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The Book of Deacon (The Book of Deacon series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Lallo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)

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Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470008955
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FTF4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,005 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A resident of Bayonne, NJ, USA - the fabled birthplace of George R. R. Martin - Joseph Lallo is an unlikely entry into the world of literature. After a childhood spent daydreaming and reading, he fully intended to pursue a career in the tech sector. He received a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and subsequently got a job working IT for a large healthcare corporation. Things changed when, in January 2010, his friends finally convinced him to publish the story that had accumulated over the course of a decade of spare time. That story, now known as the Book of Deacon Trilogy, was a surprise hit, and once he got a taste of the world of indie writing, he was hooked. Now he splits his time between crunching numbers at his day job, writing novels at night, and writing articles and reviews for BrainLazy.com, a group blog he helps run. His latest novels are Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes, the first two books of a science fiction series.

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Majestic Adventure 20 Aug. 2011
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At first I only downloaded this book because it was free. It was one of those hidden gems that have made me love my kindle all the more. This story is a majestic telling of the adventure/trial and story of one young girl. There is magic, forests, magical creatures and betrayal. Yes to be fair this story is not action packed. There are not many action scenes. Instead the author constructs an almost poetic telling of what happens. There is deep description within every page. You can feel the bitter cold, the fear, the wind in your hair. This story makes you dissolve within the setting and for that it caught my attention.
The characters all have their flaws, including the heroine and whilst sometimes the dialogue between the characters gets lengthy and almost tiresome it still helps to move the plot forward and allow you to see what the characters are about.
If you like Lord of The Rings or Harry Potter you will like this story and it is a true gem. I highly recommend this story and am now going to download the rest of the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some problems but an easy read 29 Dec. 2012
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In reality I would mark this at 3.5 stars if I was able. This book is easy to read. Leo as a character seems interesting enough and Myn the dragon likeable. I also liked the grumpy healer our main character first learned from. Our main character is a bit overpowered in my view but she is not a picture of perfection. I get the impression she as well as Leo will get a much needed attitude adjustment in later books. The magical rules of this world are nothing really too new but are simple to follow.

This novel wasn't perfect however. While simple to read, at times it didn't stick to the rule of "show don't tell". While I can believe our main heroine is a "resourceful young lady" it is jarring for such a descriptor to be used in the narration. If it must be stated outright it would be better if another character says this and in this case she has no shortage of admirers to do so.

Overall the story is slow in pace. While it is clearly moving and building itself for greater things to come I can understand the problems others are having with it.

In the end however I do not regret reading this book. It was free on kindle and as stated is easy to read. It has some interesting characters as well which could develop in the future.

The next book is less than £2 on kindle and I have purchased it. I hope to review it when I am finished. I wish the author the best of luck for the future!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places but slow to get there. 2 Mar. 2012
By Paul T.
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Though spoiled by the occasional clumsy sentence and in need of a touch more editing, this reads quite well. Still, I struggled to finish it, and that was mostly down to the slow pace. Some reviewers found this a benefit, but I was tempted to give up on it at some points. All the elements for a good plot are there - the mysterious sword, the strange mark that it makes, and so on - but the links between them are so drawn out that the sense of mystery and tension that they should generate was largely lost.

The characters were detailed, but somehow unconvincing - they seemed to me to be driven by the plot. Myranda, for example, only seems capable of anger when the story requires her to lose her temper. At other times, she's shown as a tough but essentially gentle person, without the depths from which anger could arise.

Another concern was the background. A good fantasy has a rich and detailed world underlying it - as complete as possible in its culture, its history, its economy and so on. I had no sense of this at all. The background seemed merely sketched in - a long war, three kingdoms united in an Alliance run by various generals - and that was about it. To me, it made the entire story feel shallow.

Which is a pity, because there are some very good bits in it. Some of the descriptions are very atmospheric. Myranda's struggles to survive in the cold wilderness are well described, and the climatic test of her magical abilities is vivid, exciting and imaginative.

Worth reading as a free book, and many readers will enjoy it. To me, however, it needs to be tightened up and trimmed down to increase the pace and tension.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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After reading the reviews for this book and liking the look of the burb, I downloaded this. Not a decision I regretted, the main protagonist is a fascinatingly well-written character with whom you quickly fall in love with and the same can be said for the other characters, who are so very real. (Her pet dragon is a delightful character in herself) I tore through this book so fast, I found it far too difficult to put down. Simply outstanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Promising Sword and Sorcery, but desperately needs an editor.

The Deacon Trilogy shows promise. I bought it while hoofing around Smashwords for interesting reviews on indie fantasy titles. This one got excellent reader reviews, and shows wonderful promise. This is a fun, entertaining, solid sword n sorcery series which for the money is fantastic value.

I do think the writer could do with a bank of solid beta readers and both a content and copy editor. Frankly, I found myself thinking, "This is a wonderful first draft, I can't wait to read the finished book." Because I desperately want to read that finished, polished works that I know these books can be, I am going to give it three stars and not the four or five it would merit had all the niggles been sorted out.

Most readers looking for a fun read may well be very forgiving of punctuation problems (!?), word confusion (though/through, alter/altar,) and the odd Point of View leaps and formatting issues, but the danger is that some sensitive readers will be yanked out of the carefully constructed, interesting "other world" in to this one - as a high fantasy novelist, you don't ever want that to happen. More demanding readers who expect from their indie bookshelf the same polish and sparkle as from mainstream publishers will become frustrated and should remember big publishers have resources - which is apparent when you find yourself paying through the nose. However, given the poorly written unimaginative dross - from both mainstream and indie publishers -that HAS been copy-edited out there, these books deserve not to be judged to harshly for the wonderful feet of imagination achieved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. i got is as part of a free anthology and so i knew nothing about it but it quickly gripped me. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not bad
Published 17 days ago by Jonathan Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I really enjoyed all three books in the series
Published 19 days ago by David Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
Really enjoyed this whole series. Fantasy with just a different twist, and some turns I did not see coming (always refreshing!). Would recommend to anyone who likes the genre.
Published 1 month ago by Manxcat
4.0 out of 5 stars A magic fest
Great construction of a book, the reader is transported from a bleak, wintery, war filled world to a magic land of great learning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Jacqueline A. Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Myn
I liked the build up kept me interested. Good storyline with a good set of characters. Would recommend this book to most fantasy readers.
Published 1 month ago by Brian hopkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I really fell into the author's universe. It is simply AWESOME.
Thank you very much Mr. Lallo for this wonderfull book.
I will read book two as well.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars worth a go
3.5 stars. Quite readable, and some nice characters taking interesting journey arcs. Worth a gander
Published 2 months ago by A-Canadian-in-London
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
A fantasy novel which moves along at a fair pace with characters that will resonate with Heroes and maybe villains
Published 2 months ago by kevin mc aree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book but wish it had ended here
Published 2 months ago by PETSHOPGIRL
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