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The Book of Deacon (The Book of Deacon #1)

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,081 ratings  ·  465 reviews
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 ...more
Nook, 323 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published January 28th 2010)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this is the second fantasy I've rated the "dreaded" three(3) stars in a row.

The three star rating is one that on it's own probably doesn't help much when someone wants a recommendation. I try to give few 5 star ratings. If a book gets a 5 from me it's either on or almost on my favorites list. That means a 4 star rating goes to some excellent books. Good books that I enjoy a lot get a 4 and books that are verging being disliked get a 2. Of course a 1 is reserved for books I truly dislike-h
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Pen-rye-n
I plodded through the beginning of this book, bored to tears at times, fighting the urge to compulsively pound the NEXT button on my Kindle, only to end up spellbound once the story took off. There's magic! And dragons! And fairies! And mermaids! And some weird fox man, whose name MAY or MAY NOT be Lain, or it could be something else, and REALLY WHAT IS HIS DEAL? And Deacon, oh Deacon, never change. Go on with your nerdy self.

I fought sometimes with Myranda, the main character who may or may no
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K
Genre: fantastical. Orphan and sword.
Wizard in tower and hundred-year war.
Underground fighters, utopian school.
Evil kings, ghost soldiers, dragons (so kewl!)
Daring escapes in the depths of the night.
Mermaid and fairy and fox-man, unite!
Pop-up protagonist, no show - just tell.
Action on action, until the falls swell.
Then it's a case of 'Myranda Sublime' -
She bests the masters in just 4 months' time!


Overall, entertaining.

However, like many self-published works (including the above), I found it to
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Jacob Proffitt
This book is mildly bad. Unfortunately, it is mildly bad in a whole lot of ways and there isn't anything offsetting the mildly bad to make me want to proceed past the 35% I managed. Myranda is a limp noodle drifting from place to place and activity to activity with little motivation and less sense. Some of this is the fault of poor writing (seriously, only in bad comedies does someone drop their only weapon when their foe shrieks at them) and some of it is that the character is designed to be a ...more
Miranda Barnett
This novel was a huge disappointment. The plot was intriguing and the first half or so of the book maintained my attention. However, the book quickly devolved into something that I couldn't wait to finish because I was tired of the problems I found with it. Let me provide some constructive criticism for the author in the hopes that he will improve for future endeavors.

First of all, there were no chapters. The novel was divided up into sections that were marked off by hashtags. Where I may see t
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Adrenna
I struggled between three and two stars. I settled on two because, although I didn't think it was terrible, I wasn't left feeling much of anything.

First of all, this is a solid effort and I applaud that. The writing is competent, the characters are serviceable, and the setting is interesting. Perhaps the biggest problem I felt this book suffered from is its tendency to meander. For far too long, the book featured Myranda, our main character, wandering from place to place without a particularly p
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Cherry
Wow, just wow. I didn't really have any expectations about this book except that I hope the heroine is as cool as she looks she is. And she truly was amazing albeit incredibly stubborn. I can't believe she's been living the life of a nomad in such frigid and dangerous weathers; I felt sympathy for her when she met Leo and didn't want to part ways. Now, Leo is definitely an intriguing character, a hooded figure in the corner of a bar approaching you and saving the day? It almost seems as if he wa ...more
Melinda
To say that this book was not what I expected from the reviews is an understatemant. Like most epic fantasy, this is a coming of age tale - but that's where it's turned on it's head. Myranda, our heroine is a pacifist who just wants the war to end. She feels the unfortunate loss of humanity on both sides of the war, and if she could figure out any way to speed both sides to peace negotiations, she would do it. But, she is only a girl and an outcast for not fighting on the side of the Northern Al ...more
MamaCache
I'll start by saying that I wish I could give a half-star rating; three doesn't seem like enough but four is too many.

