The Battle of Verril

Rated 4.70/5 based on 23 reviews
In this, the finale of the Book of Deacon Trilogy, Myranda and the Chosen face their greatest challenges yet. Time is running out, and the Generals are growing desperate. Through victory and defeat, reunion and betrayal, neither the heroes nor their foes will rest until they have seen their task through to the end. The only question is, will it be the end of a war, or the end of times?

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 149,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458186782
About Joseph R. Lallo

Joseph Lallo is a Computer Engineer, as well as editor and chief contributor to

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Review by: manicmini on Sep. 10, 2014 :
Masterfully woven epic series drawn in twists & turns through legend & prophecy from Androcles to Space Odyssey & beyond.. Although I found some of the threads distracting I could not give any less than a highly recommended goodread.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: BattleCat on March 07, 2014 :
Just finished the series; I enjoyed most of it. The only complaint is the ending felt forced. It wrapped up way too fast.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: James E Minge on July 25, 2013 : (no rating)
enjoyed this book
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: mlnorris76 on July 22, 2013 :
Finished series! Loved it! Characters are great. Hard to put down.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Fran Rieman on March 08, 2013 :
Great series of books! Loved the characters, the storyline and the imagination! Well worth the read!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: cutepicks on Jan. 29, 2013 :
Awsome!!! More please i see lots of ways to write another book.
Myn needs to be a father.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Johan Vanheusden on Dec. 17, 2012 :
I first read the science fiction story on Bypass Gemini and informed the writer that it was a great story. He was so kind to reply on my e-mail and informed me on the free download of 'The Book of Deacon'. After reading this one I immediately bought the two next books of the trilogy. I'm currenly in the last 40 pages and still in the dark how it will end! A fan from Belgium.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)

Review by: Stacy Jones on Nov. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Great ending. Author brought the characters together In a way that didn't deviate from how they interacted during other books. The friction between ether and ivy, the chemistry between Miranda and deacon, lain was still indifferent and myn was just bigger. I was very satisfied and would like to see more from this author
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: L Small on Oct. 29, 2012 :
I'm a great fan of fantasy and this trilolgy (yes I've read all three) is wonderful. I had trouble putting them down to live my everyday life.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: L Small on Oct. 29, 2012 :
I'm a great fan of fantasy and this trilolgy (yes I've read all three) is wonderful. I had trouble putting them down to live my everyday life.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Charles Kravetz on Sep. 25, 2012 :
Wow! A great finish to the Book of Deacon Trilogy.

The Chosen are finally united, the goals are defined, and battle lines become clear. The stakes in this challenge is the world itself. There can be no rest now until the battle is over. Win or lose, the Chosen must remain united and vigilante.

I found this to be the defining book of the trilogy. The first two were good. This one is great. It is exciting, fast-paced and constantly changing. The five Chosen heroes finally unite in their purpose, and realize that no one stands alone. They fight the evil in their universe, with and without each other. At times, winning seems so easy. At other times, it seems there is no alternative to losing.

Since the author was able to immerse me so thoroughly in the story at times, I can easily recommend this book to all readers, young and old. If you enjoy fantasy and science fiction, this book will keep you happy.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Rick Petrey on Sep. 01, 2012 :
loved reading these three books.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Billy Corley on Aug. 25, 2012 :
Definitely worth reading
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kelly Prentis on July 25, 2012 :
Great book! Good luck putting it down!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: John H. Carroll on July 18, 2012 : (no rating)
The third book is the best and wraps the trilogy up nicely. Myranda comes into her own and shines. I like strong heroines. Myranda holds true to her beliefs throughout all and inspires everyone else. The build up to the ending is finely crafted.

It does get frustrating when the heroes keep walking into the exact same traps over and over. I felt like smacking them in the back of the head. But it's also nice to see villains that are every bit as nasty as they're supposed to be. By the end, I wanted them all destroyed.

My favorite characters are Ivy, Myn and Deacon. Lain is a bit too sullen for me and Ether is incredibly foolish for someone who's supposed to have been watching the world since it came into existence. My absolute favorite is Myranda though. She's lived a tough life and remains strong and resolute throughout all three stories. Strong leading women are my favorite. :)
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: susan kosuk on June 25, 2012 : (no rating)
A great trilogy. A writing style that captures you and takes you on the journey.The story is a wonderful adventure that blends all the attributes of fantasy. Love it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sena Bradley on June 06, 2012 :
Mr Lallo is a wonderful story teller. I read his triology with wonderment and whole hearted enjoyment. Im probably too old in age for this genre of literature but not old in my imagination. The places these stories take you are easily pictured which is a testament to Mr Lallo's superb writing. I recommend this triology to all avid readers.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: michsel on June 04, 2012 : (no rating)
Great end to the trilogy. Whether the chosen make it out alive or not was the question that kept me reading. Perhaps another book could be written about the characters who do survive future endeavors.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: The Owl on May 14, 2012 :
The worst of the trilogy, but if you want to know what the end will be you need to read it. I found the plot kind of boring, long battle scenes that seemed they would never end and a bunch of expected surprises.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Melinda Le Baron on May 09, 2012 :
What a way to end a series! So much better than Jordan. So much better than virtually everyone. By this time you are so bonded with the characters and their goals that you are straining right along with them to win each and every battle, to kill each and every villain, to attain each goal, to escape each prison, to meet each challenge and to learn each scrap of information that will help them fight the good fight.

