These are the novels and short stories that I’ve put together so far. All of them are currently for sale via Smashwords (and through them, virtually everywhere else) and separately through Amazon. There are no print editions, but I’m not ruling out some sort of print release if there seems to be interest in it.

At the moment, with the exception of book 1 of the trilogy, all of my work is edited exclusively by myself and a small network of friends, so you may have found errors of various sorts. If you find any, feel free to contact me at jrlallo (at) bookofdeacon (dot) com. I will try to fix them and push out a new edition ASAP.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE READING ORDER: It is important to note that the recommended reading order of the books in the Book of Deacon setting is not the same as the order in which they were released. The order of the trilogy is clearly indicated by the descriptions, but Jade, despite being published second, is actually best read after the trilogy is finished. (Its date of publication primarily hinges on the fact I initially thought the trilogy would be a dud because of its length, so I wanted to test something shorter.) Thus, the recommended reading order is as follows.

The Book of Deacon -> The Great Convergence -> The Battle of Verril -> Jade.

Now, without further ado, my books!

The Trilogy

The core of the series is the Book of Deacon Trilogy.

The Book of Deacon

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Audio book available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes

ISBN: 9781452402604

The tale of Myranda Celeste, a young woman orphaned by a century long war, and her chance discovery of a fallen soldier’s priceless cargo. The find will change her life, sending her on an adventure of soldiers and rebels, wizards and warriors, and beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step will bring her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

The Great Convergence

(The Book of Deacon Book 2)

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Audio book available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes

ISBN: 9781458095299

The second in the Book of Deacon series, The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

The Battle of Verril

(The Book of Deacon Book 3)

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Audio book available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes

ISBN: 9781458186782

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?

The Sidequests

Set in the same universe, the Sidequests are short tales featuring supporting characters and their adventures. Some will tie in with the main stories, others will stand alone, and still others will serve as a bridge.


Available on Amazon, the iBookstore, or Smashwords

Audio Book on Amazon, Audible, or iTunes.

ISBN: 9781452373201

This short novel, set in the same world as The Book of Deacon, follows the blessed and cursed life of Jade Rinton. Stripped of her family and kept in a tall tower by a fierce dragon due to the scheming of a mysterious stranger, Jade seems to be living in a twisted fairy tale. She soon learns, though, that fate has its own ideas of who should play each part, and that family is where you find it.

The Rise of the Red Shadow


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Before he was a legendary assassin and mythic hero, the creature known as Lain was just a simple malthrope, frightened and alone. The Rise of the Red Shadow tells the story of his tragic youth, beginning with his days on a plantation in Tressor and following him through the painful tragedies and thrilling trials that would one day lead him to greatness in the pages of The Book of Deacon.

Other Works

These are other works of mine, unrelated to the Book of Deacon Universe.

Bypass Gemini

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ISBN: 9781458091062

In a distant future, Trevor “Lex” Alexander was shaping up to be the next great race pilot until a fixed race got him banned from the sport. Reduced to making freelance deliveries, he thinks his life can’t get any worse. That’s when a package manages to get him mixed up with mobsters, a megacorp, and a mad scientist. Now his life depends on learning what their plans are, and how he can stop them.

Unstable Prototypes

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ISBN: 9781466191341

Eight months have passed since the Bypass Gemini incident, and Karter Dee – a brilliant inventor and dangerous sociopath – has been kidnapped by group of desperate extremists. To prevent the group responsible from unleashing Karter’s lethal ingenuity, the inventor’s quirky AI “Ma” convinces ex-Racer “Lex” Alexander to help assemble a team of former allies in order to mount a rescue.


  • Maggie

    I really loved the Book of Deacon Trilogy. I never thought I would like a book that was of that nature with the mythical creatures and what not but it was great. I bought Jade on my Kindle and it was neat seeing how a few of the characters in the Book of Deacon series were mentioned. Keep on keeping on, because I love and need more of your work featuring Myranda and the gang!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. I am happy you liked the trilogy, and Jade too! I’ll do my best to continue the story of Myranda and the others. It is just a matter of finding the time. Thanks for commenting!

  • Trey

    I found “The Book of Deacon” as a free iBook on my iPod. I just completed it, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next two. The way you explained magic was excellent, and I really enjoyed the world you created.

    You could really use an editor, not to change your story or content, but there were several grammatical mistakes that I came across–like words missing, or phrases typed twice, etc. It was really simple stuff to correct, and it is obvious what you meant to type. If you are interested, I could record any errors like that that I find when I read the other two books and send them to you. I don’t know if it is too late.

    This is a really good book, and I am surprised that it is not published.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for checking out my book! I’m glad you liked it. I know all too well how error-filled the books are. I’ve been doing manual revisions to the best of my ability, and a few weeks ago The Book of Deacon became the first of my books to receive a professional edit. Hopefully the version you got your hands on was prior to the edit going live.

    While the other books will eventually get the professional treatment, too, I’m always grateful for any help my readers might provide. Feel free to keep track of any errors you find and send them to me, if you like. I’ll make corrections in the master file and push replacements in time.

  • robert duby

    *** Spoilers ***
    mr.lallo i just read the book of deacon trilogy and just finished jade i love how you tied the two together and gave the new born baby myns name and that eipidem was back i would like to recomend the books the seven realms seirs and the warrior widard and dragon heir to give you more insaration i would love to read some more of your books and that might give you some insparation please reply with your thoughts to me at [DELETED] or look me up on face book as robert duby

  • Steve Nabulivou

    Hey – Just finished reading the first two novels of your trilogy, great stuff. Don’t know how u manage to hold down a fulltime job and keep pushing out the good stuff, keep it coming. I shall buy the Battle of Verril next week, trying to concentrate at the moment on my own first novel – 16,000 words down 60,000 or so to go. Wondering how they wrote books before the laptop and instant coffee were invented.

    All the best mate.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks for commenting. Glad you are liking the Trilogy so far. To be fair, most of the trilogy was written before I got my current job, with only the typing and revising to be done once I was working full time. Good luck on your own novel. If you ever want to discuss it, go ahead and shoot me an email. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I’ve learned a thing or two about the process. Thanks again!

  • Melissa


    As an extremely busy working mother of a toddler much like the previous posters, it is rare for me to have much time for myself. This means that reading which I love, is sadly put on the back burner. However, after downloading The Book of Deacon for free from itunes, I could barely put my ipad down to stop reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, all the characters were fantastically developed. I found myself loathing or loving certain characters as much as Myranda. I am about to do something I very rarely do, and that is
    to actually pay for a book from itunes….not only one book but likely all of them.

    Thank you so much for your incredible story, it has been quite some time since a book has captured my attention enough for me to hate putting it down.

    I do hope that you continue with your writing and I look foward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Melissa. As always, I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to both read my book and comment. It is always wonderful to hear that someone has thoroughly enjoyed my writing. With any luck, you won’t find yourself regretting your rare purchase. Though I don’t have an iPad, iPhone, etc, a friend of mine has been nice enough to check occasionally, and he assures me that I’m very well rated in the iBookstore. Thank you for your support, and I hope to continue writing these stories for a long, long time.

  • Melissa

    Hey Joseph,

    I purchased the StoryBundle awhile ago and read through Michael Kayatta’s books and then proceeded on to your books.

    I do admit it took me quite awhile to get into Bypass Gemini, I kept putting the book aside and doing other things, it wasn’t as easy to get into as your Book of Deacon series.

    However, after several chapters, the book started to suck me in, and I ended up quickly reading through the rest of the book. Afterward, I eagerly started Unstable Prototypes (great title)

    *********possible spoiler**********

    …..and very aptly named. 🙂

    ****end possible spoiler******

    Thanks again for a great read, and I look forward to any sequels you may write for this, and of course, The Book of Deacon. 🙂


  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks Melissa! I really appreciate you picking up the bundle, on behalf of myself and the other authors. It seems like Chapter 7 is the magic chapter for a lot of people. (Basically when Karter and Ma show up.) I’m glad you eventually got into it! As always I’ll do my best to keep things rolling with these books. Lain Origin is over 80,000 words now, probably creeping up to the half way mark, though it could be more or less. (I write until I hit the end of the plot, not until I hit a certain word count, so progress isn’t always clear.) Thanks for reading!

  • Bryan

    Darn you Joseph for writing such an addicting book! I just finished reading The Book of Deacon and, wow. Just, wow. I downloaded TBOD because “Hey, it’s free”. Little did I know how hard it would be for me to put it down. Now I have to buy the other two just to see how it ends.

    Fantasy stories are very hit-or-miss with me. The Lord of the Rings I just could not get into. This one, I had no issues getting involved with the story and caring what happens to the characters.

    What I think really sold me was your writing style. It was very easy to read without being simplistic. Many times I run into the problem with the author’s writing style makes me very aware that I am reading a book. They tend to use overly discriptive language and it just comes off as trying too hard to sound intellegent. When real life forced me to stop reading for one reason or another, I kept thinking to myself “I would love to see this as a movie”. If you were presented with a chance to turn The Book of Deacon into a movie trilogy, would you?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Bryan. I am glad you liked the first book enough to continue the trilogy. I’ll agree that the language in fantasy novels can get a bit exhausting at times for the reader. Though I didn’t put an awful lot of thought into making the writing style accessible, I did try to avoid producing a book that would have required a glossary. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the rest of the books as much as the first.

    Would I accept the opportunity make the books into films? Absolutely! Unfortunately, considering the fact that I couldn’t even get a literary agent to take a chance on me, I suspect that Hollywood won’t be knocking on my door any time soon. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! Enjoy the rest of the trilogy.

  • Dave

    I recently finished the entire Book of Deacon Trilogy and am about halfway through Jade. All I have to say is “Wow”. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I downloaded the first book as it was free and those tend not to be that great. But even after the first pages, I was blown away. The writing style is amazing and your descriptions really bring the characters and environment to life. I am really glad all the books were already released when I started because I think I would have gone insane had I not been able to read the following two right after.

    Keep up the good work! I know you are probably busy, but I hope you can write more side story books like Jade. I really enjoy the setting. And don’t give up on trying to get these officially published. One day, someone will realize your talent.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks for the comment, and the encouragement. I’m pleased to know that you enjoyed the whole trilogy, and even went on to enjoy Jade. (People often overlook that one.) I’m glad I had all three books of the trilogy published before people really started showing interest in them, too. I have some vicious cliff hangers in there. I’d hate to think of someone genuinely interested in my characters and having to wait months to find out what happens to them.

