Bonus Monday Book Review: Book of Deacon


The Book of Deacon (The Book of Deacon series 1) [Kindle Edition]

by: Joseph Lallo

Book Description
January 28, 2010 12 – 18 6 – 12
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.
My Take:

Exceptionally well-written Sci-Fantasy

If you’ve read my previous book reviews, science fantasy isn’t my favorite genre. Most writers of the section go over-the-top in realms that are too unrealistic. Or there are super-strong, super-smart, superiority complexes and the list goes on.  What Lallo does is create a fantasy realm that is well within reason-talking animal/human hybrids, magic and war are believable in this tome. Even though this series is geared towards secondary school, adults will also enjoy the storytelling.

The world he creates you can visualize as you read-the harsh, snow and ice covered plains, the dilapidated, crushed, war torn towns, villagers in rags, stealing food. It’s all very realistic as we meet the protagonist, Myranda. Myranda must go through trials, tribulations and threats to find out who she is, a great metaphor for kids and adults alike on actions and consequences.

Loved the mix of adventure, magic and a school of magic, the friendships Lallo creates between humans and human/animal hybrids. Of course there is duplicity, as in real life, and Myranda must live through betrayal and friendship, as we all must.  I give 5 stars.

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