Review of the Book of Deacon Series by Joseph Lallo
This series is available at all online stores, including Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Apple. I highly recommend it. There are three books in the series and I've reviewed them each individually.
The Book of Deacon
Description: The tale of Myranda Celeste, a young woman
orphaned by a century long war, and her chance discovery of a fallen
soldier's priceless cargo. The find will change her life, sending her on
an adventure of soldiers and rebels, wizards and warriors, and beasts
both noble and monstrous. Each step will bring her closer to the truth
of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.
As an avid reader of fantasy, sometimes it's hard to try someone new
rather than re-reading books I love, but I'm so glad I opened this book.
It didn't take long to get involved in Myranda's fate. I found myself nerve-wracked by what could happen next and had a hard time putting the
book down. The characters Myranda meets are fascinating and easy to
like. I feel so bad for Deacon though and hope things work out for him.
My only two criticisms are the lack of chapters, which makes finding my
place hard if I swipe up or down on my Kindle instead of sideways, and a
few instances of head jumping between characters. These are not enough
to truly detract from the story though. :)
The Great Convergence
Description: The second in the Book of Deacon series,
The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With
fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war
that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five
fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step
closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials
An excellent sequel. Things begin to unfold and the rest of the chosen begin to appear. The story behind the long war starts to unfold before our eyes.
Like the first book, the head hopping is a bit disconcerting where the
viewpoint switches from one character to the next between paragraphs,
but I'm getting used to it. I don't like
that the baddies seem invincible and hope that the good guys start to
have some successes!
The Battle of Verril
Description: In this, the finale of the Book of Deacon
Trilogy, Myranda and the Chosen face their greatest challenges yet. Time
is running out, and the Generals are growing desperate. Through victory
and defeat, reunion and betrayal, neither the heroes nor their foes
will rest until they have seen their task through to the end. The only
question is, will it be the end of a war, or the end of times?
The third book is the best and wraps the trilogy up nicely. Myranda comes into her own and shines. I like strong heroines. Myranda holds true to her beliefs throughout all and inspires everyone else. The build up to the ending is finely crafted.
It does get frustrating when the heroes keep walking into the exact same traps over and over. I felt like smacking them in the back of the head. But it's also nice to see villains that are every bit as nasty as they're supposed to be. By the end, I wanted them all destroyed.
My favorite characters are Ivy, Myn and Deacon. Lain is a bit too sullen for me and Ether is incredibly foolish for someone who's supposed to have been watching the world since it came into existence. My absolute favorite is Myranda though. She's lived a tough life and remains strong and resolute throughout all three stories. Strong leading women are my favorite. :)
Overall, this is an excellent fantasy series. The characters and plot are original. I definitely recommend giving it a read.
About the Author: Joseph Lallo is a Computer Engineer, as well as editor and chief contributor to Brainlazy.com.
You can find him at Smashwords and Amazon
I have decided to review books that I enjoy. I am an
avid reader of fantasy, so most of them will be in that genre. I'm not
taking any requests, just reading what catches my eyes. You'll find
that most of these are from Indie Authors. The way I figure it, David
Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Alan Dean Foster and Piers Anthony (my favorite
authors) already have enough reviews, but Indies could always use a few more.
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