    It is funny you mention wanting more short stories like Jade. I was literally just talking to my friends about a few short stories I had in mind for after the completion of the scifi book.

  • Kristin

    Agreed, I would have gone insane too if all three books were not all available at once as soon as I finished each one…..I am about to move on to Jade……. 🙂

  • Thomas

    I like the others on here gave your book a try because it was free on Amazon and figured what the heck.

    There are times in live when things just work in your favor and this was one of those times. It was an incredible read. I throughly enjoyed it and have decided your style is a great blend of Terry Brooks and R.A. Salvatore, which by the way I think you have knocked R.A. Salvatore down a notch in my favorite authors list so you can fit in.

    I am about to go and find the second book in the series and get it downloaded and start reading it…putting the next Terry Brooks book on hold even

    Absolutely great first book and I am looking forward to the next two in the series and then the short side book of Jade

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you really enjoyed the first book. Terry Brooks and R. A. Salvatore are two great authors to be compared to, and I hope your opinion remains as so positive through the rest of the series. Thanks for giving me a chance, and thanks for reading!

  • Qindle

    Wow! I got the Kindle version of the ‘Book of Deacon’ for free. I was amazed by just how good it is! My goodness, I couldn’t put it down. Just downloaded ‘The Great Convergence’ to my Kindle and I am getting ready for another GREAT read. Thank you so much!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! It is great to hear you liked it. As always, I hope you enjoy any other books of mine that you decide to read. Thanks for the support!

  • Jeremy

    I have got to say. I have downloaded quite a few of the free books found on amazon and have maybe finished half of them. I downloaded “The Book of Deacon” last night and finished it within 12 hours. I was pleasantly suprised by the book and can’t wait to download the other two books in the series. I agree with previous posters in saying that your writing style was great and easy to follow. Keep writing! Thanks for the read!

  • Taylor

    Phenomenal books! It honestly pains me to put down my Kindle for the night as I’m just over halfway through “The Battle of Verril” and I’m dying to know how it all ends. Unfortunately, it’s almost 4am, and I have class in the morning… Thanks for the amazing read! I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for commenting. I am really glad that you are enjoying the books. It is funny that you’re reading the book rather than sleeping or preparing for class, because I WROTE most of the books rather than sleeping or preparing for class.

  • Jenny

    I loved your books of deacon finished them all in 3 days. Read Jade this afternoon. They touched my heart and brought a tear to my eye many times. Myn and Hal are remarkable, Myn sometimes reminded me of a lil puppy in her 1st year. Will there be anymore books to continue on the story?
    Thank you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Jenny. I’m glad you liked the books so much. Myn has certainly become a fan favorite, though you’re the first to speak up in favor of Hal. It will be a little while, but I fully intend to write more stories in this setting. Myranda and the others should get at least one more novel, and you haven’t seen the last of Hal either. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    Jenny, I love Myn too! She is absolutely adorable and so funny. I have yet to meet Hal, just started book two last night. (after finishing book 1 yesterday morning) Right now Desmeres is quite entertaining. I have to put myself in Myranda’s shoes to remind myself that even though Lain and Desmeres have very likeable qualities I can see why she loathes them so. In the beginning I thought she would end up in a relationship with Lain….and now I’m thinking probably not…but part of me (the sick and twisted part perhaps?) still thinks she should. 😉

  • Joseph Lallo

    I have an active user! Hopefully you can navigate the minefield of spoilers that has arisen in the comment section. Just to give you a heads up, Hal shows up in the short story that follows the trilogy, Jade. And regarding the various potential relationships, when the books started gaining momentum, I was secretly looking forward to what sort of creative relationship pairings people might come up with. I’d wager you’re not the only one to come up with that one…

  • Jenny

    I thought a relationship between Lain and Myranda was developing too…..*spoilers*

    …but towards the end of the books I felt for Ether and wished she and Lain could of been together, but Lain and Ivy did need to continue their race..hhmm (I loved all the characters so much :p) I was happy when Myranda and Deacon realized how perfect they’re for each other.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Make that TWO active users! Thanks for the comment, and for being kind enough to indicate potential spoilers. (Several other comments and reviews weren’t so thoughtful.) Speaking of…

    *** SPOILERS BELOW ***

    Wow. Someone out there actually felt sympathy for Ether! It was my intention for Ether’s interest in Lain to begin as a way for her to offer an alternative to Ivy, then have it develop into a genuine “I want you to want me” that she didn’t understand how to handle or control. Many I’ve spoken to feel that things ended up a smidgen more “Fatal Attraction” than I’d intended, particularly when she nearly leads Ivy to her death at the hands of the enemy.

  • Zach Bull

    Ether was one of my favorite characters! I thought it was funny that she was able to maintain her snootiness even as a squirrel and all the other embarassing forms she took.

  • Joseph Lallo

    An Ether fan! Thanks for chiming in, I think you’re the first person to voice an opinion in favor of the arrogant elemental.

  • Zach Bull

    Ether was one of my favorite characters! I thought it was funny that she was able to maintain her snootiness, despite how many times she lost, and despite that she had to take the forms of a squirrel and many other equally embarrassing things. I don’t think what she did was right, but if i was alone for eternity i could imagine developing some complexes.

  • silvertora

    I just want to say that I have read both books now. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third and then also Jade. As yet I’m not sure how that books fits in, probably when I read the next one I will know. I really love all the characters. All the different personalities really make it interesting, just as a good book does. Thank you for sharing. Please continue with this series and I hope to see it in animae one day like I suggested. I am sure if you contact one of the companies out in the East you will definately find many interested in doing your story in this format. Another format to look into is audio for the blind. I am thinking of converting my own books into both these formats, and will keep in tabs with you on their progress. Thank you and be well.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! If and when you get to Jade, you’ll find that while it IS connected to the other books, it the connection is fairly weak. It is sort of a linker to what I hope two write after it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that an Eastern animation studio shows interest, but until then, I’ll just keep plugging along.

  • Roberto

    I was actually hoping that somehow they would find another male malthrope for ivy so that ether and lain could be together. Also I was hoping for some sort of conflict between tus and deacon, I thought it would be really fun

  • Joseph Lallo

    A love triangle or two would probably have spiced things up a bit, and I’ve received more than a few requests for a stronger romantic theme in general. I’ll have to work on that stuff in future stories. Thanks for the comment!

  • Dylan

    To be honest, I never really liked Desmeres, I mean he is a snivelly weasely kind of guy. Lain being Lain, I’m surprised he didn’t kill Desmeres after his “betrayal.”

  • Joseph Lallo

    The nice thing about the Desmeres character is that if you were to call him snivelly and weaselly to his face, he’d probably agree with you, and he’d be the first to point out Lain should have killed him a long time ago. He’s a lot of things, but self-delusional is not one of them.

  • Sarah Culver


    Just wanted to take a moment and say how much I loved The Book of Deacon! I just finished it and had to rush online to to get the next one! I originally downloaded it because it was free but was immediately sucked into the book. The way you tell this story is so awesome. And the way the first one ended I just HAD to know what happened!

    One question though,
    Will these books ever be available in print?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Sarah. I’m glad you enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, and I hope you continue to enjoy the story. Recently I’ve been starting to look into the possibility of print editions of the books again. I’ve toyed with the idea in the past, but I always decided against it. Mostly it is because I continually find new typos in the books, and I hate the idea of a book in print with errors in it. The other concern is the price. In order to make the same amount of money off of a physical book as I do off of an ebook, I’ll have to charge over $10. I’m just not sure how many people out there would be willing to pay that much.

    If and when I do a print release, I’ll certainly spread the word, though.

  • Kristin

    Loved your Book of Deacon trilogy! Read all three in one week! I sooooo loved Lain……and sooooooo loved Myn… two favorite characters!
    A question, how did the things Deacon found in his bag that he didnt put in there get in there? Did I miss something? Was it Desmeres? I may have missed something, for, I will admitt one constructive criticism; some on going battle sequences that flitted back and forth to each character and opponent got m doing the ‘skimming’ thru paragraphs thing……however, seems like all the good books I have read, and loved, has to have some ‘skimming’ somewhere…..and, even thoughI skimmed, I loved all the detail and thought put into each battle and so, really, I didnt mind the skimming at all. Please keep writing with such detail and dedication of all your chracters!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, I’m glad you loved the trilogy. I know that the battle scenes can get to be a bit much. I’m still trying to get the hang of how to get the right amount of detail to keep it interesting. The rest of this reply contains SPOILERS for people who haven’t finished the trilogy, so read on at your own risk.
    The mysterious items in Deacon’s bag are never explicitly explained, but you’ll notice that at least one of the things he pulled out had writing describing things that hadn’t happened yet, followed by a note to himself instructing him to stop reading. The idea is that, thanks to the same spell that made his hand “unpredictable,” his bag has started allowing you to remove things from it before you put them in. It is something I’ll probably address in greater detail if and when I continue the story of Deacon and Myranda. Thanks for writing, and thanks for reading.

  • Johnathan

    Hey Joseph! Just wanted to say that your trilogy is epic! Just unbelievably addicting and acute descriptions with every aspect. I have the hardest time putting the book aside to continue my studies, haha! I really hope you create new ideas for this series, and i’ll certainly recommend this trilogy to my friends. Astounding work!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Johnathan! Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the trilogy, and thanks for spreading the word. As I say whenever I hear that someone is reading my books when they should be studying, I can relate. I was WRITING the books when I should have been studying. I’ve got a few ideas left for these characters, so one of these days, there will be more to read. Thanks again!

  • Alicia

    Happy New Year! I just finished The Book of Deacon this morning, and throughly enjoyed it! I really liked your charcater developement and how different everyone’s personalities are. I was very curious as to why there were so many grammatical errors, until I read some of your posts and from what I read, they make sense. Must be hard to edit your own book! As a mom of 6 (11, 7, 6, 4 1/2, 3 3/4 and 16mo.) reading is a favorite past time of mine. My oldest loves to read and I know he’d really enjoy this book as well. My favorite part was when Myranda was in all the different trainings. I love how indepth you went to describe each of the magic’s disiplines. I downloaded book two this morning and I’m itching to start reading! Thank-you for such and entertaining book and I look forward to reading more of you work.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Happy New Year to you, too! I’m glad that you enjoyed the book. Thanks for picking up the next one, and I hope you enjoy that one as well. As always, I’ll do my best to catch the errors in my next pass.

  • Zach Bull

    That was my favorite part too! I will read any book with even the slightest hint of magic in it and i have read a lot of them. Few of the books i have read incorporate magic so thickly and naturally into the book. Even fewer actually go through training, and are written with such detail. When I was reading the book, i felt like i could feel my energy draining with Myranda.

