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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 The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.

The Written

Book one of The Emanska Series

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

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. 

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await. 

Welcome to Emaneska.

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Chasing Graves

Book one of The Chasing Graves Trilogy

Welcome to Araxes, where getting murdered is just the start of your problems.

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.

Bloodrush

Book 1 of The Scarlet Star Trilogy

Prime Lord Hark lies dead in a pool of his own blood.

The Empire is in turmoil. The Emerald Benches are leaderless. Queen Victorious calls for justice. But none of this matters to Lord Hark’s thirteen year-old son, Tonmerion, who abruptly finds himself orphaned and now in the charge of an estranged aunt. An undertaker, no less, who lives far across the Iron Ocean, at the very brink of the Endless Land and all known civilisation. In a place they call Fell Falls, Wyoming.

In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, Merion finds no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A fae warrior named Rhin. An embittered, twelve-inch tall outcast of the Undering whose past refuses to let go of him.

But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages baying for blood. Secrets lurk in Merion’s bloodline.

Secrets that will redefine him.

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Heart of Stone

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.

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Goliath Review (Leviathan Trilogy #3)

Goliath (Leviathan, #3)Goodreads Summary:

Alek and Deryn are abroad the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war. But whose side is he really on?

While on their top-secret mission, Alek finally discovers Deryn’s deeply kept secret. Two, actually. Not only is Deryn a girl disguised as a guy…she has feelings for Alek.

The crown, true love with a commoner, and the destruction of a great city all hang on Alek’s next–and final–move.

My Review:

Alright, so if you know me, you know that I rarely use the Goodreads summaries in my reviews. I would much rather actually write my own summary. Problem is, with this book, I have no idea what I just read.

I feel that for the last book, the main plot was just dropped for the sake of the pointless romance. Why Deryn would fall for someone like Alek, I don’t know. I was always hoping that they would just remain friends, or that Deryn would actually fall for a girl. However, the romance was the least of my problems. It was probably the only thing that kept me going through this mess of a book.

This book consists of the Leviathan traveling to random places throughout the world for random missions. Don’t ask me what those missions were, because I wouldn’t know. Each one seemed unimportant, the characters weren’t memorable, and the storyline just seemed to drag on and on. This book was 600 pages, but it took me 3 months to start it and then 1 week to finish it. I should have been able to read it a lot faster, but I couldn’t even pay attention to the story.

Also, the storyline of people finding out that Deryn was a girl was so over-exaggerated. I don’t think that she could have been with the Leviathan for so long without people suspecting something, so it shouldn’t have been that much of a struggle. Also, without the reporter, it wouldn’t have even been that big of a deal. Her being a girl would not affect her fighting ability, as they would know since she had been on the ship for months. I know that it had to be a big deal for plot effect, but in reality, there could have been ways around it. This just made the plot feel even longer, as it was being held together by random trips and  “DERYN’S A GIRL!”

In the last 100 pages or so, I felt that the real plot of the story finally came out. It had nothing to do with the trips that they had made beforehand. I won’t spoil anything, but it wasn’t even a very satisfying end to the trilogy. It definitely wasn’t worth the 500 pages I had to struggle through beforehand.

Overall, I would advise that you just not read the last book of the Leviathan trilogy. If you are interested, read the first two books. Even though the 2nd book isn’t an end, it’s just not worth trying to get through this one.

Overall Rating: 1/5

 

First Impression Friday – Goliath

First Impression Fridays are a weekly meme hosted by J.W. Martin. This week, I will be discussing my first impression of Goliath, or the third book in the Leviathan trilogy.

I have read the first two books in this trilogy. The first book was the best in my opinion, and the last book was actually rather forgettable for me. I want to finish off the trilogy, and I just have to get through this one.

Goliath (Leviathan, #3)I knew of this author before getting into this book because I had DNFed the Uglies series and recently gotten into the Leviathan trilogy. I liked the first two books of the Leviathan trilogy enough, and I had been looking forward to finishing it and actually being successful at finishing a series that I had started!

Then I saw the book. I personally think that this is the worst cover of the Leviathan trilogy. I didn’t really like any of the covers, but this one just seemed worse.

Now I am about halfway through the book, and I am about all the way done with it. Deryn, the girl who pretended to be a boy to get into the military, has fallen in love with Alek, the Clanker prince. I didn’t want her to fall in love at all, and I thought that romance wouldn’t be touched upon in this series. I wanted her to simply stay a soldier. But as in all YA books with a teen girl, the girl has to have some reason to fall in love with the boy.

