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  • Cecilia L. Gilbert

    I loved your books!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am also looking forward to reading any future publications!! πŸ˜€ I enjoy reading sci-fi, so I would definitely read anything you publish in that genre!! πŸ˜› Personally, I think a prequel or a series of prequels that focused on Lain/The Red Shadow would be awesome. πŸ™‚ Definitely would love to here more from Myranda and the Chosen! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A sidequest would work! I have lots friends who like to read so I will try to establish you a fan base here in North East Texas!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (Which is one of the world’s most boring places by the way!!!) You should get a facebook page, twitter, or something like that!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, thanks for the support! I’d definitely say that Lain’s history would contain some great stories. I’m on Twitter, @jrlallo, if you want to follow me. I’m on facebook, too, though not in the form of a fan page. I’ll warn you, I’m not terribly active in social networks, but I guess I should try to fix that. Thanks again, and I hope I continue to produce stuff you’ll enjoy.

  • Adam Smith

    Hi Joseph, I have a few questions about your book “The Book of Deacon”. (I also posted these on

    I noticed that you chose to not use chapter breaks. I am curious why? Was that to conform to a certain style of writing? For example stream of consciousness writing.

    Also I can’t figure out the setting. It seems to be medeival Europe, but it also seems to be another planet altogether. What place did you have in mind when writing the book?

    Third question is how long did it take you to write the book, and why did you choose to self-publish? Seems like a good book…I would think a publisher would pick you up.

    Thanks for your time.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, Adam, thanks for your interest.

    I’d say it is fair to say that the lack of chapter breaks is a result of stream of consciousness writing. Not so much because I was going for that as a style, but because that’s just how I wrote the book. The entire trilogy was written from beginning to end as one big mush. I only had a very vague idea of how I wanted the story to go. As a result, I didn’t really organize my thoughts into chapters. On the same note, it was supposed to be one book, but it grew wildly out of control.

    The setting is definitely “Somewhere Else.” I hesitate to use the word planet, just because that has science fiction connotations, which was not my intention. The land sort of developed along with the story, until I had all of the geography I needed. I’d say, think of it as something along the lines of Narnia. A different world, rather than simply a different planet. Also, I never actually named the world, just the nations in it. That may change.

    There are basically two answers to the question of how long I took to write the book. The ideas that would eventually form the characters started to form back in second grade. I started scribbling ideas during high school, and the plot finally came to an end during college. So if you want to get technical, the STORY took something like twelve years to write, with many gaps of months or years in between. (Yeesh.) Once it became clear that this might make for a good book, it took about two years to chop it up, edit it, and proofread it as a whole. (Judging from the comments I’ve been getting, that proofreading step probably should have taken longer.) I was working, going to college, or BOTH during that time, so it took longer than it should have. Then I let my friends read it, and took about a month each to tighten up, format, and release the three parts.

    I’m glad you like the book, but the reason I self-published is because I got several dozen rejection letters from various literary agents who were not as fond of it. Finally a few of my friends suggested I just publish it myself. Now that I’ve done so, I find that I like the control it gives me, but if I get a chance to publish some of my future stuff traditionally, I’ll certainly consider it.

    I hope that answers your questions, and I hope you like the rest of the story. This reply was posted on Amazon as well.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Congratulations, sir! I’ll say that I’m one of the many who recently downloaded The Book of Deacon on Kindle during it’s free promotion. You might want to give a shout of thanks to Michael Gallagher – he included your book in his blog (Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Tips) – and it seems to be one of the most popular Kindle blogs available. I’ve had my Kindle for less than a week now, and yours was the first ‘recent’ free novel I downloaded.

    I enjoyed your book quite a bit, and I’ve purchased the next two volumes in the series, as well as Jade.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the book. Hopefully you like the others in the series. Though it goes without saying, I would recommend reading the full trilogy before reading Jade to avoid spoilers. And thank you for the heads up on Michael Gallagher. I knew there had to be SOME explanation for how I could have gotten so many downloads so quickly.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Well, I’m just under halfway through the 2nd novel now; and I am liking it. You quickly put to rest my biggest concern from the first novel (from my amazon review) pretty quickly. πŸ™‚

    If the level of quality keeps up, I’m sure I’ll be checking out your sci-fi offering eventually.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Just wanted to let you know that I just finished the Battle of Verril. What a great concluding installment to the story. Now, it’s off to read Jade.

  • Joseph Lallo

    As always, I thank you for reading my stuff, and it is great to hear that you liked it. I checked out your review on amazon. Thanks for that, too. Hopefully you enjoy Jade, but it is a very different type of story.

  • jaimi

    Also there are several places where they collect all of the free books on Amazon onto one page. I know there are a lot of people (maybe not 10,000 worth though) who are ..for lack of a better word, addicted to that kind of thing… *cough*not me really*cough* The site I prefer is While I generally have to wade through a lot of crap to find the good stuff, every so often it pays off and I find a real gem. This series definitely fits the bill, so thanks again for writing it. Hopefully you’re getting lots of carryover into your other books from people who want to see how the story ends!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the additional insight, and I’m glad you consider this to be one of the gems. I’m happy to say that I am indeed seeing a fair number of people picking up the rest of the trilogy. Not enough to say, justify quitting my day job, but enough to potentially finance some professional help on the cover art and editing in the future.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Thanks for sharing. I just finished reading Bypass Gemini and loved it – so knowing that you’ve already got a sequel in the works is great news!

  • Valerie

    I am halfway through the The Battle of Verril, and I know I’m going to be sad when it is over- because it is over. I love a series that makes me fall in love with the characters and their story. I read a lot of Fantasy novels (I love me a good epic!), but they are rare in the Kindle Store. This trilogy definitely ranks up among my favorites. I’m so glad for your success and hope it continues.

    By the way, I would have paid more for the other books. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  • Michelle D.

    You, sir, should not be amazed at the “mystery surrounding the inexplicable success” of your Kindle books. These stories are very good and speak for themselves (minus the errors – sorry, I’m a red pen fiend). I found out about them on POI (Pixel of Ink) and have been telling all of my friends what a great stories I discovered. Thank you for sharing them and not keeping them bottled inside of your head!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the praise, and for spreading the word. Regarding the errors, I might have an announcement to make about them in a few days. (Fingers crossed.) It seems Pixel of Ink sent a fair number of people my way. I’ll have to thank them, too. And as for letting the stories out of my head? No thanks necessary. If I let those characters keep rattling around in my head without getting them down on paper (or ePaper, as the case may be), I’d have gone crazy. Or at least driven my friends crazy.

  • Sandra

    Just finished all four of your stories and loved them all. I am excited to see such great work from a self published author…..I am a great fan of the genre, but yours was exceptional. Thank you for the escape.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m really glad you liked the stories. Right now I’m on a little bit of a science fiction binge, but I’ll be back to fantasy soon enough. (I actually just finished proofreading the first draft of the next fantasy title I intend to publish, but it will be a while before I’m ready to release it into the wild.)

  • Irving Gilbert

    I’m not sure how that works for us Kindle users. Will we automatically download the new version? I suspect not… I’m guessing that we’d have to manually download it again?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Okay, I asked Amazon, and they said that when I upload a revision, I can inform them, and they will send an email to all customers with an earlier version to inform them of the change. They cannot push an automatic update, because the new edition will remove highlights, last page read, and bookmarks. It will also alter the structure of the book, which would shift the positions of notes. They claim they need permission before updating to a new edition. It makes sense, actually.

  • Joseph Lallo

    As near as I can figure, you will indeed need to manually download it again to get the new version. I’ll see if I can get a definitive answer before the professionally edited version drops, which looks like it will be mid to late September.

  • Jeff Andress

    Just left you review (which you responded to) on amazon. Was surprised and happy to see a prompt response, not something normally gotten from an author. Surprised as well to see you in my same industry (IT). Happy to read the series and I like what I’ve read so far. Looking forward to more installments.
    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but this is a wishlist of fictional acts I’d like to see (aka feature requests):
    Ivy teaches Myn to speak Northern
    Entwood branches out and sends emmisaries in this time of unease, while facing the prospect that one of their own was murdered by another citizen of Entwood. (and, is there a plot by this murderer to trade magic for gold and power in the new world?)
    As well, would be nice that other nations be allowed to build embassies in Entwood for magical training of their own people.
    Deacon deals with his changing hand and it’s spread to the rest of his body.
    Whatever happened to the original wizard that trained myranda? Is he an old fool, or a clever man?
    Deacon and Myranda married.
    Ether learns new tactics, but briefly becomes undeniably human and thus, mortal.

    What hooked me on your books? Free. The whole “first one is free” thing made me take the chance. It’s a good story line, lots of depth, and can go any number of ways. You could literally write dozens of books with these characters, and still have a plethora of material remaining. Understandably, you’ve got a lot on your plate so I can handle a wait for the next one. My email is listed here, if your in need of an informal focus group so to speak, feel free to contact me. Else, I’ll eagerly await your next installment.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, requests! Let’s see how much I can say without giving too much away. Well, I’ve got a short novel out now called Jade that takes place some undisclosed number of years after the events of the Book of Deacon trilogy. If you read that, having read the trilogy, you’ll find indications of at least some of your requests happening in the intervening years, though they may or may not happen as you envisioned them. On the other hand, some things you are looking for are very unlikely to happen, but nothing is set in stone. Most of the major characters are plotted out for at least one more appearance, so there are plenty of opportunities to see them grow and develop. As for minor ones? Well, you mention Myranda’s first teacher, Wolloff. He was a favorite among the group of friends who helped me get the trilogy finished, so I wouldn’t doubt that we would hear from him again.

    “First one free” was certainly a breakthrough. I know that there is a great deal of bad literature out there. It’s asking an awful lot of someone to throw away a few dollars on a self-published unknown who you’re not sure you’ll like. The least I could do was give everyone a risk-free taste of what I had to offer to help make the decision a little easier. It took FOREVER to get Amazon to make it free, and it is still only temporary, but the Smashwords (and Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Sony, etc.) versions should remain free for the foreseeable future.

    Thanks for the comment!

  • sam

    Awesome series dude!!! raelly love how you get on with the story and just give readers ample time to decide whether to love it or hate it. I personally LOVED IT and just wanted to say kudos for such fantastic writing. and i also can’t believe you’re so immersed in teh world of IT and came up with such amazing stuff so far from the realm of IT!! wicked!!!

  • dena vogel

    got the free e-b00k Book of Deacon at B&N and bought the rest of the trilogy. have pretty much the same comments as others — needs editing for typos, no chapters was distracting, but loved the books.

    why did you self-publish instead of going with a publisher such as Baen or Tor or Bantam?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for picking up the books. As always, I’m glad you liked them. As for why I didn’t go with a publisher? It wasn’t for lack of trying. Getting a book traditionally published is pretty tricky, it turns out. Of the dozens of literary agents I contacted, none even requested the full manuscript, and most didn’t even take a look at a sample before deciding it didn’t fit their current needs. I don’t blame them. I’m sure these people get hundreds of query letters a day. Giving every book serious consideration would be nearly impossible. It was frustrating to know that the quality of my book wasn’t even part of the equation, though. The entire process felt like a lottery. After getting an awful lot of form letters with gently worded rejections, or outright not getting a reply, I decided on self-publishing. It hasn’t been without its pitfalls. I have no doubt that The Book of Deacon, had it been put through the steps a professional novel goes through, would have been a better book. There would have been an editor to take care of the errors and I would have been warned to chapterize it, for starters. Despite that, I don’t regret the decision. At least this way, people are reading my stuff.

  • Josh Timms

    All I have to say about your trilogy lingers around the word Wow, I haven’t been able to put my phone down for the last two weeks, looking forward to the sequel.

    Good luck and thank you for these masterpieces.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hey, I’m not the only one using my phone to read eBooks! (I’m actually 2/3rds of the way through re-proofreading Book 2 on my phone right now!) Thanks for the good wishes. Once I finish a second Sci Fi book, it is back to the Book of Deacon Series. A friend of mine is looking over the rough draft of a distant sequel at this very moment.

  • Naomi

    I am almost done with the Book of Deacon, and I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed or been delighted by a book this much since I read Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon! Thank you sir for a VERY pleasant surprise! You have officially joined the ranks of my favorite authors, and I am inordinately picky about such things.

    I can’t wait to find these books in print. They are well worth collecting and re-reading until they fall apart! Best of luck on your writing career. Oh, and you should definitely quit your day job!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Those are some of the most encouraging words I’ve heard. Thank you so much. You are now the second person to indicate you’d like to see the trilogy in print. I may have to start looking into this… As for quitting the day job? Well, I’m not there yet, but it is looking more plausible now than it ever has.

  • Josh Timms

    Also, would you be willing to bestow me the honour of looking over a rough draft of a possible cover for if your books go paperback? Loan and ivy fit under my art style

  • Joseph Lallo

    I know all too well the sort of havoc electronic correction can cause when you are using nonstandard words. (Mine wanted to call him Lane.) A paperback is still a distant “maybe” right now, but I do plan on having some fancy covers made. I’ll probably end up posting them on the site when they first come in, so you’ll certainly get a look at them before they go to the presses. I’ll be sure to make posts when I find an artist, when I’m brainstorming cover ideas, and at every other step of the process.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Book 1 was initially published on January 29th, 2010 on It showed up online around February 2nd. I published it on that same day. Since then it has been showing up in the various other faces of Amazon and distribution partners of as they became available.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Thanks for the update – this should be the first time I’ve gotten an update on a Kindle ebook. Be good to see how the process works in reality.

  • Irving Gilbert

    I’m trying to get everything new that I read in ebook format now. The only hardcover (or paperback) that I plan on buying in future is the concluding entry in the WoT series, and that’s because I already have every other volume in physical format.

    How about an omibus version of the trilogy in paperback – that would allow you to keep the opening volume ebook free – sort of as a teaser.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Interesting… I hadn’t thought about releasing it combined. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll have to see how the costs compare. Regardless of whether I do it combined, separately, or not at all, it is my intention to keep the eBook of Book 1 free in all of the retailers that allow me to do so. I just won’t be able to make the actual paperback free. Doing it omnibus style will certainly avoid the inevitable backlash I would have gotten for charging for one format and giving the other away for free. Good thinking.

  • Angela

    I am a single mother of a toddler and a career professional with little if any free personal time. On a whim I downloaded the first book of deacon as it was free and seemed interesting. I couldn’t stop reading it. I was so compelled to finish the story that I bought the other two downloads – my first ever non-free downloads and non-public library books in 5 years. Further I have slept less than four hours a night for the last three nights because I have been consumed with finishing. This is the highest praise I can offer you. Taking the time away from sleep now at half past midnight to tell you how thoroughly I have been entertained is only further evidence. Thank you for your story. I consider the time spent well worth the cost. I can’t remember the last time a was so lost in a book.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you so very much. I have always felt that time is by far the most precious resource, and I can only imagine how much more precious it is to a single mother, so I assure you that the full measure of your praise is not lost on me. It is tremendously gratifying to know that you found that time well spent, and that you felt so strongly enough to share your thoughts. It is comments such as this that convince me that my own time has been well spent in writing these books. Thank you again.

  • Donna McParland

    I just want to say ive just finished book 3 and I’m so glad there will be more from these characters. Thank you for a fantastic read and a wonderful world to be lost in.

    Donna xx

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m thrilled to know that you’ve enjoyed the story, and I hope that I can finish the next book before too much longer.

  • Alex

    Hi Joseph,
    Well I’ve just finished reading your first book in the trilogy The Book of Deacon and I felt absolutely compelled for some strange reason, as I never have before, to jump online and let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can totally relate to being sleep deprived for the last few nights as I absolutely couldn’t put this book down. Over the years I’ve read dozens of fantasy books and I felt that this one was one of my favourites and certaintly the most fun easy read. Thank you for writing this book and please continue to write amazing stories!
    Well I’m off now to download the next two books! πŸ˜‰

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for the comment! I’m thrilled you liked the story. It always feels good when an avid reader lists my book among their favorites. Hopefully you enjoy the next to books in the trilogy, and I promise to do my best to continue writing stories of the same quality. Thanks for reading.

  • Rosi

    I read the “Book of Deacon” and “United By The Gods” and I am at the end of the third book. I really like the characters, but I’m afraid that if I read the last book I will have to say bye to the characters. I fell in love with Deacon, but in Lane too 😐 I wish the story never ends πŸ™

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’ve got good news if you’re a Lain fan. He’s the star of the prequel I’m working on. I hope to continue the story of the others, too.

  • Irving Gilbert

    Just rec’d the notification from Amazon… Amazon and I have very different definitions of the word, ‘soon’. Sounds more like Valve time.


  • Steve H.

    Mr. Lallo, I am now on the third book of the trilogy. I want to start off by saying I have read hundreds of books in many genres. If I don’t like a book or it doesn’t have my attention, I’ll stop reading. This trilogy has kept me looking forward to where I left off.

    I also appreciate your humbleness and candor. I know some reviews commented on grammatical errors, etc. Who cares! You had the courage to not only write this, but self-publish which is something in and of itself. I have been encouraging my young children to write because they have that creativity.

    Congrats and best wishes as you are an author. Good Job!

    v/r SH


  • Joseph Lallo

    I really appreciate your encouraging words. It was always my hope that others would enjoy reading what I’ve written. It is great to hear that you are encouraging your children to write. This whole adventure (both the one inside the books and my own adventure in publishing them) started when I was very young and decided to let my imagination wander all over the page instead of staying cooped up in my head. Somewhere I still have the notepads that contain the hand written first draft. I starts with the line “A very short description of the story idea.” It ends six notebooks later.

  • Sandi

    I’m enjoying the Book of Deacon & look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. I’d like you to know that I got your book from Barnes & Noble; I use the Nook (can’t stand Amazon). B&N is a great place to get books that are distributed by Smashword.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. I’ve definitely heard great things about the Nook, I’m extremely happy with how well Barnes and Noble works together with Smashwords, and indie authors in general. It took a fair amount of convincing to get Amazon to give me a free promotion, but B&N let me set my own price from the beginning, even if the price was zero.

  • Kirstin

    I think the Deacon series is amazing. The books are definitely some of my all-time favorites and are worth reading over and over (which I normally don’t do). As a girl, I definitely connected with Myranda and was able to picture myself in her position. I too, fell in love with Deacon…
    Keep on writing!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad you were able to connect with Myranda and Deacon. You’ll be glad to know that they should be appearing together on the upcoming commissioned cover of the second book. I should see a rough draft of it next week.

  • Cecilia Lashley

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the Deacon trilogy and left a glowing recommendation on the Amazon website. You have joined my very select group of collected authors so I will be watching for more publications. I will not say hurry, as I have learned that authors who publish for volume usually lose the quality that attracted me the in first place. Continue to craft well and please let us re-visit Deacon and Myranda again.

  • Joseph Lallo

    It is great to hear that you’ve enjoyed the trilogy, and I appreciate the recommendation. I’ve heard from more than enough people to convince me that Myranda and the others deserve another outing, so one day you’ll see it. As for hurrying? I couldn’t if I tried. Writing remains a much beloved but secondary activity for me, so while I’m free to daydream and sculpt and imagine characters and plots all day long, it is only when I get a few hours to myself that words ever make it to paper. I only hope that, as my style and tastes evolve, I remain true to the tone and style that you’ve enjoyed.

  • Josh Timms

    Thanks for letting me know when this was released, this is some pretty incredible artwork and it fits well with the style of the book, the devotion you show to your fans makes you among my top authors, Thanks!

  • Joseph Lallo

    No problem. You’d mentioned artwork, so I figured you might be interested. This is my first experience with HAVING fans, so I figure I should make the most of it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have no fans, or maybe I’ll have too many to interact with. Until then, I’ll do what I can, while I can.