  • Jessica

    I wanted to stop by and let you know that I really LOVED this series! It took awhile for me to warm up to The Book Of Deacon, but once I did, I could not put it down. I made short work of the last two, needless to say I have been running on little sleep as I have been up till the wee hours of night trying to finish the blasted things 🙂 The plot was well thought out, developed, and unique. I enjoyed each of the characters and all that they brought to the story. I laughed, I cried, I loved. I am undeniably sad that the story has ended… which is a great thing, because you should always leave a reader wanting more. I will certainly be reading Jade next. Thank you for allowing me to momentarily escape reality and get lost in your fantasy world. I look forward to reading more of your work. I have already recommended the dries to others and would not hesitate to do so on the future.

    On a side note I ordered books through Amazon Kindle and noticed very little editing mistakes and I am a stickler for those things.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the series, and I hope Jade will give you another taste of what you liked about the rest. I really appreciate your kind words. And it is good to know that I may finally have gotten the typos under control! Who knows, maybe one or two more sweeps will catch the rest. Thanks for reading!

  • Amber

    I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. I was a little disappointed that i could not purchase the actual books therefore u should definitely publish them. I would love to add this trilogy to my collection. Please make this possible, it would be an honor to own such wonderful works of art.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I guess that settles it. Once this Sci Fi book is out of the way, I’m going to have to split my time between writing a new Deacon book or two and getting the old ones out in paperback.

  • oceansideimages

    I have been reading stories for almost my entire life and have to say that after reading TBOD, you have become one of my favorite authors of all time. I have read through most all the comments submitted by others and have found that I agree with some of them. Your characters were instantly alive for me, and I immediately related to them. The story was very enthralling, and I was hooked from the first paragraph. It flowed smoothly and quickly without loosing detail. Your approach to describing magic was the best I have ever seen. In my mind, I could see and feel what she did. One of the marks of a really good author is the ability to see something in your mind, and successfully pass your vision to those of your readers. I think you have achieved just that.
    You deserve to have your works published. Your fans all agree that you have reached a professional level which is needed to get it done. Don’t ever let a publisher get you down again. Keep at it till it gets accepted. Your work needs to be shared with everyone, and your name, and that of your stories, should become household names in the near future. With luck, Hollywood will be knocking on your door soon, and we will have another amazing series to hit the big screen!! 😉
    I will be greatly anticipating reading all of your works in the coming weeks, and more that will be coming farther down the road. Its not very often that you get to see a rising star near its beginning. Its also rare that you see an author or other celebrity that actually cares, and responds, to their fans. Yet, you take time to do it. Never an unkind word, you seem to be sticking to your humble roots. Very refreshing! Please, don’t ever change. Hopefully, this is the year of Joseph Lallo and his incredible stories! We will all be cheering for you!! Please keep us updated as we are all looking forward to being whisked back into the land of Myranda Celeste and friends.

    I guess this means that I will have to invest in a Kindle this year, and give my phone a rest, so I can download the rest of your ebooks….LOL! (I have a problem with loosing my phone in the lake, so hopefully the Kindle will fare better, and I won’t be at risk at loosing my downloaded books.) I’m also eagerly awaiting the books to be published and add them to my library. (Those I know will fare the best, LOL!)

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow! Thank you so much for the support and praise. It is mind-blowing to be told that anyone would consider me an all-time favorite, or a celebrity, for that matter. I’m particularly glad that you liked my approach to magic. I put a lot of thought into it… Okay, fine, I daydreamed about it and took notes, but I did it for a long time. I hope you and my other readers are correct about me being a rising star, because I could certainly see doing this for a living. I’ve got a novel set aside to shop around to publishers again, once I get a little breathing room in my schedule, but in the meantime my plan is to fill in all of the “traditional publisher” gaps myself, as best I can. At this point, that just leaves the print release.

    Thanks again, and I wouldn’t worry too much about me forgetting about my fans. Talking to readers is one of my favorite parts of this whole literary experiment!

  • rook66

    Ok first off I found the first book Got it cause it was free. I’m very glad I did because I was almost unable to put it down. It was great myn is easly one of the most intersting supports in the first book from the time she’s born to the time she’s eating her gifts deacon lost because of a mischievous mermaid. Then lain/leo greatest character. I’ve read about in a long time. Myranda she’s intersting but in a different way she os stuck so hard in her old ways it. Is kind of annoying… not to mentioned blind to deacon. I seen that rather quickly when he came in to the story. Over all I give the story four out of five. Its very good. And I hope to get the money to finish tje series the cast of characters is very food and I can’t wait to read more. I’m considering rereading the first one in a week or so. Just because it was that good. If your other stories become free I will definitely get hem with out a second thought un til then ill keep tryong to get them they are certainly worth more than tjeu are listed online

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you liked the book. Yes, it is pretty clear that, though the story may focus on Myranda, Leo/Lain and Myn clearly stole the spotlight. I’m afraid books 2 and 3 of the trilogy aren’t likely to go free any time soon, but I promise to keep the same low price, so when the time comes that you want to continue reading, it should break the bank. will also let you read the first half of each book for free, so if you’d like to see how things start, check it out there. Thanks again!

  • Marci Abels

    I just finished reading the Trilogy and Jade. They were fantastic! I’m thirsting for more about The Chosen and their descendants- how did it come down to three bloodlines, what eventually happened to them, and how does the story move forward from Jade and Terry? and who is the other bloodline mentioned?
    Excellent work, you have created characters who touch us, and who have a story to share.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Marci! Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed both the trilogy and its short followup. I assure you, you’ll be seeing more from these characters, and hopefully many of your questions will be answered. Feel free to shoot me an email if you want more details of what I’ve got in mind. Thanks for reading!

  • Pravin

    I enjoyed Book of Deacon greatly. The first book download on my brand new Kindle Fire mainly because it was free. Although I usually disdain fantasy in favour of hard sci-fi (bit of a technology snob) I instantly fell in love with Myranda, her compassion and courage. The magic training and especially Arziel’s test was tremendous fun, although Arziel herself is not very nice. I wouldn’t mind giving Calypso the company she misses 🙂
    I am tempted to buy the rest of the trilogy.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, I’m glad you liked it. I’ve actually heard from a few of the customer reviews that The Book of Deacon is a good fantasy book for sci-fi fans.

  • Pravin

    Arziel’s test domain and illusions have a strong feel of a simulation space rather than magic; similar to the ones in Tony Ballantyne’s novel Capacity. Maybe just my bias.
    Also magic is presented more like a technology ; instead of supernatural. This is how a sci-fi fan would see it, per Arthur C.Clarke’s quote.

  • Joseph Lallo

    In my case, most of my fantasy influences came from literature, while most of my sci-fi influences came from television and film, so the crystal arena owes more than a little bit of inspiration to the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation. My interpretation of magic, though was definitely the result of sitting down and trying to apply hard rules and explanations for things, and once you’ve done that, you’re dealing with a science. Deacon is pretty much a “magical scientist.” I guess that would make him a thaumatist.

  • Zachary Carder

    So are you planing on continuing your Book of Deacon series than? I really enjoyed them very much even though I am a historical fiction writer your books seemed to have appealed to me. I would love to see your further those books even though its a trilogy. Just wondering.
    Keep up the good work 🙂 ,

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked the books! I am indeed planning a continuation. Aside from some short stories on specific characters, I’d like to do a few more stories for the Chosen, and perhaps even a second trilogy set long after these books.

  • Zachary Carder

    That would be great and I am now highly anticipating any more installments that you have in store for our heroes or new heroes to come!

  • Eb

    The Book of Deacon is now on of my favorites list. With my favorites i always buy the hardback, but in this case not sure there is one? Is it possible to get a printed version?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m looking into trying to get a print run of the books in the Book of Deacon Trilogy done. No hard decisions have been made, but at the moment it is looking likely that the books will be print-on-demand paperbacks. I’ll probably put together a poll or something on the site to see how much interest there is in getting limited edition hardcover run. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

  • Jamie Beall

    Wonderful news!! I can’t wait to add these to my stash 🙂 I have started reading the first book to my kids… they are already as hooked as I was, just in the first couple of pages…

  • Zachary Carder

    I would love to get a limited edition hardback copy. I, like Jamie, get all my favorites in hardback so that would be tremendous. I will keep posted on the cite to see if anything new is coming 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’ll have so see how difficult it would be to get various different types of books made, to see which ones I might be able to pull off.

  • Eb

    can you keep my email addy and let me know when you have a limited edition or something? would love to have the entire trilogy. Would be awesome if you signed it too 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’ll try to remember to send out an email if and when a print edition becomes available, but in the event I forget, I’ll definitely post about it on the front page, too.

  • Zachary Carder

    So I just finished Jade and thought it was a good book but I need to know what happens with epidime? Are you going to continue on or?

  • Tausha Lynn Rucker

    I absolutely loved all three of the Deacon Trilogy. I would love to see a full color image of Myn. I hope that new books about our Chosen will be coming!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Tausha! Thanks, I’m glad you liked the books. It might be a while, but I’ve been planning on getting a picture of Myn done, first as a sketch, then as a full color like the covers. (I’ve got to wait until I pay Uncle Sam his share of the book sales before I do that, though, to make sure I’ve got the money.) There will be more stories about the Chosen too, both individually and together, if all goes according to plan. Thanks for reading!

  • Kevin

    I absolutely loved the Book of Deacon Trilogy! I honestly couldn’t stop reading. And even after i finished it, i bought Jade right after and powered through that within an hour. Please keep up your great work and i look forward to seeing more Chosen involved books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. Throughout the books, i couldn’t help think that the trilogy could be made into a movie. o.O

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, Kevin! I’m glad you enjoyed the books, particularly enough to move on to Jade. I’m busy working on getting together the notes for another story following the Chosen right now, though it is a LONG way from finished.

    I’m glad you think it would make a great movie. Let’s hope someone in Hollywood agrees!

  • William Klett

    Just found the first book as a Kindle freebook and DL’d it yesterday morning. Finished it late last night and enjoyed almost all of it immensely. I have certainly read worse from major publishing houses, a true shame it is hard for an independent to get their foot in the door as I think you would do well.

    Thanks for the good work! Off the get book 2 now…

  • Amber Leahy

    I just started the Book of Deacon last night and found that I couldnt put it down! So far it seems great! I got it as a free book on my Nook and now that i know that it is part of a trilogy i will look for the other 2 books and Jade! I love stories like this and I know that i will just love the entire series!