Also, the action scenes are very lackluster. I have been confused throughout almost the entire book, but I just keep trekking forward to finish it.

I think this book will stand between 1 and 2 stars for me. I simply just cannot get into it, and I don’t think that I will ever be able to. However, I am determined to finish it, hopefully tonight, so that I can say that I actually finished the entire trilogy. I am also going to be wary of more Westerfeld’s books, as I’ve struggled with every work of his that I have ever read.

The Inventor’s Son Review

The Inventor's Son (The Inventor's Son, #1)

Ethan Stanwood is the son of a brilliant inventor. He has been sickly since his youth, and so his whole world revolves around his father and his work. When his father disappears one morning, Ethan is devastated. Then, he finds a secret message hidden inside one of his father’s inventions, asking Ethan to bring an important prototype to London, where his father is hiding. Now, Ethan must put aside his physical weaknesses and bring the object to his father. However, foes of his father are chasing him as well, as the race against time for the prototype begins.

I truly enjoyed this novel, and even though it was a full-length book, I really felt as if it was a novella with the time it took me to speed through it. Ethan was a very likable character, albeit being a physically weaker main character than I am used to reading about.

My only real complaint about this novel was the fact that I felt as if the world could have just been a bit…bigger? Since Ethan had been sheltered all of his life due to being sickly, I thought that he would have more of a reaction to going different places. I also thought that the places where he visited could have been described a bit more. Nevertheless, I am a reader who focuses more on plot and dialogue than actual descriptions, so it did not interfere with my reading experience at all.

I definitely want to continue reading about Ethan and his steampunk version of Victorian London. Hopefully, I will be able to read the rest of this series!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and entertaining steampunk novel to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book through Instafreebie and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (Bumped up to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon)

Behemoth Review (Leviathan Book 2)

Alek and Deryn by Dalamar89

I found this fanart here!

Alek and Deryn are headed for Istanbul, where they hope to be able to end the war completely. Unbeknownst to them, the Clankers are already there hoping to sway the Ottoman Empire in their favor, which would make the war last even longer. Now, it is up to their crew to fight this bloody battle.

This book was slightly less entertaining for me than the last book of this series. I finished it surprisingly quickly, but once I was done, I barely remembered anything that had happened. Usually, when I finish a book I am also super excited to move onto the next one, but when I finished this story I was more simply happy for it to be over. Maybe it’s me, but I am just finding this series as a way to pass time rather than something to enjoy.

I will finish this trilogy soon, and I hope for the last book to be more engaging than this one was!

Overall Rating: 3/5

Leviathan Review

Bookshelvers Anonymous: Review: LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfield

Songs I binged while reading this:

To be honest, music didn’t really work for this book for me, so I listened to this song a couple of times and then I just sped through the rest of the book with only random outdoor sounds to keep me company.

Alek is the royal heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, but then his parents are murdered and he is forced to run from his home on one of the old war Clanker machines. This Stormwalker has legs that can walk him and his trusty advisors through almost anything, but they still have to be stealthy in order to avoid the troops and survive.

Deryn Sharp trains to be an Airman with the British Air Service, but in order to do so she must hide that she is a girl. She is determined to serve as a pilot, and is working on the Leviathan which is a biological airship shaped like a whale. This ship functions as an ecosystem, but because it is a living creature it cannot take too much damage.

When the Leviathan crash lands in Switzerland, these two meet each other, and they must work together in order to survive being trapped in the midst of a World War.

This book is a bit of a steampunk retelling of World War 1. The British have creatures to do things for them, for example living inside of a giant whale thing as an airship. The Austro-Hungarians and the Germans have machines that do almost the same thing, such as the Stormwalker.

To be completely honest, I loved this book, but not because of Alek. Alek was n’t a completely bad character, but I just did not find his parts of the story to interest me as much. Deryn’s Mulan-type storyline was what really drew men in. She was such an interesting character, a 15 year old girl who wants to be a soldier. I admired her strength, and the fact that she didn’t do anything stupid to completely reveal her identity from the start like most typical girl characters in her position do. I enjoyed reading about her and her adventures as an airman, and I hope the next book focuses on her more.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for an adventurous novel loosely based on historic reality. It was a quick read for me, as I finished it in about 2 hours.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5