  • 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!

  • Irving Gilbert

    Well, as you asked for a suggestion for the site – how about a Things to Come section, where maybe you could include an early draft or sample chapter from the Bypass Gemini sequel? As well as any other thoughts that you’d care to share on future projects?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Post snippets of upcoming projects, eh? That’s a very neat idea. I’ll take a look at the Prologue of Sci Fi Book 2 and see about posting it. I would post Chapter 1, but it is mostly recap about the events of Bypass Gemini, which wouldn’t have much to offer people who have already read that book, and would spoil some things for those who haven’t. It is a shame, too, because Chapter 1 also introduces a plot element that I’m afraid might be a little too off-the-wall for the average reader, so feedback on it would be useful. Stand by follow up post.

  • Irving Gilbert

    I like it… good to know that Karter and Ma will be featured in the new novel. Only question I have is do you think everyone will get the uncanny valley reference?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Glad you like it. Karter and Ma are in fact quite heavily involved in the plot. Ma in particular, though in a way that I’m not 100% confident will be popular, as I’d indicated in my previous reply. As for the uncanny valley reference? I suppose it would be wise to expand that a bit to make its meaning more clear.

  • Amy

    Hey, I just noticed the updated covers on Amazon – they look really nice! I still kind of have a soft spot for the symbol covers (maybe put them in as a fly leaf when they’re published?), but the picture ones are great.

    Can’t wait to re-read the shiny new edited versions!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for commenting. I’m extremely pleased with the new covers, and I’m happy to hear you like them. I’m also glad to hear that you liked the originals. In light of your fondness for them, they have now been enshrined on the artwork page. Regarding the edited versions, the professional edit of book 1 should be up in in a few days, unless the editor has any last minute adjustments to make. It will be a LONG time before a professional polish is put on the rest, but I anticipate one or two personally spruced up revisions between then and now.

  • christine caruso

    Mr. Lallo….I have literally spent the last three days involved in reading The Book of Deacon…..I, like Angela on July 20th, am a mother of a 3 year old working three jobs while trying to obtain a Masters. I have spent every waking moment, practically not sleeping….and I cannot thank you enough. I am going to immedately spend the very small amount of “entertainment” funds I can afford for all of your books I cant wait to read. Thank you again….the best read I have had years.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! As always I am glad that you enjoyed my story, and I thank you for spending both your money and your extremely valuable time reading my books. I too managed to earn a Master’s Degree, and that was taxing enough, even with a single job and no children. That you were willing and able to find the time to read my words is nothing short of astounding to me. I genuinely hope you enjoy the rest of the series, and thank you for commenting.

  • Amanda

    I just wanted to say that I read a lot of books but I have hardly ever come into a trilogy I enjoyed a much as I enjoyed the book of deacon! I’m a mother and I work quite a bit, normally I don’t have enough time to devote to reading fully and with your books I seem to have found the time, they had such a grip on me I just couldn’t put them down! That was the best trilogy I’ve read and I will be giving out great reviews anywhere I can. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story and I look forward to the next books you put out!

  • Vanna Smythe

    Hi Joseph. I just stumbled upon this post and wanted to share that I am also totally self conscious about my writing. Members of my close still family don’t know that I am on the verge of self-publishing my first book. In fact, right now, only a few of my closest friends know it. I am slowly coming out of my shell with it, but it’s a very slow process. If only I could achieve your success in a few years-25 000 downloads is an amazing number! Congratulations!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Vanna. Congratulations on stepping onto the roller coaster of self-publishing. If your journey is anything like mine, it might seem rough or even hopeless at times, but if you stick with it, I’m sure you’ll find an audience for your writing. I’m still astounded by what I’ve achieved, and still terrified by the knowledge of so many looking at something I guarded for so long. If you need any advice or recommendations, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve found a few things that help and a few things that hurt, so I’d be happy to share my thoughts. I wish you all the luck in the world.

  • Wendingo

    I’ve just finished the first book in the series and I thought i’d give you a few minutes of my time (that’s all you get as i’m itching to start reading the second book in the trilogy) to tell you how pleased I am that after 2 years another author has finally made it onto my ‘must read all’ list.
    Beautifully written and so easy to read. With a few short descriptive lines you introduced me to my new friends with ease. I didn’t have to spend nights with them to get to know their personality, nor did I have to be on the defensive until their true colours shone through. BANG! an instant new family.
    The storyline in itself kept my stomach doing turns and more often that not I had to calm it with a few choice words. Thoroughly gripping. So much in fact that I have spent the last two days with my head in your book rather than logging onto my daily fix of fantasy in the form of an RP game (although my guildies may not be thanking you).
    I could ramble to you for a long time about the great work that you have done on this first book in the series, but I have the second book to read.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m very glad that you’ve enjoyed the first book of the trilogy so much, and I sincerely hope that the rest of the tale leaves you feeling the same way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Gabrijel Gelic

    Your first book if wonderful. The story is unique, the setting capturing and the characters captivating. As an author not having a dozen assistants and agents dedicated to you,I think you’ve done a great job. Living in NYC and having a full-time career I find it very difficult to find time to read any book, especially a fiction book and I have to say that my time has not been wasted. Every morning on the subway I’m reading your book and wishing my ride was just a little longer πŸ™‚ I look forward to #2. Good job sir!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the first book. While it is true that I don’t have assistants, servants, etc. on staff, I didn’t do this without help. A few of my friends contributed far more time to the proofreading and spit-balling stages than I had any right asking for, and they deserve a big part of the credit for how the book turned out. (I should add a special thanks in the next revision.) Regarding your subway reading sessions, I live and work very near to NYC myself, to the point that if I’m not paying attention on the way home, I could end up at the World Trade Center by accident. As a result, a considerable amount of the book you’ve been reading on the subway was also WRITTEN on the subway. Hopefully you enjoy the second book as much as the first. Thank you for the kind words.

  • Gage

    Great series. I saw The Book of Deacon rise through the ranks of the free sci-fi fantasy portion in the iBooks store and gave it a shot. Before long I’d torn through your whole series. Quite addicting and with the same flaw that every other great thing has; it comes to an end. Excellent job. Do you have a facebook page? Randolph Lalonde and his self published sci-fi, The Spinward Fringe series, has had great success pooling fans together with his group page. Just a thought. Keep up the good work.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Glad you like the series. As a lowly android user, I don’t have any way to keep track of my rank on the iBookstore, but a friend with an iPad recently sent me a screenshot of my author page, and I was amazed at the number of positive ratings and reviews I’ve received. I have a personal Facebook page, but I haven’t put together one for the series. That’s something I should certainly look into. Thanks for the comment!

  • 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

  • Scott

    Its not often that I get a chance to read a book that engages me as much as yours did. I read the first book of the trilogy in about 2 days. In the last week I devoured the remaining books and was thoroughly engrossed. I loved the characters and the entire story line. keep up the good work!!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! It is great to hear that you enjoyed the trilogy. Right now I’m busy plugging away at a Sci Fi book, but once that’s done, it is back to the fantasy books to see where else I should take them.

  • mashpar

    Let me first say that I am an avid reader and love a great story that keeps me hooked from beginning to end. I absolutely loved your books, the story and characters kept me awake way too late for the last week, I really did not want to stop reading. Your 1st book of this trilogy was the 1st book that I downloaded on my tablet from the Amazon Kindle app, and it was only by luck that I chose your book (it was free and seemed interesting).

    Stephen King has long been my favorite author and since The Dark Tower series, I have not had any other books hold my attention until now. Great job on the books! I have already been telling friends and family about how good your books are. Hope to read more about Myranda, Myn, Ivy, Deacon, and Ether someday.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thank you for commenting. Wow, my stuff has just been compared favorably to The Dark Tower series. High praise indeed! I’m glad you liked the trilogy. It might be a while, but I think it is safe to say that we haven’t seen the last from this cast. Thanks for reading.

  • Rich Burchell

    Hi JL,
    I just finished your 1st book and here I am looking at your website and writing this note. Well, I thought the book was fantastic. So much so, that I went to BN and bought the next two in the series and will be starting to read book 2 right after this email. I thought the characters are great, the story line is, way cool, and the magic, is sweet. It took me a little while to get into the book, though, about 150 to 200 pages, I think. Shortly after Myranda found the sword and touched it. At that point the story took off, and from then on was a page turner where I couldn’t read fast enough. Anyway, don’t stop writing, you are very talented. You also did a very good job editing as I only found a few word errors, minor ones, like her instead of here, that kind of stuff. So, don’t worry about it, I have read a lot worse and in comparison this was great, almost like it was professionally edited. I read lots of fantasy and this book is one the best, so please keep on writing, cause you will be a star sooner than you think.


  • Jeanette Blazso

    I just finished the first book in the trilogy and can’t wait to read the next two! I was engrossed from the very beginning – page 1 to be exact. I needed to know what was going to happen next so much that I read much too fast and had to keep going back to reread! No time for any more comment as I have to get the rest of the trilogy and get back to reading! Thank you for such an engrossing series!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Jeanette! Thanks for the comment. I’m really glad you enjoyed the first book, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Thanks for reading!

  • Annette

    I have just finished reading The Book of Deacon series and I loved it. The tale you told was brillant and beyond!!!!!!! PLEASE continue the story!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to know what happens next to Deacon,Myranda and the rest of the heros.
    Thank you

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the books. I’m definitely going to revisit this series. It is just a matter of time. Thanks for reading.

  • Jena Gregoire

    Thanks for the kind words! It was a pleasure to be able to chat off sides. πŸ™‚ I am very much looking forward to moving on to the 2nd book in the trilogy. You KILLED me with that cliff hanger!! lol πŸ˜‰ Thanks again and I look forward to talking to you in the future! We are probably going to have to do a follow up interview after I finish the next book! haha! πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    I highly recommend it. It is no San Diego Comic Con (yet), but they have a huge Artist Alley and plenty of excellent panels and guests every year.

  • Charity Douglas

    Absolutely loved this trilogy. I just loved how there was something happening and left me wondering what was going to happen next. I downloaded the first one Thursday night and its now Sunday night and I just finished the third. Just couldn’t put it down and looked at my husbandd when he suggested I should and get a decent nights sleep.
    I would love it if you would write more with these characters, surely their adventures can’t be over.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Charity! I’m so glad you enjoyed the trilogy. I’ve got a few projects to get out of the way, first, but I have no doubt that the cast of these books will have another adventure or two. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • 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!

  • John Rogalski

    Being an Engineer I really do not read fiction,But I was looking around at Amazon and found the Book of Deacon for free. Well, I not only read thaat novel in two days, but purhased the rest of the series and read all three over the weekend.

    I sincerely yyou hope to continue as I am waiting for your next novels.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hey, a fellow Engineer! Yes, I must say that, regardless of my intention when entering a bookstore, I tended to walk out with non-fiction, particularly during college. The balance has started to shift pretty sharply toward fiction these days, particularly since discovering Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’m working on continuing these novels, but I’ve got a few thousand more words to go on my next Sci Fi novel first. Thanks for the comment!

  • 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. πŸ™‚

    ****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. πŸ™‚


  • 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!

  • hobbit

    I am a huge fantasy reader. I have emptied our local library of all their fantasy books and have a bookcase full of purchased ones.

    I will have to say that this one, The Book of Deacon, was right up with the rest of them.

    I would love to get it in hard copy for my partner to read as he doesn’t read ebooks yet.

    It was he who introduced me to fantasy and I think he would love it too.

    I was mightily disappointed when I tuned the page to find your little blurb about the next book. I was ready for a long read!!

    So, I guess I’d best find the next two books to find out what happens,aye?

    Also, I have done a lot of work with the Gutenberg Project and was wishing I could have fixed the errors that came through into the ebook. They in no way spoiled the reading though, and you have since had them fixed, I believe, so all is well!

    Looking forward to the next part of The Book of Deacon!

    Many thanks,


    PS. I use my Netbook as my ereader. I have downloaded a programme called Calibre. It a good way to manage my ebooks.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! It is great to learn that a diehard fantasy fan considers my book to be worthwhile. I’ve been taking some preliminary steps toward getting the book published in paperback, but I’m reluctant to move forward until, at the very least, all of the books of the trilogy have seen an editor. It is bad enough releasing an eBook with errors. Releasing a paperback with errors is another thing entirely. If and when I make the book available in print, however, you can be sure that I will announce it here.

    Hopefully, if you choose to read the entire trilogy, you’ll feel as positive about the whole story as you did about the first chapter.

    By the way, I actually use Calibre to do test conversions and work with my rough drafts before sending the books off to the retailers. You might be the first person I’ve heard from who actually reads the books on a computer screen by choice. Most of my friends and readers bought dedicated devices just to avoid having to do that.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Robert Allen

    Thank you for a great read. All three books were riveting! Last week I picked up the first free book in your thrilogy (yes, I mispelled it on purpose) – “The Book of Deacon” through amazon. This was one of those rare occasions when it was difficult to put a book down. After finishing, I picked up the next 2 books. These book were amazingly written. Your colorful descriptions of the chosen one’s wizardry and the characters themselves kept me ‘involved’ in the story. I will recommend these books to all my friends. Please, I hope you continue soon with more for these characters (personally, I would like to see Lain resurrected). Again, thank you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Robert! I’m extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed the books so much. From reviews and comments, it seems clear that Lain is one of the most popular characters, so at the very least I hope to write a bit more back-story for him.

  • 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……. πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks. It’s true. The more I look at that review, the more it feels like I’m being trolled. Failure to spell the word fantasy correctly is a pretty glaring indicator that you might not be the best judge of quality for the genre.

  • simon watkins

    Great books i have really enjoyed them. I would love for u to do another trilogy and side storys so please keep writtin these amazin books

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m in the home stretch with the Sci Fi sequel, which might actually have a name soon. After that, I’m definitely going to be getting back to the Book of Deacon setting.

  • 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. πŸ˜‰

  • 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.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’ll be sure to let you know. It might be a bit, though. I’m going to do a batch of updates at the same time, so I plan on waiting until all of the art is done before any of it goes live.

  • Jena Gregoire

    Yeah, I was going to make mention of “fantacy” and “sequill”.. lmao! This is one review that can fairly be tossed out the window. Besides, I wholeheartedly disagree with the assessment! πŸ˜‰

  • 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.

  • Nancy Montgomery

    I enjoyed the book greatly and is fixen to down load the next one. I can,t wait to see what happens next. Keep up the great work.

  • Laura

    I was looking through the free books on amazon and found The Book of Deacon. I quickly consumed this book and bought the next two. I went though the next two in a day each… They are wonderful! I since have gotten my mom and girlfriend to start reading them. Congrats you made it into my top 5 favorite books, and I have read thousands! Please continue with these charecters, I loved them!

  • Joseph Lallo

    The top five out of thousands! Wow! I’m really glad you like the books so much, and I hope that the others enjoy them, too. I’ll definitely give these characters another book or two, but it might be a little while. Until then, thanks for reading!

  • Rachel

    I read and loved The Book of Deacon trilogy.
    However me being the purist I am I want it on my physical bookshelf.
    Are there any plans for this to ever be possible?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Not long ago, I would have said that physical versions of these books would be unlikely, but I’ve been hearing more and more from people interested in paper copies. I’ll have to look into it, and try once and for all to iron out all of the errors I can find, but I would say that one day you will indeed find these in paperback, at least. I’ll be sure to spread the word, if and when it happens.

  • Amy

    I agree with the previous post. I love my Kindle, but I like to have a hard copy of my favorite books. The Book of Deacon trilogy is definitely among my favorites.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Another vote in favor of physical copies! I literally had a tab open this morning on the subject of book printing. Pocket Book? Digest? US Trade? Must research…

  • RavenBlack

    I wrote a 200 page pulp sci-fantasy book a few years ago before e-readers were popular, and got 500 copies printed and shipped to me – this method allowed me to sell them for $8 plus shipping and ‘make’ $4 on each copy (ie. the printing and shipping to me was just under $4 per book). On the down side, it’s a pain in the neck having to pack and ship books a couple of times a week, even if you get a load of boxes in advance so you only need to go to a mailbox.

    However, after I was done with that print run, I repackaged it for print-on-demand, which in its cheapest form (which is a less convenient larger format with fewer pages) starts at closer to $8 *and* you give up a portion of the ‘profit’ beyond that – end result, the book is priced higher and you get less money for each sale. The higher price also means I make more like one or two sales a month versus the original run average of around 15 sales a month. And that’s even including the cheaper-but-overpriced ebook option that the print on demand place has (original run had no ebook).

    For me, if I was to write another book I’d probably go either trying to get “real published”, or ebook-only, because neither of these two print options is very appealing to me having tried both.

    Given that you, like me, work with computers, I’m surprised you aren’t just selling your ebook version directly from your website – I’m pretty sure you could charge a lower price and still get more ‘profit’ per sale, that way! Especially with the free first book.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, thanks for the advice! Of the two print options, I would probably go with print-on-demand. I’m very happy with the amount of money I’ve been earning off of the eBooks, so I wouldn’t be terribly upset with a low profit margin on the print editions. It is mostly just for people who want a physical copy. You make a good point about potentially earning more by selling the eBook direct on the site. That’s something I might think about doing in addition to the various distributors I sell through. It remains an option because none of my distributors require exclusivity. Thanks again!

  • mothergoose

    I realise this is a couple years late in coming but I am new-ish to fantasy so have only recently discovered you … and your website.
    Surely as an IT man you know a graphic designer who could, not too expensively, create a cover and pre-press instructions for you on how and with which materials to use to create a hard or paper back version of your novel(s). Once you’ve spoken with your local print shop (or possibly an online book printer?) to determine a per unit price, you could then sell this package on your website. Purchasers would be instructed to take or send the package to their printer of choice to create the hard copy. Your margin probably wouldn’t be overly substantial but pennies are money too, are they not? And it’s super low-maintenance.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the advice. I was able to put together the materials for a paperback edition of The Book of Deacon trilogy and its prequel. The only thing standing between me and producing paperbacks of everything else is the time. As for hardcover, that I’ve not looked into very deeply. Maybe someday.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth

    I too made my first Nook purchases with the following second and third books of the trilogy. I wasn’t able to put it down unless forced to. For myself, I rather enjoyed the ‘no chapter breaks’; it is easy enough to pick up reading where you left off electronically and it kept the story flowing. It is something different to be recognized from other authors.
    Thanks for that great adventure.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks for the support! I’m glad that you liked the lack of chapter breaks, but from the looks of it, most of my readers would prefer I split into chapters. The Sci Fi book has chapters, as does the upcoming sequel. As for the future fantasy books? Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Thanks for the comment!

  • Dennis M Raders

    I am a reader. I do not own a Kindle, but I do have a “Kindle for my PC” I thought that Amazon and newer authors participaticating in free books on Amazon was a great way to introduce newer authors to the general public was a great idea.
    I follow authors as oppossed to Genre – whether its Fantasy – Sci Fi – Suspense/Mystery etc. It is fun to find some one who I can entrust with my imagination.
    I will be buying your books in the future.
    Good Luck & Fair Winds

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment. I agree, providing a free book on Amazon and the other book sites is definitely a great way to take the risk out of trying a new author, particularly when it comes to self-published works. I’m happy to know I’ve earned your support.

  • Needlehawk

    I’m the person who signed up as Needlehawk. πŸ™‚ I just posted in the Great Convergence forum about the name, but figured I should maybe post here, too.