  • Trevor Wilson


    After reading all of the work by feist, brandon sanderson and patrick rothfuss i decided to give your book of deacon a go as it was a free download.

    I just wanted to say that your right up there with them from what ive read so far, keep up the good work and ill be buying book 2 and 3 if the first book continues to be so good.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m really glad you liked the first book. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. It always feels good to be compared favorably to traditionally published authors.

  • Yuie Montsaroff

    Personally, I was looking through the free books on my kindle fire, and I chanced upon ‘The Book of Deacon.’ I immediately fell in love! I now own the whole trilogy, and I am going to get ‘Jade.’ Thank you so much for writing AMAZING books. :o)

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you took a chance on my first book, and that you enjoyed it and the rest of the series!

  • Hannah

    Okay, I am in the middle of the the first book… and I and decided to do some background info on the book and found that is the first in a trilogy!! I am so excited for the others ………. this is my all time favorite book!!!!!!!

  • Alicia

    Hannah- the other two are just as good!! There is also a fan page on facebook. 🙂 Oh, and if you like sci-fi he’s written two of those as well. I’ve never read sci-fi before, but after I finished the trilogy and Jade (ooooo you MUST read Jade after book three) I guess I didn’t get my fill, so I picked up his Bypass Gemini and LOVED it. Now I’m reading the second, Unstable Prototypes. They’re fantastic. I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with.

    Happy reading!

  • Romao6977

    Since you have heard all this before I will only say that I too was a lucky individual who found “The Book of Deacon” for free on the Kindle store. Addictive is a mild way of putting it, however I must also commend you and your team on presenting the e-book as free. This was a masterful plan as your writing adds a refreshing take on a genre which has been quite stagnant over the years. Allowing your readers, and subsequent fans, to enjoy your first book practically forces us to buy the others. I finished the first book while in the airport and was elated to find there to be two more. I immediately purchased the following two books in the series along with Jade, simply so I would never have to wait on the next part of the story.

    You have truly constructed a credit to the genre and ignited my love of reading which has dwindled with age and fatherhood. I have always been a fan of series fantasy novels, my last consisting of 11 volumes. I never thought I would find another “Fantasy” I enjoyed so much. Thank you for sharing your vision with your readers and your fans. I look forward to more works from your desk.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much for all of your kind words. I’m very pleased that you’ve enjoyed my writing, and that the free book helped you to discover me without having to worry about squandering anything other than time on an unproven author. I’ll do my best to keep the stories coming, and I hope I continue to produce tales that will meet with the same level of praise. Thanks for reading.

  • Bailee Huffsmith

    Awesome trilogy!! It’s absolutely everything I look for in a series of fantasy books.I haven’t gotten around to reading any of your other work, but I will eventually. Truly impressive works of art. Thanks for an amazing read!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad that you enjoyed them, and if you do end up reading my other stuff, I hope you enjoy that as well. Thanks for reading!

  • Trevor Wilson


    Ive just finished all 3 books of the main series (i got the second two from amazon) and thought id write a short review.

    Firstly im a big fantasy fan (although i do read none fantasy) and a big fan of jordan, sanderson, martin etc. I think your books stand up well to them for telling a gripping story and i very much enjoyed them.

    As far as price is concerned i think they are an absoloute bargain!, it sometimes annoys me paying hardback prices for a download, so thanks for keeping them very affordable.

    The one small suggestion i would make is, hopefully your books will sell well and you will get a decent income from it, if so then id consider a professional editor. I wasn’t bothered by the odd spelling mistake, but the paragraphing could have been better. Sometimes a correctly spelt but incorrect word came in as well. It didn’t spoil the books for me and i loved them, but the lack of editing sometimes made it harder to read and i sometimes lost track of what i was reading.

    Anyway thanks for a great series and i will be buying your other books


  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I tried to keep the price low to make it easier for readers to take a chance with an unknown author. I’m trying to work with a professional editor to smooth out some of the rough edges, and I frequently re-read them to apply corrections. Thanks for reading!

  • Lisa

    I encountered the Book of Deacon on the free book list for my kindle. I have always been a fan of fantasy. I was so surprised how well these books were written and consider the following books well worth the purchase. This trilogy wove an amazing tale and very well written. I am so happy I encountered it. Please Mr. Lallo keep on writing these lovely tales because I am a fan for life!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for taking a chance on the books, and I’m glad you didn’t regret it. I’ll certainly do my best to keep the stories coming.

  • Premo

    Twas a very luvly book!jst finished readin book one.i wish myranda wil jst c hw much Deacon lvs her.keep up the good work!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I don’t want to give too much away, but Myranda and Deacon are on the cover together for book 2…

  • anne

    yyou are fantastic with the way you bring your story world creations towonderful

    life. sorry about my kindle not much good apart from reading great work by authers like
    yourself. please keep your love of writting it will bring so much to so many. again
    thank you

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I assure you, I’ll continue to write for as long as I am able. I only hope that my future stories are as well received as the trilogy.

  • Breanna Greco

    Hey! I just read The Book of Deacon trilogy and it was amazing. I can’t believe the ending in the 3rd book!!! WHY HIM?! He was my favorite 🙁 otherwise it was amazing!!! Keep writing! My favorite character is Lain (by far) but Ivy is amazing too! Please continue with these characters because they have been engraved in my heart and I will never forget the amazing piece of literature you have brought to this world. Thank you so much for your insight to the vast and wide field of fantasy books. 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, thanks for the comment! Regarding your favorite characters, I’ve got good news! The book I’m working on right now is an origin story for Lain. As for Ivy, if you haven’t done so already, check out the fan art section of the site. I recently got a truly exceptional bit of fan art depicting her. Thanks again!

  • Breanna Greco

    Hi Mr. Lallo, just a quick question. When do you think that the origin story for Lain will be published and will it be long? Thanks!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. I’d love to give you a solid answer, but unfortunately it is tough to tell. Right now I’ve got a day job, so writing happens in the odds and ends of spare time that spring up. To set your expectation, the last book I wrote, Unstable Prototypes, took about 9 months to write. Right now I’ve got about 18,000 words written. The final book will probably be around the length of one of the books in the trilogy, which are roughly 140,000 words each. So quite a way to go. I’ll do my best to get it done quick!

  • Breanna Greco

    Thanks so much and good luck with the day job! Just don’t forget us!!! 🙂

  • Zach Bull


    I LOVED these books! Like i said before, I love magic, but only a couple of the books i have read have magic so frequently and thickly incorporated into the book. Also, many books are so imbalanced in terms of writing, either having too much description or not enough. Your writing is almost always balanced. My favorite characters are in order, Myn, Deacon, and Ether. Lain is my least favorite character, because he pretends to be things. Ether might be arrogant, but at least she isn’t pretending to b an elemental. Also, Lain was wasting his talent. Even though he isn’t my favorite character, I am really looking forward to the origin story of Lain.

    Something i would like to see is either the same story, but from a different perspective, like if Ether was the main character, or an adventure on Deacon, like his training in magic or something. Anyways keep on Writing please!!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m proud of how the magic came out, as I’ve said elsewhere. Myn is always on the list of favorites. I really have to get the cover artist to draw a picture of her. Lain’s got a lot of fans, too, but I can certainly see reason to dislike him. Hopefully once I get this origin out it will shed some light on his motivations. I’ll keep your story ideas in mind. You never know when I might give something like that a try.

  • Delrae Siegrist

    I loved the trilogy. I was hardly able to put it down! I think it took me about a month to read the entire thing, looking foward to reading more of your work. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I’ll certainly keep doing my best to keep putting out new stories. Thanks for reading!

  • Kaylee

    I never buy things on iTunes and don’t even have a credit card so it’s not something that normally comes to mind. As soon as I finished reading Book of Deacon I ran to the nearest store and bought an iTunes card because I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the story. I just finished the trilogy and am now starting on Jade. I loved the story, the characters and the world. Thank you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, I inspired someone to go out and buy an iTunes card? Neat! I’m happy you enjoyed the trilogy. (I’d hate to think you would have felt like you’d wasted the trip.) It is also great to hear that you moved on to Jade. For a long time that story was ignored. I’m happy to see people are starting to warm up to it. I hope you like it as much as the others. Thanks for the comment, and thanks for reading!

  • Giovanni

    Just finish reading TBOD. You got me hooked. Now I’m going to have to buy the other two. Great writing, thanks for taking me to another world. Hollywood should make this into a movie.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked it. Hopefully one day I’ll get a phone call from a studio, but until then, I’m just glad people are enjoying the books. Thanks for the comment.

  • Nicole Kimble

    I loved the Book of Deacon trilogy! The character of Lain was very mysterious and I could not help but want to know more about him. I do wish you would write something in his POV and maybe get into more depth concerning his inner thoughts and emotions (I understand that this would have to be from before the end of the trilogy). The few snatches of this given in the book were great! Also, was Lain even his real name….I’m thinking not…but I could be wrong. Anyway, I loved the books and hope to see more from these great characters. Oh, and I just love your writing style!

  • Nicole Kimble

    Ah…just noticed that there will be an Origin story for Lain…this renders my previous comment useless lol.

  • Joseph Lallo

    It just proves that great minds think alike! I’m always thrilled when people comment here on the site, so an extra one just gives me another reason to smile. Thanks again!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Nicole! I’m glad you enjoyed the books! Lain is a favorite of mine as well. As you’ve seen elsewhere, you aren’t the only person to want to learn more about him. Is Lain his real name? Trust your instinct on that one. Thanks for the comment!

  • silvertora

    I just finished reading “The Book of Deacon” in kindle format. I want to say that I found the book very entertaining. A tribute to your imagination and the research you put into the different elementals.

    I really look forward to opening the continuation of this series – The Great Convergence.

    I really think that you should maybe approach the Eastern readers because I can see that your type of story would do well in an animation series. The orientals are very big on the animae and I can see that this is just what they would love to convert into that format as well. Think about it…. and just maybe……

    Will chat soon. Be well and be safe and keep your imagination flowing. We thank you for the time you have spent sharing with us readers.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Just yesterday I was chatting with people on the Facebook fan page and the subject of a Book of Deacon anime came up. As I said there, I think that animation is a great fit for the stories, and an anime would work quite well. At least one person who sent me some fan art agrees, as she drew her favorite characters in that style. I’m not 100% sure how I would get rolling in that market, in hopes of drawing the attention of animators, but it is certainly something I’d be willing to give a try.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Marygrace

    52 years old, been reading science fiction since 6th grade, never really liked fantasy…but your trilogy is great reading. Found it on Amazon just searching around. I have recommended it everyone I know. Can’t wait to read your other books. Great job ensuring each book maintains a high level of excitement. KEEP WRITING and I will keep reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Many thanks for giving my books a try. It seems that my fantasy books are highly accessible to sci-fi readers. I guess that engineering education has a way of leaking in around the corners. I’m glad you enjoyed my writing, and as a science fiction reader, if you decide to read my sci-fi books, I’d love to hear what you think!

