska is crying out for a saviour. Somebody is hunting down the Written in the wilds. Murdering and skinning them alive. Who? A mere girl. A girl who was born to rip the stars from the sky and bring them crashing down to earth. The direst enemy Emaneska has ever faced. In the wake of the Battle of Krauslung, the world has changed. For the darker. For the stranger. Magick swells like a storm, spilling from the stunned lips of farmboys and milkmaids, burning spell books to cinders at the lightest of touches. As Krauslung unknowingly balances on a knife-edge, tension mounts. Insidious whispers have begun to spread, drawing new enemies to the surface. Discontent, fear, betrayal… it seems that the girl is not the only enemy Emaneska must face. Who can stand in their way? Will it be a pair of struggling Arkmages, one blind, one Written? An Albion maid, on the cusp of her wedding day? Three shadows of gods? Or will it be a ghost, a bloody rumour, lost in a dark world of murder and bitter memories? One question above all lingers on their lips: Where in Emaneska is Farden? -------------------- Dead Stars - Part One is the third volume in Ben Galley's Emaneska Series, and the first book of its brutally epic two-part finale. Dead Stars - Part One is also available in paperback from all good retailers. You can find Ben on Twitter @BenGalley, on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor, or at his website www.bengalley.com.
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 Krauslung they leave behind is crumbling. Not under the onslaught of the girl and her daemons, but from within, under the force of greed and poisonous ambition. It seems there are too many battles to fight. Now, with the Sirens silent, the frozen north in uproar, and the responsibility mounting, Emaneska’s champion must face a choice. Can he tread the tunnels of Hel to save the world? To save a woman more ghost than alive? To claim the armour he has always longed for? For salvation lies in the hands of a Knight fifteen-hundred years dead, and in the red-gold armour of a certain mage. Salvation lies with Scalussen. -------------------- Dead Stars - Part Two is the final book in The Emaneska Series, and what a truly heart-pounding race to the finish it is. Bloody, heart-pounding, and emotional, Dead Stars - Part Two brings the Series to a thundering conclusion. Follow author Ben Galley on Twitter @BenGalley, on Facebook /BenGalleyAuthor, or at his website www.bengalley.com.
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