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.


  • Dean

    Oh my goodness, i cannot belive how good this book is as a massive fane of the deacon series (read 10+ times) this book is perfect and well worth the money i love the way you took us back to where Laun was captured and how he ended up working the plantation, his journey to become the red shadow was amazing i love this book so much your attention to the smallest details is still there youve done an amazing job in writing this definatley a must read thank you so much for this these book have gotten me through some very tough times i really do hope that you plan to write more based on the Deacon series possibly a direct continuation? But again thank you for an amazing read keep up the amazing read oh and congrats on getting your new home it looks beautiful.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad that such an avid fan of the series enjoyed The Rise of the Red Shadow so much. As I said elsewhere, I was nervous about revisiting such a popular character for fear of ruining it, but so far the responses have been great! I’m definitely planning to write more Deacon books. Right now a direct sequel of the trilogy looks like it will be the next major book, but it will be a little while.

  • kevin

    I loved your Book of Deacon series which I listened to from Audible. I was wanting to do the same with the Rise of the Red Shadow but they do not have the book as of yet. Do you know if they will have it and how soon?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I think you might be the first person I’ve heard from who listened to the audio books. I’m glad you enjoyed them! I spoke to the publisher shortly after the Rise of the Red Shadow was published and they expressed interest, but that was the last I’d heard of it. I’ll give them another poke to see if they’re still interested, and if they want to get the ball rolling. Even if they start today, it would probably be at least three months. I’ll keep everyone posted as things develop (or fail to develop).

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi there! Just wanted to give you an update. Tantor Audio replied to my question about The Rise of the Red Shadow. Sales have been borderline for the Trilogy, so right now The Rise of the Red Shadow is on the maybe pile. Fingers crossed, I suppose.

  • Joseph Lallo

    That’s a fair assessment. It was the one written most recently, so I had a little more time to hone my craft and learn from my mistakes before writing it.

  • ThestralSnidget84


    I’ve been reading your books on my Kobo, and I really love them, and I’ve even been telling my friend to read them too on my blog. The only problem I have is that when I try to buy ‘The Rise of the Red Shadow’, Kobo tells me that the book isn’t available in the UK even thought the other three are. Will it become available in the UK, as I really want to finish reading the series?

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the books! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having difficulty with buying the Rise of the Red Shadow from Kobo. I’ve actually heard this from other readers over the last few months. Smashwords (the distributor I use to get my books to Kobo, says that Kobo is coping with a fairly significant backlog of updates. I’ll write to them again to see how this is coming along. In the mean time, if you’d like to read it, email me and I’ll see if I can send you a copy somehow. Thanks!

  • davemai

    I’m finishing the book, and it’s been a hell of a ride with Lain. Can’t wait to read the main trilogy!
    P.S: I just have to say this nearing the end of the book: “Speak woman, speak! Give your child a father” (reading the Scarlet Letter and that line just popped up in my head when I saw the…kids-no spoiler here haha).

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the story! And anything that I could write that might conjure a classic literary reference must be doing something right!

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