Review of Joseph Lallo’s The Book of Deacon

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Book Blurb: 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.

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: Five Stars – Highly Recommended

Similar Authors: Terry Brooks, David Eddings

Review: When I picked up this book for free on the kindle, I was mainly just hoping for a quick epic fantasy read. I was looking for a strong female lead with compelling side characters. I was also hoping for a magic system that kept me interested and a world built to spark the imagination. This book easily delivered on all of that. On a second read (after what looks like a good edit on the author’s part), I have to say that I still liked it enough to give it five stars.

I’m not trying to say that this book is perfect. There are times where the dialogue didn’t work so well and others where the main character was a little too good at magic considering her background. But overall, I was tapping the next page button until I ran out of pages and had to immediately get the sequel.

Myranda was an interesting character. She is an orphan as so many epic fantasy protagonists tend to be, but that wasn’t her defining characteristic. Her personal beliefs and her willingness to suffer for them sets her apart from other protagonists, and you watch as that strength of conviction helps her navigate the journey she finds herself on. Her interaction with others pulls you in to her story, and I did end up feeling her struggle and wanting her to succeed.

The side characters were great. I enjoyed the gray nature of the malthrope (half man/half fox) character whose loyalties are a perpetual mystery. You can see the effect of his time with Myranda as the character develops throughout the book. Myranda’s dragon, Myn, really saved this book in some places. The relationship between Myranda and her dragon is fantastically written. Deacon is also a wonderful character. You really feel for him quickly, and it helps the slower paced period of Myranda’s training.

This book was a grand adventure, and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

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