  • Dawn

    I just started reading the Book of Deacon on my Nook, and can’t put it down! I can not tell you how excited I was to find out there were more and I can’t wait to finish the whole trilogy. Your an incredible writer Love your work!!!!

  • Dawn

    I just finished the Trilogy and Jade and I LOVE IT!!! Again thank you so much for such an incredible experience!!

  • Bharath

    I just completed Book of Deacon in kindle format and couldn’t able to stop myself to read The Great Convergence. I can’t wait to complete the whole trilogy. Great work I really love the character of Myranda and Myn

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks very much for picking up my book. I’m glad you enjoyed the first one, and I hope that rest of the story is just as enjoyable to you. Myn is a big favorite, but I’m glad you like Myranda too. Enjoy!

  • Trent

    Hello. I just completed the Book of Deacon trilogy and Jade and I must say, I loved every single minute of it! I loved all the characters, but out of them all, Ivy is my favorite. It actually made me sad when I finished the books, that’s how great they were. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the whole series. Ivy was one of my favorites to write. Did you check out the awesome picture of her in the fan art section? I’ll do my best to keep the stories coming. Thanks again!

  • Trent

    It’s no problem! I did see the picture of Ivy, and it is so cool! It’s exactly how I pictured her in the book series. Many thanks for the reply!

  • JL

    I just completed your Book of Deacon series and Jade! Great story line-I am very particular about fantasy genre books, but you have a edge of your seat trilogy. I enjoyed this series as much as I did the Harry Potter series.
    If you can’t get this series published PLEASE someone out there (6 degrees of seperation and all) put this in the hands of an agent or publisher! This would make a great movie series!
    Looking forward to the follow up stories!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you liked the books. (Wow, a Harry Potter comparison, too!) Official, traditional-style publishing continues to elude me, it is true. Recently I took another brief stab at getting an agent. No replies so far. Wouldn’t that be crazy if a fan got my foot in the door? Thanks for the comment.

  • Scott

    Like others, i tried the first book as a freebie on my new nook. Needless to say the other 2 (and Jade) came shortly after. I enjoyed the character development and plotlines, allowing for a good read. I would actually compare it to a fantasy series i read first in the 80’s (guess i’m dating myself here lol) and a couple times since; the Magician series by Feist. Not so much in storyline but in just how easy it was to sit and read thru that 4 book set. That series got me into reading fantasy, and over the years i’ve read some good and some not so much. I look for books that entertain. If i’m sitting down to read fiction like this, I want to be able to just dig in and keep going. The Deacon books were just that for me; good action, some humor mixed with the drama, and i look forward to more stories as they become available. Am even going to give the sci-fi books a try. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your writing!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I really appreciate the comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the books. It feels good to know that my writing can bring to mind a series that got you into the genre in the first place. Hopefully you enjoy my sci-fi stuff, too. Thanks for reading!

  • Susan MA

    Same as the others, I got the first book as a freebie on my nook. I very much enjoyed it and immediately bought the 2nd and 3rd books of the series. I’m on the last few pages of “The Great Convergence” and can’t wait to start “The Battle of Verill.”

    I think that you really have something special here. Keep up the good work.

  • Laken

    Hi, I’m 15 and I absolutely love reading. Just a few weeks ago I finished a series that I really loved and, as is normal for me, it was hard to even read the first few pages of a new book. My dad looked on Amazon for me one night and saw The Book of Deacon for free. He knows how much I love these kind of books and told me I should download it on my Kindle. I did, not expecting it to be very good because it was, after all, free. I sat down and read the first few pages and fell in love with the book. I annoyed everyone so much by talking about all the unexpected things that were happening.

    I ended up finishing the book the next day and begged my dad to let me buy the next two. He caved and I spent the next three days completely absorbed in them. We even went out to a movie for my birthday and I snuck my book in and read it in there. I cried when it ended because I couldn’t believe it was over. I just wanted to thank you for creating such an amazing story.

    Sincerely, Laken

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’m really glad you enjoyed the books, and that your Dad was nice enough to let you have Books 2 and 3 (I hope he was okay with the price!). It makes me feel good to know that there are people out there who are so swept up by my story. I’ll do my best to continue the tale. Thanks for reading!

  • Lacey Henager

    Dearest Mr Lallo,

    It has been very rarely that I have felt awe and inspiration while reading a book in my adult life. As a child such writers as Piers Anthony in his Incarnations of Immortality, Tolkein’s The Hobbit, Terry Goodkind and so forth were able to open that portal in the heart that transport you to a place where your troubles are able to be put on the back burner as you yearn to see this become better in the lives of charter’s you’ve only just met. I am now on book 3 and without providing any spoilers I can honestly say that I am hoping beyond hope that the little golden orb that is Myn is returned to us. It was the first time this 6’6 275lb Texan cried over such a loss in a VERY long time. Keep up your great works. I’ll be buying all books related to the Deacon world for this point forward 🙂

    Lacey H
    Irving Texas

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Lacey,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. It means a tremendous amount to me that my books could have had so profound an effect on you. Tolkien, Anthony, and Goodkind are humbling names to be compared to. Not to spoil anything, the event you describe was an emotional one for many people. I’ve gotten more emails and tweets about that character than any other. I hope the rest of the story lives up to your expectations.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Randy

    I got the free iTunes download of the Book of Deacon and…..O….M…G! So fresh and different. Your take on magic and the many denizens of lore was awesome too (especially with Myn’s OCD knawing on Alliance headgear and all). I love that the tale is more character driven and that the war does not overpower the story, even though we all know what it’s doing to everyone involved. I will be getting the next two in the trilogy this weekend.

    Good stuff man!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. Heh, Myn’s helmet/chew toy was popular enough to have shown up in my first ever piece of fan art. Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the story. Thanks for reading.

  • jkRdd23

    Wow, this was an amazing series that I put up with Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. This obviously took a lot of thought and effort, and thank you for the time you put into it. I loved all the books, but I have to say my favorite was The Book of Deacon. It was very original and had an excellent theme. Are you going to possibly write more about that particular world?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked the books. I am indeed planning to write more in the same setting. Aside from the trilogy and Jade, I’m working on a prequel about Lain, and I’ve got some notes involving a short story about Entwell. One of these days I’m hoping to do an entire second trilogy, too. Those are just the things that are at least partially written. There are plenty of stories to tell. Thanks for reading!

  • pat

    Read the trilogy “Book of Deacon” and then “Jade” . Wrote you e- mail yet will repeat self. Love your books! They are good for all ages. I would even like to see the Trilogy made into movies if done as well as “Lord of Rings” . You are second author I have written- so impressed this is third place I have commented.
    Am going to be reading rest of your books next. Am waiting on edge of seat for what else you come out with.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you once again! I’m really glad you liked my books, and I’ll continue to do my best to write more books worthy of such praise.

  • Ramie


    Im about half way through the first book of the trilogy, and I have to say I cant put it down!!!! I love the dragon Myn shes awesome 🙂 Most of the time when I read these types of books I can tell whats going to happen but not with this book!!! Thanks for writting it

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Ramie. Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you are enjoying the books. Myn is clearly the fan favorite from the series. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story.

  • Randy

    Myn is my favorite character in a long time. I play a monster app and I can’t wait to get a dragon so I ca name her “Mynn”!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! It is so great to hear from all of the people who are fans of the little dragon. A lot of great drawings of her have found their way to my fan art and official art pages.

  • Joshua

    The books of Deacon, are a great work and thank you for them ..
    I do hope to see more from you, but you really should charge more for them
    I have paid much more for books that I have not enjoyed nearly as much as …
    keep up the amazing work….

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, Joshua. I’m really glad that you’ve enjoyed the books. And thanks for the vote of confidence regarding the price! It is good to know that you’d be willing to pay more, for now at least, I’m more than happy with what I’m earning. I’ll do my best to keep the books coming.

  • Katie

    Just to get it out of the way, thanks to your ideas I added at least twelve more pages…and that’s only in one part!
    As for your books…
    Well, I love them already! I think (with Entwell and it’s inhabitants) that Ayna really needs more of a backstory and (to be honest) more of a personality. Yes, she’s twittering and obnoxious, but there has to be a reason she’s so…bitter! She has potential…maybe Epideme could tie into it or something? He seems to be the core problem of everything…
    Calypso as well. I think she could have a bad past and is trying to make up for her lost childhood years by being so silly and happy…just like my old dog…Just my random thoughts!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad my ideas could help! Most of the characters, particularly in Entwell, were made up to fit a role without much concern for producing a well rounded personality. It wasn’t a terribly professional way to go about things, but the Entwell stuff represents some of my earliest writing. I’m actually revisiting Entwell in not one but two different things I’m writing now, so there should be some opportunities to explore the characters a bit more. Thanks for the comment!

  • Christy

    I loved your books! I am just about finished with Jade…just wish there was more. Are you planning on writing anymore with these characters?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I am indeed planning more. First a Lain origin story, then probably something in Entwell, with plenty more to follow, I hope.

  • Joseph Lallo

    There will be, just as soon as I get a hole in my schedule to set things up. My friend/web guy is getting married in a few weeks, so he’s been a touch too busy to set up any web stuff.

  • Katie Lee

    I just finished The book of Deacon and loved it!! I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series. Great work and wonderful characters 🙂

  • Sherri Jackson

    Wow – LOVE the books! Am almost through the third book on my Kindle. The first book was free and once I started it I immediatey purchased the other two. Really looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

  • Sandra Gaudette

    Got the Book of Deacon free on my Kindle. I found it very, very difficult to put down. It was not as engaging as the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, but it was definitely comparable and the story ran smoothly. Looking forward to purchasing the next 2 books.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks Sandra. It is always wonderful to be compared to a great author like Terry Goodkind. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story.

  • alissa

    *** SPOILER ***
    I really loved the deacon trilogy, but i was sad when it ended because i didn’t want it to end. I really hope that you make a fourth book or maybe you could make separate books following each of the characters lives, In jade epidime is back, but does that mean that he never left, or he came back? and does that mean that the whole problem will reset itself? Lots of cliffhangers.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Glad you enjoyed the story. I will be doing a few separate books, and almost certainly a fourth in this series and a few others. Must tie up those loose ends!

