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The Book of Deacon

(The Book of Deacon #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,444 ratings  ·  710 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
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
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
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
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, fantasy
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Miranda Lydia
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
Cherry (_forevermint)
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dave Neuendorf
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review will apply to all three in the series.

The quality of writing is about average for an Indie author. There are not enough grammatical errors to distract significantly from the story, but I did find myself frequently correcting things as I read.

There are several interesting characters that are fleshed out over the course of the three books. Myranda and Deacon were the most sympathetic for me. The interactions among Ivy, Myn, and the elemental were interesting and entertaining. The bad
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!

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

* Lacking solid
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of the best (if not the best) free fantasy book (Amazon).
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Carroll
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent book for fantasy lovers

Good book a little slow at first, but perfect for anyone who lives fantasy, dragons, battles, and witches! The characters development is well done!
Jim Wilbourne
The Book of Deacon is Joseph R. Lallo's debut fantasy novel. I hadn't read anything from him before, and I grabbed this novel because it was discounted (I believe it's currently free).

The Book of Deacon follows Myranda Celeste—a young woman driven into a life of isolation due to a society intolerant of her objection a long-running war between the northern and southern regions of her world. This High Fantasy novel delivers on many of the expectations of the genre. The protagonist, Myranda, is
Joan Tsaprali
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was a good book but I did not enjoyed it that much... Don't know if I am going to read the next in the series...
Douglas Cook
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
Leslie Stahl
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivating and Breathtaking

I'm not going to give a rehash of the plot in this review. There are enough reviewers who have done that. Instead, I will explain, to the best of my ability, why I gave this book five stars.

I don't usually care for fantasy as much as I do hard science fiction. However, the world that the author has created is so captivating and fully formed that I became totally immersed within the first few pages. This is well and truly a fantasy book, and this first installment was
Brian Foster
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
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[This is an older review I'm just now adding to GR. I had noticed this was still on my "planning to read" shelf even though I'd already read it.]

Myranda is alone, the last surviving member of her village, and a pacifist in a world that seems bent on rejecting peace. In the Northern Alliance, her home, speaking out against the Perpetual War can get a person ostracized or worse. Myranda finds herself constantly on the move, and it is during her aimless travels that she comes across a dead soldier
Linda Nelson
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
M.L. Chesley
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, maps
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
Melissa Martin-Shaw
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
Ryan Mueller
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, I thought this was solid. I was interested in the story for the most part, and I see potential for the series to develop into something very good. However, I felt this one suffered from a few too many slow parts, as well as a main character who happened to be great at just about everything. It felt like things came too easily for her, which detracted from the story for me.

Lallo also had a strange way of structuring dialogue where he'd have a long chunk of dialogue and put the dialogue
Jay Dee Archer
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010s, fantasy, ebooks
It took me a long time to read this book, but then, I was reading it only a bit at a time during my commute. It was a book with a wildly changing pace, a mix of interesting and flat characters, and a remarkable lack of contractions. But I still enjoyed it. Here's my full review:
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