    I actually hate to say this after your post that it was so rewarding, but I’ve been “Needlehawk” on a lot of different forums for a lot of years. πŸ˜› I nearly fell off my chair while reading TGC, when I saw that you somehow came up with the same name that I had so many years ago. And yes, I signed up as Needlehawk in your forums fully intending to post right away, and got distracted. Sorry about that.

    At any rate, I did want to say that I’m a big fan of your books, and I’m hoping that “Jade” is just a “transitional book” into a new series. I would LOVE to learn more about what happened to the Chosen and what happens after the events in Jade….

  • Joseph Lallo

    Okay, so it wasn’t an homage, it was an astounding coincidence. That’s still pretty darn cool, if you ask me! Glad to see you posted in the forum, I’ll take a look shortly. (Had to do some site maintenance, but things look to be under control now.)

    Jade is indeed intended to be a transitional story. As a matter of fact, the story it is supposed to transition to is already written, but a LONG way from being published. (There are some elements, one in particular, that I think need an overhaul.) There are two people who have read it though. They’re my proofreaders/sounding board, so they always get the first glimpse.

    Thanks for the comment!

  • 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!

  • Celia

    Hi there!
    I just finished the complete Book of Deacon series, and let me just say, I thought it was wonderful. I read it on my Kindle and I could hardly put it down. There was plenty of mystery intertwined and it did keep me guessing until the end. I loved the story, however, there were a few small technicalities that I noticed that have been nagging me until I finished. I wanted to make sure I finished your series before I posted any criticism just in case my questions were answered by the end.
    First, I would like to apologize for not finding the specific page to inform you of this, (or for you to find the answer that I couldn’t). However, in the first book when Myranda leaves Wolloff to search for Myn (after she heals Myn), the dragon comes across the site of the first battle with the alliance army, where she steals her first trophy helmet, and howls a sorrowful howl. I believe the term was along the lines of she howled “like she had lost something.” (Not sure) I was curious to find out why she made this noise. I don’t believe the question was ever answered but I may have read the answer and some point before bed when I was too tired to focus.
    Second, when Myn died the first time you brushed it off far too quickly. I knew she would be coming back at some point, because you can’t kill off such an important character and have Myranda not even cry. I mean she cried when she killed the man that Epidime was using as a host. Yea, that’s alright but she didn’t cry for Myn, her best friend? Regardless of the schedule she should have had time to mourn. I feel like if you would instill the sorrow in the reader you could make the reader that much more happy when she comes back to life!
    Third, and this was pure technicality, there were a lot of grammar issues. At one point in the second book a sentence read something along the lines of “Ivy (insert verb) to Ivy,” when what you meant was Ether. All in all though it was never hard to figure out what you meant.
    Last, I don’t want to change the character of any of your characters but I feel like Lain should have had even more redeeming qualities towards the end. Maybe a little insight into how he really felt and his relationships with the other Chosen. But I had NO IDEA that he would be the chosen to die. The whole time I thought it would be Myranda, (I’m mega happy that you didn’t kill her off though)
    All in all this was an excellent series and I will be reading Jade when I get the chance. Your imagery was excellent and you built the characters magnificently! And I sincerely thank you for adding another story to my arsenal

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the books. To keep from having to post a massive reply to this page, I’m going to send you an email. (Hope you don’t mind.) If you haven’t gotten it by the time you read this, feel free to send me one of your own. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    Celia- I haven’t read the other two yet, I’ll probably download them today! But, to answer your question on why Myn howled as though she lost something, I would believe that she was missing Leo/Lain. I didn’t finish reading your post because it had spoilers in it that you didn’t warn readers about.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Whoo! Readers talking to other readers! Neat! With regard to the spoilers showing up in comments, once I get a chance to brainstorm with my web guy, I’m going to try to find a way to deal with that issue. Hopefully I can find a way to hide the offending portion of a comment while leaving the rest readable. I wonder if Word Press has some sort of “spoiler text” plugin…

  • Mike Pettit

    I just finished reading The book of Deacon and wanted to drop a line to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it! In fact I just purchased the next one in the trilogy. You asked why people were downloading your book. Two reasons got me to download the first one. First reason was that it was free! I’m a new Kindle owner and new to any e-reader, so I didn’t want to invest more money into something I may not enjoy doing. the second reason I got your book was the cover. Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover! I plan on reading all three of the books in the trilogy, and than try out some of your other stuff. Thanks again for (so far) a great adventure! Mike

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Mike! I’m glad you enjoyed the first book, and I hope you continue to enjoy the story, and any of my other writing you end up reading. Thanks for letting me know why you picked up the book, it is good to know I’ve been making good decisions. Convincing Amazon to make the first book free took a while, but I knew that there were a lot of people out there who would be reluctant to try out a new author. I felt that making it free was the best way to eliminate as much risk as possible for new readers. And as for the cover, I must agree. Nick, the artist who drew that masterpiece, really outdid himself. I couldn’t be happier, and the professional covers were easily the best investment I’ve made. I’ve already got him working on replacement covers for Jade and Bypass Gemini, and an unnamed sequel to Bypass Gemini will be my first book to debut with a professional cover. Thanks for reading!

  • deathpeddler

    I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your trilogy. I did get the first one free and promptly bought the others. Hope to see more work from you.

  • Kerry Tenberg

    About a week ago I downloaded The Book of Deacon. Today I just finished Jade. All I can say is WOW. With Epidime revealed at the end of Jade… I hope this means you intend to continue that story.

    Starting on your sci fi.

    I hope you make enough from your writing to do it full time.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you liked the Deacon books enough to give my attempt at sci fi a try. I do indeed intend to continue the Book of Deacon world with another few books. How soon I can pull that off depends largely on if and when I manage to find the time. If I end up earning enough to write full time, that would certainly speed things up!

  • slugbug

    I know I found your book “The Book of Deacon” through the Cheap e-reads page on facebook. The people that run that dedicate a huge amount of time finding cheap and free books with high ratings for both Nook & Kindle users. So that may account for some of your boost in sales πŸ™‚ BTW, I really liked the book, can’t wait to buy and read the rest of the series!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to check out that facebook page. Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you liked Book 1. Hopefully you enjoy the rest, too!

  • Nat A.

    I just finished your Book of Deacon trilogy and i loved it! I am not a big fan of fantasy or scifi but i fell in love with this story, i got through all three books in a week i just put them down for work and Christms with the family! Thank you for sharing your creativity! Sincerely, devoted reader πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the trilogy, particularly considering the fact you aren’t a major fan of the genre. Thanks for reading!

  • Andrea

    So I just got a kindel for Christmas, my husband figured it would give me something to do after I have my baby. I came across your book on Christmas and I just finished it. It was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down. I have never read a book so quickly and I look forward to reading the other 2 books in the triliogy. You are truely a talented man, keep up the great work!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Congrats on getting the kindle, and good luck with the baby! I’m glad you enjoyed the first book. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the rest of the trilogy, too. Thank again!

  • Lynn

    How I found you = brand new Kindle Fire for Christmas means surfing sci fi /fantasy section on Amazon. Where I found the free section and decided that is a great risk free “new to me author trial”, Loved it so much I bought the rest of the series & sci fi book 1!!!

  • JJ

    I would really like it if you would somehow block “spoilers” from your fans in posts. I wasn’t too happy to read that, well, I’m not going to add who died so my post won’t spoil the mystery/adventure.

    I loved the first book and just bought the next two, and that is the first time I have done that. I read a book a day and buying books would put me in the poor house. So normally I rely on the library or free downloads. But you are so fresh and interesting that I felt like I owed it to you to encourage you to keep going.

    Being a “gamer” and I think you must be also, I recognized many characters from the RPGs I have played over the years. Seeing them incorporated into a novel was a treat. (Those not familiar with the above terms will probably shrug their shoulders and wonder… let them. )

    Let’s see, what is good? The story line, the characters. I loved the old wizard in the woods. (I’m bad about names) He was a delight, a true curmudgeon with a good heart. I cared enough that I was worried about his safety as things progressed. The blind priest? Well, I really wanted him to get a smack or two. I thought you did a really good job describing the treks through the snow because it wan’t like it was so much a hardship and a normal challenge… well done. The young dragon was a delight, as I am sure everyone would agree. I also loved how you gave the different instructors such different personalities..brilliant.

    Missing something? Without spoiling things for future readers, I would have liked to be invited a bit more into the thoughts of Leo/Lain. I am sure you did what you did for the mystery effect and for your next installment, but I sometimes felt like Myranda was in a bubble when integrating with her friend/protagonist.

    What was bothering me? The general/godmother and her character, I felt like it left too much to speculation. But bear in mind that I have not read the second book yet, I just bought it before I started this post.

    You have talent, and I speak as one that has been reading science fiction since the mid 1950’s. Yes, I’m old, I’m 70. But I think you are on the right track. Your writing reminds me a bit of Heinlein and Stranger in a Stange Land… let the imagination flow and expect the impossible.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks for the comment, and sorry about the spoilers. They have been getting a bit prevalent in comments and reviews. I’ll have to talk to my web guy about finding a way to deal with them without deleting the comment or changing its content. Again, to avoid putting a multi-paragraph reply here, I’ll reply in an email. If you haven’t gotten it by the end of the day, feel free to email me directly. Thanks again!

  • Anna

    I just read the first book in the trilogy. I enjoyed it very much, however, there were several spelling and grammatical errors that could not be overlooked. It cheapened the experience

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hello, Anna. Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the first book, and I apologize about any lingering typos. I’ve been doing my best to weed them out, and have issued many corrected editions. If you downloaded the book a while ago, but only read it recently, you may have an old version. Regardless, I hope to do another sweep of corrections soon. Thanks for reading.

  • rwalter

    Just finished the book of deacon on my new kindle fire. I was searching for a free book to read and yours had some decent reviews so I went for it. I’m super glad I did! I really enjoyed the story and finished it quickly because it was difficult to put down. Even though it was a bit rough around the edges (could use a bit more editing) I felt like it was superior to the last several books I have purchased at full price! I’m definately going to purchase the next in line and tell all of my kindle loving friends about your book. I think you will find yourself very popular in the near future and wish you luck!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the comment. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the first book, and I greatly appreciate your decision to pick up the next in the series. I agree that the books could use more editing, and I am constantly attempting to improve my books. Thanks for spreading the word, and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story.

  • JOHN EDmonds

    I did think at sometime a village full of wizards might jump in and help if their world was being over run.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I would have been interesting to see how they would have contributed to the crisis at hand, but judging by the sheer destructiveness of their minor disagreements, and their tendency to disagree at the drop of a hat, one wonders if they would have done more harm than good.

  • Beckie Gaul

    Hi, I just had to leave you a comment on the wonderful Book of Deacon series. I have been a lifelong Anne McCaffrey fan and I have latched onto your books in the same manner I took immediately to hers. I read your comments about the kindle sales. Let
    me just say that I am so glad you had the free book available to download. I found it when trying out my new kindle fire on Christmas. In the week since I have downloaded and read the entire trilogy. Thank you for these great books…but please…….write faster!!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Beckie! I’ll do my best to keep these books coming just as quickly as I can.

  • 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.

  • Isabel R.

    You are a genius. I have always looked for a book filled with magic mystery and adventure but none so ever pleased me than your trilogy! I write to praise you mind of imagination. You have truly shown your colors and I am glad I found such a remarkable book. I will forever be a fan of your book and your writing style!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks a lot! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the trilogy so much, and I really appreciate the kind words. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    Hello πŸ™‚ Started book two this morning, and I am very pleased. Desmere’s cracks me up!
    I’m all for a β€œspoiler zone”. That would give readers the complete freedom, and you as well to ask and answer and discuss everything. I’m excited to get to that point, but I’m going to see if I can drag it out a bit….I hate when a series ends.

    Thank-you for giving tips on spoilers. I’ve been tip toeing around the different comments trying not to run into any more. Is there anyway that your web guy could set up a notification email? It would make it easier for discussion- if one was aware when something they said was commented on.

    I’m going to email you about the covers of the first two books, I noticed something, but don’t want to point it out to others who have not read the second book.

    Happy writing πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. One of my friends would be very pleased to hear you say you like Desmeres, since Desmeres is ‘his’ character, so to speak. (I’ve got two friends who have designated characters in the books.) I received and replied to your email, but rest assured that I’ll try to get things like “The Spoiler Zone” and email notifications going sooner rather than later. Thanks!

  • Alicia

    Fantastic! Who is the other friend/character? It would be quite amusing (or maybe not) if we were all as honest as he is. Is your friend like this IRL? 29% of the way through book two, and loving it. Oooo, look!!! A box that says to notify about followup comments. WOW- you guys are quick!! Impressive. πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    The “Desmeres” friend isn’t quite as blunt as the character (usually) but he shares the same pragmatism and cynicism. For spoiler reasons I can’t go too much into the other character, since the primary appearance hasn’t come up yet, but the name is Oriech. He, by the way, is the “web guy” you’ll frequently hear me mention. You can thank WordPress for the comment notification button that we managed to add so quickly, but just about everything else is thanks to him.

  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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!

  • Alicia

    Just “met” Oriech last night. I liked how you worked that. Kudo’s to the “web guy” he does a wonderful job. There is a certain character that I want to reach through my kindle and strangle! What a complete monster. lol.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’ll be sure to let him know you approve of his efforts! I got your emails, but it isn’t hard to guess which character was strangle-worthy.

  • Amy

    I just finished the final book. I must say that I missed a great deal of sleep throughout the series because I could not stop reading. The books are phenomenal. I wish you the best in your writing, and I cannot wait to see what is next. Hopefully, you will find a way to continue with some of the characters. If not, they will be sorely missed.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I’m extremely pleased that you enjoyed the books. It is certainly my intention to give these characters another outing or two, and I hope to expand the world a bit more, as well. Thanks for reading!

  • G.L. Callahan

    After purchasing my first Motorola Xoom, The Book of Deacon was my first e-book download ever. The story was so engaging that I was compelled to pay for the other two books of the trilogy, thus I made my first e-book purchases. I would encourage other to read this story. The story takes many surprises and turns that keeps one reading past ones bedtime. E-books have opened up easing for me in a manner that new for me and I have have completed four books (your three and one other) since the week before Christmas and the first week of January 2012.

    Thanks for an excellent trilogy.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you for the comment. I’m proud to know that you enjoyed my books, and that they were among the first things you picked up for your fancy new tablet. It is one thing to give someone a few hours of entertainment, it is another to help convince them that eBooks are worthwhile. Thanks for reading!

  • diana

    Loved the series!!! I laughed, cried, and was also shocked in parts of the three books in the series. This was one of my favs and look forward to reading more of your work.

  • Camila

    Awesome!! After reading the books, I actually liked the ones you made. They are “insightful” although the new ones are more “eye-catching”.
    Continue the good hobby!!

  • emma burns

    you are new author for me since getting a kindle for xmas. I have now just this minute read the full trilogy. I just want to say thank you for a damn good read and more please

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for reading the books, I’m glad you liked them. I’ll do my best to produce more books just as quickly as I am able. Thanks!

  • Some guy

    I must say that the book of deacon is so far an amazing book. Recently got a kindle and was looking for a free book to download and did so with that book. I hope all the free books are good as the book of deacon. Looking forward to reading more.

  • Ed Sewell

    I enjoyed your book very much, unfortunately I am unable to locate -find where I can purchase the other books in the trilogy so am off to find other books. It is as i said unfortunate in that you wrote an excellent novel
    Next time you might want to consider letting your readers informed of this info. Your website has to much info.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the first book. My books page, contains links to both the Amazon and Smashwords sales page for each book. And a search for my name on virtually any eBook retailer should turn up my entire catalog, if you are still interested. Out of curiosity, where and how did you find the first book in the series?

  • 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.

  • don tipton

    Wonderful first read with my new kindle and how grand to discover this wonderful story. Thank you and now on to book 2 in the series._

  • 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!! πŸ˜‰
    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!

  • Dette T.

    Reading the second book of deacon trilogy and loving it, i was wondering if you can come up with a drawing or picture of Lain:) thanks! I am a fan from the philippines!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for picking up the second book, I hope you like it. As I said in the tweet, head on over to the artwork page. Lain makes his shadowy appearance on the cover of the third book, The Battle of Verril. I’ve had a few people looking for pictures of various characters, so I may get together some simple drawings of the most requested ones and create a “characters” page.

  • Travis

    I am someone that finds it very hard to get into a story; I have tried all of the major authors but could never get “hooked”. Too political, overly complex, dumbed down/up magic, far too many characters, and so on and so forth. I have gotten to the point of giving up on this genre; until, The Book of Deacon.

    The last complete series I have read was The Sword of Truth from Terry Goodkind. Very good books in the beginning, but quickly lost something; not so with these phenomenal books by Mr. Joseph Lallo. From the first book until the last you are pulled along at a pace that even the call for dinner can’t make you stop. I finished all three books in three days – and I just crave more.

    ****May have spoilers****

    Mr. Lallo does an awesome job of building his characters, every single one of them has such a strong distinct personality. I was at first worried that there may be too many, but they are all put together so nicely and every one of them is just as important – except that one general that dies first. I was however, worried about Lain. At first he was so lively but quickly became very distant – Lallo did an excellent job of continuing this and it did fit nicely, but I do wish he would have been a tad happier. Although, as another has said, i’m still hoping that maybe he just might have slipped away to join his friend again.

    Ether was another that I wasn’t sure about, not in personality, but power. At first she seemed so powerful but as the story played on her weakness over took her at an astonishing rate – she became almost useless. I do like how that was played into the story a bit, but she could have used some extra luck.

    Speaking of luck, It would have been nice if the generals weren’t so undefeatable. It seemed that in book three, every chance the hero’s had at fighting they would lose. Going back to Ether, I wanted to mention that I do like the limitation of the powers for everyone – it just didn’t seem to apply as much to the “bad side”, but overly so to her.

    Well, I didn’t intend for this to sound like a review as much as quick comments, but overall I just wanted to say thank you so much for your hard work on these stories. Of course there were the couple spelling/grammar errors, as well as some holes in the story (another book hopefully!), but overall, I found it much better than any other book I have read in a very long time. Like I said, I didn’t want it to end.

    Easy 4-4.5/5

    Now I need to find something else to read until the next one πŸ˜‰

    thanks again


  • Travis

    Almost forgot, I wanted to point out that I loved how each book flowed into one-another so effortlessly. Also, I rather enjoyed the layout of the book without chapters.. to me it just kept it flowing better. I notice some others complaining about this, but it just seemed to fit the story so well.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks. In the (hopefully) upcoming paperback edition I’m working on, I was briefly debating on adding chapters to the story, but I’m not sure the story would flow the same if I did. Plus, that’s a fair amount of work, and my agenda is full enough as it is, so I’ll probably remain faithful to the original presentation.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Travis,

    It is really rewarding to know that I’ve helped to keep your interest in genre alive.

    *** SPOILERS ***

    The quick shift from Leo to Lain is something that left many readers hoping to see a return of the cheerful personality he left behind. Hopefully the character he became and the interactions he had were still enjoyable even without his upbeat attitude. As I’ve said elsewhere, I hope to revisit the character in a way that will serve as an explanation for some of his attitudes and actions.

    Ether was sort of a dilemma for me, because in theory her presence on the team should have made them unbeatable, but I really liked the idea, so I had to find a way to make her vulnerable in some way. I went with “a stubborn showoff with bad judgement.” One of my friends REALLY dislikes the character as a result. It is the same way with the villains. I thought, after a few centuries of war, these guys would have to be pretty darn formidable, but it may have been overdone.

    I do indeed intend to extend the story, and there are a few dangling threads I intend to tie up, but feel free to send me a message with any holes you may have found that you’d like to see addressed. They may not have been intentional.

    *** END SPOILERS ***

    Thanks again for your comments, and thanks for reading!