Now that the Great Convergence has happened, we have our divinely picked five Chosen. There is Lain the malthrope assassin, who is a master of blades and killing. There is Ether the mystic one, shapeshifter and immortal born of the gods. There is Myranda, wizard master and healer. Myn, a dragon twisted by the D'karon after she died, but healed by Myranda. And last but not least Ivy, great with weapons, with a powerful aura,once a creature of General Dement , artistic prodigy. And then there is Deacon, while he is not Chosen, he should have been. He chooses love for Myranda and duty to the world over home and family to help stop the war and little does he know it, but it is far more than war that needs stopping. He is so helpful with his grey magic that they couldn't have done it without him.

The five Chosen work as a team - melding their skills, battling the five Generals and their nearmen, dragoyles and mutant beasts. At one point, four of the Chosen are betrayed by Lain's business partner Desmeres and locked away separately for torture. To find out what happens read the book, in fact, read all three in order, they are simply a treat for the mind.

Out of all the quest fantasy that I've read over the years this has to rank up in the top five - and believe me, I've read a lot. Not only was the plot original, but it had so many twists and turns you never saw coming - not once. I fell in love with the characters, especially Myranda, Deacon, Myn, Ivy, Caya, Solomon and Calypso. I was fascinated by Desmeres too until he turned traitor.

The characterization in the story is absolutely brilliant; it's like one of your friends relating a real story about real people in their life. The characters are not characters; they are like real people, people you could meet shopping, at the grocery, at the corner drugstore. Nothing is left out, no feeling, no mood, no failing, no idiosyncrasy - nothing. They are as possibly real as you could get in a fictional character, and that'saying a lot.

The pacing in the book is swifter than the others, or maybe it only feels that way because there is so much at stake. You, as always, are sucked in from page one, and like a strong current in river, moved quickly through events, closer and closer towards the Battle of Verril, but that is not the ending by far. Much awaits our heroes after the battle, and none of it is good, in fact it could be world shatteringly catastrophic. And now they have to deal with that after everything else. The transitions in the book were silky smooth - shifting from from one Chosen to another plus Deacon and back again. Because their personalities are so distinct, it makes it childs play to know who is speaking and who you are following. Of course, the main narrator of all three books is Deacon, and even though he wasn't there for many of the events that took place, other Chosen were, and he took down their stories in their own words which he made up into the three books with his magic quill and paper.

I would recommend this whole series to anyone who can read English and appreciate a thumping good read. It's got something in it for everybody, a study of human nature, good versus evil, war, divinely inspired beings, romance, magic, adventure, weird alien science, dragons, strong women, strong men, elves, battles, mutant beasts, highly developed edged weapons and alternate worlds. Just like Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, this deserves the same type of wide readership because of it's quality and genre busting value as one of the premiere thumping good reads that I've had the pleasure to come in contact with. BUY THE SERIES! Do it now! The first one is even free! How can you lose? This is the best deal you'll get in years. Mr. Lallo, I want to thank you for hours of unalloyed reading pleasure of such a degree that I can't remember the last time I read books that were this good. Sir, you are an artist. Good luck to you!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: crpgnut on March 06, 2012 : (no rating)
I was very impressed with the unique heroes that Mr. Lallo created. Ivy and Ether were especially welcome changes from the standard cast in fantasy novels. I thought the villains were under-developed as a whole and hope that future novels will address this. Epidime was somewhat fleshed out but the rest were caricatures of the standard tripe. The books could also use more time where something catastropic isn't happening. The Entwell chapters were the most interesting.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: kathy mikulin on Feb. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Robert Byland on Feb. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
A book that you read put down and them want to go back and read some more. Plot and characters was excellent, looking forward to next book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: John Sigler on Feb. 02, 2012 :
exellent reading,very sad it had to end.but a great end...looking forward to reading more from the author in the future
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Tracey Stephenson on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Loved this story. At first characters seemed to familiar but quickly developed histories and unique personalities. An excellent first book I can hardly wait for book 2 ect Well written adventure.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Tracey Stephenson on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Loved this story. At first characters seemed to familiar but quickly developed histories and unique personalities. An excellent first book I can hardly wait for book 2 ect Well written adventure.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Lilithee on Dec. 18, 2011 :
Well done, beautiful story. Please don't stop writing! Mr. Lallo is the best author I have read in a long time.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: caxton on Dec. 04, 2011 :
As a lifelong fan of fantasy these three books had me hooked, Mr Lallo is a writer who is up there with the best. More please.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Bam21 on Nov. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
Great story. I ejoyed the whole series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Liam Gittins on Oct. 18, 2011 :
Great series written by a great man, i read the whole series and could hardly put it down
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Liam Gittins on Oct. 18, 2011 : (no rating)
Great Series written by a great man! read them all and couldn't put it down
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Caleb Codling on July 20, 2011 : (no rating)
I read a LOT, and this trilogy has to be the best I've read in a long time, Definitely worth purchasing.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Kwadwo OBESE JECTY on April 15, 2011 :
Great ending. The whole trilogy is well worth the purchase.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Breeze Estes on March 15, 2011 :
Wonderful! Great end to an amazing trilogy.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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