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The Battle of Verril: The Book of Deacon (Volume 3) Paperback – July 31, 2012
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 322 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477684751
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477684757
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to admit that the book kept me reading until the end, and the author actually put a lot of thought into the sequencing of this story. I must just be feeling a little contradictory tonight, that's all. It's just that there was so much effort expended into explaining why there had to be five and how important they all were and by the end they just seemed to have fallen all together haphazardly. Too bad, because the opening premise had much more mystery and opportunity to it. Somehow it just seemed like the five came out of the woodwork just as the author NEEDED them to rather than having been originally FULLY thought out and PLANNED for from the beginning.
Telling: 2 stars
As with most self published books, there are typos and formatting errors, but
I can forgive those for a good story. This is a good story, but the telling
is a mess. There are no chapter breaks. There are occasional breaks
between the paragraphs, but they seem purely arbitrary, and sometimes I
think they may be just a formatting error.
The story is told in the third person omniscient, with each paragraph often
centering on a different character. There are even some paragraphs which
switch from one character to another part way through.
There are some paragraphs where someone is speaking, but the speaker is not
identified, and the proceeding paragraph is about one character, while the
following paragraph is about another character, so you have to guess who the
speaker was. Since each paragraph can jump around, the speaker might not
be the focus of either the proceeding or the following paragraph.
The main heroine (described as being in her twenties) is often referred to as
"the girl" or "the hero" or "the wizard". Since there are multiple
'wizards' and 'heroes' when the character is referred to as such, you have
to assume the character being described is the same one from the preceding
paragraph. If a character is not human, elvish or dwarvish, they are
usually referred to as a "creature" (or sometimes "beast") -- even if they
are sentient and even if they are one of the "good guys".
I personally prefer stories told in the first person. Third person is
usually fine if there is still focus on one character at a time.
Third person books are fine as long as we only delve into the mind of one
character per chapter, or at least section of a chapter. This book is just
an incoherent mess, which is unfortunate because I did like the story.
The many hints provided in the first two books find resolution in this final novel, and the Chosen must put all the information together to satisfy the prophecy and provide the peace as predicted so many years before. Both horrors and wonders are revealed, and both deaths and lives are revealed. Readers will find this final book to be as enthralling as the first two.
While The Battle of Verril continues the excellent story, the editorial issues continue--but, again, they do not detract from the larger story. While the conclusion provides resolution for the most obvious issues, there are other matters that remain in limbo--particularly in areas such as Entwell and its characters--and, of course, the origin of Desmares and how his character develops with the conclusion of this trilogy (why does the author have him collecting his weapons?). This reader also questions, with all the languages that the various wizards, generals, magicians, priests and others not only encounter but are able to individually interpret--logically inferring that they are not necessarily dead languages--where do these other languages originate and, more importantly, because they involve magic, what effect are they having on the world that Caya is now ruling?
Lallo has written a trilogy and left room for more. Borrowing from the theater, this author has been able to complete the work and left his audience wanting more.
Top reviews from other countries
The book sees the Chosen united and fighting the D'Karon through a series of battles, finally peaking in the battle just outside of Verril - the Northern capital. Myranda remains a willing but at the same time reluctant protagonist - willing in the sense that she is adamant to end the war, reluctant in the sense that she still often finds it hard to do what has to be done. Someone like Lain is a lot more straightforward in this respect. This may make Myranda a somewhat frustrating protagonist to some but at least she starts approaching her magical potential demonstrated in Entwell in the first book in the outside world towards the end.
In spite of the battles being almost constant, the author managed to at least keep a semblance of character development intact, making this richer than a mere sequence of fights would have been.
If you finished The Great Convergence (The Book of Deacon) and liked it, the current book will likely be even more to your liking - as said, the author is really picking up pace and writing skills as he goes along. It may not be one of the more complicated fantasy trilogies but it is on the other hand fiarly relaxing to read and can be enjoyed by readers from a fairly wide age spectrum. And in case you got attached to the characters or the world, there are still the prequels / sidequests to be had ( The Rise of the Red Shadow (The Book of Deacon) and Jade ).
All in all these books are an enjoyable read in which to lose yourself for a few hours. I would like to keep Myn for myself along with the mystival staff of the wizard.