  • Steve

    I also downloaded this book for free like the two fellows above me, however I got it from Barnes & Noble. I will be honest, when I first got began the book I thought it was a single title that would end up being little more than an afternoon distraction. How wrong I was. within the first hundred pages, I was very interested in your main character and the seemingly abstract back story. At times the plot and minor details became a little obscure, but the things that really stood out were your characters. I read many books, and you have made some of the most noteworthy and passionate characters I have seen in a long time. I often found myself sharing Myranda’s fondness (then confusion and rage) at Leo, as well as a sadness for Deacon near the end. I am quite glad this was not a stand alone book (even though I did not know that until the very end, good job with this book’s ending by the by), and am eagerly awaiting when I can buy the next two. Bravo, Mr. Lallo.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the kind words. I was just winding down for the night when I got the notification of this comment. I’m glad you liked the book, and I’m proud that you think so highly of my characters. I’m pleased to say that the remainder of the trilogy is available right now on the Kindle, Nook, and elsewhere. If you decide to purchase them, I hope you enjoy the rest of the story! Thanks for reading.

  • 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!

  • Cassandra Schieber

    Hi! I just finished BoTD and let me say I was impressed. I especially liked how you described the different magics and the master characters. Though that fairy could learn some manner. Nevertheless, I cant wait to read the rest of the books! Thanks for writing them! πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m always happy to learn that I’ve impressed someone. Ayna’s bad, that’s for sure, but according to some of my other readers, there’s at least one character coming up in book 2 who is even worse. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    Cassandra- hang on to your e-reader, because there is a character the we have the displeasure of meeting that makes Ayna look like an angel!

    Happy reading!

  • saya

    I thought your novels were awesome! Of course there were some grammatical errors, to be expected even in professionally edited material. The story line was intriguing and the characters were well developed. I loved how I could actually see the characters evolving. The only thing I could ask more of was more of a development from Ether. I saw how she had changed from the other Chosen but not from herself; perhaps more commentary from her or insight to her mind. Overall the novels were pretty great, I finished all of them within a week! I couldn’t put them down! Awesome job, and great detail!!! πŸ˜€

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! As always, I’m hot on the trail of these remaining errors. One of these days I’ll root them out. Another reader interested in Ether? Wow! I guess I must be doing something right if even my least popular character is sparking interest! I’ll start floating ideas on how to expand the character in future writing. Thanks for the comment!

  • 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!

  • Judy

    I love the trilogy. I have read so many books I couldn’t count them. Your story was so exciting I was reading everywhere until the series was devoured. Wonderful. Compelling. Worth much more than I paid and I expect you to be up with the greats quite soon. Well done. Thank you.

  • L

    I just finished the first book. As a 40-something Grandmother, I am very pleased to say that this experience took me back to the first novel that touched my soul. I was around 14 years old and my older brother lent me “A spell for Chameleon”, by Piers Anthony. My granddaughter is only a toddler, but I plan to share The Book of Deacon with her, as soon as she can read. Thank you for taking me back to such a youthful and exciting time, in my life.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the comment! I’m honored that you would compare me to Piers Anthony, and that you would look forward to sharing my story with your granddaughter. It makes me extremely happy to know that you enjoyed the book.

  • Katerina

    Picked up the first book for free and look forward to reading the second and third. I see that you mentioned your books have been edited, re-edited, and professionally edited. Are those versions going to become available as well? It’s been a fantastic read so far, but there are some little things that I nitpick over and I’d love to see these new editions!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed the first book enough to look into the second and third. Depending on when and where you bought the books, you should already have the latest versions, though there are recent indications that Amazon my have been distributing an older version. I’ll send you an email to clarify. Thanks for the comment!

  • NM Legel

    I read and thoroughly enjoyed the entire Book of Deacon trilogy! I was one of the people you reeled in with the free download of the first book and I became so invested in the story and the characters that I had no choice but to buy the other two, so very well done, indeed! The world had a unique feel even with the myriad of aspects that seemed familiar from various other fantasy works, and I found myself constantly wondering how they would accomplish their prophesied task. Great job! I will admit that I’m a bit jealous, though–as a self-published author, myself, this really makes me wish my own book would sell as well as yours! πŸ˜›

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for picking up the trilogy, I’m glad you liked it. Regarding your own book, don’t get too disheartened. It took me well over a year to make more than a few dollars off of these books. All it takes is a few people spreading the word and suddenly you’ve got a sales spike on your hands. (Though, as you point out, a little bait on the hook in the form of a free book doesn’t hurt.) Thanks for reading!

  • NM Legel

    I try not to get too upset about my own book–I do sell a copy or two a week and I’m pretty happy with that, really, since I didn’t actually set out to make money off of it–it’s just the idea that it could provide some much needed additional income that’s appealing, haha. In any case, you are quite welcome and thank you! I wrote a review on the first Book of Deacon book on Amazon, since every review helps!

  • Susana Santos

    Hi! I love your The Book of Deacon trilogy and I’d love to do that much requested fan art XD
    Problem is that I already deleted the book from my Kindle and I could use some paragraphs of physical description of Myranda, Myn and Leo…

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the trilogy. And you’re interested in drawing some fan art? Neat! I’ll send you an email with the descriptions of each from the book, if you like.

  • Dana

    I LOVED The Book of Deacon and immediately downloaded books 2&3 when I finished it! Yes, I for one would love to see these characters come to life on screen. I’m only a third of the way finished with book 2 and I feel like I can’t read fast enough! I love Myranda and Myn’s innocence and devotion to each other and Deacons unwavering loyalty to them but there’s something about that Lain that always keeps you on your toes! Great job with these books and much luck and success in the future!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m really happy you’ve enjoyed the books so far. Thanks for the support and the very kind words! I hope you enjoy the rest of the story.

  • rose

    Just finished book of deacon…..Fantastic!!!! I got kindle fire for Christmas and while I work I am able to shop for books. Thanks cant wait to read the rest!!

  • Jim


    First of all congratulations to a great 2011. It is funny with book series where the first one is for free. Even if I love the book or just like it… I always end up buying the follow up books.

    As for the Book of Deacon, I really loved them. A good read where i had to dedicate all spare time and useless sleep to finish them off as soon as possible, being left with a feeling off loss when parting from Miranda and her friends.

    Except from there being moments where it felt like the story was repeating itself and some discussions as well.. I am left with no more to complain about.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m really glad you liked the books! Man… all of these people giving up sleep to read them. I guess it makes up for all of the sleep I gave up to write them.

  • Estere

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Books of Deacon trilogy. They somevery long nights pleasant. I look forward to others. Your manner of writing was uniquely intriguing. Well done!

  • snouttrout

    I just read the Book of Deacon, and I really enjoyed it. I will soon read the other two books in the series. Great job. Keep it up!

  • Alicia

    Oh my another book to read! (yay!!) What are the first two? I need to start making my list of Joseph Lallo to read books. Heading over to take a look at Myn.

    Happy Writing πŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    Will the BODT be able to be in print as well? I remember reading somewhere on here that cost is an issue and you did’t want to charge very much or thought that people would shy away from spending over $10 for them. Well…. I wouldn’t blink to drop $10 on them. They are fantastic, exciting, fresh and fun to read. I really want my oldest son to read them, but no way am I leaving my kindle in his hands! lol. Looking forward to seeing them on the shelf!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Now that I re-read my post, I wasn’t very clear. The books I was talking about for putting in print (Book 1, 2, then 3) were the Book of Deacon Trilogy. The sci fi books (of which there will be two, once I publish the second one) are low on the priority list for coming out in print. I’ll post an update to clarify.

  • 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 πŸ™‚
    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.

  • Alicia

    Ohhh, that’s exciting. Can I put my order in now? The kindle is fantastic, and I love it, but there is something to be said about having a solid book on the shelf. AND with such incredible book covers- those are a piece of art that deserve to be looked at.

    Looking forward to a release date.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the enthusiasm! It is going to be a while before I reach the point where I’m ready to set a price. If I end up taking pre-orders, it won’t be until then. I’ll certainly keep you updated on my progress, though.

  • 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 πŸ™‚ ,

  • 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!

  • Debra Rogan

    I very much enjoyed the book. There are still some minor grammatical or typing errors, but thankfully few (one such is waste instead of waist about 7/8 of the way through the book); at any rate, if you’d like, I will write a longer personal email with comments.

    Job well done & thank you,

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for the heads up on the error. You can certainly feel free to send me an email with more comments, if you like. Thanks for reading.

  • Marti Owings

    Enjoyed reading your comments on the “how” of gettng your book published. That is so great and definately an inspiration to anyone with similar aspirations.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m really happy with how things turned out, so if anything I say might motivate a curious writer to give it a shot, I’d be glad to know I helped inspire them.

  • Alicia

    Maybe it was your handwriting you didn’t want anyone to see. lol! πŸ˜‰ I am so thank-ful for your friends, and falling for peer pressure (in your case) I hope by now you’ve realized that you have NOTHING to be mortified about. Your books are a pure delight to read. Perhaps you felt that way because you lacked confidence. Now that you’ve written 6 books, and have a fan base larger than you imagined, and confidence to boot….I’m excited to see what you have up your sleeve!

    Have a great weekend.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Heh. Yeah, my handwriting has always been atrocious. I’m a lefty, and I learned cursive from a teacher who apparently assumed all children were right-handed, to the point that she said a helpful way to remember left from right is “you write with your right hand.” (As a result, I still get left and right mixed up from time to time.) If there is a correct way to write with you left hand, I never learned it.

    Thanks for the kind words as always. I definitely have a confidence problem, but knowing that there are people out there who genuinely like my writing is a big ego boost, I can tell you that.

    Thanks again.

  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • caitlin

    i LOVED all three books. the second and last made me cry – and i never cry over books. wonderfully written and you sucked me in from the very beginning. found book of deacon through and their free books – i couldn’t wait to buy the second and third. my mind gobbled them up and i’ve been telling everyone to read them. love the characters and i would go to bed at night with them in my head. thank you for such a wonderful trilogy <3

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Caitlin! I’m very happy to know that you enjoyed the trilogy. I’m never sure how to feel when I learn that my books made someone cry. (I realize that it should be considered a testament to the emotional impact of the story, and thus make me proud, but a part of me always feels like I should apologize.) I really appreciate your kind words and support. Thanks for reading.

  • Anthony Abbott

    Just finished the Great Convergence and read the last 30% of the book outside (where I can smoke) in a 3 hour marathon. Couldn’t put it down. Love the first two books and can’t wait to see the end play out. Thanks for giving us these great novels! Keep up the good work!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment! I’ve had a few people tell me they’ve done some marathon reading, but you are the first I’ve heard of that did so outdoors. Hopefully the weather cooperated. I’m glad you enjoyed the first two books, and I hope you find the finale satisfying. Thanks for reading.

  • Greg Marshall

    Hi Mr Lallo,
    I’m a student at MMU and am currently reading The Book of Deacon. Thoroughly enjoying it, one of the most well written and intriguing novels I’ve read in a long time. So suprised after I got it free on my kindle, as an aspiring author I was wondering how you go about getting work published on kindle and was also wondering if you could possibly give me feedback on the starting paragraphs from my first work copied below:
    “Every person has their ups and downs, the days where you feel you could fly and the days where you think taking a long walk off a short pier would solve all your problems. Today is one of those days that you put on your walking shoes and prepare for the hike across those wooden boards to the water’s edge. As you stand there staring into the cold, unforgiving depths you consider the road that led you here, you look back at your life, all the moments that made you smile and your heart glow. Then begins the tango of conflict, where all the times where you’ve felt down or hurt begin to compete for your attention. As you’re standing unsteadily on this precipice of turmoil you realise that the time has come to make a choice, the step into the merciful dark or the long trying journey to recovery.
    Yet amidst this crescendo of emotional turmoil, life continues around you, people live, people love and people die. Your thoughts turn to those you’ve lost and those who will lose you, some you feel guilty for, their potential loss, and those who you feel deserve to know that your death will lie heavy on their conscience. It is in these moments that your true character is revealed, you are stripped bare to the very core of your essence. They say life flashes before your eyes but I know this isn’t true, only the important decisions you ever made come back to haunt you. The moments you pushed away those you loved for someone who didn’t care for you.”

    Many thanks,


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Greg! I’m glad you’re enjoying The Book of Deacon. Rather than giving you a long reply here, I’ll follow up with an email about publishing on Amazon and my thoughts on your paragraphs. Thanks for the comment!

  • Stuart Jack


    Book of Decon

    Very quick note to say thank’s for providing my reading entertainment for the last couple of weeks, I downloaded the book from Amazon for free and therefore did not have great expectations; I was very pleasantly surprised to discover a great new writer and therefore great story.

    I have even been reading the book at work during lunch on my iPhone, that was how much I wanted to devour the story, now I am going online to look for the next in the trilogy.

    Thanks again


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and that I defied your expectations for a free book. Silly as it may sound, I don’t own a dedicated eReader, so I do most of my reading of my book and others on my phone, too. That’s one of the great things about eBooks, they are extremely flexible. Thanks for reading!

  • Amy

    Dear Mr. Lallo

    I just wanted to thank you for writing such a marvelous book. My 15 year old daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. I just purchased the next two from B&N.

    Three things I really liked:
    1) No chapter breaks. It was easier to put the book down when I didn’t have to “just finish this chapter”
    2) It wasn’t a soap opera book! Usually books this length have so many characters and a story for each that they only have space for a chapter or two of each character like watching a soap opera.
    3) The story itself. I believe that this will be one of those that I have to read at least once a year just to reacquaint myself with old friends. I can relate to Myranda, the “street-wise” but still naive girl, and Deacon is just like the men in my life kind of geeky but so charming.

    Thanks again

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I’m glad you and your daughter enjoyed the book, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. It is funny, many of the things you liked are things that others have complained about, particularly the lack of chapters. I’m glad to see that there are folks out there who are a fan of that choice. Thanks for the comment!

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • Lyria

    Greeting Master Wordsmith!

    I must say that i stumbled upon a very interesting find perchance and grew so desperately engrossed in it that i forgot all time and space for the better part of 24hours, deprived myself of slumber twice until i had greedily devoured every last word of the first of the tale of Myranda… i daresay, i have read books…and then i have read BOOKS. rarely in the world of fiction does one find something as unique and startlingly real as the one you have forged. You have my admiration and respect. Being a writer myself (though sorely out of practice due to mundane necessities of life) i thought that you might better be able to make use of some intellectual property i had long since given up on. Please kindly view my website, as i’m sure you would appreciate that it took the better part of two years to complete – though it still remains unfinished. perhaps therein may lie a glimmer of something special, or even a glowing ember of something that once proved useful enough to revive…

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the praise. I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I’m going to reply in greater detail with an email, but that’s quite a site. It is a shame the activity has tapered off.

  • 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?

  • Chris

    I love the Book of Deacon trilogy and cannot wait to see what other books and ideas you can come up with. Also you just made it to my Top 10 Best authors along with Terry Brooks, Geaorge R.R. Martin, Christopher Paolini, Tolkien, Mari Mancusi, Kaza Kingsley, Kady Cross, Richelle Mead, Darren Shan, and you, Joseph Lallo (not in order).

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you like the books. That’s one heck of a list of authors to be added to, I’m glad I made the cut!

  • brady

    Thank you for writing such a refreshing take on the fantasy genre. The cave of the beast and the discovery of the hidden village within blew my mind! I especially liked the scene I’n the tavern with the bag of copper and when we first met Leo! Great work and I cant wait to read through the second and third!

  • brady

    I am sorry about the spoilers, it didn’t even occur to me when I wrote this. If it needs to be removed or edited!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Don’t worry about it. The comments on the site are a minefield of spoilers already. (I’d advise caution reading other comments, because book 2 is spoiled fairly frequently, in fact.) Thanks for expressing concern though. I’ll apply a warning to the top of your comment. Since I’ve got a moment, I may as well try to track down and label as many other instances as possible. Thanks again for commenting!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much! Writing the village of Entwell was one of the more entertaining parts of the trilogy for me. (I might have to find a way to spend some more time there in future books.) I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy!

  • brady

    I just bought the second book today off amazon. Awesome so far picking up right where the first left off! It makes it so hard to stop reading when there are no chapter breaks. Hours just slip by!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Glad you’re continuing to enjoy the story. You can blame Terry Pratchett for my lack of chapters. I just got through reading through most of the Discworld series when I was looking into polishing the books up for publication and thought, “If he doesn’t chapterize, maybe I can get away with it.”

  • brad

    I like to write short stories and I hope to some day make a book. How were u able to get it published on the e-reader market places? We’ll be famous authors together!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Congrats on your interest in writing. Getting your books out on the market is actually really easy. The two places I used to publish my books were and Kindle Direct Publishing. Smashwords has a how-to here. and KDP has a self publishing guide here. Both are free. If you sign up and follow the directions, you can have a book for sale on all of the same markets as mine. If you give it a try, good luck!

  • john

    I was skimming the Kindle books on Amazon and found a ‘free’ fantasy adventure that sounded pretty good…normally i would have chosen something by a better known author…what a mistake it would have been!
    After reading ‘The Book of Deacon’ in a marathon session, i immediately purchased the next two volumes! They were as hard to put down as the first!
    Brilliant in giving away the first book…and thank you for tempting me to read it!!
    I am busily downloading every new author who is doing the free first book thing as you did in hopes of discovering more great work!!
    Thank you!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m proud to know that I wrote a series of books that you enjoyed, but I’m even more proud to know I gave you confidence in new and indie authors. Hopefully your openness to unknown authors will continue to be rewarded.

  • Marina

    THE BOOK OF DEACON! WOW! These 3 books = devoured in 4 days. Luckily I’m the boss, or I’d have fired for blatantly ignoring my responsibilities while on the clock. This story is one that I will re-read many times. Not only did I enjoy them, but in my eagerness to find out if my favorite characters made it out of each battle alive, I have probably blown past details that should have been savored. It was like eating a delicious holiday meal way too fast. Then for the life of you, you can’t REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WOLLOFF. My one criticism exists only because of my personal disappointment. I really do wish key characters from Entwell had helped in the final battle. I missed Calypso and Solomon for the rest of the story. This wasn’t necessarily the best place to post this small review, but I hope it further encourages potential readers to pick this story up. Not that a measly comment on a blog is more encouraging than that $0.00 price tag! What a steal!

    Looking forward to more books!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m happy that you enjoyed the books so much. Reading while on the clock, eh? What good is being the boss if you can’t bend the rules sometimes? Wolloff was really one of the unexpected favorites in the cast, I’ve got to say. And enough people have expressed the same feelings of disappointment regarding the denizens of Entwell that I may have to write a short story expanding their role somewhat. I guess I’ll just put that on the pile. Thanks again for reading, and thanks for the comment!

  • lesley worsley

    *** This is a restored comment left during a site malfunction. ***
    I am really pleased to have found this webpage with your comments about Amazons releasing books with errors. I am currently thoroughly engrossed in the second book reading it on my kindle, but i have found some strange mistakes in the print, for example- ‘flower pedal’ instead of flower petal. Thought i would just let you know, keep writing, i just wish i too could have a little dragon called MYN!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, thanks for the email. Yeah, I’m sorry about the errors. In a few weeks I hope to push a corrected version, but everything about the publishing business seems to take a very long time to happen, and this is doubly so when it is self-publishing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the books. Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the story just as much!