  • Ben

    I first read your novel “Bypass Gemini” with the StoryBundle – and now I’m hooked. I downloaded “The Book of Deacon” from Amazon to start that one, and after I’m done with it (today) I’m going to hop back on over to the scifi side for “Unstable Prototypes.” “Deacon” is a great book, but one of the things I loved about “Gemini” was the humor in it. There are very few books that make me have to stop so I can finish laughing before I go on! I’m looking forward to going through the rest of your book collection in the near future!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m happy you are a fan of the humor. One of the fun things about writing the sci-fi books was my decision to take them a lot less seriously. It is something I’ll probably carry over into the future fantasy stuff, too. Hope you enjoy the rest of my books, and thanks for reading!

  • Adam W

    Hello Joseph,

    I just finished reading Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes obtained via the sci-fi humble bundle sale.

    Great stuff – reminds me very much of the Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison , but updated to modern times. A great entertaining romp and you can tell from reading the books that you had some fun with them.

    Sounds like the Book of Deacon is a bit more serious take, but I love fantasy works nearly as much as sci-fi, so look forward to checking it out.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks for picking up the bundle. I’m glad you enjoyed both books. I’ve heard my stuff compared to the Stainless Steel Rat several times now. While I’ve heard of the books, I’ve shamefully never read them. Must remedy that.

    I definitely had great fun writing the sci-fi stuff. While the fantasy is more serious, there’s a dash of humor here and there. Hopefully you enjoy the fantasy books. Thanks for the comment.

  • Valerie

    Hi. I really enjoyed the Book of Deacon. I downloaded the rest of the trilogy along with Jade.

    I’ll have to follow you on twitter to make sure I keep up to date on what you are working on.

  • Jeramiah Holland

    Hi there Joseph. I just finished the final book in the Book of Deacon trilogy and all I can think is that I want MORE!!! These three books were absolutely fantastic.

    Of course, to my wonderful surprise I come here to find that you are in the process of writing even more books and I’m so stoked to get my hands on them. I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters…even the evil ones.

    I found each plot changing character to be enticing and believable throughout the entire series.

    Can’t wait to read more of your work! Keep them coming. =D


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Jeramiah! I’m so happy you enjoyed the trilogy. It is great that you even enjoyed the villains. (I’ve got a friend who likes one of the villains better than most of the other characters.) I’ll do my best to get the next story out soon. Thanks for the comment.

  • Chai

    Hi Joseph!!
    Let me just say i’m in love with your writing. The first time I read The Book of Deacon Trilogy I was hooked. So hooked I’m reading it again. Thank you for writing such an interesting story filled with wizards, witches, dragons, battles and best of all the love and passion to end such a meaningless century long war once and for all. I look forward to reading more of your novels.


  • Joseph Lallo


    Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed my books enough to read them a second time. I’ll do my very best to continue the story as soon as possible. Until then, fell free to check out the coming attractions page to see what I’m working on. I post sneak peeks now and then.

    Thanks again!

  • Nik

    Let me start at the beginning, it’s generally less confusing, I stumbled upon The Book of Deacon (as it was free, clever, clever) on nook, and couldn’t stop reading it. Thanks to you I have gotten less sleep than I should have.
    I would love to help in any editing process, not just because I would love to read the works before anyone else, but mostly because I ran into a few spots where words were simply missing, or recently, the wrong name of a character was found in place of another, and while it did not distract much or at all from the story, the editor in me wished I could help 🙂
    I can only imagine how annoying this is and for that I am sorry. I loved the first book and so far am devouring the second. 🙂 Please know that I am truly enjoying your work, I was just wondering if perhaps I could lend only a small amount of assistance in the final editing process.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Nik. I’m glad you are enjoying my books in spite of the lingering errors. No need to apologize for pointing out my editorial shortcomings, I’m no stranger to such critiques by now. You should have seen the books when they first came out. It is a wonder I got any decent reviews at all! I actually recently had a great deal of help in combing out some of the rough spots in most of my books, though I’ve not yet had the chance to apply the corrections and deploy the updated versions.
    I was literally just discussing the concept of increasing my pool of beta readers with the two guys who currently do my final proofreads. Right now I don’t have anything in the editing stage, or even very near to it, but if you want to discuss getting an early look at the next story as it approaches completion, feel free to shoot me an email (info on the contact page) and we can talk about it.

  • Stephanie

    I thought the Book of Deacon Trilogy was fantastic, so much so , that I have read it twice. I would really like to see another Book though. I want to know what happens to Ether, and to Ivy. It felt like there was some part of the story left untold.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. It feels good to know that you enjoyed it enough to read it twice. I certainly intend to add another book before too long. Some prequel, some sequel. Hopefully the untold story will unfold before too long.

  • clive

    Hi Joseph, just finished the first in your exciting trilogy. Even though I noticed a similarity to many others of the same genre I enjoyed the way in which you developed your own style throughout the book. The only issue I had concerned the magical training and the period of time it took your heroine to master her natural abilities. Learning to be mindful, to focus and find such a personal depth to be able to manage the mind as Myranda did would take a considerably longer period of time. Allowing time for her in the book would not have detracted from the good read that your book is. As one of your earlier contributors mentioned the Magician by Feist, this is the book that was a catalyst for me to become interested in mind management, mindfulness and meditation skills. As I started reading I so wanted to regain the sense of excitement and potentiaI I felt many years ago as got from reading the Magician and Pugs journey as he developed his sense of focus and skill in manipulating the magic. I look forward to watching the characters and plot develop and I have just bought the second and third in your trilogy. Great read, interesting characters with their own natural personal faults that we all possess.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Clive. Thanks for comment. I’ve often been told that the Myranda attained mastery during her Entwell training far too quickly. If I had it to do over again, I would probably have introduced a few additional stumbles and setbacks. I’m glad that you enjoyed the story regardless, and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the books in the trilogy.

  • Dawn

    Good Morning,
    Loved your book and the characters and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I have been telling my 5 year grandson about Myn the dragon and he is very interested in her adventures. Just wondering if a childrens book dedicated to Myn was in the works I know one fan that would be very happy.
    Thank you

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Dawn,
    I’m glad you enjoyed the first book, and I hope you enjoy the rest. I hadn’t really thought about a children’s book before, but it is an interesting idea. Since Myranda spends a few months at Wolloff’s tower during the first book, I could probably wedge a cute little tale about the dragon there, if I tried. It is certainly something to think about. As it is, if you end up reading the whole trilogy, and particularly the short story that follows it (called Jade), you’ll know that there’s at least a bit more of Myn’s story left to be told.
    Thanks for reading!

  • Chris

    I’m currently reading Bypass Gemini and thoroughly enjoying it. I picked it up in the Big Bang Bundle Redux promotion on Groupees. If what I’ve read so far is any indication, once I’m done with that and Unstable Prototypes I’ll be off to Smashwords to buy the Deacon books. Good stuff!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, glad to hear it. The Groupees thing was an interesting experiment. Compared to the original Big Bang Bundle it didn’t sell much, but I’m glad it put the books in the hands of at least on person who enjoyed them. Thanks for reading.

  • Joseph Lallo

    No problem! Glad you like it. When you finish, if you decide you want the rest of the trilogy, I’ll make sure you get them.

  • Abigail

    I just finished reading the Book of Deacon trilogy and I absolutely loved it! I could not stop reading! It is among my favorite series, if not my favorite! I loved the way you illustrated your characters. It was a work of art! I would like to know more of Lain’s, Ivy’s, and Myranda’s father’s stories though, like what happened to them before they were introduced. These books are truely a masterpeice, and I look forward to reading your other novels shortly!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Abigail! Thanks, I’m glad you loved the stories. I’m actually already working on a Lain back story right now, and I’ve been tinkering around with something for Ivy, too. You are actually only the second reader I’ve heard from who mentioned Myranda’s father as a possible focus for a story. It’s a pretty interesting idea. I hope you enjoy my other novels!

  • Mona

    Absolutely love The book of Deacon Trilogy! Would love a pre Deacon series, maybe Kenvard before the massacre? Or more on Entwell’s founder, how Entwell came about?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the series so far. I’m definitely interested in doing some background stories, but I’d never considered either the city of Kenvard or Azriel (the Entwell Founder) as potential subjects. They are both interesting areas.

  • Annis

    I absolutely love the Book of Deacon Trilogy. I think you did a great job with the series. I think it was great that every line or revelation was important and kept the book moving forward even if it wasn’t apparent at the time.

    *Vague Spoilers*
    I loved the subtle and not so subtle foreshadowing and the character development. Myranda was such a well rounded character who had many virtues and sometimes they became her flaw. I love how strong will she is and it’s always great to see a female who isn’t your typical damsel in distress. I love Myn! I thought she was adorable and gave the book comic relief. I love Lain and his evolvement over the course of the series.

    Although I think Deacon is great for Myranda, I was rooting for Lain. I thought in many ways they grew on each other. Myranda was able to completely forget his past and trust him. She knew him better than anyone else, requesting that all slave (indenture servants) be freed in his honor. Lain constantly went against his normal routine when it came to Myranda, even if his reasoning was selfish at first. Ether even comments on how much trust there is between the two. When he thought she was dead, it was evident that he wanted to mourn her but couldn’t afford to. Aside from this, Myranda and Lain had a way of communicating with one another beyond words, by simply locking eyes. That’s something she didn’t do with Deacon. It would have been nice if that little romance was explored a little.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comments! I’m tremendously pleased that you enjoyed the story so much.
    I’ve been hearing more and more from people who would have loved to see Myranda and Lain as a couple. I’ll definitely agree that the two of them shared a connection and a deep respect and understanding for one another, but there are also vast differences between them. I’m working on a prequel story about Lain which I hope will provide the missing pieces to the character.

  • jennifer

    I loved the trilogy! The Miranda and Lain where very unique and complementary to each other. It would of been cool to read more of the romance or connection between Deacon and Miranda once they realized their own feelings for each other. I had one question …how did items find there way into Deacons bag that he did not put there himself? Did I miss something? The books are so great that I may have been reading them quickly and missed something. I am looking to reading more of your books. Awesome imagination and expression of the worlds and surrounding you find your hero’s in . Thanks

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Jennifer. Glad you hear you enjoyed the trilogy! I’m still getting the hang of working romance into my books. It isn’t my strongest area. As for Deacon’s bag and its unexplained contents, you didn’t miss anything. That’s a question I purposely left to be answered in a future story. I’ll do my best to continue the story soon. Thanks for the comment!