Three stars: Stilted dialogue, word ommisions, incorrect word forms (alter/altar, shutter/shudder) and occasionally awkward phrasing. This usually is enough for me to dump a book before it's finished. No chapter breaks, though perhaps that's unique to the e-book format. I also didn't connect with the main character; someone who drifts through life with one over-riding conviction,
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Stephanie
While I enjoyed this book and may eventually pick up the next one, there were enough problems to keep me from truly getting hooked. In particular, the characters' motivations weren't always clear, and they were often clumsily characterized. The dialog often felt stilted, and I found that I often enjoyed myself more when the characters weren't talking!

Pros:
* Likable, if flat, characters
* Interesting magic system
* World I want to explore more
* I want to know what happens next!

Cons:
* Lacking solid
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Melissa  (lissaaniela)
I'm quite partial to a plotless book now and again but not when it comes to fantasy.

The story starts out quite promising. There's a lot of hooks in the beginning but they don't seem to go anywhere and if they do (by mere millimetres) it's pointless. The main character Myranda doesn't develop, there is no point to any of her actions and I don't get the side story with the elf woman weaved into it. There is no turning point, reason to do something or any point to this story. I think I would have
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Ron
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 thr
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Kelly
I feel a bit mean only giving this 2 stars, but I finished this book yesterday and still can't decide whether or not I liked it. There are flashes of what promises to be an engaging story and writing style, just persistent enough to keep you going, but I also had some real problems with it.

When I read a really good book, I forget I'm reading - the fourth wall is gone and I'm *in* the book. There are a few reasons why I had difficulty feeling that with The Book of Deacon.

1) The author might want
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Bev
This is by I think a self published or new author (sure someone will set me straight on that) and it was free on kindle so I was not expecting much.

It is a story about two warring nations and a very long war which is killing off said nations. The main character is Myranda. She is a young woman who has lost her family and hates the war so is known as a sympathiser. Hence she travels constantly and obviously gets into trouble. She is a likeable character if not the deepest. On her travels she meet
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Douglas Cook
Took a chance on this first of a trilogy. Was pleasantly surprised at its depth and breadth. Couldn't put it down and immediately bought book 2 and 3. I enjoyed watching the protagonist Myranda grow through the book.

first sentences
The end of the fall had only just come, and already the air could chill one to the bone. Of course, this far north, one could seldom expect anything else. It was not the cold that bothered her, though. She'd dealt with that all of her life. Pulling the tattered remnant
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John Carroll
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 nervewracked 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 critisms are the lack of chapters, which makes finding my place har
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Faye
I loved this book. The plot was great, ending was intriguing, and I totally fell in love with the characters. It was a little flat while she was in training, but the novel was still really good. I wasn't sure what to expect considering it was self-published, but I am totally impressed. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Book of Deacon Trilogy. I read some of the other reviews who said there were editing mistakes and there might have been, but it did not interrupt the story for me.
Batsheva
Free Kindle Download. Only 50% completed before stopping. It was boring, dialogue was lame (all characters sound alike!), and the only redeeming feature (aside from being free) was a cute baby dragon sidekick.
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
Well.... what to say... this story was obviously 'written' by deacon. I like the idea of a fictional character telling us the story of what happened. and the story could of been great, except i couldn't connect with our main character. She's not very bright and annoyingly-stubbornly-naive which constantly makes me wanna bonk this book over her head. After finishing this book I don't think I'm the only one feeling like that, lol. Plus the be amazing at everything gets really old really quickly. N ...more
M.L. Chesley
I've said it before and I will say it again... I'm a sucker for fantasy. I liked this book. Joseph Lallo has a nice writing style and the story flows really well. I do have to admit, I saw a lot of typos, grammatical errors and repetitiveness. Those are probably the worst comments you'll see from me about this book. However, these are critiquing comments.

The story of Myranda and her faithful reptilian companion is a very good one. It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next
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Megan
This book had good and bad points.

