Well of Sorrows (#1)

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Written as Benjamin Tate

Ripped from the life he knew by the threat of civil war in his homeland, Colin and his parents are refugees in New Andover, the newly discovered 
continent on the far side of the ocean. But this new world holds dangers that its settlers cannot comprehend. 

Forced to flee onto the unexplored plains, driven there by desperation, they encounter vicious magical storms, a hostile race that will stop at nothing to protect their sacred lands, and a dark forest filled with 
shadow-like creatures. Attacked by these life-eating Shadows, on the brink of death, Colin is led to the forest’s darkest and most dangerous secret:  
a Well at the heart of an ancient, crumbling city. 

To save his life, he drinks the cold, clear water…and everything changes.


“One of my top ten fantasy reads of the year.”

Fantasy Literature

“WELL OF SORROWS kept me spellbound for the entire length of the thick paperback. It’s well worth your time to delve into this heart-wrenching story!”

Errant Dreams

“A very good novel full of engaging writing; characters about whom Tate made me feel a great deal; and set in a fully realized secondary world that is a character in its own rights. Recommended.”


“Fantasy readers will be drawn in and likely make quick work of this debut work.”


“Brilliantly detailed worldbuilding and complicated characters makes this an engrossing read.”

Laura Anne Gilman

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