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The Battle of Verril (The Book of Deacon) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Lallo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this, the finale of the Book of Deacon Trilogy, Myranda and the Chosen face their greatest challenges yet. Time is running out, and the Generals are growing desperate. Through victory and defeat, reunion and betrayal, neither the heroes nor their foes will rest until they have seen their task through to the end. The only question is, will it be the end of a war, or the end of times?

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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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  • Print Length: 322 pages
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  • Language: English
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting ending, great series! May 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Now for my final review of the trilogy (I'll try Jade next, but figured I should review this while it's still fresh...)

Excellent classic end to a series. I got the first book as a free download - I'm a confirmed addict of free Kindle books. However, the first was engrossing enough that I immediately went and purchased the other two books in the series. I would have paid more, too, but the price was great. So, for $6, I've got a trilogy that I can easily see myself reading over and over.

I loved the way the story ended. As any good epic story does, there were red herrings everywhere, scattered throughout all three books. Things that seemed to be simply throwaway references/characters/situations, etc. ended up being vital to the story. Others that I was convinced were game changing players (no spoilers, but if you've read the books, you'll know who I mean) so much.

Now I need to read the series again so I can see the story from the perspective of knowing how things end, and enjoy the details better.

Also, I need to make sure I recommend this book to all the fantasy readers I know!

The only complaint I have is the same one I've had for all three books. Need to get a better proof-reader, or at least a fresh set of eyes. Heck, since I'm planning on re-reading the books again, let me know if there's a way I can mark it up for you :) There's usage issues, apostrophe issues, and name issues (referring to the wrong name, difficulty understanding which character is being discussed). For such a well written story, it's a shame that there's little picky details that distract from reading.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of action May 13, 2012
By Bimmy
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OK. After reading the first two books I HAD to read the last to see what happened. Several pages in I only read it because I was too commited not to at this point. The pacing was way to much. There has to be some ebb and flow and there just wasn't any. Action, action, action, battle, battle, battle. The romance between Deacon and Myranda was flat. It could have been so good. This trilogy could have been split up into 4 or 5 books with more attention given to developing the characters and their relationships and It would have been and epic classic. New ideas and a great world building but the last book just didn't deliver for me. To much action, too little romance and relationship/character building.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many battles and 'deus ex machina's October 7, 2013
By Bas
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Interesting setting, but too many fights and all end by some form of miraculous saving.

The first book sets expectations that the second and third can't live up to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good editor May 3, 2013
By Erin C.
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes, I was eager to read more books by this author. Normally I don't like science fiction, but I really enjoyed these books. They were well written, with few typos, and had great characters. There was a good balance to the exposition and the action scenes, and it kept me very entertained. Having said that, it's very obvious that this is his debut trilogy, and his writing skill REALLY improved between this work and Bypass Gemini. I cannot rave enough about how much better those books are. It makes me excited about reading future works from him, because he can only improve from here.

There was a lot of potential in this story, but I stopped reading it about 33% of the way in. I struggled through the first two books, but this one really disappointed me, enough that I had to put it down. There were too many typos/wrong word choices (I can only ignore so many), there was a LOT of passive voice, which annoys the spit out of me, and I never warmed up to Ivy. She was more annoying than the passive voice. Lain went from fascinating to Lame in the second book, and then even further downhill from there in this book. Ether could have been interesting, but her crush on Lain just made her kind of pathetic. Myranda does get better in this book from the second one, however, and Deacon was always my favorite. This could have been so much better if the editing had been tighter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars so much potential so little editing December 31, 2012
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The concept was great. The plot was interesting. The writing was awful. I hope the author finds a good editor for his next work. There is much to be said for economy of words and logic checks. The author seems to write himself into a corner and has some logic problems. These technical issues distract from story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea...but not very good writing March 21, 2012
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The series started very good, the first book really caught my attention, and really immerse me in the story line, was the second and third books where the story got sloppy. Too many details, and description of scenes where very long and boring. The characters where not very likeable, besides Myranda, all the other characters seem to never mature or develop along with the story. There was a lot o loose ends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Series and a Thumping Good Read May 9, 2012
By Melinda
Format:Kindle Edition
What a way to end a series! So much better than Jordan. So much better than virtually everyone. By this time you are so bonded with the characters and their goals that you are straining right along with them to win each and every battle, to kill each and every villain, to attain each goal, to escape each prison, to meet each challenge and to learn each scrap of information that will help them fight the good fight.

Now that the Great Convergence has happened, we have our divinely picked five Chosen. There is Lain the malthrope assassin, who is a master of blades and killing. There is Ether the mystic one, shapeshifter and immortal born of the gods. There is Myranda, wizard master and healer. Myn, a dragon twisted by the D'karon after she died, but healed by Myranda. And last but not least Ivy, great with weapons, with a powerful aura,once a creature of General Dement , artistic prodigy. And then there is Deacon, while he is not Chosen, he should have been. He chooses love for Myranda and duty to the world over home and family to help stop the war and little does he know it, but it is far more than war that needs stopping. He is so helpful with his grey magic that they couldn't have done it without him.

The five Chosen work as a team - melding their skills, battling the five Generals and their nearmen, dragoyles and mutant beasts. At one point, four of the Chosen are betrayed by Lain's business partner Desmeres and locked away separately for torture. To find out what happens read the book, in fact, read all three in order, they are simply a treat for the mind.

Out of all the quest fantasy that I've read over the years this has to rank up in the top five - and believe me, I've read a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good trilogy
It was a fairly interesting trilogy, not that I would classify it as truly among the best I have read, but I would say it was more than enough to keep my interests. Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. B. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars classic fantasy
I read all three in this trilogy and as a lifelong lover of this genre, I would recommend this to anyone who also loves it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Marie Mulkey
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I read the whole series a long time ago but know I loved them or wouldn't have purchased, read & gave them this rating on my kindle!
Published 19 days ago by Andrea Burdick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to the last drop!!
I think this was the most action packed of the trilogy! The author did an excellent drawing a picture of the finale of the prophecy! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mz Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
I loved each of the books in this series. The characters were interesting and thoroughly developed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cheryl Giordano
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
When I started to read this book, I could not put it down until I finish reading it. GReat reading material.
Published 22 days ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
1 of the better book series that I have read. really enjoyed it wood like to read about what happens next maybe in a short story
Published 25 days ago by james pfister
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts
Although this is a fulfilling conclusion to the trilogy, it seems to go constantly from battle to battle with less of the character development I really appreciated in the first... Read more
Published 27 days ago by R Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars The battle of verril
Thank you, it was a great end to the story. I have enjoyed all three of the books.
Good story, great characters (good and bad), exciting pace. Well worth reading.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis G. Rovsek
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good
I really enjoyed the "Book of Deacon" series. I recommend them for teens or adults. They were fun, light reading.
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More About the Author

A native of Bayonne, NJ - the fabled birthplace of George R. R. Martin - Joseph Lallo is an unlikely entry into the world of literature. After a childhood spent daydreaming and reading, he fully intended to pursue a career in the tech sector. He received a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from NJIT, and subsequently got a job working IT for a large healthcare corporation. Things changed when, in January 2010, his friends finally convinced him to publish the story that had accumulated over the course of a decade of spare time. That story, now known as the Book of Deacon Trilogy, was a surprise hit, and once he got a taste of the world of indie writing, he was hooked. Now he splits his time between crunching numbers at his day job, writing novels at night, and writing articles and reviews for, a group blog he helps run. His latest novels are Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes, the first two books of a science fiction series.

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