  • Jellie B

    *** This is a restored comment left during a site malfunction. ***
    Mr. Lallo, The Book of Deacon was such a fun, creative story. I am currently on the second book and am enjoying as much as I did the first. I’m an artist and for years have lost inspiration for my art but your book has since rekindled that lost passion. I want to thank you for inspiring my creativity again.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thank you very much for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the first book enough to continue the story. If I truly helped to inspire you to create art again, I cannot begin to describe how great of a complement it is to be told that I am responsible for such a thing. If you find yourself creating something based on the Book of Deacon, I’d be proud to display it on the artwork page!

  • April Free

    I stumbled across you quite by accident. I read a sample of The Book of Deacon….and was hooked! I love stories that can stir emotion without overloading you with it. You are wonderful at “painting pictures with words”! After working at a hospital as my primary job and working for our local EMS system on my days off… give me the escape I need! Kudos & Thanks,sir!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m pleased that you’re enjoying the writing, and that it can give you a respite from your medical day jobs. I’ve got an uncle and a cousin who both work EMS, so I know quite well how important it is to have an escape.

  • Alicia

    Oh my I’ve WAY too much without a “real” computer! Grrr. Glad its hooked back up and looks like I have a kindlegraph site to go visit. Also wanted to ask when I get my paper copy if it could be sent to you for a “real” autograph?

    Have a great day!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Welcome back! Normally I’d say “Sure, send the book over and I’ll sign it!” But I have two roommates who would probably be none-too-happy about me handing out our home address. I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep, but I might try to rig up a way for folks request an autographed copy that I can send to them, or maybe I can offer a sticker or something that I can autograph and send to you so you can slap it in an already purchased book. I’ll be sure to spread the word if I come up with something!

  • Alicia

    They’d just be jealous… lol. Totally understandable. Looks like you’ll just have to go on a book signing tour. Make sure the Twin Cities in MN is on your list πŸ™‚

  • Veronica

    Thank you for writing such an amazing book series. They caught my eye when I was searching out new books for my new kindle, the book of decons cover caught my attention. I am glad to say it was one the best books I have read in a long time. I have now recommended your books to many other people, a few of my coworkers are reading it now and have said they too will recommend to many other people.
    The first book was great, I just couldn’t stop reading it I realized after the first day that it was a book I just had to finish so I started reading every chance I could spare.
    I just finished the second book and let me just say your do leave a great cliff hanger which has me wanting to finish the series today.
    Can’t wait to see what is to come in the third book and hopefully many more stories from you in the future.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank YOU for reading! That IS one eye catching cover, huh! It is the wallpaper on my phone right now. I appreciate the support, and thanks for spreading the word! I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy.

  • Denise Robinson

    It is very captivating from the very beginning. I know it is a great read and I am going to
    reading the second book now. Thank you.

  • Alicia

    Lain, of course! He’s the dark, dangerous, mysteriously sexy character that we mothers warn our daughters about! He’ll be an interesting read for sure, and I do hope Desmeres will make an appearance as well. I absolutely love his character. I’m very much looking forward tp getting my hands on the print version of TBOD, I’d really like my 11yr old to read it. What an adventure for you and how exciting!

    I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this or not, but as a mom, and a reader who likes to read “adult books without the adult meaning” it’s refreshing to stumble upon a series that is both entertaining to read and refreshing that I don’t have to do any skimming or blushing. I hate that!

    Please keep up the daydreaming, it’s a blessing to all.

    Happy writing~

  • Joseph Lallo

    Glad you’re excited. I’m not 100% sure on the time frame for the paperback – I’ve obviously never done this before – but I’m told it should be available for purchase about three days after I okay the final proof, so I’ll be sure to let everyone know when I do that. If things stay according to schedule, Book 2 will be probably be available some time toward the middle of the year, and Book 3 will be available toward the end, but this is dependent upon the woman editing my books, and the openings in her own schedule, so we’ll see.

    I didn’t write specifically to avoid or include any of the more “adult” stuff. That’s just the way this story came out. The sci-fi stuff is a little bit further along the age scale. The language dips into the PG range a few times, and a few instances of blatant innuendo, but nothing you wouldn’t see on network television. I guess I’m just not a very “explicit” kind of guy.

  • Melanie

    You are a wonderful story teller and a strong writer. An excellent combination. I could not stop reading until the first Book of Deacon was complete. I immediately acquired the next two and look forward to losing myself again in the world and lives of the characters you have created with such completeness. Many thanks.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you for the kind words. I truly hope that you find the remaining books of the trilogy to be as enthralling as the first. Thanks for reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for the comment. It will be a little while, but I’ve got a story in my head that will be set closer to the original trilogy. I’ll be sure to spread the word when I start working on it. Thanks for reading.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Yes indeed, Ravenwood tower in Jade is the same place that Wolloff taught Myranda white magic, just a few generations older and with a few additional owners in between. As for Ether at the time? Obviously nothing is set in stone until I write it, but as it stands right now, Ether’s status at the time that Jade is taking place is similar to what it was prior to her summoning at the end of The Book of Deacon. She still exists, but she’s not really in a position to be a threat or a help to anyone.

  • Gary

    I ran across your first book by accident on Amazon. Downloaded it ande was hookd after the first page. I have just finished the third book and am looking forward to reading your future exploits.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the trilogy. I’ve just started working on my next novel in the setting, but it is a slow process. I’ll be sure to post regular updates about it, though.

  • Michael L. Vannoy

    Just finished the Book of Deacon series and I was totally rivited to my Nook until I
    finished the books. Keep up the good works.

  • Alicia


    Marina- I just finished book three and loved it as well. I too was a bit bummed that Entwell didn’t offer any help, or that we even knew if anything horrific was going on over there as well. It would also have been interesting to see if they would allow Deacon back in (not like he’d ever leave Myranda’s side) and perhaps shower him with the respect he well deserved. I loved how Ether finally showed some nice human emotion, though I was heartbroken that it was Lain’s death that evoked it from her. Oh gosh I could go on and on and on…. I can’t wait for these to hit the stores! I want the collection on my shelves πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Glad you liked book 3, too. I’ve had quite a few people express confusion/disappointment/outrage that Entwell didn’t join in on the last battle. One of these days I’ll probably do a short story that will show you the behind the scenes of what Entwell was up to after Deacon’s departure. And if anyone was going to prove Ether had a heart, it was going to be Lain.
    *** END SPOILERS ***

    I’m working hard on the print release. Book 1 is coming together nicely, and once I get the professional edit of Book 2 back from the editor (late march/early april) I can start working on Book 2. With any luck all three will be finished by the end of the year. As things move forward I’ll try to get the print releases closer and closer to the eBook releases.

  • Edward

    I read the book of deacon recently and I generally it is a great start, although it can be improved dramatically. I would suggest working more on the reasons behind each character and their actions. Explaining the war and how did it begin in a clear way would be a good idea as well.
    The map needs some modifications as well to be a better illustration of the events. For example, the whole structure of the contenant is a bit weird. It’s almost a rectangelur with some curves. It lacks details, wich makes it look smaller. The trees’ size is too big comparing with the mountins’ size. I suggest making the most of the north empty and moving the forests to the southern part of the map because forests are rarely thick in a very cold weather.

    Thanks for a great book and I look forward to reading the the other parts.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi, thanks for your thoughts! I absolutely agree that there is room for improvement in my writing. Some things, like the details of the start of the war, a laid out in later books, while motivations could certainly use work. With the book now in so many hands, I don’t intend to do any major rewrites, so hopefully I’ll be able to avoid the same shortcomings in future writings.

    As for the map? Well, I’m even more amateur as a geographer and cartographer than I am as a writer, so I knew better than to shoot for realism. I was more interested in creating a general guideline to help people picture things in their heads, so I went with the “there are trees in this general area, there are mountains in this general area, there is water in this general area” approach. Plus, as one of my friends is so eager to point out, if I tried to make it perfectly accurate, it would probably start to reveal some navigational inconsistencies in the writing. This, too, is something I hope to improve in the future.

    Thanks for writing!

  • Susan Gonzales

    What an enchanting series! I am a high school art teacher and have never much been interested in Fantasy. I Iean more to Stephen King and Dean Koontz and Jane Austen, and other authors that fully engage the mind on several levels. Your books have engaged my mind and given me a new direction to follow and explore, for that I thank you.
    I downloaded your first book on my Kindle ( saving a tree) and before I was half way through I had to get the other two as well as “Jade” which I am in the process of reading.
    The beautifully molded characters are delightful and the rich detail weaves a story that fascinates the mind and nourishes the soul . The character of each hero and Myn gives the reader an easily identifiable model that is strong yet real with obstacles and flaws to overcome. Ivy especially was intriguing as she struggled to control the emotions that could cripple her.
    I cannot say that I loved one character more than another as in truth, I came to love them all, even Lain’s erstwhile partner, don’t we all have a self-serving side.
    I have also become a new fan of no chapter headings as it made the reading flow easily with no interruptions almost as if I were listening to a story teller in person rather than reading a book. Great idea!
    Your work speaks of and addresses the human condition in all its glory and weakness and I plan on recommending your books to my high school students. Your creativity will spark and ignite creativity in others, that I can foretell.
    The only disappointment, for me, was the ending of the hero Lain. He has such potential for development and rebuilding.
    Thank you for a wonderful read. I look forward to more books packed with adventure, beauty, and excitement. You are a truly gifted story teller, keep writing.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, thanks! I’m glad you liked the books. It is flattering, and borderline intimidating, to know that I’ll be recommended to students. I might be influencing young minds! Thanks for commenting, and thanks for reading!

  • 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!

  • Virginia kellogg

    I have read the book of deacon series now just finished jade Wow u r some kind of writer,I couldn’t even lay the books down to fix supper just great , I didn’t find anything I didn’t like about your writing. I will truly be reading every book u write that I can get my hands on. Thanks soooo

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I really appreciate that! I’m glad you enjoyed the whole series. It is great to see people continuing on to Jade. (That story was largely overlooked for quite a while, though probably for the best, since it could have spoiled the rest of the trilogy otherwise.) Thanks for reading!

  • Virginia kellogg

    I sent a comment but I dont know if it went through soo I also stumbled upon this free book of deacon Leary because it was free I have paid top dollar for books on my nook to be highly irked as the book didn’t meet my expectations .But not this free book . I bought the next two and the by product jade. I had sleepless nights , anger, suspense ,wonder , fear ,all of it ,Jade even produced tears, gonna get every book u write , thanks for giving this old lady a chance to get lost again

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I got the other comment, but always glad to get another. I really appreciate your kind words, and thanks for taking a chance on my books!

  • Mattie

    I have just finished reading the third and final Book of Deacon. It was a truly wonderful adventure. I was bittersweet to read final words. Mr. Lallo you are truly an amazing artist. I look forward to reading more of your fine work. Best of luck to you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks a lot, Mattie! I’m so happy you enjoyed my writing. I’ll do my best to try to match the quality with the books to come.

  • Alicia

    Finished Jade last night. LOVED it. Seriously, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time! (ok, some parts I did NOT smile and I did end up crying…) BUT it was such a heart-warming book full of love and compassion. I enjoyed every page. I really liked reading about TBOD characters and how you graphed them in. Oh gosh, I want to say so much more but don’t want to spoil any of it for anyone. so I think I’ll head over to the forums….

    THANK-YOU for day dreaming, and putting it onto paper- such a treat for the rest of us!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Glad to hear it!. Jade was a weird book for me, because I had already written the trilogy, but I’d only released one book of it when I decided I needed to try something different. It is good to know I still ended up with something worthwhile.

  • Ron Couch

    Joseph, nothing has surprised me more than your Book of Deacon. I never expected it. I grew up reading everything from old newspapers to cereal boxes, so, I will, obviously read anything. I have loved having the Kindle free books, but, until now everything, except the classics whose copyrights have expired, was barely mediocre. I was amazed at the quality of your story and the development of both plot and characters. Joe, you are a writer! You just need an editor and publisher and you need to stop giving your work away.
    Keep going.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Ron! I’m glad I was able to impress! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. One of these days I’ll take another stab at traditional publishing, but for now, I’m happy with the way this is turning out. (I AM devoting some of my earnings to getting professional edits, though. At least for grammar and such.) Thanks again!

  • Laura Flores

    Just finished the Book of Deacon trilogy. I stumbled across your books by accident and could not put them down. You are truly an amazing story teller and artist of the imagination. Thank you so much for writing and inviting me into your amazing world. I would love to hear more about Myranda and Deacon, I’m selfishly in love with their love. πŸ™‚
    I also see some of your fans have expressed interest in submitting fan art and would love to do the same. I can see Lain and would love the opportunity to draw him and the other heroes as well.
    Thanks again and I see nothing but success for you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I’m a big fan of fan art, so if you would like to draw something, I’d love to see it!

    I’m reasonably sure Myranda and Deacon will get at least one more tale, if not more. I’ll be sure to post here when a story about them is in the works!

  • Dan Lynch

    Just finishd reading Bypass Gemini and I loved it. I thouroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. A lot of authors have a hard time writing both fantasy and sci-fi books but you did an excelent job with Bypass Gemini.

    It seems you left it a little open at the end with job offers from the mob and the mad scientest and I was wondering if you had any plans to extend the book into a series?

    Again excellent job on Bypass Gemini as well as the Book of Deacon series.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Dan. Wow! Another person who made the rare leap to Sci Fi. I’m glad you feel I did a good job on it. I did indeed leave a bit of an open ending, and I do indeed intend to extend it into a series. As a matter of fact, I’m releasing the second book in the series TOMORROW (Feb. 27th, for those reading this in the future.) I’ll do a full post once it is available. Thanks for reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Dan. I distribute to Barnes and Noble through Smashwords, and they both have their own authorization and distribution schedule. Assuming I get through the Smashwords “Premium Approval” gauntlet in the next few days, it will get shipped out to Barnes and Noble on Thursday or Friday. From there, it will be another week or two before it hits the Nook. Therefore, generally speaking, it should be available for the Nook about two weeks from Friday, assuming everything goes well. They often beat their estimates though, so I’ll be sure to post here if I notice it has become available before then.

  • Miss Hollywood

    The Book Of Deacon was amazing!!! I am a new Nook owner and came upon this book after browsing through the billions of free ebooks. I am a semi-green reader, and was a little hesitant about reading this book……but #1. Free is awesome, and #2. The reviews were outstanding. So I had to try it out. With a job, 3 children, and husband, I am crazy busy. The Book Of Deacon took me away everyday and I could not wait to get my hands on it!! The characters are great and the story even better! I’m visiting your site to find out how to purchase (very happy and willing to do so) the second book. I recom this book to anyone with an ereader. I will certainly buy this book when it is published. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this incredible adventure!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks, I’m really glad you liked the book! It makes me feel good to know that people are enjoying the story AND spreading the word.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Hope you like them. I’m definitely looking forward to picking out some new parts for the PC. At the very least, it will be nice to have a PC that doesn’t sound like an outboard motor.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Evidently the fourth wall is broken and my characters are leaking out. Who would have thought fantasy characters would have such strong opinions about sci-fi?

  • Mike

    I do not do much reading, but i recently purchased a Nook color. This is the first book,”The Book of Deacon” i have read on it. I could not believe how well the story floed. I flew through the 926 pages. I loved the story and will be reading the rest of the trilogy. Thank you.

  • Alicia

    Guess they need their “own” escape. As long as it’s not Ether! “Sci-fi? Only a human would try to comprehend a world outside of their own. It’d be impossible for their puny brain to wrap around, and be a total waste of time. Like this is, attempting to have any kind of intelligent conversation.” as she slips back into the fire….

  • Pam

    Thank you so very much for this series and for Jade! PLEASE continue this story line. I look forward to seeing what your imagination can do for the future generations!

    Again Thanks,


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hopefully the picture and such came out okay. The mark of the chosen is on the original cover of the first book, and there’s a little one on the forehead of Ether on the new third cover. You can find them both on the artwork page.

  • 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!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Yep! I took a poll here and on the Facebook fan page, and Lain was the clear winner, so I’m trying to put together an origin story to fill in some of his past.

  • Amy

    Just ran across the new artwork for “Jade” on Amazon, came over here to see what’s new. Love the artwork, it’s my favorite of the series so far.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Yeah, Nick did a remarkable job, as always. His dragon artwork is one of the things that convinced me I wanted him to do my covers, so I was happy to finally get him to draw one of my dragons. Now to see if I can finagle a picture of Myn…

  • Amy

    That would be great to see.

    Also, if you do ever end up selling things online, remember that I’m the first person who reviewed all 4 of the Deacon books so far (on Amazon), so maybe I could get a coupon or something πŸ˜‰

    Hmmm, you might also give me a heads up when you release the Lain book – I don’t want to ruin my streak!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Sounds fair to me! I’ll keep you apprised of the book’s progress on the site, and I’ll certainly let you know if any other goodies are on the way, and what sort of an “original fan” bonus I might be able to send your way.

  • Amy

    Joe, could you put the Facebook Fan page address on the contact page? I can’t seem to find it here or by searching Facebook (well, it’s blocked at work, so I’ve only got the mobile app). Looking at your blog posts, I’ve apparently missed polls that would have been fun to participate in!


    PS, I had a great idea for a pendant, I’ll send you an email with a picture in it when I get it finished

  • Joseph Lallo

    Done and done. (By the way, if you look at this site on a full browser, there is a little widget on the right side that takes you there, too.)

  • Amy

    Ah, that explains the rectangle on the right hand side of this page that says “THIS SITE BLOCKED BY FILTERS” (yes, I’m doing real work too, not just reading websites. honest!)

  • Joseph Lallo

    Heh, you’re talking to a guy who is sneaking in replies on his phone between assignments at work. I understand completely.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m giving her sign-off now. Then it will be up to the mastermind behind the design to decide when and how they will be available. I’ll definitely spread the word when it happens, though.

  • jaimilyn

    Wow, that was a fast response! Let me work out the details with Joe, and if he agrees I’ll post it for sale on Etsy and I’ll post the link back up here. Any favorite between the plain one or the sparkly one? πŸ™‚

  • alicia

    I like the sparkly one, but think both would have a good market. πŸ™‚ I also think a ring would be a hot item. This is fantastic!!

  • Amy

    Alrighty, both pieces are posted on Etsy. If (by some crazy miracle…) someone has purchased them already, just send me a message – I have supplies on hand to make more of the plain style. I’ll order some supplies to make some rings as well.

    I’ve set up a fan discount – it applies to the entire shop: for 15% off of your order from me, enter the code DEACON10 at checkout!

  • Alicia

    THANKS!! I’ll post a pic (if possible) when it arrives. πŸ™‚ Never been to Etsy- looked like a pretty nifty site.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I was offered royalties, but I turned them down. I feel like I’ve had plenty of success with the books. It seems only fair to pay it forward to another aspiring indie artist.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow! This is so neat. Fans making things for other fans. There is an honest to goodness Book of Deacon community going on here.

  • Charity

    I LOVE these books! Just finished Jade and I love the way it ends! Too sweet for words! Some “jaded” (haha) men may think it too sappy, but as a woman, I LOVED it. Now, quit your job and write full time! You need an editor/proofreader? I’m your gal! lol! I will send you a CV !! I cannot wait for the Lain books…you rock!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Charity! I’m really glad you enjoyed the books! A lot of people don’t go on to read Jade after finishing the trilogy, so it is good to know you enjoyed that story, too. I appreciate your confidence in my writing, but I’m not ready to quit the day job just yet. I’ll do my best to keep the words flowing so I can have the next book available soon. Thanks for reading!

