The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo

Although this is the fifth book in this ever growing fantasy series, this is where the story truly begins.

In this book we follow the journey of a young woman, Myranda, as she gets all mixed up in the game between The Chosen and the D’Karon: and it’s quite a journey.

It’s also a bit of an info dump, in that this is where we learn, through Myranda’s journey, how magic works in this world.   But it’s not a tedious info dump, the info is blended seamlessly into the story and everything just flows along at a really good pace and you never get any down time.

And we also end up back at Entwell during this story and discover what became of our sweet little fairy Ayna, and also get to know a few more of the characters there: which is always good.   There’s even a cute little baby dragon, and we all like dragons, especially cute little baby ones.   Joseph always throws a cute little beasty thing into his stories and they do make for a lot of fun.

Final thoughts… This is my second reading of ‘The Book of Deacon Anthology’ and it’s actually better than i remember it.   It really is one of the best fantasy series out there IMHO.   If you like fantasy, or are fantasy curious, then this series is a great one to read.

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The Great Convergence – Joseph R. Lallo

And it’s onto the sixth book of this wonderful fantasy series.

Also available in ‘The Book of Deacon Anthology’.

Review to follow.

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All the Retros at the New Cotton Club – DeAnna Knippling

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Character Interview: Azriel – Joseph R. Lallo

A little extra to add onto your ‘Book of Deacon’ experience. Free to read online after you’ve read all the books because it apparently has some spoilers.

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The Jeeves Omnibus: Vol 2 – P. G. Wodehouse

Jeeves Takes Charge
The Artistic Career of Corky
Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg
The Aunt and the Sluggard
The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy
Without the Option
Fixing it for Freddie
Clustering Round Young Bingo
Bertie Changes His Mind
Right Ho, Jeeves
Joy in the Morning

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Prototype D – Jason D. Morrow

Good cover, good title, good reviews for an AI story — and we do like AI stories — and best of all, its free.   What’s not to like?

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The Rules of the Game – Joseph Lallo

Currently the fourth story in the ‘The Book of Deacon’ series.

When i first read ‘The Book of Deacon’ several years ago, this short story wasn’t available and the difference is very noticeable when you go straight into ‘The Book of Deacon’ from this short: it’s a much better beginning.   So, IMHO, a must read for anyone before starting ‘The Book of Deacon’.

As with ‘The Rise of the Red Shadow’ this story also tells us of one of the ‘Chosen’ prior to the events in the main story.   It also does dragons really well, and any book that does dragons really well is a great book.   We liked this one very much.

There are two ways i know to get a copy, one is to sign up to Joseph’s newsletter and you’ll get it for free, the other is by buying the ‘Lone Wolf Anthology’.

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Entwell Origins: Ayna – Joseph R. Lallo

A little novella about a fairy named Ayna set in ‘The Book of Deacon’ series.

It covers a few aspects of Entwell that aren’t dealt with in the main story: like how fairies are captured and used as compasses to guide people through ‘The Cave of the Beast’.   Mostly, it does this through a young fairy named Ayna who has different ideas on what a fairy should aspire to once they reach Entwell.

I read the copy in ‘The Book of Deacon Anthology’ and while it’s a nice little story i felt this had a few too many typos which become detracting at times.   Maybe someone needs to go back and correct all these little annoying errors and put out an update.   But, for now, it’s still worth a read to add a bit more to ones knowledge of Entwell and its inhabitants.

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Seeking the Shadow – Joseph R. Lallo

This little short follows on directly after ‘The Rise of the Red Shadow’.   Someone is hunting Lain — again — and is closing in rapidly.

A really good little short.   Not really necessary to enjoy the main series, but absolutely essential if you enjoy the main series.

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