The Book of Deacon

The Book of Deacon

by Joseph R. Lallo


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The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692978115
Publisher: Joseph Lallo
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Series: Book of Deacon Series , #1
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 533,176
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Joseph R. Lallo is the author of the Book of Deacon series, Bypass Gemini, and Unstable Prototypes.

Karyn O'Bryant is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also has a degree in English literature. She has several audiobooks and television appearances to her credit, as well as over twenty-five years of experience in stage productions in New England, Germany, and Los Angeles.

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The Book of Deacon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1090 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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Shockingly, It was about 900, yes 900 pages long. Most FREE books are not that long. It is the first in a series and the other books, "The Great Convergence" and "Jade" (tie in story), are reasonably priced. A lot of magic and mystic happenings involved! Would recommend to any fellow reader that likes mystic and magical happeings. No harsh lauguage. Well written! Can not wait to start the second book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always skeptical of the free ebooks. They usually are very poorly written and edited or the plot and characters are two dimensional, at best. That being said, I was so delighted and very surprised to find The Book of Deacon a rare exception. The characters are complex and unique. They all have flaws and redeeming qualities. They are complete human beings and the reader will love to cheer them on. As for the plot: "A hero to bring peace and redemption to a war torn land" is common. But the author gives this cliche subtle twists. You are questioning who is that hero or if there is more than one. The people of the land seem to enjoy the long war. And magic is, once again, a talent heavily reliant on the elements fire, water, earth, air, and illusion or "the mind". The author makes the plot enticing with these small differences. He writes well and has created a unique world He doesn't go into long-winded descriptive paragraphs yet the book still 926 pages long! (Abnormal for a free ebook.) In conclusion, this is a lovely novel and it should be in physical print. Read it.
Fantasy_mom More than 1 year ago
When you combine several tired, overdone fantasy elements with some questionable grammar in a much too long book? Apparently, with a dash of talented character building and a pinch of clever dialogue, a rip-roaring good read! I thoroughly enjoyed every page, even the ones I thought would be silly (mermaids and fox men? Really?) It is also clean, so appropriate for younger readers. But defintely thoughtful enough for the older folk as well! I must go get started on the sequel now...
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Its 905 pages, but it reads smoothly and captures your attention from the beginning. Ir's the story of Miranda, a girl orphaned by a war that has raged for centuries. She comes across a dead solider who is carry a precious treasure that will forever change her world. Filled with magic, mystical creatures, wizards all in an epic journey that will having you rushing out to get book 2 as soon as you finish it.
GinaLollalulu More than 1 year ago
The Book of Deacon was the first book to grace my new Nook. I got it on Friday and finished it today ( Monday ). I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this tale! It had everything I look for in fantasy. Joseph Lallo is quite talented, and I greatly look forward to the rest of the series. Can't believe this was free!
blankspot More than 1 year ago
The writing is very good. It flows and the author didn't describe or leave out details that were important. There are few or no grammar mistakes and the characters are very 3 dimensional with real relatable personalities. I would definitely recommend others to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book and the rest of the series are a must for sci-fi readers. read through the book in one day because i couldn't put it down.
alanah More than 1 year ago
loved it so much in going to buy the next book
kerrfunk More than 1 year ago
I read The Book of Deacon (first in a trilogy) because it was free and I was new to Nook. I found it enjoyable enough to purchase books 2 and 3, which I finished with satisfaction and without regret, and which I happily recommend to others, old or young, male or female. A coming-of-age story of Miranda, an orphaned young woman in a simple land in a not-so-simple medieval civil war. Magic and mystery, prophecy and epic battles season the read. Good for solo enjoyment or group reading pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out and i was excited. The synopsis seemed right up my ally. However the characters were a little flat and for the last 1/3of the book i was bored and just wanted to finish it. Now i just passed by this book again and was surprised to see so many 4 and 5 stars. Not sure what people are thinking. Its okay but i wouldn't read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and I can't believe that it's free! Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant beleive that this is free! I will definately get the other books in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Yes there are no chapter breaks but there is simply no time for one! Plus it flows so smoothly you can forget about no chapters.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
A solid book, good read for teenagers & those just getting into fantasy. Spoiler: The plot was interesting but sloooowwww & then rushed at the end as if Mr. Lallo realized that he needed to wrap this up. The characters were okay, started out to be interesting & real but towards the middle & the end became flat & predictable. There were some funny parts & then parts that were stale & dry. I think overall most people will enjoy this book, as it is an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It was captivating from start to finish. I am purchasing the next book in the series as soon as i post this review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow! I wasn't impressed with the world building. Main character makes all sorts of awful/stupid/naive decisions yet doesn't appear to learn anything from it. The last third of the book feels rushed to make up for the slowness of the first two thirds. Main character's prodigal magical talent feels forced. Most characters are very one dimemtional and the interactions frequently fell flat for me. No character growth. I won't be looking for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book moves incredibly slow. Once you reach the second third of the book, it starts to pick up. I sincerely hope that the next 2 books get to the heart of the story much faster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it has a fantastic begining and i love the twist in the first/secound chapter. I havnt put it down sence i got it. I greatly recommend it, youll fall in love with the characters, the plot is greatly thought through. As a student auther this a great insperation. Best part.... ITS FREE! Even if it cost money you should still get it. Along with tue others in this seriese
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish this one. Myranda picked up the sword and then worse and worse things just kept happening to her. She seemed like a pawn, not a character with any agency, so I didn't find her story interesting.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am astounded that this was a free book! I am also a bit disheartened due to that fact. This book was very well-written and I feel that great work deserves a great reward. I have just purchased the rest of your books and am incredibly excited to read them! I just wish they were more expensive so that I could feel reassured that I was giving back something for all that you give.. I realize money is not the sole motivation but it certainly never hurts, unless there is too much of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this series so far and am really looking forward to continuing the journy with Myranda, Lain and Myn!
ChristaToTheMax More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased the next one! The Book of Deacon and The Great Convergence are both well written and keep you interested all the way through. If you like super long books with epic tales, I recommend them both! I just bought the third one, and am looking forward to it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there was one word describing this book it was linear. While the story was enjoyable there needs to be maybe a little less predictability. More unique magic and less day to day. That said i want to see more. Keep it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun fantasy adventure. Almost believable protagonist. Revealed the other-ness of the world gradually. Good foreshadowing of events even beyond this volume, the first of a series. But . . . some glitches. First and foremost, we're told about Myranda's struggles, but we don't feel them. Emotionally flat. Quibbles: As the local topography is described, the great waterfall at Entwell doesn't work. And, you'd think a group of three "creatures" would leave a unique enough scent that following them through a maze of tunnels would be easy. Too much time--literally and figuratively--spent at Hogwarts. Oops, I mean Entwell. What's with these fantasy series which grind to a halt went the protag, who of course trues out to be the brightest student in history, wanders into the local school of magic? (One of the few criticisms of Rothfuss's series I agree with is the disproportion of time Kvothe spent at the university.) This book didn't end, it stopped. Very unsatisfying. Didn't hook me enough to want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this book but it did not hold my interest. The plot was nonexistant and hardly no action. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this.