The Battle of Verril

The Battle of Verril

by Joseph R. Lallo
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ISBN-13: 9780999708118
Publisher: Joseph Lallo
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Book of Deacon Series , #3
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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The Battle of Verril 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 369 reviews.
JD_Pecor More than 1 year ago
The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Each personality is distinct and uniform throughout the story (all three books). The details within the story are just enough so the read's own imagination can form the images easily. The story is fluid, comedic, serious, heartfelt, and reads easily. I do not remember there being any vulgarity, there isn't any sexuality, and is a very clean, exciting read. The length of the novels is over 900 pages, an unprecedented amount for a free book. This is the kind of novel I look for because I want more book for my buck. I am an avid reader and I average about 150 pages an hour. So an "average" novel is nothing more than a magazine article to me. The length is amazing and I am extremely pleased to say that I enjoyed every word! One of the greatest failings I find in some authors is that they spend too much time with the details. I really don't need to be told that the leaf on the tree has 5 main veins running through the center etc etc. A clearer example, recently I read a novel where the author spent 5 pages describing a tree. A tree that didn't have any direct bearing on the story line other than it was in front of the character. This is what I refer to as book filler or fluff. Unnecessary detailed information for the sole purpose of filling the bare minimum of 10,000 words. I am thrilled to say that Joseph Lallo does not suffer from the affliction of detail diarrhea. If the characters in the story can make me laugh out loud more than once, I usually find it's a good story. I love quick intelligent wit. Countless times while reading this story my husband would say to me, "You are smiling at the book." "You are giggling at the book." "Stop laughing at the book." We read the same kind of books and I can't wait for him to finish the novel he is currently on so I can repeat those same lines back to him! I LOVE the fact that there isn't any detailed sex or seedy romance in the story. Yes, there is a touch of romance, but it is kid friendly, and it is more like a dash rather than a sprinkle. My son (16 yrs old) reads the same genres that my husband and I read, it's a family event. I enjoy being able to pass my books onto my son and then all of us discuss them afterwards. Sorry this is such a long review but stating, "Great read" just didn't seem to do this justice. I am greatly looking forward to more novels from Joseph Lallo. "Jo" is becoming one of my favorite authors. Keep up the good work Jo! And if you need and editor to proof read sometime for you, just let me know! (Seriously)
Truth_teller More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final book in Joseph Lallo's fantasy trilogy. His books are fun and easy to read - full of pure of heart magical heroes, really mean villains, and loveable hybrid semi-humans with poor people skills. Readers with proofreading skills may be put off by the lack of professional editing, but the occasional errors don't really detract much from the flow of the story. The main reason I am critical of this book is that after reading over 2000 pages (a low estimate page count of the trilogy), I was disappointed that this was such an anti-climactic rehash of the previous two books. I don't want to be a spoiler so I won't give away actual plot details, but after investing this much time in a saga I would have preferred a happy (or even unhappy) ending that actually tied up all the loose-ends of the many subplots. There are pages and pages describing battles and freakish monsters in excruciating detail but little, if any, actual plot development. After finishing this book I was left wondering what actually happened to the major characters. It almost seems that Mr. Lallo is loathe to write about interactions between the characters that are not based on their fighting or magic skills. Considering that all of the main characters are adults with presumably adult thoughts and desires, their interpersonal relationships and actions seem almost juvenile or just oddly dull. The few characters that have strong feelings about anything are either killed off or just left hanging. I am not saying that the books need steamy sex scenes, but the author seems so busy avoiding adult relationships that the characters almost never relate to each other on a personal level - even the characters who are in love with each other or striving to save one another are just left without any real closure at the end. With that said, I still think the trilogy is worth reading - particularly if you are in bed with flu and want to devote some serious reading time to slip into an enjoyable fantasy world. Joseph Lallo is a good writer and hopefully will develop into a really good writer who can broaden his appeal to include a more sophisticated audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! The author weaves this amazing story in a fantastically vivid world unlike other books out there-i would pay up to 15$ to purchase this book and each in the series! If you like Anne Bishop then you may enjoy this author as well-beautifully written; can't express enough how amazing the story and authors writing style is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the mark of a great book is when you're sorry it's over. That was the case with this entire series. I thought the ending was great, and there wasn't any dull or slow parts for me. The characters develop and grow. The only possible improvement would have been perhaps varying some of the fight scenes. It seemed a little repetitive. I loved that I could enjoy a true fantacy book without sex and swears. Sorry the series is over, but happy to have found an author I enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolute marvelous fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had everything a fantasy novel should have: dragons (a must), a quest, heroes, magic and more magic. Someone else complained that the author didn't "tie up all the loose ends" and I was at first concerned. I found that the story wound up just as it needed to. I was pleased with the ending though I do wonder what happened to one character in "the very end". Overall I was happy that this is a book that I feel comfortable letting my teenagers read. No sex, gore, or swears. Thank you Mr. Lallo for good clean fun.