  • 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…

  • Eric Bowlin

    I would have no issue pay you for a signed book and then you sending it, if you have the time. Although, I would still really enjoy a hardback version. You are on my favorite story list and i like to collect my favorites πŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    You know I’m interested! πŸ™‚ Hardcover would be sweet! I too vote for buying them from you and getting an autograph that way. I’d pay for the book + shipping costs. The fancy stickers and cards sound neat, but just not as personal ya know?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Another vote for hardcover. I’ve got to warn you, with the amount of time the paperback is taking, you may have to wait a while for the hardcover, if it turns out I can even pull it off. I’ll definitely keep everyone in the loop, though. On the subject of the direct autograph, I’d say that’s how it would probably have to be priced. Book price, plus shipping. Oh… and I’m probably going to have to figure out what’s the deal with sales tax. Complications… The important thing is, I’m going to do my best to keep the cost of the autographed version the same as the retail version, which SHOULD be achievable.

  • Alicia

    So, I was looking at your drawing of the covers and thought- hey those would make pretty rockin posters! Simple, yet meaningful.

  • Joseph Lallo

    The covers I made as posters? I honestly hadn’t even considered that. On the plus side, I wouldn’t have to worry about paying royalties or buying rights. I just need to see if I can generate them at the proper size.

  • 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!

  • Dirkje

    Dear mister Jallo,
    I just stopped by to tell you l spend al these great reading hours with the first Book of Deacon. You painted a fantasy-world for me, where I could easily dream away, so to me you are a master storyteller. You made me a happy Dutch lady and I want to thank you for that.

    sincere greetings

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Dirkje! I’m truly happy to know that you’ve enjoyed the first book. I believe you are the first Dutch fan I’ve heard from. It boggles my mind that my books have found their way to so many people from so many different places. Thanks for the comment!

  • Russell Cullen

    I just finished The Book of Deacon. I would like to follow the stories but I cannot find the sequence of the next book of the series. I am reading the book on a Kindle and would like to download the next book so that I have the proper sequence. I hate jumping from the first book to the third book without having read the second book. Thanks.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. I can appreciate your concern about reading the books out of order. The trilogy (and associated books) are listed in order on the “Books” page of this site. The order is “The Book of Deacon” -> “The Great Convergence” -> “The Battle of Verril”

  • Kevin

    A few weeks back I downloaded several free e-books, The Book of Deacon among them. Upon finishing about 100 pages I immediately looked up your name and bought all I could. Simply amazing stuff, I couldn’t put it down. Also, as an elemental magic fanboy, I loved your descriptions as Myranda learned.

    Thanks for producing such great books!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you liked the story. Figuring out how I wanted magic to work, and how it ought to be taught, was one of the most enjoyable parts of writing the books. Glad to see there are so many people out there who liked my take on magic!

  • Bernie Maxfield

    I have read hundreds of fantasy novels over the last 30 years and until now have never bothered to make a comment or review of a book or author. For you I will make an exception,
    You are obviously a competent story teller, your series is a good and original basic concept, good characters, However, it is so negative that I can only relate it to my last visit to my dentist.
    get off the grass and try again, you have the ability to be great!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Bernie. Well, I certainly intend to continue writing, so thanks for the encouragement! Out of curiosity, do you mean that the tone is negative, or your opinion of the book is negative? If you felt the tone was too negative, you’ll be happy to know that I’m hoping to mix a little more humor and lightheartedness into the series (with the exception of the very next book, which is unavoidably dark at times.) If you simply didn’t feel the story was adequate, I’m always trying to improve, so hopefully future stories will be more to your liking. Thanks for reading!

  • Bernie Maxfield

    Sorry about my tasteless comment, it was not called for. I was annoyed
    by the fact that the “bad guys” were created indestructible, whilst the “good guys” were ineffective, in particular the heroine who’s superior training in all magic forms took up a large part of the plot.
    The negativity I spoke of arises from constantly watching the “good guys”
    getting their backsides kicked, when unrelenting, it becomes depressing.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Don’t worry about it. You’re absolutely entitled to your opinion, and I’ve been criticized for the over-powered villains in more than a few reviews. Hopefully I can learn how to even things out a bit in future books. Thanks again for commenting!

  • 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.

  • dlana raven

    I am so waging for the movie or better series. Cannot remember when a storyline hooked me hard, oh, yes I can,it was lord of the rings. Starting triology over, first time had to find out about characters, now, want to spend more on the battles. Love the honest of each lone, but mun needs to be rewarded with speach.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you think highly enough of the series to want to see it come to the big (or small) screen. Thanks for reading (and thanks for reading a second time!)

  • 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!

  • Danny Wilson

    well Mr Lallo I will have to disagree with some of the reviews of the editing a few places but not many to my eyes. Just finished the first book and I liked it very much.Just downloaded the second and will start it shortly. (and there is editing problems here as well if someone is an english professor) but the story is a good read.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you approve of my grammar. I’ve lost count of how many corrections I’ve applied since the first book was released. Thanks for picking up my first book, and I hope you enjoy the second.

  • Valorie Dougherty

    I read all 3 of the books and I really couldn’t put them down! I thought they were awesome. I really wanted to know more about the Lain character. As I have always wanted to be a script writer, I thought that this book would be awesone if made into a movie! However, there will be details missing in the movie. And I think that the old wizard wouod have to be Sean Conary, I can’t think of how to spell his name right now but you know who I ean, nontheless. And Demont would have to be either Orlando Bloom or Ben Affleck! As for the main character, I think that either Anne Hathaway or someone along that sort. Caya would have to be someone like Sandra Bullock or Kathrine Heigl or Cameron Diaz, someone who has a funny character. Anyway, I loved the books, thank you for sharing!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks very much! It will be a while before it is done, but you’ll be happy to know that my current project is a Lain Origin story. If all goes as I intend, it will take you from his earliest moments all the way to one or two of the events he describes in the trilogy.

    Sean Connery is an excellent choice for Wolloff, by the way.

    Thanks for reading!

  • C.Leonard

    Your books have definitely made my top 10 list! I really love when a book catches me to the point where I can’t put it down. Even more I love when I am so engrossed in a book that the world around me disappears and I have shifted into a whole other world. This is what your books have done for me. Thank you for writing and I really hope to see another book in this series. I’m just starting Jade and I am already excited! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad my books were able to capture your imagination. I’ll do my best to expand the series in the future. (I’m working on some prequel material right now.)

  • Jorge

    Joseph hi,

    This story is amazing, I’m reading it every night and gets even more interesting and fun, I’m in colombia, passing it over to my friends.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to comment. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the story. Thanks for spreading the word!

  • alicia

    Kevin, I believe you can email him at the above address to request your autographed copy. He tweeted the other day that the first shipment of books had arrived!! πŸ™‚

  • ChrisJensen

    Hello Joseph.
    I got your first book for my new Nook Color Tablet for free (the artwork and title caught my eye) and couldn’t put it down. As soon as I finished I got the rest of the Book of Deacon series and Jade. I couldn’t put those down either. What a good imagination! Great story, I loved the unexpected twists. You also prove that a gripping tale can be told without profanity,lewdness and horrific vulgarities of explicit physical torture, I am so tired that many authors seem to obsess on that. A divergent waste of space lacking sincere creativity on their part. You, in contrast, opted to stay highly imaginative, compelling, and never lost me.
    It’s wonderful to see your skills grow as you continue writting, I’m glad to have discovered you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m very glad that you enjoyed my books, and knowing you enjoyed them on the Nook makes me doubly glad I decided to avoid targeting just the kindle. I try to keep my writing fairly PG, or PG-13, mostly because that’s how I am in real life. I’m happy to see that it is well received! Thanks for reading.

  • alicia

    Hi Chris! If you enjoy sci-fi or like me wasn’t sure, you’d probably really like his other two books. Bypass Gemini and Unstable Prototypes. I’m hooked. The language is more on the PG-13 side. I too really like the fact that I can read these books without skimming, blushing, or dubbing in my own words.


  • ChrisJensen

    Hi Alicia,
    I am a lover of fantasy and sci-fi both, and I will definately be getting those two books. I’m a fan of Joseph Lallo! I feel amazed to be able to start with a new writer at the beginning of his career and follow his rise to the top. Should be great fun!

  • alicia

    Thanks! Credit goes to Amy at Bright Jewels on

    Yes, Joseph is my new favorite author, and his books seriously have me laughing out loud, crying, so angry at a character that I want to spit, and so in love with everything in between! when I have to put down one of his books, all I want to do is to pick it back up! If you have Facebook, there is a Book of Deacon fan page. Also, please check out the forums!! It’d be nice to discuss the books with someone else. πŸ™‚

  • James

    I have never been a big reader but I spent a lot if time in the airport last week and had time to kill so I found your book for kindle and gave it a try I am 34 years old have never had a book I could wait to read or put down for that matter and I’ve never read a whole book in one week until now. I am lookIng forward to reading the rest of the series this is new territory for me so I wanted to say thank you


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi James. Thanks! I’m really glad that you like the book, and that it helped you pass some otherwise dreary airport time. Hopefully you enjoy the rest. Thanks for the comment!

  • 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. πŸ™‚ 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!

  • Alicia

    Like others before me, I downloaded The Book of Deacon for free and became so engrossed in the story that The Great Convergence and The Battle of Verril became my first book purchases on my Nook. I loved the flow of your stories and the detail used in seens like the valley at the end of Verril. You’ve joined my author watch list next to Jim Butcher! Please keep the adventures coming!!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m a Jim Butcher fan myself. (One of these days I really need to finish reading the Dresden Files.) I’ll do my best to continue producing stories you’ll like!

  • Benson

    Hi Mr. Joseph, so to give you a picture of what kind of people makes up your audience; I’m an 18 year old student from Qc, Canada. I really admire your work, actually I’ve downloaded all the books off iTunes after the first hundred pages or so. Only thing I can say; I would honestly pay a lot more for this, heck, somebody should make a Book of Deacon comic book, I’m having some ideas about it (as so with a lot of other books), but I respect the authors and their work and never got my pencil to draw … Anyways, you should set up an online store and sell hard cover, paper versions of the Trilogy, I would gladly add thus selection to my shelf; I’m too young to have a library. πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed my books so much! You are actually the first person to suggest a comic book, which I have to admit would be really cool! Considering the amount of time and money it cost me to have art made, though, I have a feeling that something like that won’t happen unless a publisher or artist approaches me. If you’ve got some ideas for drawings based on the books, feel free to draw them. At the very least I’d gladly put them up on my artwork page. I appreciate your willingness to pay more for the series. I actually just finished a paperback copy just a few days ago, which is now available on (I’ll add the link to the books page.) Paperbacks of the rest of the trilogy SHOULD be available by the end of the year. Hardcovers are still on the “maybe” list.

    Thanks for 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 β€œFantasy” 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.

  • Cherri

    I don’t comment very often but I loved your books! I have read alot of fantasy and relly enjoyed this series. Thanks:)

  • 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!

  • Nate Cutler

    I have to say that I rather enjoyed the first book and as a result immediately bought the second one on Amazon. I really like how Myranda is steadfast in her beliefs but open to growing as an individual. I really like the character of Lain as well and can’t wait to see him develop and open up. My one concern though is that some of the dialogue appears forced or unnatural. I’d also like to know why (maybe I will once I continue on in the journey!) Myranda was so adept at learning all these magical techniques; especially faster than anyone in Entwell’s recorded history! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and after finishing it, within minutes started reading the second. Thanks for an original and refreshing series!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thanks, I’m glad you liked the books! I’ve had a few readers tell me they had some trouble with my dialogue. I’m always trying to improve, though. In time some things are revealed about Myranda that explain some of her more noteable skills. 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.

  • Alicia

    Woo-Hoo!! My book arrived today. It is beautiful through and through. Thank-you for taking the time to do this for your fans!! The message and # were especially nice!

    Sounds like you had way too much fun at PAX. Anything interesting on the Halo home front? (yes, yes I endulge every once in awhile. I’m almost finished with Fable III. It’s ok, I guess.) I hear Skyrim rocks, but once you start playing it, you can kiss your life good-bye.

    Again, thank-you for the book. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy in paper back!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you like the book, and you are very welcome. PAX was great, we talked to quite a few developers. There wasn’t too much Halo-wise, this year, but that didn’t stop one of our guys from compiling the latest round of rumors and speculation into an article: ( I’ve managed to avoid the siren call of Skyrim, but there are a few things I saw on the show floor I might not be able to resist.

  • Tena Troy

    I loved the first book in the series and I will be getting the next two. I also love how easy it is to simply talk to you because with many authors you don’t get to do this. I loved the character development through out the book and how you gave them more depth as time went on. Many well known authors can’t be bothered to do this and its a craft. The only thing I can say that was a little rushed would be the main characters transformation from “scavenger” to “warrior wizard”. I understand being a prodigy but it had great potential to be more of a defining transformative moment I think. Beyond that the imagery was great and very detailed. I look forward to what you put out there in the future!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I hope you enjoy the rest. Talking to my readers is one of my favorite results of my plunge into self publishing, and I hope that I can continue to do it for a long, long time. I’ll agree that the speed at which Myranda assumed here new role is one of the weaker aspects of the story. Pacing is a little bit tricky for me. Thanks for the comment, and thanks for reading!

  • Melonee

    I just wanted to take the time to say I enjoyed the trilogy very much. There were quite a few late nights spent reading them. I would love to see the characters unfold into further tales of good vs evil. I do believe this would be an excellent movie. πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m very glad that you enjoyed the books, and I hope to write more stories featuring these and other characters for years to come. (Wouldn’t mind it becoming a movie, either.)

  • Shana Reeder

    I have to take the time to thank for writing such an awesome series of books! I have three adopted disabled children and often turn to reading after they are all in bed for the night, to help me relax. I had Book of Deacon for a while before I got around to reading it, I was so intrigued with the story line that I found myself carrying my iPad everywhere I went with the hope that I would be delayed and would have time to read a few more pages. I was sad that the series had to end. I enjoyed your writing and the subject of your story, as I was reading, I felt as though the characters were friends. Keep up the great work, I look forward to more of your books in the future!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks Shana. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, particularly with what I’m sure is a very full schedule of very important tasks. I’ll do my very best to keep the stories coming.

  • janet bell

    I loved Book of Deacon. Being a grandmother I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of fantasy fiction but since I got my Kindle for Christmas this is the best book I’ve read. Amazon offered the book for free and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. Thank you for a very enjoyable read.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’ve actually had a few grandparents tell me that they enjoyed the series. I’m glad that so many generations of readers can find something to enjoy in my writing!

  • 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 πŸ™ 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. πŸ™‚

  • 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!!! πŸ™‚

  • angela

    I just finished reading the last book in the series. I enjoyed every one of them. The only problem I had was once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. Thus many very short nights. It was worth it! Thanks for the good read.

  • Kevin

    Haha i love all the artworks man, especially yours! Anyways, just recieved that autographed copy and im glad to say it has been encased in a glass box ( very showpiece like) πŸ™‚ Please finish that lain origin book so i can buy it!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Excellent! I’m glad to know it arrived okay. I’m hard at work on that Lain book, but it’ll be a while I’m afraid. Thanks again!

  • Nurah

    I found the books very plot heavy, which I really liked. I had no way of knowing how it would end, and found myself reading late into the night just to find out.

    My only greviance was with the character Ivy. I found her impossibly annoying, and often agreeing with Ether’s insults. I wonder, was Ivy’s personality much the same before Demont’s tinkering?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Heh. You and one of my proofreaders are in agreement on this one. It is probably safe to assume that Ivy was considerably more confident, less insecure, and less traumatized before her tinkering, and thus probably a bit more tolerable. I’m glad you enjoyed the books otherwise.

  • Alicia

    My gosh, and I thought I was busy with 6 kids! How do you do it? It’s all fascinating, and good luck with your new adventures~ and thank-you for your kinds words πŸ™‚

    ps. Unstable Prototypes is hilarious.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Yeah, pretty busy, but I’m taking it one step at a time. You’re welcome for the kind words. They are well deserved. Glad you’re still enjoying Unstable prototypes!

  • 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.

  • Marilynn Schaddelee

    I downloaded Book of Deacon on When I started reading and discovered Lain was a “fox-man,” I was so disappointed. Normally I tend to not like this type of book because of elves, dwarfs, dragons, etc…
    But I kept reading. The more I read, the more intrigued I became. I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. I immediately went to your website and via amazon purchased books two and three.
    Excellent reading. I felt that if I concentrated as Myranda would, then I should be able to casts the same spells. I am excited to start the second book in the trilogy.
    I plan to tweet, like, and pin your books. πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the story. Every now and then I hear from someone like yourself who is not initially a fan of “high fantasy.” It makes me feel good when I can win you over, because it means that you enjoyed my tale in spite of its genre, rather than because of it. Thanks for the comment, and I hope you enjoy the rest.

  • Lily

    Your books are amazing! I litterally read ‘The Great Convergence’ for six hours straight last week! I was wondering, was there a specific place where you learned to write, or did you kind of just teach yourself? The dialogue seems like it`s perfect for the characters, and the settings and ideas are all unique. Also, do you plan out your characters or do they develope on their own? Ivy and Lain are really well thought out — they`re definately my favorite characters. Honestly, I think this book is just as good as the Hunger Games, if not better. I just wish more people knew about it πŸ™‚ If this became a movie, I would definately come to the premiere. I`m sure it would turn out great!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m very happy that you are enjoying my story so much. To keep from cluttering this page up too much, I’ll send you an email to answer your questions.

  • Michael Raney

    Would it be possible for you to send me an email answering those questions, i am also wondering where and how you developed your writing style.

  • Perris

    I just finished the first book in the trilogy, after downloading it via nook last night, and loved it! Needless to say, my sketchbook will be filled with these characters for a long time. πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Great! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I checked out your gallery, and I love the variety of styles! Please let me know if any of those sketches filling the pages of your book turn into something you’d like to share. I’d be more than happy to display them here.

  • 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!

  • Gloria

    I have just finished reading Book of Deacon, on my Kinddle
    I absolutely loved every moment of it & really had to force myself to stop reading at times & get on with the other things in life you have to deal with.
    Earlier in the week I downloaded the other 2 books ready to continue reading. I love things to do with dragons, fantasy, magic etc & adore Myn.
    I have never written to an author before – thank you for some wonderful reading.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, and I hope the rest of the trilogy brings you the same level of enjoyment. Thank you for the kind words!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Currently, the order of the Books is:
    The Book of Deacon
    The Great Convergence
    The Battle of Verril

    The next book in this series is probably going to be an origin story for the character named Lain.

    There is also an unrelated sci-fi series:
    Bypass Gemini
    Unstable Prototypes

    Hope that helps.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer

    I LOVE this series!! I was so sad when I read the last page of “The Battle of Verril” because I wanted to keep reading. I was glued to my Nook when I was reading all the books, and have told my fellow fantasy fans about your work. I have a baby, so finding time to read in the midst of everything was challenging, but I found the time so I could find out what happened next! Great job!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Jennifer! Many thanks for the comment. I’m very happy you enjoyed the series. Thanks for spreading the word! I really appreciate the support and kind words. Have a great day!

  • Alicia

    Great interview! My eyes lit up when I read “hardback”!!!

    My oldest son, just finished The Book of Deacon and couldn’t wait to get his hands on The Great Convergence. He gives TBOD 10 stars btw πŸ™‚ His fav character was…wait for it, wait for it…Myn. Surprised I’m sure. As he was reading yesterday, he said “ah, that’s why they call it the convergence” It’s so nice to be able to talk about characters and happenings in books with him πŸ™‚

    Happy writing!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Elizabeth Baxter asked some great questions.

    Another Myn fan! Everybody loves that little dragon. Have fun discussing the book, I hope he likes the second as much as the first!

  • 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!