  • Madeline

    It blows my mind that these are not more popular.I just discovered The Book of Deacon when I bought my nook about a week and a half ago. I bought the first on my nook and read it within three days maybe? Read the second in less than two. Now I am currently starting the third. Obviously I haven’t finished the trilogy so I don’t know how it ends but are you going to write more after these? I have fallen in love with your writing and even though magic and wizards and dragons aren’t my normal book topics, I want more from you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hey, you caught me at the keyboard! Yes indeed, there will be more books in the setting. Aside from “Jade”, which is already out, I’m working on a prequel and a distant sequel. There are also sci-fi books and perhaps a goofy little superhero project. Thanks for reading, I’m glad you’re enjoying the story!

  • Alison

    I absolutely adored the book of Deacon trilogy! I couldn’t put it down! I am an avid reader and a writer myself and I must commend you on your style and plot construction from that standpoint. The entire trilogy has dimension and detail that I have rarely encountered in my life. It recalls such authors as Tolkein and Rowling. I love the way you manage to sustain the different plots of the characters even when they are not being directly followed (such as Desmeres after he loses contact with Lain and Myranda).
    Perhaps one of the things that I loved most however was the way that the characters were so believeable. You don’t see that often within the fantasy genre in my opinion. Myranda does not begin as a gifted wizard with un-relateable power and skill. Instead she starts out as one of the lowest in her society and climbs from there out of a will to defend what she believes in. Now THAT is truly brilliant. In addition, Lain is not the classic “character who begins distant and (for lack of a better word) lost and later sees the error of his ways”. Instead he continues to be the same sort of person he is to begin with: possesing his own agenda, yet mindful of those he cares for. He respects Myranda as a person because of her courage and perseverance in her cause, which somewhat resembles his own. In some ways, he reminds me of Briony from Ian McEwan’s Atonement, but that may just be me. I would analyze everyone, but that would be a novel in itself, so I chose my favorites.
    I will say, I am the self-appointed spelling-and-grammar police, but while it warrants some proofreading, which I am sure you have addressed by now, I was actually not too terribly bothered by it for reasons already explained.
    I have also read Jade, and I liked the way that you tied up a few of the loose ends from the trilogy. I have been recommending every reader I know and I even convinced my school’s library to get the first one for the kindles we have for student checkout. And by the way, I was practically jumping up and down when I saw that the print versions of the trilogy are available in print in the United States. I can’t wait to read more of your work!!! I am really excited for Lain origins.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Alison. Thank you so much for all of your kind words! It really means a lot to me when people connect with my characters and interpret them on such a deep level. As always, I apologize for the lingering typos. I’ve been trying to find the time to roll out the latest round of corrections, but my schedule just isn’t cooperating. I’m hoping once my current book moves into the proofreading stage I’ll have a few days to update the others. Until then, though, back to Lain’s story!

  • Brittany

    I found the first book of the trilogy as a free book on my kindle, something to pass the lunch hour at work. Needless to say I found myself drawn into the story in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time. I just picked up the second book and so will happily be on my way back into the wonderful story you have created.
    Just wanted to thank you for creating such a great read and a universe that offers so much potential.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for the comment, and for reading my stories. It always makes me happy to hear of someone who discovered the series as a free book to help pass the time and found themselves truly involved in the plot and characters. To win someone over from what must have been rather low expectations is tremendously rewarding. Thanks for reading!

  • Veronica

    I just wanted to say that you are a great author! I have read the first book and bought the second one. I’m sure I will buy the third as well when I finished reading the second. It’s a brilliant idea to put the fist book in a series as free. I’ve done this with a couple of others. If they are good books, people will generally buy the next ones. I love it when author do this because I get to see if a book is well written and quality before I spend my money on it. (There is nothing more annoying then buying a book to discover it’s poorly written). I also love the length of the book as you can go more in depth about the characters and world.
    Thank you for taking the time to write these books and I hope you write more fantasy in the future.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! The “first one free” thing was an idea I adopted from a few other fellow indie authors. Giving people a taste for free so that they can decide without risk if my books are worthwhile seemed like the least I could do. As for the length, what can I say? I seem to be incapable of keeping things brief. I certain intend to write more fantasy. In fact, I’m almost done with the next book in the series, a prequel about Lain. Thanks for reading!

  • Jeff Lloyd

    Downloaded the first book on my Kindle, couldn’t put it down. Just had to read the other two books. bought both of them ,and now just downloaded Jade. Very gripping well crafted story.The Book Of Deacon draws you into the book and makes you feel part of it. If it could be compared with anything it would be ” Lord Of The Rings”,but easier to read and with a moral tale of the fight against oppression. Not to be missed. Hope you continue writing more fantastic stories.

  • Kathy Nyberg

    I have really been into series books, but especially fantasy books, in the last couple of years. After buying and reading The Lord of the Rings, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Immortal Instruments, Fifty Shades, Twilight, and many more, I was spending so much money on books that I had to find some less expensive books to read. There were many books priced at $0.00 or $0.99, and after reading only portions of many of them, I knew why. I typically try to read at least 50% of a book, to give it a chance, before I decide if the story is just not going to get any better. I stumbled upon The Book of Deacon and decided to give it a try as well. I was very surprised at how much I loved the book. It was hard to put down and I just purchased The Great Convergence. Your books belong at the same level as the more expensive books that I have read and I am excited about reading the next story.

  • Richard Symons

    Hi, just finished the third book of deacon, I have to be totally honest, I found the first book so slow starting, I almost didn’t get to entwell, but after that I couldn’t put it down, and got through all three books in just under 6 days, brilliant stuff, I just hope you keep writing.
    Many thanks for a great story.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment. I’ve got a feeling I lose a lot of people early in the book. Book 1 is very uneventful until Entwell comes along. I’m glad you stuck with it, and that you found the rest of the story to be worthwhile. Thanks for reading!

  • Anastasiya Bratusina

    Finding the Book of Deacon I had expected it to be like any other free book i had read; predictable and lacking a solid story line. However this I found to be pleasingly quite the opposite. I was very intrigued by the story i read, so much so that if i had put the book down, I did not stop thinking about the next possible turn of the story and so I found my self in a dark room at 4am determined to read the last few words of your tale. It was one of those rare “diamonds in the rough” and I am glad to have read it. Its only faults being lack of page numbers to give me a warning of the time -as they would have been an indication as to how much I have read, but instead the time ticked by unnoticed – and my lack of sleep.
    I am eager to read your next book, but i think i shall not start it tonight, else i might find myself pulling an all nighter.

  • Tanner

    I’d say it’s too early to tell, but I’m in love with the first book. I’m an extremely picky reader, and the book caught me right from the intro. I couldn’t put it down even if I wanted to. I’m close to halfway through, which is an achievement considering I’ve only put a solid 3-4 hours into reading it in between breaks, with lots of stops in between. Can’t wait for the weekend when I can read it at peace. Awesome work, and looking forward to the other 2 parts!

    (After reading some of the comments), I haven’t even gotten to Entwell yet (super curious now), and I think the book works its way slowly to give time for details and personalities to develop. No rushing into the hack and slashing or super busy plot. I’m really enjoying it so far, and I personally think the pace is just fine. Great job, once again.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you like the book so far! I hope you like the whole story, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  • Gregory Peyton

    I had just finished a rather bad few fantasy books when I picked up the Book of Deacon. Admittedly, I was somewhat skeptical of even starting it, since the last few had been little more than a string of improper word use, one-dimensional characters, and unnecessarily contrived plots. After only a few pages, however, I realized that this was not going to be another such experience. Mr. Lallo, your book was instantly engaging, professionally written, clever, and effortlessly funny and stirring. I have already purchased the sequel for my Kindle, and look forward to enjoying more of your excellent work.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m so glad you found my story worthwhile! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. I hope you enjoy The Great Convergence!

  • Victoria S.

    Dear Joseph Lallo;

    The Book of Deacon was fantastic. I just finished it, and I cannot wait to read the other books! You are a good writer.
    The story line was really good; I do have to say, though, that it seemed to take a while to get to the point of the story and what Myranda’s purpose was in it. It wasn’t until she joined up with Lain the second time that I could see some of the story elements beginning to come together.

    All of the characters are colorful and facinating. It is really nice to see the story from a side- character’s point of veiw instead of the actual “Chosen” characters. It makes it different.
    I loved evey bit. Thanks for writing an awesome novel!

  • Lysha M

    Hi there,

    I’ve read The Book of Deacon & I just finished The Great Convergence (your writing is addicting) Absolutely amazing! The way you write transports one directly into the story!
    I look forward to Reading the other books! Especially The Rise of the Red Shadow!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy, and I can’t wait until The Rise of the Red Shadow releases.

  • Kate

    So I read and enjoyed the Book of Deacon trilogy and like with all long terms stories, I was sad it ended but I was actually pleased with the fact that I didn’t feel like, crap, what happened next. I was satisfied that Myranda and Deacon had their happily ever after, that Myn and Ivy likely traveled a bit and that Ether sadly became stationed in one place but probably drifted between the remaining chosen for the rest of their lives. Then I go and read Jade and managed not to spoil it for myself (I was coming up with all sorts of reasons why the elf was Desmeres and that there was some master plan he had like that the world needed the chosen again and he figured he had to eliminated all blood lines of the previous edition before new ones would rise) but then when his real identity was revealed, I was like, well, crap, I forgot about him, thought he got sucked up when Myranda returned, and then was also like, what happened to Ether? Now, I am all intrigued about how Epidime follows through with these plans (and I couldn’t help but think these plans might fall on his face too, like he manages to wipe out the bloodlines and then voila, a new generation starts to rise but like, weirdly in our time). So, I am wondering is this story going to be picked up again or will it be dealt with in sidequests like Jade?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed all of the stories, and you’ve thought about them so deeply. I do indeed intend to eventually pick up the story of Myranda and the others from the point that the trilogy ended, to fill in some of the story between the trilogy and Jade, and also to continue the story of the world after Jade. Right now I’m writing the next book in my sci-fi series, but once I’m about halfway through with that I’ll start asking the fans here on the blog as well as on the fan page to see what part of the Book of Deacon Series should come next. Thanks for the comment!

  • Ashton

    I just wanted to let you know that I have absolutely loved every single one of your Book Of Deacon series so far and Ive bought all of them through itunes! Please keep writing! You’re really good at making believeable and solid worlds!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I don’t hear a lot from iTunes buyers. I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories, and thanks for the comment!