stilleyia More than 1 year ago
I read this entire series and I am so sad it is over!  It has everything I love is a great series.  It was an exciting page turner that transported me away from my own reality into a fantasy world.  Loved them all!  And at 900+ pages per book I felt I got a bargain!  The author could have easily made this a 6 book series and charged accordingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the entire series and will miss the relationship I have with these characters each evening when I read. The author developed personalities and story lines that supported each one of them throught their endeavors and held true tonthe end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished the whole trilogy in 2 weeks it was so good!!!...i love books containing supernatural characters but often find them predictable or too short....this trilogy was exactly what ive been waiting so glad i found it! Cant wait for more books...hopefully with the same characters <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
from the first book of the series I knew i had found an author to watch. keep em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent ending to this trilogy. Thanks for the adventure. EVD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book, along with the first two, that kept my attention. Looking forward to more...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. I thought the first two books in this series were good and well planned out, but i have to say that this one surpased them both. So many things fell into place, things that many writers would not be able to weave together in such a way throughout all three books came to be. Events that i would have thought were put into the story to fill space became much greater in meaning as the story progressed, giving it a rather interesting and fulfilling depth. I am amazed at the clarity, at the progression of talent evident in the writer's creativity. If this is a young author as someone has mentioned, i look forward to the master pieces sure to be written over time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, read, clean fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in a trilogy and I enjoyed all three books very much. I got the first book for free and was hooked so I purchased the second and third. I just wanted to keep finding out what happened to the characters who became very familiar as I read. Hoping for more stories involving them. What a great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time to read this author. Enjoyed the trilogy.
JasmineLazarek1 More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love with this series. As I've stated before I didn't come up for air and I don't think you will too. It's a good escape!
John_H_Carroll More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one had it all, from the expected battles, the unseen twists to the "what in the world" moments. Was Not Disappointed.
GeminiReader More than 1 year ago
As some of the other reviews have pointed out, the 3 books are poorly edited BUT I loved the characters and story line SO MUCH that I easily over looked the errors. Each of the books is about 900 pages but it never felt that long to me, I flew through these books! I felt deeply involved with the characters and cheered on The Chosen and cursed the Army. There are plot twists you Will Not See coming! Loved every minute of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroghly enjoyed them all. Again would have loved to have a more developed character in Lain, I just didn't connect but that could have been me! Thank you for writing these!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much something for everyone. Adventuresome and just a touch of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got tired of reading about characters who do not learn anything. The first book was the best, the second OK, by the time I got to The Battle of Verril, I dreaded reading this series. From half way through the second book, to the end of this book, the plot is basically this: Ivy gets scared and angry and fights till exhausted, Lain fights an enemy he knows he can't beat and ends up getting beat, Ether wastes her power and almost dies, Miranda misuses her power and almost dies. Myn saves everybody. Overall not a bad series just got tired of re-reading the same fight time after time after time. After a while I started to root for the bad guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the charactes and the story line. I hope we haven't seen the last of these characters. The trilogy kept my attention and it was an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tremidous triology totaly worth reading Loved it ,hopeing for more ,thank you +
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This last book saw tremendous personal growth and individual courage of each charactor. I found the tender love between Myranda and Deacon heartwarming and sweet, especcially when survival seemed highly unlikely. I prepared myself for at least one and perhaps both to perish. For love to grow and flourish during highly dangerous times makes that fragile flame all the more precious. I deeply enjoyed the entire tale found the ending satisfying. The entire series must be read in order to fully apreciate this saga. I found myself caught up into the lives of each charactor.