  • Alicia

    Lain snippet!? Can’t wait. Fantastic on all fronts (and countries) with The Book of Deacon. Is your head spinning yet? Did you ever think it’d go this far? Good luck. Oh, and what does The Book of Deacon look like in Bulgarian?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Things are getting a LITTLE bit coo-coo, but I’ll manage. Never thought it would get beyond the “One or two sales a month, maybe” stage. Let’s see if the comments can handle this. The Book of Deacon evidently translates to “ΠšΠ½ΠΈΠ³Π°Ρ‚Π° Π½Π° дякон”

  • Alicia

    Wow! It’s great and tragic at the same time. Am I going to be able to read this at all without crying my eyes out??? I’m looking forward to reading the rest. I couldn’t help but think of LOTR when the slaves where described. Keep it coming!

  • Joseph Lallo

    I tried to find some places for a ray of sunshine or two in Lain’s otherwise stormy life, but what can I say? He’s had it rough.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Whew! I’m glad I’m getting positive reactions. I was afraid people would balk at the though of reading more about Lain and then discovering that the story starts with him as a youngster.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’ll get a move on. I’m just about done with his early years. I don’t know how long this is going to end up being, but there’s at least 3 more “sections” of his life that I want to cover.

  • Alicia

    So, please, please, please tell me that one of those elves is Desmeres!!! I mean, they go wayyyy back so it would seem fitting πŸ˜‰ And I can’t get the cute fuzzy picture of a toddler Lain out of my head. Adorable.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Regarding cute fuzzy Lain, that was what I was afraid wouldn’t go over well. In the trilogy, Lain is pretty hardcore. Here, he’s dangerously close to being cuddly.
    Good thinking, but no, Desmeres hasn’t shown up in the book… yet.

  • 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!!

  • Nicole

    Awesome sneak peek! Thank you for the exciting news! I look forward to when this will be available to download. Way cool, ’cause, as always, amazing read!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It will be quite a while, but now that I know that people like the direction so far, I can write with a little more confidence.

  • 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!

  • John Middleton

    Just to let you know that I have just finished The Battle of Verril and was again totally immersed in the story.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Tara

    I just finished The Book of Deacon and before I was done with it I had purchased the next two books. I simply could not put it down. Your books and writing style are amazing. Thank-you so much for giving me such a beautiful and detailed place of wonder to escape to. I care so much about your characters that I really want to stay up and find out what happens next, but unfortunatly it is 12:15am and I need to wake up in a few hours! Again, thank-you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m very happy that you like the books so much. Thank you for reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Great! Keep in mind, this is only if you want it autographed. If you’re just interested in a paperback copy, Amazon and Barnes and Noble are currently selling it for cheaper.

  • vickie neff

    I just finished reading “The Book of Dean, Book 1” and so enjoyed the adventure. I’ve been searching for the other two books to the trilogy, but find them only for electronical download for nook, pc, etc. I love the feel of a book in my hands. Are “The Great Convergence” or “The Battle of Verril”, not available in paperback form?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Vickie! I’m glad you enjoyed the book! I’m afraid that the other two books aren’t yet available as paperbacks. I’m working on it, and with any luck I’ll be able to have them both out in a few months. I just need to get new covers made, and my artist is beyond backed up right now. I’ll be sure to announce when they are ready. Thanks!

  • 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! πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’ve sent books to the UK before. Unfortunately, as you might imagine, it costs a bit more in shipping. Obviously you can buy it from Amazon (or if you just want the paperback, but if you want an autographed one, I’ll probably have to increase the shipping and handling price. I’ll look into it and drop you an email with the specifics. Thanks for the interest!

  • dean c

    wow going back to the currency of entus its does go very far back indeed at least 170 years due to the fact that in the book of deacon the war had been going on for around 150 years and lain as far as i remember was a half mortal hmmm maybe it could be almost 200 years… cant wait to read the book sounds really engrossing as with all of your writing will there be any more tales of myranda and the chosen?

  • Joseph Lallo

    This does go pretty far back, though keep in mind that it takes place in Tressor, which we’ve thus far only seen in glimpses, so they may have hung onto their old currency names longer. Will I write another Myranda and the Chosen story? I intend to, one day. There are a few more books to get through before I start that one, though. Thanks!

  • dean c

    I would imagine it would be set in tressor as I recall lain mentioning it as his home when he and myranda left bydel after their encounter at the lizards goblet. And perhaps they could have kept their currency as it was the northern kingdoms that united when the war come about and I believe tressor has always been one kingdom. I can’t wait for more myranda should be an awesome tale πŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    This is why you’re so great. “now I can write with a little more confidence” I don’t think it has sunk in yet just how AWESOME you really are. If the BoD triogy was written with little confidence and this little snippet about Lain, then we better hold on to our hats because as soon as you realize how talented you are- publishers will be knocking down YOUR door! We believe in you.

  • dean c

    ^^agreed things can only get better once you “go pro” with the publishers your going to be such a big hit i can feel it πŸ™‚ your writing is just so passionate unlike quite a lot of authors i come across nowa days who just don’t seem to care about anything but the money :/

  • Terry

    Just finished The Book of Deacon really enjoyed the characters. The plot was entertaining. the beginning of the book took time to adjust to you writing style as it does whenever. You read an author for the first time which is the case here. The end of the book became a page Turner. I am looking forward to book 2 in the trilogy.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the characters, and I’m pleased that you enjoyed the book enough to pick up the next one. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Thanks for reading!

  • karen koenig

    I loved all 3 book of decon seriese just started jade cant wait for more from this world, or others like it

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the trilogy, and I hope you like Jade as well. I’ll do my best to keep these stories coming. Thanks for the comment!

  • Jocelyn

    I can’t convey in words how happy I was to have stumbled across your book!! Like the others above, I downloaded it free from amazon for what i thought would be some light reading and was immediately drawn into your story. You captured me through your choice of words, your thought out characters and the amazing story you created with these elements. I love fiction for the mere fact of slipping away into a different reality, and you sir were the first person to literally ( and excuse my language) piss me off when the narrarator returns indicating the end of the beginning πŸ˜‰ I’m on my way to purchase the next piece of the story and once again get lost in myranda’s adventures πŸ™‚ thank you for your addition to my collection of amazing creativity and for adding another talented author to my must reads <3 I look forward to your work!


  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the first book, and I really hope you enjoy the rest of the story. I appreciate all of your kind words, and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy the rest of the tale!

  • Celeste

    Let me start by saying that you are a fantastic story teller. I enjoyed reading this trilogy quite a bit. I actually paid for books 2 and 3 because I wanted to finish the story that badly. Well done there. My only constructive criticism is that you really need to hook up with a decent editor somehow. There were instances of grammar and spelling and syntax errors that were a little distracting. A good editor could help you iron out the wrinkles and let your story telling talent sparkle even more. I admit I am a little bit of a grammar nut, so it’s a testament to the quality of the tale you spin that I read it all even if I did have moments of irritation and distraction.

    I hope you have a long and successful career and hope to see more from you!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thank you so much for the comment. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the story. I apologize for the lackluster grammar. It wasn’t until long after the books had been released with my own (clearly inadequate) proofreading that I’d accumulated enough money to have a professional look over the books. I’ve done my best to iron out the errors present, and I plan to continue to issue corrections. A massive edit of the third book is due to be released next week, in fact. If sales continue as they have, and the editor I’ve found continues to maintain the same schedule, then I hope to start having the books edited BEFORE they are released, rather than after. Thanks for reading!

  • Kellom

    Blah, where to begin? I absolutely LOVED your Book of Deacon series and Jade. I’m one of those people that only look for free books (because I really love to read and don’t have money to make any purchases) : ( but had to buy the second two in the series.

    It’s authors like you that make a 1.5 hour trip to school (and then the same back) worth taking. I get so engrossed in your words, that I’m oblivious to the rest of the world.
    However, and I know you’ve probably heard this plenty of times from others, the typos are driving me bonkers. One of my Grammas was an English major and she drilled into my head how important grammar is, and so due to it, I’m constantly wanting to correct papers, books, and the likes.

    Pleeeeeeeease tell me there is going to be another book after Jade! I was rather bummed how quickly you ended that story. When I got somewhere around page 150, I was thinking that there’s no way the story ends here; it must be continued like the Deacon series. : (

    Ooo… I saw somewhere up there ^ that someone had questioned/suggested a movie… I totally agree with them. I would love to see this turned into a movie and I’m sure you have many other fans that would too.

    Many applauds and cheers,

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the series! Oh, yes. I’ve heard about the grammar issues. I apologize, and I’m working on fixing them. (Book 3 is due to get a big update, and some time in July I’ll send Jade out for a brush up.)

    It is great that you enjoyed Jade. For a long time people stopped at the final book of the trilogy and didn’t seem interested in that little story. Slowly I’m seeing more and more people giving it a try, which makes me feel good. Sorry about the abrupt ending. I wrote it at a time when I thought people weren’t reading the trilogy because they were too long, so I tried to keep Jade brief. Will there be more stories after it? Well… If you’re looking for more specifically about Jade, I can’t guarantee anything. Halfax, on the other hand, is indeed showing up again. I’ve also got a prequel story in the works that focuses on Lain.

    Thanks for the comment, and thanks for reading!

  • Kellom

    There’s no need to apologize. I know what it’s like to get caught up in writing and forget about grammar.

    I wonder if perhaps people stopped at the end of the trilogy because they weren’t aware of Jade? The only reason why I read it was because the trilogy was great; and then I got excited when I discovered it was a continuation.

    I wouldn’t ask for more about Jade. I think it’s great that she has a happy ending. It’s what you said about Halfax that has me curious and craving more stories, which is why I asked.

    I’m looking forward to the prequel. And again, excellent job with your writings.


  • Joseph Lallo

    Oh, and about the movie, I’d love to see it happen too. Unfortunately, so far I haven’t even been able to get a literary agent to give me a second look, let alone someone from Hollywood. Maybe someday!

  • Alicia

    Hi Kellom! If you’re looking for other works to read by Joseph Lallo, give his sci-fi a read. He has written two books. 1. Bypass Gemini 2. Unstable Prototypes. Both are absolutely fantastic. I’ve never been a sci-fi fan, but these two books have made me one. πŸ™‚

  • Kellom

    I myself am not into sci-fi books. I’ve tried reading some amazing authors sci-fi and have never been able to get into them, otherwise I probably would have already read Joseph’s. But thank you for informing me of these books.


  • Naomi

    Yeah! It is so exciting to hear that your books will be available in print soon – not that I don’t love ebooks; however, I can’t wait to hold (and read) a paper copy! All the best to you as I wait (somewhat) patiently. It is great to actually be able to contact a favorite author!

  • Joseph Lallo

    It is great to actually BE a favorite author! Yep, The Book of Deacon (Book 1) has been doing better than I expected as a paperback, and now that I’ve got a firmer grasp on the process, getting the second two done should be easier. The hard part will be finding the time. Thanks for the comment!

  • Kevin

    I was inspired by in particular Epidime. I thought his character as a whole was menacingly awesome. His whole get-up with dealing with the mind etc etc. I play a MMORPG game called RIFT. I thought about making Epidime in my version.I know he has a halbred with a black gem, but there isnt an item in game like that :). This is just my spin on how i always imagined him while i was reading the book. Then again, the armor could have stayed a normal steel look, but black and purple just screamed DEATH/EVIL to me πŸ™‚

    P.S. I thought it was ironic how my guild name is Soul Master.Thought that flew well πŸ˜€

  • Joseph Lallo

    Oh man. That is so cool! Thanks! I’ll probably add one of these to the page once I get a chance. One of my friends absolutely loved Epidime as a villain. Wait until he sees this.

  • Lacy

    PLEASE, keep writing! I have read the trilogy so many times now and am STARVING for more. I read all the time, and just have not found anything that compares to these characters and this series. I keep checking back at B&N to see what else you have there, hoping for a new book soon. Can’t wait to read more…………

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, thanks! As you can see, I’m working on something new. (Actually, two new things, but one of them is at the center of a debate among my friends and I regarding whether or not it needs a mild re-write.) Since writing is basically my second job, it is hard to set an estimate on completion, but I’ll do my darnedest to get it out as soon as I can. Until then, I’m afraid that the trilogy, Jade, and the two sci-fi books will have to last you. Thanks for the comment!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Hopefully my artist gets an opening in his schedule soon and I can get rolling on the next paperback. Meeting fans… It would be cool, and much as I’d love to do a book tour, that’s not really anywhere near feasible right now, I’m afraid. I’ve got a job with no paid time off, and while the books are doing pretty darn well, I’m not comfortable quitting the day job to do the full-time author gig. I’m glad he’s liking Book 2 though. I hope he likes it all the way through.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Let’s see, details… The thing I feel needs a rewrite is something only two people (aside from myself) have ever read. (One of them thinks it is fine as is, the other agrees it needs work.) It is a book that takes place quite a while after Jade and features an almost entirely new cast of characters. It is currently in a file with the title “Unnamed Second Trilogy” and has been sitting on the virtual shelf with about one full novel’s worth written, plus about 40 pages of a second one. I actually wrote it before I even wrote the sci-fi stuff. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it.

  • Joseph Lallo

    As a matter of fact, I HAVE been toying with the idea of distributing it to a few fans to see what they think of the part I think is problematic…
    Halfax is indeed in it. As a matter of fact, Jade was written more or less to give Halfax a bit of a back story.

  • 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!

  • michael carey

    Powerful, captivating and inviting into a new world. At 56 I am surprised that I could once again be brought so invitingly into a new realm of magic, populated by characters of depth. I have just finished the Deacon, which I downloaded free from amazon and will now purchase the next two books. Thank you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and I really appreciate you giving the rest of the trilogy a try. I hope you like the rest of the story!

  • Mark

    loved the first two books of the Deacon series. Are you finished fixing up the third book yet? I want to make sure that I’m reading the correct edition.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Yep, the edited version of book 3 is finished. It is live on Amazon and Smashwords right now, so if you’d intended to buy from one of those, go right ahead. It was shipped to Barnes & Noble, Apple, and the others over the course of this week, so if you are picking it up there, you might want to wait a week.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for all of the volunteers! I’ll keep you folks in mind when the time comes, but right now I’m going to focus on Lain Origin. I’ll be sure to post when it is getting near to completion!

  • 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.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, and I hope I continue to inspire such lofty opinions of myself and my work.

  • Deleyna Marr

    And thank YOU for being so open and transparent. I’m tremendously proud of that interview, too. I think it is going to encourage a lot of folks.
    I finally realized who your writing reminds me of — Anne McCaffrey. Not just the dragons. (Rolling eyes) It is the way you handle characters. There’s a richness to them, a richness of family and interaction. Your books are satisfying in that I can see some things coming, and enjoyable in that you usually don’t go with the predictable. It is in those moments when I say, “oh, I see where this is going…no…wait!” that I find myself sputtering, flipping pages as fast as my ereader can handle and thoroughly enjoying the ride.
    I’ve worked with writers for years. I’ve seen bad writing get published and good writing get revised to death. I’m so thrilled you didn’t go mainstream. I think you would’ve made it in, oh, 15 years or so…and we’d have missed out on the adventure and all of the great books you are churning out! Love it!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much. It really feels good to know that you’ve enjoyed my writing so much, and that I could bring to mind one of the greats of the genre!

  • 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!

  • Jedi5150

    I’m almost done with the The Book of Deacon. I’d never been a fan of e-readers, but for backpacking and camping I finally decided to get one and try out. Your book is the first one I downloaded and halfway through it I bought all your other ebooks. I’m a fan of both Sci-fi and fantasy, with my favorite authors rangin from Timothy Zahn to Terry Brooks. You are an excellent author, and definitely keeping my interest.

    As a side note, long books and series (ie: trilogies) are better than short ones. Once you’ve invested time and become attached to characters you hate to only have one book about them.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the story! Thank you very much for picking up the rest, and I hope you enjoy them just as much. I’m a fan of long stories and series as well. As a reader, I like them because it allows you to stay with the characters you’ve come to enjoy. As a writer… frankly, I’ve never really gotten the hang of telling a short story (Jade was my best attempt, and even that story ended up about twice as long as I intended.) Thanks for reading!

  • Miriam

    Easily readable, many original ideas, enjoyable. I found many imitative components, mainly Tolkien references. You clearly can do your own imagining. I would like to see more original settings and backgrounds. Seems to be written at a Young Adult level, which is fine if intentional.
    I will be interested to read your further writings.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! Tolkien is so closely associated with raw fantasy that it is hard to write a story with such a setting without referencing him just a bit. I actually didn’t aim for any reading level in particular, though I did make a few concious omissions for the sake of keeping it acceptable for younger readers, so I suppose young adult was roughly my target.

    Thanks for your interest!

  • Rebecca

    Bravo. I just finished the book of deacon moments ago. Brilliant characters, wonderful imagery, thank you. I just purchased the next two and jade, can’t wait to start them.

  • Tina

    I enjoyed this book and will be buying the remaining two. The only suggestion I would make is better editing. I know spell check does not know the difference between two correctly spelled words, but humans should. The abundance of issues pulls me from the story. Making me skip back to see if I read something wrong. I wish there was a way to immediately mark these and let the appropriate people know to fix them. Thank you for your efforts, and your stories.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. I’m sorry about the lackluster grammar. It is an ongoing battle for me, trying to sift out the remaining errors. Thanks for picking up the remaining books. Hopefully the next two books are less error filled. 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 πŸ™‚

    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!

  • Isaac

    I am so intensified at this moment! I begged, persuaded, and forced my parents to buy The Book Of Deacon trilogy. After reading the first book, I can’t stop squealing! I can’t stop! Even if I have finished reading a masterpiece of a book, I cannot put it down even if I had read it many times over. Even my father is passionate to know what will happen next. Your book has become our addiction. Not a want, but a need! I am now one of your hardcore fans. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow, Thanks for the support! It is great to know you’re so enthusiastic about the books, and I hope the rest of the trilogy lives up to expectations. Thanks for reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hah! Already got to the second sci-fi book, eh? We’ll see how this plush comes out, but Squee or Solby would definitely be the next plush, if things work out with this one. (I was THIS close to mentioning it in my last message to the artist last night.)

  • Alicia

    Deleyna- how are you liking the sci-fi books? I LOVED them. It’s great to know that others are reading them. ( I know Mr. Lallo doesn’t talk much about them on this site…) but they are worth the read that’s for sure. And I want a Squee too :)….and that lil pill she takes every six months. lol.

  • Norma Paynton

    *** SPOILERS ***
    Thank you, wow what a trio of books, I absolutely loved them, and couldn’t put them down!! So you are responsible for my 2am (uk) late sleeps, only to rise at 5.30am to carry on, I think I read the 3 books in less than a week and I couldn’t get enough. I cried like a baby when I thought poor Myn was gone!! Yep I know I am soppy! Thought Miranda didn’t grieve as much as I did, but soooooo glad when Myn appeared again .. so thanks for cheering me up on that one. Can’t believe poor Liam went though, so you absolutely HAVE to write some more to twist that one back in.

    Only issue I can see if you don’t write quick enough xx So after my first decent sleep in ages I am left wondering now what is left to do! apart from go to work of course. Just keep up the good work and get writing. Off to read Jade now xx

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much! Heh, I apologize for the lost sleep. I’ll do my best to get the next story done quickly. Enjoy Jade. It is fairly short, so you shouldn’t lose too much sleep on that one. Thanks for reading!
    *** SPOILERS ***
    It is a common and valid observation that Myranda doesn’t have nearly the emotional reaction she ought to for Myn’s passing. I guess if I ever do a special edition or something, that’s a scene that needs to be enhanced.

  • Norma Paynton

    *** SPOILERS ***
    Thank you.. wow what a trilogy!! I loved the books and couldn’t put them down! Loved the plots, twists and turns, cried like a baby when I thought poor Myn was gone, but thankfully she hadn’t.