  • Alex_Rose May

    Hi Joseph, your books have knocked my favourites off the top spot. I loved every word of them I was completely enthralled and you have inspired me to start my own story. General Epidime is more bad-area than Voldemort 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Considering how iconic Voldemort is, having one of my villains mentioned in the same breath is a huge honor.

  • Alex_Rose May

    It’s an honour you deserve. I really hope you publish them as hard copies, I’d really love to have your stories as part of my massive book collection. Thank you so much for writing them. Happy writing 🙂

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Though I’ve got paperbacks out of the Trilogy (and soon The Rise of the Red Shadow as well), I’d never put much thought into hardcover. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try.

  • stephan

    Liked the book of deacon trilogy but loved the rise of the red shadow….
    *** SPOILER ***
    hopefully lain is revealed to be alive after all in future book of deacon novels. It would be much appreciated

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you liked the latest story. Regarding the events of future books, nothing is written in stone, so who knows?

  • Teresa B.

    I just finished reading The Book Of Deacon. It was amazing! I have read Scifi and Fantasy for over 50 years, and many times, the books just get too repetitive, or have a “sameness” to all the others I have read. Your book was a breath of fresh air. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and the way you fleshed them out. There was not one that stood out to me-they were ALL fabulous! I read this book in about 8 hours, without being able to put it down!

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m thrilled that such an avid reader could find so much to enjoy in my story. And I’m not sure, but 8 hours might be a record!

  • Teresa B.

    I’m 58 years old, with not much else to do right now, so knocking a book out in a few hours is not a biggie for me (I’m a speed reader-if anyone loves books as much as me, they should take a speed reading class! So many books-so little time!). After I posted the above comment, I downloaded and read Jade and LOVED it! I can’t wait to read the rest of the Deacon books!

  • Nick

    I downloaded The Book of Decon around 2 years ago. Within a week, I had the entire series finished twice. I now own the entire series, including Rise of the Red Shadow, in both iBooks and in paperback. I’ve enjoyed the series so much that I read it again every six months. I consider it one of the greatest fantasy series ever written, up there with LOTR even. This is a series I’m going to read to my kids. Keep up the fantastic writing!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow! Thanks so much for being such a fan of the series! Knowing that you enjoyed my books enough to read them more than once feels great, and knowing that you would read them to your children is an honor. Thanks for the support!

  • les henson

    I love to read and usually finsh two to five books a week. I like to eat as well so I tend to read free books most are good some are great and a few cause me to spend a few shekels toread more. The book of deacon is one of those rare gemsehen I finish the aerie I will read the followup to bypass Gemini. I am sure that the mainstream publishing houses regret not snaging you for their stable. Keep up the good work

  • tim McNamara

    I found the first book the book of deacon by chance and have to say I’m happy I did as I couldn’t put the book down and had it finished a couple of hours. Once book one was finished I found book two and book three so I bought them straight away and had them finished within a day. I loved the series and my favourite character was ivy. I loved it how someone so innocent had so much power in her. Thank you for writing this brilliant series

  • Jason Head

    I’m about 3% into Battle of Verril after having read the first two. I also downloaded Bypass Gemini and started it, but want to finish BoV first. I’m on Christmas vacation now and look forward to finishing your Trilogy and sinking my teeth into your sci-fi adventure. I have to say I have never commented on any website about an author, but I had to drop in and tell you how much I enjoy your work so far. I put you up there with my some of my favorite authors like Piers Anthony, Elizabeth Hayden, and yes even Tolkien. I hope you do a 4th book with Myranda. Keep those novels coming!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m honored to be among the other authors on your list of favorites. Those are some great storytellers! I do indeed to do a 4th book with Myranda and the others. Depending on my schedule it might be one of the next books I start working on. Thanks for reading!

  • Emiliano

    few months ago, looking for an english writed novel, I found Myranda Celeste. By now, I´m a great fan of your work.
    I´d recommended this books to every single man on this earth! 😉

    Now, few months after that, and many many other books readed, im still looking for news about Myranda!

    Congratulations for the hard work you have done creating this colorfull representations, and allowing us to meet, breath and live on this picture places.
    Happy to have found your work.

  • Joseph Lallo


    I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I’ve actually heard from a few non-English speakers who picked up my story as an early introduction into English-language books. It is a relief to know that I made a good impression!

    Thanks for reading!

  • Roberto Nelson

    WHERE IS THE NEXT BYPASS GEMINI/UNSTABLE PROTOTYPES!?!?!? I am sorry for sounding so hostile but they are possibly my favorite book series in the world. I bought unstable prototypes first, thinking that it was a completely different book but when I discovered that it wasn’t, well, of course I had to get the first one. What I am trying to say is, you have inspired me to write my own book and I now consider you a celebrity so if I ever see you in public and I go “squee!” (haha geddit?) then you will know I have read your books.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Funny you should ask! I’m working on it right now. I’m only about 1/3rd done (a remarkable number of things have gotten in the way of writing it). But there’s a sneak peek here. I’m glad you enjoyed the stories! Congrats on deciding to write a book of your own. If I will be making any public appearances, I’ll be sure to spread the word.

  • Sonia Heath-Burge

    Just finished Bypass Gemini and loved it! Science Fiction isn’t usually my thing when it comes to books but after finishing all the Book of Deacon books I figured I’d try it. Loved the characters. Loved the adventure. Absolutely loved the humor. Laughed out loud more than once. Now on to the next one in the series!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Great! I’m always thrilled when a fantasy fan decides to give sci-fi a try after reading my stories. I’m even more thrilled when they are pleased with the result! Enjoy the next one, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Gary Matthews

    Mr. Lallo,

    I really enjoyed Bypass Gemini and Unstoppable prototype! Any word on the third book?


  • Joseph Lallo

    Chugging along. 72,000 words and counting. It’s open in the other window right now. I just typed this paragraph:

    In the hovercars ahead hatches were opening, turrets were swiveling, and the SOB was becoming a target. Lex furrowed his brow. His ship had beefier shields than it really needed, since its redesign was at the hands of a man who felt a vehicle wasn’t finished until it could win a game of chicken against a locomotive, but all the same he wasn’t keen on an actual gunfight. He pivoted to the side, cranked up his shields, and used his overpowered engines to throw aside the smallest of the craft. It was artless, sure, but this was the rare situation where his speedster of a ship had a size advantage. He simply had to throw his weight around, just this once.

  • Mobile Munchkin

    I’ve just finished reading The Book of Deacon and I am glad I followed my gut and purchased all five right from the start. I totally agree it would be an awesome movie! So I have to start The Great Convergence right now lol. I drive OTR and I can’t go to sleep without checking in to see what happens next. Thanks for the great series!

  • Ivy Frost

    I devoured the trilogy and plan on getting the red shadow and jade but one thing stuck that I just needed answered. How in the world did those items get in deacons bag? But more importantly when he was reading and pondering over his books it suddenly told him to stop and that he would understand. Who did this? His future self?

  • Joseph Lallo

    How did the stuff get in the bag? This will (eventually) be revealed. You are correct about the person writing that he should stop reading, which therefore implies that his bag is starting to spit items out BEFORE he put them in.

  • DFA520Az

    So I just finished reading the first book in Book of Deacon series and I gotta say Im rather impressed and cant wait to dive into the other books you have written. Needless to say youve got a new fan out here and seeing as your now just focusing on the writing I will gladly play my part in keeping you fed good sir………well only as long as you keep up the fine work.(Lol)

  • lozstar87

    Hi all I am on my second sitting of the book of deacon series and must say am enjoying as much as the first time ☺ Joseph thank you for a brill set of books are there going to be anymore in the future?
    Lorna xx

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, you caught me right before I was heading off to bed. I’m glad you liked my books! Yes indeed, there WILL be more in the future. I’m working on something right now which is preliminary called “Book of Deacon 4” which continues right after The Battle of Verril.

  • HobbitKrew

    I just wanted make a point to thank you for writing a really great trilogy. I will admit I was just scanning B&N titles on my nook and I must have passed The Book of Deacon three or four times before I stopped to read a few pages. I was immediately intrigued and within 3 work trips finished Deacon and was eager to start The Great Convergence. Currently, I am about 200 pages shy of finishing The Battle of Verril and am purposelessly delaying my reading to prolong the eminent end. It really has been a great experience. Bravo.

  • Andrea

    I recently came across Bypass Gemini on Bookbub as a free read, and it looked interesting. Immediately I was struck by the great writing, the excellent editing, and the intelligence behind the story. I will definitely be purchasing this in paperback or hardbound, and cannot wait to read all of your other books! It is difficult these days as an avid reader to find new or original ideas in the book world, and with Bypass Gemini you nailed it! I most definitely will be suggesting your book to all of my friends as a great read!

  • Andrea

    Awesome! Once I start a set in paperback or hardcover I tend to stick to that format for the rest of the series. I am now about 2/3rds of the way through the first Deacon book and I quite love it!

  • wolfs

    Just finished book 3 and I have to say that “The Book of Deacon” series is one of the best I have read in a very long time. Got book 1 free from Amazon and when I was finished, I went and bought the other two right away! I could not read them fast enough. The characters you have created seem to come alive. Your ability to paint a picture with your words makes me feel as though I am right there. Now I see that you are planning on a fourth book and I can hardly wait to get my hands on it. I doI just signed up for your newsletter and got “Ayna”! That was a real nice surprise. Keep up the great job and I wish you all the best.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I’m so glad you liked the series! If you’re still looking for more, there’s a Lain-centric prequel called Rise of the Red Shadow, and a short story set LONG after the series called Jade. Later this year there will be another Newsletter Perk story too.

  • wolfs

    Just finished Ayna and was not disappointed! Very well done. I would love to read more about the other masters as well. I just bought Rise of the Red Shadow and Jade. I just can’t seem to get enough. More, more!!!!! LoL

  • Joseph Lallo

    Great! I’m definitely planning some more stories about the remaining Entwell masters. Enjoy the rest of the Book of Deacon series in the meantime!

  • wolfs

    Omg, finished Rise of the Red Shadow today. I have to say that it is my favorite of all the books I have read. Without giving anything away, will we see Sorrel again? The way you tied it all together at the end was masterful. You are truly becoming one of my all time favorite authors.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m so glad you liked it! There are notes for a short story to see what happens next with Sorrel. It’s not on the release timeline yet, but I’m sure I’ll write it eventually.

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