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Had potential, but I had some concerns...2 1/2 to 3 Stars
on October 5, 2011
"The Book of Deacon" is the first of a fantasy adventure trilogy by author Joseph Lallo. This is Kindle book that is a 586 Kb download and was free from Amazon.com at the time of writing this review.
On a foreign land, the Perpetual War has raged on and on for 150 years between an alliance of three smaller northern countries and larger, stronger country (Tresson) of the south.
Myranda, our heroine, is against this ongoing war (an opinion contrary to the popular positive feelings towards the war by the majority of the populace). Shunned as an outcast for her beliefs, she stumbles across a magical sword and soon after meets a person by the name of Leo (Lain). Unbeknownst to her, these two seemingly unrelated events will change her life forever.
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1.) the idea for the overall plot was intriguing.
2.) initially well written with an engaging style.
3.) interesting and intriguing cover art.
1.) nearly all (with only the rare exception) of this story is told from Myranda's POV. This was initially ok, but I found I grew tired of her character after a while...I began to look forward to the occasional but brief encounters with her main adversary, General Trigorah Teloran.
2.) *spoiler*...the latter third of this book got really bogged down with Myranda's studying the main elements of magic (fire, earth, air and water) from the Masters. Myranda's brilliance was beyond doubt and she'd pass all her tests with the highest results ever. Unfortunately, while the outcome was never in question from the beginning, this section took up almost the latter third of the book, while dragging out the obvious.
3.) *spoiler*...areas of questionable realism/believability. For example, early on Myranda is gravely wounded and is rescued by two resistance fighters. They don't have the skill to heal her so they send her to a wizard that can...now get this...they send her, gravely ill, ALONE and WALKING on a five day journey to the wizard's place...simply unbelievable. You know it's hard garner any strong feelings for a story when the author puts in something like that. There were other things as well, but maybe not as prominent as this incident.
4.) no map...a story geographically diverse enough to warrant one.
I liked the overall idea for the story...the beginning captivated and held my interest completely. However, as the story focused so intently and continually on Myranda, I started to become bored and even a little annoyed at times with her character.
A little more time and development of Deacon's, Lain's or Teloran's story/character might have given the reader a welcome break from the ongoing continuing saga of Myranda.
And as mentioned above in 2.) the outcome was so obvious, that the last part of the book was, in many areas, easily skimmable.
Despite an enticing ending for this book, I'm not sure I could take another book so dedicated to just one individual (at least not this one).
Could I recommend this book...with some reservation, yes...it did have some good moments, especially early on.
As it is 2 1/2 to 3 Stars.