The Book of Deacon is a great fantasy adventure. It is a trilogy and this first book is currently free on kindle (link below -C.L.). There is also a prequel to the trilogy, so technically four books now, but you don’t have to read the prequel in order to understand the rest of the story.
This is a self-published book so there are a couple of errors, though I barely noticed them. God knows why J. R. Lallo wasn’t snapped up by a publishing house, perhaps he didn’t want to? If he was turned down, then shame on the publishing houses and their editors, they clearly haven’t recognized that Mr Lallo is a fantastic author and full of potential.
On to the book… this book is not about Deacon, it’s about Myranda (just like it says in the blurb -C.L). Deacon shows up a lot later in this first book, and then plays a larger role in the second and third book (Deacon is adorable and that’s all I’m saying -C.L.).
Myranda is the main female protagonist, she is a young girl who is caught in a war torn land. Orphaned and alone, she hates the war and wishes for peace so she is seen as a sympathizer and a bit of an outcast. She is a refreshing and modest character, keeping herself to herself, but constantly unlucky and always managing to find trouble. As she moves from town to town and tries to distance herself from people, she ends up in a frozen wasteland where she discovers a sword. A sword that brings along all sorts of problems.
Leo a protagonist or antagonist? You’re never really sure, and Leo? is that even his real name? This shady and mysterious character is a malthrope, part human/part fox, with a bloody and troubled past. Leo meets and ends up spending most of the story traveling with Myranda. He isn’t very nice most of the time and comes over very unsociable and grouchy. Their relationship is a bit of a weird one, but Myranda believes Leo is important, and can help to stop the war. However, Leo isn’t very keen on that idea. He’s a love-hate character, but he does prove to have some redeeming qualities.
Deacon is the main male protagonist, a lovable, magic nerd. He’s more of a reader than a fighter, but his study of the unpopular ‘grey’ magic proves to be more useful than anybody would have believed. He is the opposite of Myranda and prefers to sit on the sidelines rather than be directly involved in the chaos. He believes fate is quite simply something that happens, whereas Myranda has a more proactive approach and believes you can have some control over your fate.
Myn is a hilarious baby dragon that Myranda manages to adopt. (I won’t say more as it will spoil the story but she is wonderful! -C.L.)
The magic in this book centers around elemental magic, wind, fire, air, water and all of the magic that doesn’t really fit in any category, grey. J. R. Lallo describes and explains it all perfectly without it being tedious and over the top. The magic appeared to be very realistic and logical, not an easy thing to do when it comes to magic.
There is next to no romance in this first book, but a nice love story does develop in the next two books, even a slightly tragic love story develops in the third book. (I’m not saying anymore! -C.L.)
The Book of Deacon has all of the typical fantasy elements with a few unique extras for added fantasy oomph. It is definitely a surprising read, the reviews have been very mixed (like always -C.L.) but the overwhelming majority are positive. I enjoyed this one a lot, so much so that I did read book two and three. (There are more entertaining characters to come, I couldn’t stop laughing at some of the character’s antics -C.L.). Mr Lallo definitely knows how to write his characters. Their unusual friendships and more often than not, forced traveling companionship’s, really make this story what it is, and keeps the overall plot moving. This book is definitely worth a go since it is a free eBook, you are being warned though, this book ends on a cliffhanger and it will probably hook you so much that you will be desperate to buy the next two, just saying.
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘Spellbinding’, ‘transitions between character’s POV’s are silky smooth’, ‘a thumping good read‘, ‘pleasantly surprised‘, ‘the plot was great, ending was intriguing, and I totally fell in love with the characters‘, ‘a wonderful read‘, ‘engaging with intrigue, suspense, and a dabble of romance’, ‘The writing is smooth, lush, and professional‘, ‘totally fabulous‘, ‘well paced’, ‘It’s a page turner and a fascinating read‘, ‘The author brings his fantasy world to life‘, ‘Deacon is an adorable bumbling but brilliant guy you have to love‘, ‘The relationship between Myranda and her dragon is fantastically written‘, ‘I could not put this one down’, ‘very enjoyable‘, ‘Full of adventure and magic, wizards, warriors and the occasional dragon‘, ‘a pleasure to read‘, ‘Instant favorite‘, ‘great series’, ‘very interesting and enjoyable‘, ‘good flow and good characters’, ‘awesome’, ‘completely immersed in the characters and the setting‘, ‘delighted to find this new author’, ‘great, easy read’, ‘adored this book’, ‘excellent’, ‘both simple and complex‘, ‘Completely enthralling‘, ‘fun read’, ‘Mysterious and full of fantasy’, ‘nice writing style and the story flows really well‘, ‘A well balanced blend of narration delicately interposed with illuminating details regarding social structures, as well as a unique and imaginative mystic forces‘, ‘Lallo perfectly showcased what i believe to be proper wizardry‘, ‘engaging, interesting, clean, and well written‘.
The Bad: ‘boring, dialogue was lame‘, ‘terrible’, ‘The characters are flat, some of them seem pointless to the plot line altogether‘, ‘bizarre’, ‘there were no chapters‘, ‘parts of the book were rather confusing‘, ‘I didn’t think it was terrible, I wasn’t left feeling much of anything‘, ‘I do think the author could do with having another look over this one and tweaking a few things‘, ‘I some what enjoyed it, but not as much as other books’, ‘I feel like this book had potential, but it didn’t really follow through’, ‘This book could have been so much better if it had been seriously edited‘, ‘A flicker of potential obscured by poor editing, weak characterization, a lack of realism and agonizing pacing‘, ‘disappointing’, ‘just not really feeling it’, ‘slow read’, Wandered here, there and everywhere, to no particular end‘, ‘
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘A weak and stupid Mary Sue heroine and an absolutely unbelievable and idiotic world make this story pure torture for me.‘, ‘Looking out of the train window on the daily commute was more interesting‘.
The Unicorns: ‘I loved all the twists and turns and all the unanswered questions; the story is just full of so many great story elements’, ‘Once I started reading it I could not put it down. My sleep schedule is officially messed up because of The Book of Deacon Trilogy! (Staying up until 4 a.m reading)‘, ‘it is a beautifully written adventure novel with several breakneck twists and turns that will leave almost any reader gasping for air.’, ‘The best classical fantasy I’ve read this year.‘, ‘Pretty much everything I ever wanted in a fantasy story and then some. Looking forward to the next two!‘
This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To: Riddle in Stone book series by Robert Evert, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings.
Release date: 2nd February 2010
Age Range: 13+
Contains: Mild descriptions of violence.
About The Book: 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.
Where to Buy?
Amazon: Kindle Ed free, Paperback £7.76.
About the Author:
Joseph R. Lallo, though having written several novels, was slow to consider himself an author. Educated at NJIT, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, the world of Information Technology is where most of his bills were paid until Sept of 2014 when he finally became a full-time author. When not writing, he owns and operates BrainLazy.com along with two friends. There he posts random rants and editorials regarding the world of humor, entertainment, and technology. He made his home in Bayonne, NJ, where he had lived all of his life until the success of his books allowed him to buy a home in Colonia, NJ. His novels and short stories are available via Smashwords.com.
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.