    Shame that Liam went at the end, so you absolutely have to write more to bring him back into the plots x Just keep up the writing coz you definitely have a fan here in the UK xx

  • raymond chan

    I really like the trilogy but my fav have to be the first book and jade. I like the action but I love it when they are talking instead of fighting everytime they get rested. That why I love book of decon and jade. Will there be a sequel for jade? I love the ending but knowing epidime still out there make me feel unease for jade and her family.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you liked the books, and particularly glad to hear that you liked Jade. I hear comparatively little about that book, so it is nice to know that it has fans. Will there be a sequel? Well, yes and no. I hadn’t had plans for any direct sequels, but there will definitely be stories that take place after it, and there will be at least one character returning. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    waves? I’m thinking tidal waves! This is just way too cool
    congratulations on all of your accomplishments!! your any wait to see a Myn plushie!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! Yeah, I can’t wait either. I don’t particularly care if anyone else ends up wanting a plush, it is going to be wild having the prototypes sitting on my shelf and couch.

  • Vanessa

    Almost done with Book of Deacon. Thoroughly enjoying it. I do not have kindle and i am trying to order your next two books but only see downloadable versions. Are the next books due to release as paperback or hardcover any time soon??

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Thanks so much for picking up my book as a paperback! The paperbacks for Books 2 and 3 are in the works, there is just a bit of artwork and formatting left to be done. With any luck, I should have them ready to purchase in a few weeks. I’ll definitely do a post/tweet/facebook post about the next release.

  • MarciaA

    I so enjoyed the book of Deacon trilogy, and was especially happy to find you’ve started on a sequel trilogy starting with the book Jade. Just downloaded it to my kindle and am excited to begin reading it…… please please don’t take too long to continue the series! πŸ˜‰

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed the trilogy. I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that I am indeed working on a sequel trilogy. The bad news is that Jade is not the first book of it. Jade is just a short story that introduces one of the characters of the new trilogy. I’ll probably get rolling on those books just as soon as I’m through with the Lain origin. Thanks for the comment!

  • Linda

    Hope there will be a sequel to “Jade.” I am reading it now and SO enjoying it. I have read the trilogy and LOVED it! So hard to put down. They will all be on my favorites list. Please keep up the good work, they are most assuredly a hit. Thanks!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Many thanks! Whether or not there will be a Jade sequel is a matter of opinion. There will certainly be stories set after it, and there’s at least one character I’ll be bringing back from that story, but a direct sequel isn’t planned. (That’s not to say it has been ruled out entirely. One never knows.)

  • Aurora M.

    Yay! I’m excited at the prospect of your future books! I really enjoyed the Book of Deacon trilogy and can’t wait to read more! Good luck to you in the planning, writing, and rewriting process!

  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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.

  • Barbara Phillips

    I enjoyed the first book in your The Deacon series. You are an excellent writer. You certainly know how to maintain the pace of the action. I also liked your twists and turns. Over all you’ve done a terrific piece of writing. I also enjoyed your character development.
    Great Job!
    PS. I purchased the othe two books in your trilogy today.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you very much. I’m very happy that you enjoyed the first book, and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the story just as much. It is a tremendous shot in the arm for my confidence whenever someone takes the time to share some kind words about my books. Thanks for reading!

  • 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.

  • Tara

    I absolutely adored the book of deacon trilogy.

    First, let me say that I had basically given up hope to find a book in the free section that could even hold my attention beyond the first couple of pages. Finding your books has put faith back into my heart that there are authors out there that, though not traditionally published, CAN actually write. I loved the complexity of the characters, the way they came together, the ending.
    You managed to write a trilogy that deserves to be published as “real” books – to stand on bookshelves and be read by thousands. I sincerely hope you continue writing; specifically in this genre. Do not be disheartened by rejections; they are thoroughly undeserved.

    Best wishes, Tara

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’m so glad to hear you say that. As I’m sure is the case with many authors, particularly indie authors, confidence is a continuing problem for me. Knowing that my story stands out to some as an example of what an indie book should be is profoundly rewarding. I really appreciate the comment, and I’ll continue to do my best to write stories worthy of such praise.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Sandy

    *** SPOILERS ***
    First: I’ve read all FOUR books (Jade :D) and loved them. I predicted a lot of stuff (Trigorah’s being Chosen, for example) but it was in a good way!
    I’m an aspiring author and have one book out of my own trilogy complete. So I was chilling today and I was thinking of a new idea for a different story. I think, “How bout I write a story about a ‘Frankenstein’ who doesn’t realize what she is? Then I look at my Kindle, and Ivy’s being controlled by the controlly crystal. Dang it. Your ideas literally seep into my brain while writing, and it KILLS me because they’re already taken. I love your books! You have too much talent to be on the KindleStore for a free download (although it is quite handy dandy) and you should be right up there with JK Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Suzanne Collins…you get the point…ANYWAY!
    A) I think Ether has a snobby British accent πŸ˜›
    B) Lain and Westley, from the Princess Bride…I think they must be related. They seem SO SIMILAR!
    C) Deacon is my absolute favorite character, for a guy. Ayna has to be my favorite girl character! She’s very amusing and if I ever get bullied, I would channel her!
    D) Epidime sounds like Epidemic (it makes sense!) and he’s creepy…
    E) I AM DONE!
    All in All: Love your writing, love your characters, you’re one of my favorite authors!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thank you for the great comment! I’m always happy to hear from a fan, and I’m particularly glad when it is someone who has tracked down Jade, too. And an aspiring author as well! I know how you feel, when you come up with an idea only to find someone else who has done it first. I’ll say this, though. If you have an idea, go ahead and write it, whether you’ve found something similar or not. I’m not the first one to write a fantasy epic with fairies, dragons, and the like. As long as you inject enough creativity into it, taking a little inspiration is fine. Speaking of fairies, you might be the only reader I’ve heard from who picked Ayna as your favorite. Have you seen the picture of her in the official art section?

    As for the rest of your comment, let’s see. I could certainly see Ether with an upper class British accent. I wouldn’t say Lain is based on Westley, but I’m a huge fan of Princess Bride, so some of the Man in Black may have crept in there. (See? Inspiration!) The Epidime/epidemic thing was a happy mistake.

    Thanks again for the great comment. Good luck with your writing!

  • Sandy

    Hi again! I drew Ayna, Calypso, and Ether because I felt inspired, and I have them loading on Photobucket right now! Calypso link is here πŸ™‚
    I reeally hope you like them! I attempted Ivy…failed dramatically…Attempted Epidime…got bored…I did draw Myranda’s head, but it was extremely too rough and I didn’t feel like fixing it.

  • Sandy

    Quick Question: How old is Myranda? I have thought of her as twenty, maybe twenty one, since you use ‘woman’ for her instead of girl sometimes. Plus, she just doesn’t seem teen-y. THAT IS MY VIQ!

  • Jamie

    Hey Joseph! Just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know im spreding my love for your books any chance I get. Already got 4 of my buddies and my Husband hooked. Thank you so much for creating a breath of fresh air in the fantasy world. Can’t wait to share these storys with my daughter when she gets a little bigger. Thanks for staying so close with your fans, something we dont see from other authors. Good luck with eveything, I bet this is all turning out to be quite an addition to your already busy life!

    Jamie πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks for spreading the word! I hope your friends and family have been enjoying the stories. I’m glad to stay close to my fans, and with any luck I will continue to be able to do so for a long time. The books have indeed made my life a bit hectic at times, but in a very good way. Thanks again!

  • Katie

    Hello, Mr. Lallo…
    First, I have spread joyous reviews of your writing. Second, I have a few questions, being an unpublished author.
    1: How does a minor publish a fantasy book?
    2: In this fantasy book, a main character dies, giving the book a bittersweet conclusion. My reading teacher disliked that he died and tried (and failed) to persuade me to bring him back to life. My Lang.arts teacher screamed at me about how it should have been a happy ending. Is that too harsh? Should I bring him back to life? Would you?
    3: How is it that you aren’t worldwide famous right now?

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Katie! Thank you for spreading the word about the books! I’m glad you liked them. Let’s see if I can answer your questions.

    1. I self-published through and To my knowledge, there is nothing stopping a minor from doing the same. I haven’t read the terms of service with that in mind, so you might want to check. As for getting traditionally published, I never quite managed that, so I’m not sure.

    2. If you feel that the death of a character is right for the story, then by all means, leave it as is. I won’t lie, you will probably have readers upset about the decision, but I personally feel that you should tell the story you want to tell. Some of the greatest stories ever told have ended in tragedy.

    3. Well, I’ve gotten fan mail from the USA, England, Germany, etc, so technically I am world famous, I guess. Other than that, who knows why people do or don’t get famous?

    Thanks for the comment, and good luck with the book!

  • Katie

    Hello, again…
    I (tried to) read through everything…How do I copyright my stuff? Like, do I have to pay or…I am so confused!
    Also: What does it mean when it says the parent/guardian is The publisher? Do thy get credit for my work?
    Anything helpful would be greatly appreciated.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Technically, in the USA you automatically have the copyright to your stuff simply by creating it. You can pay $35 on a government website to register your copyright, though. I’m away from my PC at the moment, so I can’t give you a link. I can tell you that, while it is handy to have in case of a lawsuit, I haven’t done it yet.

    As for the parents as publishers thing, I’ll try to look into it tomorrow for you. You might also try sending an email to the site and ask for clarification. I’ll comment again tomorrow.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Okay, I took a look and sure enough, as a minor there are some complications, since technically a minor cannot enter into a legally binding contract. So for KDP, you’ll need to have a parent or guardian sign up, but I believe you are allowed to assign your own name as the author of the book, so you get credit. For Smashwords, I’m not sure. I’ll send an email and ask. The copyright page to register your stuff (if you want) is this:

    I’ll shoot this to you as an email as well, just in case you don’t check back.

  • Dee Dee Daus

    Loved The Book of Deacon!! I’m a big Eragon, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, & Twilight fan and I see something really amazing developing here.
    I’d like to see Myranda & Deacon have a set of twins with amplified powers.
    I’d like to create the art for you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked the books! Since I don’t know how far into the series you are, I’ll hold off on commenting about Myranda, Deacon, and their potential future, but I will say that I’m always glad to see art related to the books, so if you get the creative urge to draw something in the universe, feel free to pass it along.

  • 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!

  • Dan Emmerich

    I just finished The Battle of Verril, and I have to say that your work was as entertaining to me as anything I have read from Brandon Sanderson, Terry Goodkind, and Robert Jordan. Great characters, good and evil. Specifically, I appreciated the fact that your books all did a great job of balancing descriptive narrative and pacing, which in fantasy writing is a difficult and rare feat. I blew through the trilogy about as quickly as anything I have read in years. The books are family-friendly, which is an added bonus. I’m now passing it on to my 13 year old son, who I know will enjoy it as much as I did.

    Keep up the great work, and I am very much looking forward to reading some of your other works.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Dan, thanks for the comment. I’m extremely pleased to know that you’ve enjoyed my stories, and I’m particularly proud that you’ve shared the stories with your son. I sincerely hope he enjoys them, and thank you for reading!

  • Melanie Stevens

    I really think the Deacon books should be made into a film. Would be fantastic. If harry Potter can do it so can you. I didn’t put the books down when reading. FANTASTIC!!!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Melanie. Thanks for the vote of confidence. It would be great if a big studio (or a small one, for that matter) came knocking to make The Book of Deacon into a film, but for now I’m just happy that so many people like you are enjoying it. Thanks for reading!

  • Chris Bradshaw

    I have just finished raeding the Deacon trilogy, in 4 days!, and to say i loved it would be a huge understatment. Thanks for writing it and more of the some genere please
    Chris Bradshaw

  • Joseph Lallo

    Holy smokes, so many fast readers out there! Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m doing my best to get the next novel (a story about Lain’s history) finished. Until then, all I can offer is the short novel Jade. Thanks for reading!

  • Norma Paynton

    Hi Joseph
    Just to say that since my last post regarding the Book of Deacon series, I decided to read your Sci Fi books too and whilst I wasn’t too sure I could get into sci fi I figured if anyone can get me into it then it would be your books. I was right I absolutely loved them! Great stories particularly liked Ma and Lex the most but the other characters were great too. You just have to write more adventures for Lex. So keep up the good work xx


  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the (still unnamed) sci-fi series. I certainly plan to write more, but at this point I’ll have to bounce back and forth between fantasy and sci-fi to keep everybody happy. Thanks for reading!

  • Joseph Lallo

    I’ve been doing okay. Very, very busy at the moment. When things start to clear up I’ll see what I want to do with Trilogy 2. I’ve shared the specifics of my dilemma with a handful of people. It may be time for me to expand my “beta readers” group.

  • Alicia

    It’s great! I rememeberd I actually gasped outloud when Myranda figured out it was her! πŸ™ Walked in the room the other day to find Elijah reading and with a sad face. I was like “uh-oh”… I knew what part he had just read.

  • Mandi

    I started the first book about 2 weeks ago and downloaded it for free not knowing how it would take since I’m more of a horror reader. I couldn’t put it down. I finished the last book just minutes ago and didn’t realize how much I fell in love with the story. Dragons, wizards and such are my decorum but this trilogy just made it even more edgy for me. Your books kept me onthe edge of my seat, wanting more as each book came to its end. I would definitely recommend this book to people I know and to the ones that would be shocked to see me read books other than horror. Thank you.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi Mandi. Thanks! I’m truly proud to have written a story that could hook even a horror fan. I really appreciate you spreading the word. Thanks for reading.

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  • Dee

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the first book in the series being free on kindle. I downloaded it, and initially in the first chapter was wondering what it was going to be like, because the beginning was really slow, but I can never leave a book unread after starting it. Soon enough, I couldn’t put the book down, and bought the other two immediately. All three books were finished in four days, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was absolutely captivating and jam packed with action in different forms all the way through. I have not enjoyed a series like that since reading Raymond E Feist.
    You are a master in this genre, and despite people complaining about editing, it really was not nearly as bad as some books I have read, where the editing is non existent.

    Best wishes for the future, I am holding thumbs there will be a follow up book
    Thanks for a brilliant read
    x Dee

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thank YOU for giving my book a chance. As I’ve said elsewhere, I made the first book free because I realize that I’m a largely unproven author, so I wanted there to be as little risk as possible in giving my books a try. It is great to know that you felt that reading my books was a worthwhile experience. Thank you very much for your kind words. I do intend to expand the series in every direction I can muster, from far in the history of the setting to far in the future, and yes, as a direct sequel as well. With any luck, each will come along eventually.

    Thanks for reading.

  • bailyemmett

    I just wanted to stop by and give some credit where much credit is due! I think you’re an amazingly talented writer! I love the way you play on language and your use of words. It makes your stories fun and easy to read. I’ve read the trilogy and just from browsing your site am truly excited to learn I haven’t heard the last of Lain or Deacon, my favorites. Anyhow, thank you for your tales πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi. Thank you for your kind praise. I’m glad you enjoyed the books, and I’ll do my best to keep the stories coming.

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • Nathan Tempel

    Just finished reading Bypass Gemini and wanted to let you know that I read it in a day. This was not because I am a speed reader but because I couldn’t put it down. I purchased it as part of a Story Bundle and couldn’t be happier. Can’t wait to start Unstable Prototypes. Your character development was impressive and had me hooked from the start. You are very talented in terms of science fiction and can’t wait to read the rest of your books!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Wow! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m really proud to be part of the first StoryBundle and I’m thrilled that, as a result, you discovered and enjoyed my story. I hope you enjoy Unstable Prototypes, along with all of the other books in the bundle. Thanks for reading!

  • Alicia

    Yes!! Nathan, you’ll enjoy Unstable Prototypes just as much, if not more than the first. Who was your fav character? I’ve never been into sci-fi, but wanted to give these a try because I enjoyed Mr. Lallo’s trilogy so much. Loved them, and can’t say enough good things about them. Super thrilled they’re getting some attention. πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • Aisha

    I just want you to know I fell in love with this entire series and also jade. I’ve never read a book twice and I’ve read some pretty good ones but this is probably my all time favorite I can’t wait to see more of your work You have me captivated with the story. Thanks for having the courage to write what your imagination spoke to you πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! You caught me burning the midnight oil on the current book, so I figured I’d give you a quick reply. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my series so much. It is tremendously motivating to know that there are readers like you who were so captivated by my words. I’ll do my best to keep up the good work!

  • YZ

    *** SPOILER ***
    I just finished the second book of the deacon ! way to GO ! i love when Myranda Celeste and DEacon show’s up at the End πŸ™‚

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks! It is great to know that you’re enjoying the story. I’ve heard from quite a few people who didn’t like book 2 because of some of the more unfortunate events that take place in it. If you go on to read the final book, I hope you enjoy it just as much.

  • Bill

    Like Nathan I picked up Bypass Gemini via Story Bundle. In fact, it was the sample from Bypass Gemini that made me decide to purchase the bundle. I am very glad I purchased the bundle just for this book. And I look forward to reading Unstable Prototypes. The characters were quite enjoyable as was the story. I’ve now picked up The Book of Deacon. While I’m not a huge fantasy fan, given how much I enjoyed Bypass Gemini, I have to give it a read. Thanks very much, nice to find a new author to enjoy.

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Many thanks. I’m glad my book convinced you to pick up the bundle, and that it lived up to your expectations. The Book of Deacon stuff is a lot different, but all of the people who I’ve heard from who liked it also liked the sci-fi, so let’s hope that’s the case vice versa. Thanks again!

  • Nadine

    Hi Joseph. Loving the series and on the third book with my kindle. Could you phonetically write out Myranda and Myn’s name? My hubby and I have conflicting pronunciations. Hope I’m right!

    Looking forward to more of your enjoyable books!

  • Joseph Lallo

    Hi! Glad you’re liking the series. I actually just recently added a few pronunciation keys to the FAQ (there’s a link at the top of the page, or you can or just go to
    The pronunciation I use for Myranda is the same as Miranda (short I) and for Myn it is like min (short I again). If you pronounce it like “mine”, don’t worry though. You’re not alone.

  • Micheal

    Just finished the Book of Deacon trilogy, it was an amazing journey. I have read quit a few other big series and the one thing they have that I cannot find in yours is a map of the country. For me this pulls me into the world, knowing the distances that they travel and the locations of the cave where Myn was born or Entwell or where Kenvard is compared with the capital city. The journey and trials that you have lead me on was awesome. I cannot wait to start Jade.
    Thank you

  • 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.

  • Andy

    It really was a masterstroke to make the first book free – I had bought the next two before I was halfway through, and intend to snap up your other books in due course.
    Very enjoyable, easy reading, slowly introducing new characters and new places – it doesn’t matter it’s a bit formulaic if it’s good, and people like the formula.
    (That was meant to sound much more of a compliment than it came out as, but I’m sure you understand what I mean)

  • Joseph Lallo

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked the story. No offense taken regarding the “formulaic” statement. As far as I’m concerned, you need to follow a certain amount of formula just to fit into a genre. My story is pretty standard fare, but I’m happy with how it came out, and I’m pleased to know that you’re happy with it too. Thanks for reading!

  • 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!

  • Ursula

    Hi Joseph,

    I have so far read all of the Deacon series including Jade. I absolutely loved the characters and the story. I did find some errors and excessive use of the word fairly but I was hooked on the books and sad when they ended. I am currently a computer animation student and as side project I was thinking of modeling some of the characters for fun. =) If I ever get around to it I’ll send you some render images.
    Anyhow, I’m moving onto Bypass Gemini and I hope it’s just as good!

    Keep on writing!