The good:
I liked the beginning story and the lore of the world. Her coming upon the sword was interesting. Liked most everything after she meets Myn and before she gets to the village. I even liked the wise old wizard. I also thought Myranda was a good character at first...until she gets to the village. I loved Deacon.

The bad:
Before she meets Myn was kind of boring and weird:
-The storyline of Trigorah and all those involved in that whole deal...there was no
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Matt Schiariti
This is one of the first kindle books I downloaded when I got it last year. The premise sounded interesting and I admit, it was free so I pulled the trigger. A few months later I finally got to read it.

The Book of Deacon is a pretty hefty novel. As there were no page numbers on the kindle file (I've found that a lot with cheaper and free ebooks) I'm not sure how long but I would estimate it at over 500 pages.

This is very much an origin story. In fact, it's too much of an origin story.

Myranda is
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Linda Nelson
Nov 04, 2011 Linda Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
The Book of Deacon is a good book indeed.
I really enjoyed this tale. It is quite long but well worth the read. Joseph Lallo has a really unique way of telling a story. Those who love fantasy will really enjoy this story as well.
I could tell you the details about this story but I refuse to give any spoilers. Instead I will only quote the author by telling you the given synopsis describing the book.
"Product Description
Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orp
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Brian W.
In Book of Deacon, Joseph Lallo tells the story of Myranda, a vagabond sentenced to a life of loneliness because of her views against a war that everyone else fully supports.

Why to buy this book: The story is coherent and readable. By the end, the author manages to make you care, at least somewhat, about what happens to the characters.

Why not to buy the book: I downloaded this book because I read and enjoyed another novel produced by this author. This appears to be his first effort, and, wow, is
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Opal
Myranda is a character that’s easy to like. She’s struggling to survive in the frozen North and she has surprising compassion and resilience. She also has amazing potential that she discovers throughout the book. She meets all manner of different people and her interactions with them reinforced my positive feelings for her.

The book is set against a fascinating landscape of snow and ice. Seeing Myranda’s struggles against the elements is another glimpse into her character.

Myranda wasn’t the only
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Caitlin
I got a kindle for Christmas and I noticed this book was free on amazon, so I went ahead and downloaded it. 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)

Anyway, if you're looking for a new fantasy book to read that doesn't involve a vampire or a werewolf- and that is actually good- READ THIS! I usually don't review books because I never know what to say about them without spoil
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Jenna
When I spot free books on my nook, I'm not expecting much but I was greatly surprised by this book. The faults:It is lacking an intensity and urgency on the antagonist side of things though. I don't really see a definite villain to our hero. This is a trilogy though, so I might find it in the next one. Also, the lack of actual chapter breaks is a little annoying. It makes it feel like the story is being told all in one breath.The good stuff:The characters are what carries this book. I was sucked ...more
Nichole
Mar 20, 2012 Nichole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy genre readers
Like many other reviewers, I found the first portion fairly slow and at times, difficult to get through. As it progressed, it picked up intensity then dropped off again over and over again and it felt a bit jumpy. However, about half way through it really starts pulling together, I think. There were twists and riddles that can sometimes throw a person off, which is good! Definitely a fantasy genre. It doesn't start off as strongly but it's most certainly a magical users world. I'm actually most ...more
Vicii
I think this book is more than a 3 star book, probably a 3.5 star book but this is what I'm giving it. I read this in 3 or 4 days which is pretty quick for me, and I just wanted to keep reading it, so why did I not give it 4 stars?

The truth is, that although I really loved the book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series, there were just a few faults with the flow of the book that niggles me. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to articulate this very eloquently at all but I'll try.

I l
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Cor
A weak and stupid Mary Sue heroine and an absolutely unbelievable and idiotic world make this story pure torture for me.
It is impossible too identify with Myranda Celeste because she is like Mother Theresa in her beliefs only that she is a child. She forgives everyone and wishes peace for everyone everywhere but is unwilling to do anything about it.
The world and its century old war is simply terrible explained. Just look at the 100 year with of England versus France. Endless fighting for such a
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