Author: Joseph Lallo
Title: The Book Of Deacon
Genre: Fantasy Series (epic)
‘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.’
Well I can honestly say this is one of those occasions in which I know that without my Kindle I would never have found this gem of a book. Never! Just because I’m so slowly expanding my library of authors I don’t know that I would have taken me ages to find Joseph Lallo.
But…! But this book was going for £0 over Christmas (I believe it may still be, actually) and it was part of my buy-a-shit-load-until-the-novelty-wears-off drive. So I picked it up. One of those ones that took me ages to read, but then when I did, I couldn’t put the damn kindle down. It was glued to my hand for about three days, much to the amusement of the folk at work.
Myranda’s tale is one that starts gently with her on the run. You’re not sure why, but when she meets a kindly soul who helps her out in a tough spot we slowly begin to learn a bit about her and the world that she lives in. The world in perpetual war and the fact that she has no place in it because she has no time or love for war. The war has taken too much from her and there is no getting it back.
But finding the left over belongings of a fallen soldier, not only saves her from a night alone in the blistering cold, it also sets on a journey to find deeply hidden secrets about herself and the world she lives in.
Unlike many female leads in fantasy books I warmed to Myranda straight away. She did a couple of silly things, but nothing that immediately got my back up and made me peg for her a silly bimbo who should not have been left alone. She’s resourceful and intelligent and the backup cast of characters that eventually come into play compliment her fabulously.
The book is brilliantly written, neatly paced, forcing you to keep turning pages just to see what is coming up next, for the simple fact that you won’t enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep until you do – or that might just be me.